Sunday, February 28, 2021

Goodbye February

 Why is it that working from home makes for longer hours?  

It seems I finished the purple socks AND sent them to their recipient without getting a picture, but I did finish them.  There has been quite a bit of sewing.  Back when I bought my first house, I made several sets of placemats using a fan pattern with doilies.  At the time, I never made more than 6 for a set because my table only had room for 6 people, there wasn't room in the house for a bigger table, and nothing in life ever changes, right?  A marriage and two houses later, I did find the remaining fabric and apparently the only remaining doily that will match the others, and made two additional placemats.  An in-progress shot:

Not realizing I had the material or doily to make them, last fall I'd ordered fabric to make a new set,

this time TWELVE with 15 matching napkins, because what isn't fun about hemming?

(besides all of it).  Sometime in the last 18 years the original doilies stopped being produced without notifying me first, so a new source had to be found.  Amazon really does have everything, but it seems the rest of the world isn't just here to accommodate crafting needs, so there was an additional center medallion on each doily that had to be cut away in order to be flat, and I don't know if you know this about doilies, but they really don't enjoy being cut.  This leads to fraying.  Lots of fraying, some of which isn't secured simply with a seam, so hand stitching is required to get them to cooperate in being a placemat.  Which explains why Andy's Valentine's Day gift,

didn't even get started until after Valentine's Day.  Oops.  Venus and I worked on the hand-stitching yesterday after taxes,

and there is still a chance I could finish the shirt today to at least achieve the right gift MONTH, so that would be something.....