Hello hello hello. Spent the day trying to locate new kitchen bar stools. Geez. I didn't realize what a nice looking bowback would cost. I have two sources not far from us, both carry the same makers. One could get Benner, similar in cost to the others, none of which I have the luxury of sitting in to see how they fit my growing rear. That's a lot of $$$ to be spending on something you will use every day without seeing first.
Traveling another 10 miles or so would take me to the only needlework shop in the area. Hit the gas baby. I came home with 4 Belfast colors. I really prefer 30 count but didn't want ivory which is all she had. The first is Antique Copper, overdyed (is that what it's called?) bronze with a grayish blue. I'm using the two darkest finishes I have to show the depth of color for those of you that are shopless.
The next is Vintage County Mocha which is stamped like an overdyed. I don't care for these types with a lot of pattern to the dye, but you can also use the back side for a solid look. The dark blue is Blue Spruce, all are 32 count Belfast. I also got a piece of Flax and it's lighter than I thought. Platinum was a very nice color, warmer than Flax, and the next trip to that area will include it.
I still plan on dyeing a dark grayish blue but didn't want to pass up this shade. The first thing I thought of was ..... remember this? I wish I would have used a darker teal for the fabric, even this new blue. As you can see, I have not finished it into a bag yet.
Changing the subject - I noticed how photos with linen get really crazy online so I resized in the Photo Gallery to the smallest size at 640 and I think it helps.
Now for the steam smash. When I use batting, I don't need to smoosh it down because it has a low and even loft. But whenever I use packaged fill, I overstuff and then press the back and front (with a pressing cloth) using a high steam setting on the iron. It compacts the fill, makes it dense and reduces the loft. This picture from an earlier post shows how it looks after a steam. When I use the cheaper fill the steam and heat really compress it. I'll try it with the Touch of Silk and see it if compresses as much. I always use a fusible interfacing on the linen so I don't know how it would feel without it.
I have been watching this tiny raccoon and his little opossum buddy the last few days. With the weather finally breaking from frigid temps, they are searching for food and looking like they are sick from the harsh winter. My sister had baby raccoons way too late in the year and we wondered if they made it through these months. Obviously, we had babies late in the fall too because he is very young. I have been leaving cat food and bread for them along with corn.
Not sure if they are actually sick or starving, but neither are in good shape. My sister is feeding another stray cat she has named Junior. She seems to be doing well except for the pain from opening her chest, slowing gaining strength, and we'll be taking her to the doc Thursday.
That's all folks!
Have a great start to your week.