lørdag 20. desember 2008

Big, unfinished project

Cuff for national costume shirt
I want to share with you my biggest ongoing project. I have worked on this since 2004, and its embarrassing that it is not finished yet. It is an order from my mother, she wants me to make new embroidery on the shirt for her national costume (called bunad in Norway). That is the collar and cuffs. Her eyes aren't good enough to do it, but we have this "agreement" that I embroider and she sews. Earlier I have made my own and my brother's shirt.

Cuff for national costume shirt
The collar is embroidered with linen thread on linen fabric. As you can see, the pattern is full of details. Please, pay particular attention to the holes. They are the reason it is taking me so long time. They are so tiny! They reach over 4x4 threads and through two layers of fabric, so I have to be careful to hit the right spot on the backside. In addition it is a very nice fabric where the threads are woven very close to each other. I have to wear some reading glasses (+3!) while I embroider because else I cannot see.

I use 1 hour on 4 holes. Last I counted, I had something like 400 holes left. Now my mother is pushing me to finish it before 2010. Hopefully this is the kind of pressure I need to finish it. Do you have any projects like this that is lying around for years?

søndag 7. desember 2008

Simple drawstring backpack

New bag
This simple backpack is perfect for a Sunday-walk. It has room for a sandwich, my photo camera and a book. It is made of oilcloth, and the pattern is from Lotta Jansdotter's book called Simple Sewing. It only took me an afternoon to put it together, and was really simple to sew. The straps are combined shoulder straps and drawstring for closing the backpack.

The pictures are taken at the end of October when we still were waiting for the winter to arrive. It was one of the first mornings with frost and ice, and the light was so clear.First signs of winter