Archive for August, 2009

Some sewing FO’s

I finally named my spinning wheel and sewing machine. Because of my LOVE for Mozart, and specially her opera ‘The Magic Flute’, the wheel’s name is Pamina. She is now the princess of my home, quiet and refined, a true lady.

Then I thought… why not giving a name to my sewing machine as well, ha! Well, she is now Papagena, also due to Mozart’s opera, because she is more on the ‘chatty’ side, making a bit more noise than her friend the princess.

So, speaking of sewing, Papagena got a sewing machine cozy, that will protect her from dust. I’ve made a little cap on the top, that closes with a button, so I can easily open it and grab the handle, if I want to move it around.

Papagena got a dress!

Papagena got a dress!

Papagena got a dress!

Papagena got a dress!

Also, my Two Kates project bag, from Scottish designer Kate Davis is complete. I am now using it to store fibre I will be spinning.

Two Kates project bag

Two Kates project bag

Two Kates project bag

Two Kates project bag

Then, last but not least, I am almost done making a bottom boxed handbag, my first. I’ve used the same fabric from the Two Kates project bag; I really like how the floral print and the solid fabric match! I’ve put an interior pocket that I divided in 2, stitching right in the middle. I am planning to put a hard handle inside the fabric handles and then stitch them close, so they will have a bit more body. I think I will be finishing this bag when we come back from vacation.

Boxed bottom bag

Boxed bottom bag

Boxed bottom bag

Boxed bottom bag

Boxed bottom bag - interior pocket

Boxed bottom bag - interior pocket

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A rainy summer afternoon at home pays off sometimes…

It is raining… again in Toronto, and we are both home reading, and I am also spinning some yummy merino.

Then I came to the Internet to look for some stuff and I find a jewel on YouTube: Claudio Cavina’s madrigal group ‘La Venexiana’ performing Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea.

This group specializes in renaissance and baroque music (our favorite), and performed several Monteverdi’s operas as well -playing with period instruments, of course-, but the thing that makes them really special is not just the quality of their musical work, but their originality.

Take a look a this! It is Ottavia (mezzosoprano) ordering Ottone (countertenor) to kill Poppea… over the phone…

And once again on YouTube, I come across Argentine baritone Victor Torres playing Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at le Grand Theatre de Geneve with Il Giardino Armonico… I am in love with that voice and the modern staging too…

And yet another incredibly beautiful version of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, this time conducted by the great René Jacobs, a specialist in this type of music, and again played with period instruments, which really sound very different from modern ones. The staging is also so contemporary!

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Buy Lendrum double treadle… checked (V)

Hi All!

I am the proud owner of a Lendrum DT complete since… today! It is used, but in great condition.

I am so excited that I had to start spinning right away as soon as I got home. I am working on a beautiful Superwash Merino ‘custom blend’ I got at the Black Lamb, in Port Hope, Ontario.

Oh boy… this has turned to be such a happy weekend…

My 'new' used Lendrum DT

My 'new' used Lendrum DT

Superwash Merino custom blend

Superwash Merino custom blend

Superwash Merino custom blend

Superwash Merino custom blend

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I was one of ten winners in Kate Davis’s draw! – Dollheid Tam

I am really excited about being one of the ten winners in Scottish designer Kate Davie’s draw. She designed a beautiful tam with the theme of her ‘paper dolls sweater’ (http://needled.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/paper-dolls/).

Dollheid tam by Kate Davies

Dollheid tam by Kate Davies

Dollheid tam by Kate Davies

Dollheid tam by Kate Davies

You can find the tam here: http://needled.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/dollheid-prize-draw/ and if you like it a lot, look for the pattern here: http://needled.wordpress.com/designs/

I am planning to knit it using a beautiful burgundi merino fibre that I bought at The Black Lamb, in Port Hope, and will be spinning soon. It is very similar to the color she used for the dolls in her original tam. The main color might also be a grey, but I haven’t decided yet.

Thank you Kate for your beautiful design and generosity!!!

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Two Kates Project Bag – in the making

Kate Davis, the Scottish knitwear designer, created this easy and beautiful project bag, and I am making it. It is really worth it to check out her adventures in the world of sewing, she is very creative and resourceful: http://needled.wordpress.com/

I’ve started today with the project bag, using a floral print for the exterior and a solid bordeaux for the lining. So far, I’ve sewn the handles. The floral exterior fabric is a bit stretchy, like a jersey, so it was a bit tricky.

Two Kates Project Bag in process

Two Kates Project Bag in process

Two Kates Project Bag in process

Two Kates Project Bag in process

Two Kates Project Bag in process

Two Kates Project Bag in process

Two Kates Project Bag - Original by Kate Davis

Two Kates Project Bag - Original by Kate Davis

You can find the original pattern on her website: http://needled.wordpress.com/designs/, and scroll down to the project.

More pics soon as the project progresses!!!

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