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February 19, 2016

there is a very satisfying feeling to use assorted fabrics and fibres

that have been hanging out in various stash piles

for far to long

P1080320the second workbag is finished

and a little bag from the first scraps

P1080318two skeins of handspun 2 ply flax/linen

then I was gifted 3.5 lbs. of VERY fine singles linen yarn

thank you Heather

it has traveled many miles – from Japan to the B.C. Gulf Islands and then Victoria

but is labelled “Derry” and I assume, came originally from Ireland

I’m making plans and hope it won’t sit in the stash for longP1080329

this fabric was carefully planned to sew an origami top

sorry, this is the correct link –  instructions for origami top

as shown in Handwoven magazine

and has been hiding in a corner for two years

it is cotton and a cotton/hemp blend, has a nice crisp feel with all natural dyes

P1080322the neck, sleeves and hem are finished with bias binding

it is a relief to finally finish

and will be nice to wear in the summer.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2016 12:55 am

    stunning bag & top. breathtaking linen


  2. February 23, 2016 5:22 am

    I am very attracted to your workbags. Do you aim for a particular proportion when you assemble them, or do you just let the fabrics dictate the size/shape?


    • February 23, 2016 8:15 am

      Alice – the width of warp, approx 8 inches is used doubled for the body of the bag (seam down the middle placing selvdge edges flat on top of each other and double stitching) and then it is folded in half lengthwise for the top section. The inside edge is flat stitched over the top of the lining and makes a neat finish.


  3. vdbolyard permalink
    February 23, 2016 3:35 am

    oh, well done. a fine design, both yours and the shirt designers.


    • February 23, 2016 8:19 am

      Velma – the shirt pattern, from an old Handwoven Mag. was originally introduced by a lady from Japan.


  4. February 20, 2016 9:57 am

    Lovely top, Jean! And I can’t wait to find out what you’re going to make with the linen.


    • February 20, 2016 10:31 am

      Louisa – thank you, I can’t do all the expert pattern drafting that you do so I would adjust the measurements for the next one. Finished width of fabric determines fit and length, I’m trying to think of some way to make it longer. As for the linen I too, can’t wait until the brilliant idea strikes!


  5. February 20, 2016 6:51 am

    the top is beautiful! and i heartily agree: there is so much satisfaction in piecing together scraps and stashed goodies into something that makes the sum better than the parts alone. but it DOES take time. 🙂


  6. February 19, 2016 6:47 pm

    I like the idea of an origami blouse! Yours is beautiful!


    • February 19, 2016 9:02 pm

      Kjerstin – seams are on the bias so it fits and hangs differently, takes a bit of thinking about.


  7. emilysuzanna permalink
    February 19, 2016 3:23 pm

    What a beautiful blouse! It is so satisfying to finish things👏 Congrats!


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