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+ + I found a patchwork panel piece in a secondhand shop, and had to rescue it. It's been beautifully stitched by hand in pink and green cotton in a complicated star design. I sewed it into a cushion cover for maximum display purposes. When I posted it on Insta the same day, a kind person posted a comment with a link to Hmong reverse applique designs. Really good to have some clue as to its provenance, although I'm still not sure how such a carefully-sewn piece ended up in a box in a Kilbirnie op shop.
* * I made myself this grey linen dress to wear over the hot days of summer (of which there have been quite a few this year). I drafted the pattern myself (I think it could still use a few tweaks though) and used milled linen fabric from The Fabric Store. The best part about the dress is its roomy side pockets - i can't imagine making clothes without them now!
= = Wrapping orders and birthday presents recently has been more fun because i made a giant stack of small cards with pressed flowers (and clear seal on top.) Pressed flowers forever!
^ ^ In the last photo you can see some beautiful yarn I bought from my friend Nikki's shop, Dark Harbour. This was a Christmas present to myself and I finally case a new pair of socks on with it this weekend. The colourway is called 'Rare and Exotic Beast.' Perfect!