So much has happened in the past couple of weeks that it all sort of seems like a blur. I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say it’s been an uphill battle to get things done – thus, blog posting fell by the wayside. One of the things I scrambled to get done was the pre-stitching for the Stacy Nash workshop I attended this past weekend. We only had a couple of weeks, so even with everything going on I did what I could to be ready for class. I was very happy when my kit showed up and Mr. Rabbit was a reminder to not be late (for my very important date).
Don’t you love the thread colors?
I came very close to getting the prestitching done on one of the two pieces for class, although the night before I stayed up very late stitching and then woke up very early to get more stitching in. I was able to finally finish my stitching during the first 45 minutes of class, but I was exhausted. Since this was a finishing class, I really wanted to be able to work on the finishing of my actual piece.
Stacy designed a pin drum and sewing roll for our guild. I really love the pieces and Stacy taught us a lot of great techniques for finishing. And as much as I love my sewing machine, I really enjoy just doing handwork – stitching, hand sewing, etc. Stacy said that what she liked about these projects is that you can start one in your sewing chair and not have to get up to iron or sit at the sewing machine or anything. You can basically go start to finish sitting in your chair.
I did get my drum and strawberry completely assembled on Saturday.
And I came into class on Sunday ready to learn how to age my piece. The strawberry was a lot of fun, it’s made from velvet and the top is silk matka (I think). The top and bottom fabrics on the drum are homespun.
The aging process is really interesting and the piece looks so different once it’s aged! I’m still putting the final touches on my drum, but as soon as it’s finished, I’ll be sure to share.
After I aged my drum, I decided to use the remaining class time to get started on the stitching for my sewing roll. I’d really wished I’d had this ready to assemble and age too, but it just wasn’t in the cards.
I’m looking forward to sharing my finished and aged drum as well as my sewing roll. I’m very glad I took the workshop and I’ll have to dig out the other pattern for a drum that I have in my stash, now that I know how to make one!
I am grateful for the time I had with Lisa and so blessed she was my friend.