Liesl has been traveling this week, so she hasn’t been able to pull together her usual Friday roundup of links and inspirational images. But don’t despair! We have a special guest contributor for today’s weekending reading post. Here’s our special guest Lisa with her recommendations for the weekend.
Hi Everyone, I’m Lisa from Pink Hollybush Designs and I am so excited and honored to be here to share some weekend inspiration with you. Adding details that make an outfit special, while expressing my creativity, is what I love about sewing, and as the former President of the Smocking Arts Guild of America, I especially love handwork. With summer finally arriving (even here in New England), I find it so enjoyable to have some portable handwork stashed in my bag to work on while sitting through a child’s sports practice or keeping watch by the pool. So here are some ideas to help spark your sewing creativity, and get those creative juices flowing!
These You Tube videos from Mary Corbett will help if you are unsure how to work any of the stitches.
Buttons can be that special detail that makes the outfit, or they can just be fun!
If you are sewing for yourself, the Metro Tee could easily be modified to make this look. Or create this stunning top with the Cappuccino Tunic. Convert the center front gathers to tucks, add some additional tucks to the shoulder seams and complete the look by finishing each tuck with a simple machine pin stitch stitched with a size 110 needle.
- Last week Liesl mentioned that she had sewed something outside of her personal style. I have been working my way through the lessons in The Curated Closet to help pinpoint my style, and they have been tremendously helpful.
- It’s fascinating to hear how women used textiles and needlework to document their family history: Webcast from Winterthur Museum “Who’s Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework.”
- I enjoyed viewing these sculptural embroideries.
- Artist Charlotte Baily uses embroidery to mend a broken ceramic object, inspired by the Japanese technique of kintsugi.
- If you enjoy collecting embroidery, or just appreciate beautiful linens, you may enjoy reading a little about the history of Madeira embroidery.
- If you are noticing a history theme, all I can say is once a history major, always a history major! The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a great read because it combines my love of history (in this case WWII), some humor, and people joining together to do their best despite difficult circumstances.
- I spent last weekend attending a family wedding at the spectacular Point Bonita Light House in California. If you have ever wondered what life was like living in a light house, you will enjoy The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day and Happy Stitching!