May 28, 2007

Peacocking About

Allow me this little post to show you some of my recent non-Montessori plumage ....
(Click on photos to enlarge.)
My entry for this contest made using Simplicity pattern 4017 ....
Fruit of an entire weekend spent appliquéing and hand-embroidering.A happy skirt made with Anna Maria Horner's new fabric line, Chocolate Lollipop. Inspired by the book, Sew You. (A MUST READ for those of you interested in learning how to sew your own clothes!)

Isn't my husband such a good sport, getting the cruddy camera to perform for this little photo shoot? What a gem. (The husband, not the camera.) :)

Hope you folks in the US of A have enjoyed your three-day weekend!



Mary Willis said...

I realize I don't know your name, but found you on one of the Montessori lists (yahoo, I think). I am an AMS trained 3-6 guide with my own tiny school in the NC mountains (US).

I am a mom with newly grown children (3- an artist in school, a biologist in school, and a new high school graduate who is in Arkansas for the summer with Heifer International, left yesterday.)

So, I am a new empty nester, and non-crafty person (except for the necesary craftiness of someone who is a Montessori teacher, who owns her own school and building and has a frugal bent), looking for inspiration as a teacher and a person.

Reading about your obvious joy in making such wonderful, pretty things for yourself and your class, is inspiring.

I even made a little bag for a set of science materials, with a tiny pocket with a button, which the children loved...

I have enjoyed looking at your links, fabric options for someone whose last significant sewing project was for her Girl Scout sewing badge.

I have eschewed sewing since leaving my mother's sewing machine, which had to be fiddled with for 45 mins per session, to adjust the tension so that the stitching on the bottom (called?) did not snap continually.

So(again), I have really been intimidated by the machines. Do you have any recommendations? Easy, simple, useful, foolproof?

I ordered a book related to the book you linked on the blogsite.

I have this week off from school, to clean and get ready for summer school (current and new children), putting things away and getting ready to give the most simple presentations, which, today, sounds soothing.

Do you work all summer, or is it summer for you?

Anyway, thanks for the very different vision.

Mary Willis

Meg McElwee said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I sew with a Kenmore 385. 17628 machine. (What a catchy name!) I bought it used on several years ago, and it has served me well. It's nothing fancy. I would say that one of the most important things to look for in a machine is how easy it is to remove, wind, and replace the bobbin. It should be a painless process, but some machines make this excruciatingly painful! Perhaps others have some machine shopping tips they could share ... I think I was just lucky finding mine used. You could also go to your local fabric store and ask around.

Wow, summer school, too ... We have a short summer here in Mexico, but at least we have vacation! I'm not sure how I would ever REALLY be able to make a dent in my material making without an old fashioned summer vacation. I really look forward to that time - sleeping in, sewing, gardening, yoga ... all at a leisurely pace.

I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.


Anna Maria said...

Both of those pieces are really beautiful!! You should upload them to my two flikcr groups for Bohemian Beauties and for Chocolate Lollipoppers. You did a really wonderful job and I would love everyone to see :)

The Wooden Spool said...

Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog with the nice compliments. Glad I can see your blog, now. Everything is so colorful and inspirational.~ Regards, Laurie~

kneek said...

I love the shirt! The applique is fantatic, clearly a laborious process but worth the effort. It really spiffs up the shirt.