Archive for August, 2009

Wall of Smoke
August 31, 2009

The Station Fire is coming our way. Everything burned within a few miles of us in all directions 2 years ago, so I don’t think the fire will have anything to burn close to home this time. When I heard the the fire was headed in our direction, just like any fool, I went to look for it. I couldn’t see anything from the yard, so I asked Rick to drive over to the park with me.

This is the view from the park. Hopefully the flames will stay on the other side of the ridge. You can see how brown everything is because of the drought.


We stopped for yogurt on the way home. I took this from the parking lot.


We weren’t even gone a half hour. I took this from the end of our driveway when we got home. Fire and smoke move really fast. In less than 30 minutes the wall of smoke moved this close to our home.



Art Nouveau
August 30, 2009

A few pages of Art Nouveau designs from “Educational Needlework”.






A Very Old Sewing Book
August 29, 2009

I wrote a quick post a while back about “Educational Needlework” published in 1911. I am really lucky to have found this book for a few dollars at an antique store in Indianapolis several years ago. Today I will show more of the pages from the book. Please excuse the photography. With all the smoke in the air from the fires, the light kept changing. The photos may take a bit of time to load. There are so many nice drawings in the book it was hard to choose which ones to photograph. These pages show the time and fashion more than the embroidery designs. I will show more of those tomorrow.

The cover.


The inscription.


Quilted bib design.


Art Nouveau embroidery designs.


How to measure.


Underwear, the chapter included patterns.


Shirt making.


Bonnet repair.


Sewing gathers by hand.


This book is about teaching girls younger than 14 how to sew. It focuses on hand stitching, but mentions machine stitching for the older girls. I just love the designs and illustrations.

AS&E Issue 88
August 28, 2009

I subscribe to “Australian Smocking and Embroidery” magazine even though there are not any little girls in our family. I hope someday there is one so I can make this really cute sundress. Look at this back with all the ruffles.


Here is another view.


Being Creative
August 27, 2009

While I was in my sewing room feeling creative, hubby was in his studio watching a movie and sculpting this. I gave him the clay as a gift a while back. He had the idea to take one of his paintings into the third dimension. This is just a sneak peak. I’ll post the other side another day.