This summer weather heats up the print kitchen too much for comfortable work, and so I spend my time mostly in the sewing room which stays cool. One summer task I embarked on yesterday was stripping the lavender. I had forgotten what a long job that is! Thank goodness for Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra which accompany what might otherwise become somewhat tedious. Yesterday I spent too long on the stripping, so I shall break up the work a bit more today. The idea is to make some more lavender bags as the clothes moths seem to have increased of late - so the smell of lavender will pervade the sewing room for some time; definitely better than that of naphthalene which I remember from the huge chests and wardrobes in my grandmothers' houses!
I take tremendous delight in choosing threads, and love rummaging through my bowls for the right ones. This ceramic bowl (a present, made at the Cley pottery in Norfolk) holds my Stef Francis fine silk threads which I use not only on silk pieces, but also on fine cotton lawn. (Note the lavender heads around the bowl - they get everywhere!)
This piece, with temporary titles until now, suddenly named itself Salad days. It can now be added to my evening stitching pile.
I have also got round to resuming work on Patched Pastime 2. It is a warm fabric to handle, but this stage is mostly machine work. The final quilting will be done once the weather turns.