Wednesday, January 23, 2008
So in mid-December Andrew and I traveled to see our friends, Q and family, in D.C. Q had a book about sewing that I fell in love with when we were there. It's called Simple Sewing by Lotta Jonsdotter. I loved it because she highlighted projects that were very easy, but a tad unusual. Not your average sewing book. What also struck me was the kind of fabric she was using. It was beautiful. It wasn't too girly or cute-sy, it was fun and funky.
I often get into the habit of thinking: you can't get that in New York. It's ironic, shocking, but true. Shopping is tough here, despite what they say on What Not To Wear. Then, I turn over the book and see that she lives in Brooklyn. Not just New York City, Brooklyn specifically. I had no excuses.
So after the New Year, when I was beginning my January Reorganization Project, I ordered her book and Amazon convinced me I also needed In Stitches by Amy Butler. Amazon is much more shopper friendly than the streets of New York.
The books come, I eat them up and tuck away ideas. Then, a friend from Philly comes to visit. This friend is a carpenter that makes her own beer. I wouldn't think of her as one who frequents fabric stores, but she brings along swatches of Amy Butler fabric. I swoon and she leaves me one.
As the cleaning was wrapping up, I knew it was time to get serious about these projects. I called my friend in Queens and asked if she'd escort me to the fabric store I found in Soho that carried Amy Butler fabric. She is braver than I, not intimidated by SuperPosh Soho, and very fun to shop with. Much more fun than say, Andrew. She agreed and we went and picked up some beautiful things. I got fabric to match the swatch my beer-making friend left and the fabric for the living room pillows.
So, lately I have had a real burst of sewing inspiration from all kinds of sources. It's funny where ideas come from and what ends up inspiring you. Also, I think that January calls out for projects, taking a fresh look at your home and dusting off your sewing machine which may or may not still have bits of orange fuzz stuck to it from October's Halloween extravaganza.
Today I made a little curtain for my kitchen and a small table runner for this little table. It probably took me about 30 minutes to do both projects. I say that to emphasize how simple they are. So simple. I seem to be on a simple kick. I like the idea of adding bits of fabric and color here and there in simple ways.
Next on the project list? Andrew's little bed! He is now snoozing Big Boy style in a real (little) bed and I can't wait to get cracking on his bedding.
Gotta strike while the iron's hot.
Posted by Dave at 2:13 PM