Forgot to mention earlier that ikatbag has been on the air
for a whole year. About 3 weeks ago, our little birthday was.
Slipped by unnoticed. Here's probably where many one-year-
old bloggers would write a little encouraging post to other
younger bloggers about how rewarding it is and how we've
grown as crafters and people in just twelve months*
All I want to talk about is fabric. La la la la la la la la la la la la.
Here's another fabric I love -
Those are some of my sarongs which I used to wear
with gauzy kebaya tops with embroidery you wouldn't
believe. Free-motion. None of which I made. Grandma made
the tops, and I think I might have one somewhere stashed
away in my Tiny Clothes (pre-pregnancy) rubbermaid tub.
If I find it, I'll take a picture.
Not vile by any means. But not batik like
we used to wear back when we had waists.
Anyway, I am so deliriously fond of my batik sarongs
that I want to put them on my walls. Except I can't frame
them and hang them since I still want to wear them. So
I am working on rendering them in oil pastel. Very
reverse-Spoonflower. So far I've done one. Here's a photo:
Whenever I worked on this, Emily sat with me, thrilled
to be using "mom's supersmooth crayons". She did some
very nice stylus work, which she called, "the unpicker
scratchings" because I used the seam ripper
(didn't have a stylus):
But anyway, who knows when I'll be done with the other
ones and have them up on my real walls at home. So I put
this first one in my blog banner, where it can stay
for a while, all bohemian-like.
Also updated my profile picture - it will be fun to see how
I evolve as Emily adds more features to her people art. If
you remember the previous one, I was an egg. In this new
one, I am toting my satchel/messenger bag purse thing.
Maybe I'll let you all see it someday - it's store-bought
and polyester and black and nowhere as cool as the one
Emily drew. It even has parts held together by safety
pins. Quite an alarming advertisement actually, for a
person who's supposed to be making bags for other people.
Speaking of bags, I made another one this week. I'd been
haunted by this pattern in my brain for a while, and I made
it just to get it out of my head. Unfortunately, I have no
idea what to do with it. This happens sometimes.
Skorts update: Sewed two seams today. Hurrah!
Progress! Might be finished by Christmas.
* It is true: I have grown as a crafter. I used to only
be able to simultaneously tackle a measley four hundred
and seventy three projects. Now I can do three thousand,
five hundred and sixty-nine! Since I gave up sleeping, I mean.