Archive for June, 2009

Farewell, Paul

June 19th, 2009

Last October I captured some photos of this large caterpillar building it’s cocoon on out back porch.  I photoblogged the image on my Aminus3 page http://laupre.aminus3.com/image/2008-10-03.html .  I started calling him paul after looking online at photos of moths and guessed he’d be a polyphemus because of his big green body.  Since then we’ve waited patiently for our little friend Paul to make an appearance.  It was a kind of running joke that he was a great roomate.  Never made a mess, was really quiet, that sort of thing.  It’d been so long we were starting to wonder if we’d ever see him (and if he did come out if we’d be lucky enough to see him before he flew off.)

Today we spotted him all big and mothy, having emergerd from his cocoon. check him out!

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Each of his wings were about 3 inches long, giving him a pretty impressive 6 inch wingspan.

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He hung around for a couple of hours and then disappeared, but won’t be forgotten.  Farewell, Paul!

My Little Lamb

June 8th, 2009

Just wanted to share this little project I whipped up this weekend.  I brought the linen and some crewel wool with me to the laundrymat to keep me busy while I was waiting for the machines to do their thing.  I sketched it out and stitched up the trees and grass during the wash cycle, then decided it needed a little lamb while the dryers were running.

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And a couple of detail shots:

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At first, I made the sheep’s body with a double layer of satin stitch, but it just didn’t look right.  I think the french knot curls lood adorable, and since I layered the french knots on top of two layers of satin stitch it really stands out and has a great texture.

Now I just need to know what to do with it!  I’s about 4″x6″, so maybe a little pouch? a pin cushion? I don’t know do you have any suggestions?

Let’s Pink!

June 5th, 2009

When I saw this little machine in the thrift store I was immediately intrigued.

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I thought it was beautiful.  It is all metal, except for the wooden handle, and is pretty small, at a little under 6 inches tall. (on my monitor, the photo is just a little bit smaller than the real thing)  I wasn’t sure what it was at first, but as I played with it I started to get an idea of what it was for.  When you turn the handle, the wavy blade turns as well as the metal disk below the table.  I thought it had to be for pinking fabric!  I brought it home, not really caring if it would work or not because I loved it.

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Just look at those neat gears on the back! You can see here that it was made by Singer.  I started looking around online after I got it home and found out that it’s a little hand pinking machine that Singer made during the first half of the 1930′s.  I was even able to download a PDF of the instruction manual.  The manual promised that the blade will “never need sharpening”!  I thought I’d better give it a try.  The little machine clamps down onto the edge of a table for security. I clamped it down, fed some sweet Kokka Japanese linen through it, and it worked like a charm! perfectly!

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I wonder if Singer knew when they wrote their manual that it would really still work perfectly 70 years later.  It’s so nice because the machine feeds the fabric through as you turn the handle, all you have to do is guide it to keep it straight.  It is so much easier to use than pinking shears (scissors), because you never have to worry about lining up the zags and zigs every time you reopen the scissors to cut the next part.  You just get one long continuous line of perfect pinking!

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I pinked the edges of a couple of rectangles of the linen and paired it with some lime green linen to make a pouch.  I made the pinked edges a part of the design since it was so fabulous.

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And look, the machine fits right inside.  Cute, no?

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