|Close up of my Zakka style needle case (D.Price-Ewen)|
This Sunday I made myself stay indoors. Well, there's nothing like spending a whole day in your PJs doing what you love, right? Also, Bangkok is in the middle of the hot, hot, hot season (we have three seasons here, as the locals like to say: "hot, bloody hot and f#*@ing hot"!) So yeah, I spent the whole of Sunday making things (in my PJs) from cut up bits of Japanese printed cotton and a sewing machine, thread and needle.
|Placement for needles, left and right....|
I love the way you can create, with sewing, a functional something from nothing. Above is my first ever Zakka style creation: made up from scratch with nothing to guide me but the material and the practical matter of having somewhere to stash my spare needles. You wouldn't believe how long this little number took me to make though! From the meticulous piecing together of the little Zakka rectangles (which still came out crooked and a little wrinkled (no matter how much I ironed) to the vintage French image on the back - a total of 7 hours! Phew. I'm glad I'm not on a production line. I would have been fired on day one!!
I also finished off a hand-sewn cuff I'd been working on (more off than on), for several weeks. The hand sewing was taking too long, so I finished it on the sewing machine that I made the Zakka needle case on.
|Detail of machine embroidery, couching the bronze ribbon I had in my leftover's basket.|
|closeup of wooden heart and vellum|
Finally, I'm having a bit of a rethink on my Keepsake box, which I'm still working on because I'm not happy with the finish on the cover. I love the inside of the box (see above and below photos) but I need gesso and crackle medium to finish the cover. Unfortunately, crackle medium is a bit of a rare commodity here and it is not cheap, so I'm weighing up my options as to whether I buy from the States or not... If anyone knows of a good brand that I can buy online, do let me know!
Well, that's it for another week. I can't wait for next weekend because I'm getting some Thai cooking lessons and, of course, I want to spend more of the f@#*ing hot season indoors under the aircon where I can create in my pajamas.