Sometimes the source of inspiration comes from unexpected places. Like when I recently found this bundle of colorful wool yarn at a thrift shop; undoubtedly, remnants from someone's needlework projects. And I might add, quite a find for a quarter. Score! Looking at it, I began to imagine all the possibilities. But due to time constraints and other priorities, I had to set it aside. Then, the following week, I wandered into another shop and behold--a set of old crewel-work patterns just waiting. I tell ya, sometimes it's uncanny how these things happen. I knew immediately how I would use the yarn. The little bird design is the result of some finessing on my part, and will be included with the June bonus designs on the PatternBee website that go live on Monday. The embroidery can actually be done with floss or wool. (I used one strand of wool with a crewel embroidery needle for this--or use 3-4 strands of six-strand floss or more, if you are so inclined. Pearl cotton will work beautifully as well.) Click on the birdie to see it finished. I goofed and printed this one in reverse though, so the bonus design will actually be facing the opposite direction. It's stamped onto hemp cloth which is similar to linen in texture and feel, but much more substantial, I think. I picked up this piece in a small shop out of town, but have also been experimenting with goods from Dharma Trading Company; really love this weight in particular for a variety of needlework projects, and it's also suitable for clothing. $16+ py may seem pricey, but it's 59" wide. One yard will go a long way. (I'm thinking like: zakka smocks and aprons--yes, definitely aprons!)
This has been such a busy week with lots of things happening, and people coming and going. We had an impromptu dinner party for twelve on Thursday. A little bit of a celebration. The weather has been incredibly nice too, and with friends visiting from out-of-state, we took full advantage of it and felt a backyard BBQ was in order. Even had our very own live Celtic band. It was perfect.
On the flip side of the property, day three of garden wall construction continued. I'm actually headed outside to get my hands dirty. Looks like a great day for it.
Have a good weekend doing what you love!