The Race Is On

Today is Friday, October 19th, and probably our last day in the upper 50’s, which means my indigo vat has one last round before hibernating for the winter.

 photo courtesy of Tracy Altieri.

photo courtesy of Tracy Altieri.

Fabrics are soaking, and the clock is ticking. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands in that big blue vat! If you’ve followed along on Instagram, you’ll have had a glimpse at an average dye day and how it moves from hour to hour throughout the day. Suffice it to say, with all of the dyeing these past few weeks, there will be a shop update very soon!

These action photos were taken by my very talented friend Tracy Altieri, and you can find her gorgeous blog here and on Instagram @myretiringlife. On this particular dye day, Tracy swiftly captured me gingerly shaking out the fabric immediately upon exiting the vat. The fabric transitions from a yellow-green to blue-green and then to a majestic blue, as seen below. The blue deepens with each dip in the vat. This process never ceases to delight and impress! With that, I’m off to the vat, tick tock!

 Indigo dyed sateen drying among the dogwoods.

Indigo dyed sateen drying among the dogwoods.

 A   shop   update is quickly approaching!

A shop update is quickly approaching!

 photo courtesy of Tracy Altieri.

photo courtesy of Tracy Altieri.

Stay tuned for next week’s post!

Friday, October 26th is my day on the fun-filled blog hop for Karen Lewis’s chic new book, Wabi-Sabi Sewing! Meet the entire line up of talented, generous sewers and quilters on the blog hop which begins Wednesday, October 24th with Svetlana Sotak at http://www.sotakhandmade.blogspot.com. I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog hop celebrating Karen’s book. Follow along to see gorgeous examples several of us have made from the book. There will be giveaways, too, including one happening right here! You won’t want to miss it!

 A hidden clue for next week’s exciting post. Can you spot it?

A hidden clue for next week’s exciting post. Can you spot it?

I hope this weekend brings you some of what you love most about fall! See you next week!

Satisfying Sewing

 Beautiful OOAK drawstring bags in   the shop

Beautiful OOAK drawstring bags in the shop

When I'm meeting a deadline and my work table is piled high, I often find sneaking in a little satisfying sewing helps me keep calm. Lately, these reversible bags have been the project of choice.

I've slowly been adding these simple, elegant drawstring bags to the shop. Fun to make and easy to sew, they make stylish storage for knitting projects, portable sewing projects, gift wrapping or travel necessities. They're reversible, too! I learned how to make these bags in any size by watching this YouTube video.

The bag shown here uses one of my eco-dyed silk panels and naturally dyed muslin. The same muslin is used for the interior. Easy!

 Al fresco lunch served on a placemat made from one of my   eco-dye panels  .

Al fresco lunch served on a placemat made from one of my eco-dye panels.

 This is my go-to bean salad with champagne vinaigrette. It's simple, healthy and tastes like summer. You can find the recipe here.

If you're looking for something specific in the shop that isn't there, please let me know in the comments below or by email. There's a chance I just might have it.