foraged fabric · refashion · Sewing

This precious stone set in the silver sea

As the lawn dries, cracks and slides inexorably from ‘Centre Court on Men’s Final Day’ to ‘Summer of ’76’ I find myself in need of verdant shades.

Enter stage left, an elderly bit player:

pronounced guilty and swinging from the gallows
Pronounced guilty and swinging from the gallows
Woolen, shrunken and felted.
Woolen, shrunken and felted.

Something ready-to-wear which to the faint-hearted may seem beyond redemption, but I say cut her down from the gallows, furnish her with a new coat and send her on her way.

Briefly without her outer.
Briefly without her outer.
New outer - Liberty Edenham
New outer – Liberty Edenham
And from backstage.
And from backstage.
My new favourite hem finish.
My new favourite hem finish.

Title – King Richard II Act II Scene I

Things not to miss on Radio 4 this week:

7 thoughts on “This precious stone set in the silver sea

    1. Partly… I can never get a neat hem finish if I entirely hand sew. I made two-fold (not bias) binding. I then
      1) machine stitched one flap of the binding to the hem. Right sides to right sides.
      2) wrapped the binding around the raw edges encasing them in a binding ‘sandwich’.
      3) folded the other binding flap to the inside.
      4) slip stitched the folded in flap to the line of machine stitching that’s still just about visible on the inside of the garment.
      Not easy to explain in words… I’ll take piccies next time I do it :-))

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