My mojo disappeared sometime back in March. It seems like the combination of my crazy weekend of warp painting during a power failure, followed by an unexpectedly warm spring that just stayed nice, totally crushed my creative energy.
That's OK though. I've definitely been enjoying this fabulous spring and summer while getting enough accomplished to keep my head above water.
It's sort of surprising what kicked me back into gear.
We had guests over for dinner, so I wanted to unearth the dining room table. It was my sewing room for the winter, but I wanted to clear off the sewing to make room for entertaining.
I decided to make the blue curtain that I so excitedly found fabric for after the Fuzz Fest in January.
This fabric is a curtain fabric that's pretty stiff. It has blue and black threads making up the fabric, and then gold thread machine embroidered in that swirl pattern. I used it unbacked, even though it technically has a right side and a wrong side. It's nice enough on the back that I'm OK with that.
My sewing machine had a little trouble with this fabric. I tried a bunch of different needles but if I was sewing through more than 2 layers my machine had trouble and sometimes couldn't pierce the fabric. If you have any tips and pointers for me regarding that, definitely let me know!
In bits and pieces throughout the week, I finished the curtain!!
Here are the steps I followed (for my reference as much as yours!)
- Get measurements of finished curtain
- Sew side seams
- Sew pocket for curtain rod at top
- Hang to check length
- Sew bottom hem
- Hang to check
- Store until winter!
Bailey immediately figured out how to get through the new curtain. (The old one was short, purchased inexpensively as a test, so Bailey could walk right under it.)
That's one project down.....too many to count to go!!
I even tackled the pile of mending next to the sewing machine before moving all of that gear upstairs. I repaired a pair of jeans, pajama bottoms and a turtleneck.
Hopefully I'll have a bit more creative energy over the summer, if only to hide from the heat and humidity. I have some weaving deadlines in the fall, so I'd better get cracking!