Inspired and encouraged ...."get stuck in, today!" by Kaite and the mammoth task she took on of digging out part of her yard and putting a stairway in, I returned to a task I'd started a few weeks (months?) back. This hilly weed covered mound was part of the soil dug out for the foundations of the cat run I had had built, and slowly over time I'd moved that pile bit by bit...it was twice as high as this when I started. I ran out of steam for a while, mainly because with winter rain then sun on it, it turned into a nasty rocky clay pad.
This small bed is right outside the cat run, so I'll plant it up with herbs....thyme grass, cat nip and cat grass, some lemon scented pelargoniums I struck from a cutting, and anything else I find that is safe if the cats chew on it, has some perfume and will deter the flies.
In dyepots in the garden are some bundles wrapped with amaranth, some silk, some cotton, and various vinegary and alum mordants. One...the brownish looking one I think....has a tin lid wrapped inside the fabric....just to see what happens. I'll leave them tucked up warmly here, and they'll solar dye for a month, as India suggests in her book, and do their thing.
Indoors, I've been working on some stitching....just a peek, as the recipients haven't received them yet. This was to be a Christmas gift to go to Sydney with me, for my son's fiancee. With about 15cms of sewing to go, my machine refused to do anything, except chew the fabric, so sadly I had to leave it behind. I set to when I returned, and gave the machine a good clean, hoping after a little rest it would behave, and get to work without needing to be taken away to fix something serious. Happily I got it going again and finished *this* for Naomi and sent it on it's way. I'll reveal all once it's arrived at it's destination in the Blue Mountains.Stitchinfingers Fabric Postcard birthday swap and the first two birthdays are this month....
and I received this one from Teresa, just up the road in Brisbane, for my birthday next week. There are 12 of us swapping, but our birthdays aren't spread evenly across the months....some months 2 or 3, others no birthdays at all. If I'm organised, I'll work on them in the free months....ha!
And I'm working on this yummy looking pincushion as a gift for a friend, it will be joined by a needlebook, in a small basket, with a tape measure, pins and needles and little scissors. She has just bought a sewing machine, so I thought this would be a fun way to celebrate.
There'll be flowers added, and whatever else takes my fancy. Maybe some flystitch for TAST? Has anyone done their bit yet? I thought I might today, I can't decide how though....whether to add stitches to a cq I have in progress, or do a sampler....hmm, tough decisions.
Off to drink tea and stitch now......bye.