Thursday, October 27, 2011

Going dotty again

Remember a while back I showed you mysterious little piles of fabric? Well, now I can tell you what I was up to.

dotty cuffs
I made a few dotty cuffs for some sweet far-away friends.

dotty cuff g closeup

dotty cuff s closeup
It was lovely thinking about them with every little wonky stitch.

dotty cuff m closeup

dotty cuff a closeup

dotty cuff backs
It was fun to plunge into my collection of fabric scraps, mostly lovely Liberty Tana Lawn.

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dotty cuff_Sonia

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dotty cuff_Arounna

dotty cuff_Geninne
I really enjoy this kind of hand-stitching. So relaxing. Quite a bit like knitting, actually.

Wouldn't it be nice to embellish the hem of a skirt or coat with this type of appliqué? One day I might even try my hand at creating a more ambitious Alabama Chanin-style garment. But first I have a ton of knitting to catch up on. To my delighted surprise, the Bookhou knits have been selling well, and I need to send more to Arounna. I guess I'm not the only one who feels the need to bundle up. Brrr... it's getting cold around here!

Hope you stay warm, wherever you are.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My idea of heaven


While listening to Barbara...


I don't often talk about work here, but a colleague of mine just sent me a link to a beautiful video about whale falls that I had to share with you:

Whale Fall (after life of a whale) from Sharon Shattuck on Vimeo.

Last year, I helped develop an exhibition about water (I am an exhibition content developer for the Canadian Museum of Nature) and had a chance to edit underwater video of actual whale fall sites in various stages of decomposition. I must say this paper cutout video is very close to the real thing!

Speaking of the real thing, the exhibition I worked on features a complete blue whale skeleton. Blue whales are the biggest creatures ever to live on Earth! This time-lapse video shows how our Collections technicians put the skeleton together for display.

It's a must-see if you're ever in Ottawa!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thank you

Some roses, to say thank you!

On this Canadian thanksgiving weekend, I want to give thanks for all the many blessings in my life: my wonderful husband, family, and friends. A big thank you to you all for coming by here and leaving such sweet comments. It was so nice of you to encourage me on my latest knitting endeavors.

I hope that all of you get a chance to spend some time with the ones you love this weekend.

(Some of you asked about the little tags I used, yes, I made them using grey bias tape, fabric ink and a little "g" stamp. For those in the Toronto area, the items in my last post are now for sale at Bookhou.)