Thursday, February 01, 2007

Its all Seahorse's fault

So I'm casually reading Seahorse's blog and I see her post about some great fabric that she bought from an ebay seller. 24 hours later, an envelope arrives at my letter box containing lovely cotton fabrics. The piece on the far left is a free piece that I got for buying the other 3 and I have to say this seller has great judgement in picking the free piece because if I had seen that bit of fabric, I would have bought it.

My bedroom has quite a lot of chinese texiles and Oriental themed stitching on the wall so I think the oriental prints will become cushions or cushion backs. Its ironic that I really love going shopping for fabric now as when I was very young, I hated it when my mum dragged my sister and I around every local fabric shop. My mum trained as a sewing machinist and made us most of our clothes when I was a child. It was pretty good as I got older as we could take her into a shop and show her something we liked. She would then make something very similar and it fitted much better too, given that I'm not very tall.
I didn't pay enough attention when she tried to teach me to sew when I was younger so I'm not very confident with a sewing machine. Ironically, my mum isn't much good at hand sewing and she doesn't have the patience for cross stitch. I tried to teach her a couple of years ago but she says that it takes too long. At the moment, she is sewing my sister's wedding dress and 4 bridesmaids bodices/skirts. They will be coming to me very soon to have beads applied to them.

I had my sewing machine out this week as I finished my Scared stitches piece from the Shepherds bush retreat. I'm not 100% happy with all the seams as they aren't as straight as I would like them. The pictures make them look even more squinty.

I also made a couple of pieces of oriental fabric that I got from Satomi into cushions and also an Oriental themed round robin into a cushion. I forgot to take pictures of them last night. I've also finished off 2 exchange pieces this week but pictures of them will have to wait until them reach their destinations.
Tomorrow is my last day off work this week. I was off sick at the start of the week so I feel like I haven't been there in ages. I'm kind of dreading going back as I've had enough of work there at the moment. There's still no news from the company that told me at the end of last year that they wanted to employ me so I guess they still haven't got any vacancies. I really need to get myself motivated to learn to drive. I've had a lot of driving lessons in the past but after a very upsetting driving test 8 years ago, I haven't had any lessons. I actually like the driving bit but the test bit is so horrible. It would open up a few job opportunities if I got my license so I should go for it.


Seahorse said...

Bwahahahaha!!! Only... now you've made me want to go back and buy more, as I now have an idea for some Chinese fabric!

I love your FOs. Sorry work is still a bit rubbish. Lots of moral support here if/when you go for it again with the driving!

Gina said...

Hi Paula
I'd love to see the beading you do on the dresses! Do try with the driving. I agree about the test but it's so worth it when you finally get the license!

stitcherw said...

Fun fabric, and your scared stitches looks cute. I'd say try again for the test, as you mentioned it will help open so many more opportunities.

Name: Vicki said...

Love the 2 Halloween finishes. They are really cute patterns! Definitely try for your license again. Being able to drive will give you so much freedom!

Susan said...

Go for it with the driving test! I didn't pass on my first attempt, and it took me a couple of years before I felt confident enough to try again.

Congratulations on your Scared Stitches finish! I haven't even looked at mine since the retreat (I know, I'm bad!)

debijeanm said...

I wandered into your blog (I love the seredipity of blogspot) and Lo! You are standing in front of my favorite ever shop of any kind! I had to go through and read about your adventures with the Shepherd's Bush retreat. With luck, by October of 2008 I'll be living fifteen minutes away from the Bush and will be attending one of those retreats, too. Your experience has really inspired me!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on finishing your "Scared Stitches"! Mine hasn't seen the light of day since it was in Utah, so I need to dust it off :)

MysteryKnitter said...

I sure hope you will grab the wheel again. I'm sure you will tame it.