THANK YOU so much for all the birthday greetings. I appreciate the well wishes. I had breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee with different women and some great one-to-one creative conversations. The class went on a tour of the costume department at the Shakespeare Festival on a work day and got to see it in motion which is apparently never done and was VERY interesting. I made a lot of progress on my project and in the evening, there was a drop-in for previous DOL attendees and I reconnected with Joanne from a previous retreat and met Anna who I've blogged with. It was a fabulous day.
I'm not sure if Diane remembered it was my birthday, and nothing was said out loud, but there were cake labels at each of our places in the morning. I taped mine to my machine.
When I was twelve, I sat down at the sewing machine and fell in love. This is my new love - a reliable steam generating iron. It is beyond wonderful and may be what I buy with my birthday money. I just need to track it down on Amazon first. It presses like a dream and you all know how I feel about pressing. It was love at first steam.
I have been struggling to work in the smaller space. At home, if things end up on the floor, it's time to take a break. Here, I'm doing a lot of work down on my knees between the tables. In the image above, I was cutting bias strips to make piping for the little coat.
Here's the right front with two sections of piping sewn in and a third section pinned around the armhole I'll finish that this morning and sew all the sections together before deciding on the collar and closures. I want to be more experimental with those since they are the focus of my learning on this trip.
Here's a detail shot. I think Miles' painted fabric and mine go together quite well. On the coat, there are three plainer pieced sections that I want to do more work on but not until I see the shape in its entirety so I can get the balance correct. The coats have received a lot of attention. At first, the other women wondered why I sewed in a size two. I keep explaining that it's a safe place to risk and to play because it doesn't have to fit me or anyone I know. Several have started to say they can see the appeal. I find making the coats very fun and play is such a critical element to finding joy in our lives. We need more play.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a wonderful birthday