I know that Thanksgiving is less than a week away.
And Christmas fast approaching.
I've watched since the trimmings of the season began edging out school supplies.
And yet, I'm constantly doing a double-take when I see actual lights, decorations & full-on displays. I'm not ready for all the holiday hubbub.
I feel as though I'm in a bit of a bubble... an Alabama bubble!
Happy much? (Thanks for the photo, Kym!)
There's so much other stuff going on, even besides the holidays... but all I really want to do is clear off my work table and start sewing!
I would begin with an intense poring-over of Natalie Chanin's new book, The Geometry of Hand-Sewing, which I haven't had time to do yet, though I have been using it with great success to practice my "feather stitch" technique on my sampler.
I'd pre-ordered my copy and picked it up at the workshop. We met with Natalie on Saturday, and she signed it for me... with a little laugh!
It's an incredible book with detailed instructions for working the stitches from either left-to-right or right-to-left, photos & diagrams -- including photos of the back of the work! -- and two die-cut plastic stitching cards/templates with various grids. Genius.
Though my Grandma Koenig had passed long before I picked up a needle, my mother would channel her, always asking to see the back of my project, intoning, "The back should be as neat as the front!"
They practice what they preach over there at Alabama Chanin! Those are shots of the back & front of approximately the same area of a piece from a sample book.
If you're interested in learning more about this type of work, Natalie & The School of Making have a new class on Craftsy (with, I'm told, more to come!) -- The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction.