Thursday, January 03, 2008

Fingerless Gloves and Capercaillie

These are the fingerless gloves I made from the sleeves of one of the sweaters I felted. They were super easy to make. I have a bunch of pearl cotton that Holly gave to me; I used it to embroider the flowers and do the blanket stitch on the opening. Siobhan suggested buttons, too, for embellishments, and I might use them on the next pair. I think they turned out very nicely. I really like hand embellishment, and I am glad I never could afford an embroidery machine. Hand embroidery is becoming more and more a lost art, and it really is easy and relaxing and a rather cheap way to make things look nice.
I have been listening to Capercaillie for the last couple of days, and even though they are a Scottish band I can't think of any other band that gives me a feeling of longing for my roots than they do. The feeling of the sea is evoked in a lot of what they have recorded, as well as a strong sense of belonging and even pride in a place. I love Newfoundland music, too, and a lot of Nfld. music does the same thing, but I love Capercaillie, and they do it much more consistently for me. They also inspire me more than other traditional bands do and the music has a direct effect on any projects I might be working on. I have been planning my hand dyed quilted wall hanging in my head and I see lots of sea colors, with maybe a splash of white sea birds appliqued on top, or maybe some sunset colors. I don't know yet, but I think I am going to start the dyeing process after lunch. Since this is going to be a wall hanging I am going to dye a lot of 1/8 yds. I have 2 yards of plain white Kona, and then quite a few lighter colors in my stash I can overdye. I haven't done any dyeing in awhile so I am going to have a lot of fun with these.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Those gloves are SO CUTE!!! Would you make me a pair with indian embroidery for my birthday?