As soon as I went back to my sewing machine, I really had one of those "bad luck" episode with the silk I had bought and, since silk is quite expensive, it got me really upset. Briefly, though. You know me: a few tears, and then I am open for business as usual.
So, what was wrong with the silk? The weight. It really was so lightweight. It was difficult - but not impossible! - to sew and then, when I had already made three belts, I had to admit it: it was not right. Too thin, basically transparent and totally unable to "keep the crease."
I confronted the new silk with the one I had been using before and realised it was not the same! Same shop, same price, same everything...but the silk was not the right one!
Ok: major set backs happen. No need to panic.
Of course it took me forever to find another decent silk. I had to renounce to taffeta - which is currently not easy to find - and pick raw silk again, as at the very beginning!
However, my schedule is quite tight at the moment with the little one and all. So even when I'd finally got the new silks, I still had to find the right time (and space) to sew the new-new obi belts.
And to be honest, I haven't finished yet. But I am getting there :D
However, any new mom knows going back to work is not simple, for establishing a routine for the kids means you don't get to have one, and the many accidents, disruptions and set backs (and moments of sleep deprived chaos) are so many.
I am an optimist though, and a stubborn woman, so don't worry, I am getting it done!
I know I hadn't been writing on this blog forever - well, clearly, from November 2015. And I know I could just stay disappeared and leave it alone, but I think it's nicer to write a few lines about it.
So yes, about three years ago I just stopped updating here and then, a few months later, I put on vacation mode my shop on Etsy, the Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
Why, and what have I done meantime? Well, let's say I was still busy with some kind of creativity: I had a baby girl, and suddenly found myself embarked on a totally new adventure.
However, as you can guess, I am back online. The shop is live from August and all is working smoothly again. I think I am not going to be as prolific though, and possibly stop writing as much as I used to, because - every new mom knows -, me-time is a precious gift and I possibly won't have enough of it for blogging.
Yesterday I went to the Knitting and Stitching show at RDS Dublin, and took some pictures. The show is awesome, and enormous! I was impressed with the section dedicated to expositions, innovation and art, as it was much more well cared for and developed than I would thought! The commercial, the 'faire' side of the show it is naturally bigger but anyway they managed to make it well balanced.
An artist from Kerry, she makes giant ropes and reflects on the maker's work's value...
This philosophical coat is clearly inspired by Deleuze's The Fold...It probably also travels in time.
While these twin dresses are sophisticated and beautiful to watch moving, they also made me think of Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. Not nice.
Anyway, if you continue with the felting, folding and stitching you eventually get a murales. Stunning.
A simple, yet cool way to say it...
Donegal tweed quilting:
The girl from this felt stall is from Poland!
Katie Moore, a personal exhibition inspired by a lifetime spent in hospitals.
A trove! Japanese area, with kimonos from a private collection and many incredible embroideries on silk...
Here some works from the exhibition "Reflections"
More funny shops:
That's it, I'd love to upload more pictures but blogger shuts down if I try!
I don't have too many crafting updates, so I'm sharing random picks from my October gardening. Well yes, you're right: she works from home, she makes jewellery, she sew her own clothes, and she's got a garden now...where's the cat?!?
You'll see it soon I guess!
Sigh, I'm becoming a cliché...
However, I love it when it's sunny, because it means I can enjoy the garden with its lovely scents - which have changed a lot in the last few weeks.
I find October kind of bitter-sweet and melancholic, but yet enjoyable.
The fresh air is fantastic, and the colours too.
So, at the moment the queen of the garden is a decadent Begonia, totally baroque, growing fat in the shadow:
As opposed to the skinny Clematis, which is a nervous plant, skinny, possibly nasty: like a lizard, it continues regenerating spiralling up toward the sun. It seems fragile, but it is having a late blossoming...
The herbs in their pots are doing well. They literally reach out for more sun though - sorry guys, it's Ireland!
The oregano is having a second flowering too.
I know it won't make the news but...to me it's incredible that all these plants are flowering again in October.
Even the cracks in the wall seem to have joined the party!