Last Saturday, we brought Ji Yuan to see Nomade by Cirque Eloize of Canada. It was such a magnificent performance, the best show we've seen so far this year and Ji Yuan was practically dancing in her seat. This review, although dated, says it well. Each and every member of the cast is at the same time an acrobat, singer, dancer, actor, comedian, musician, a true entertainer in all senses, so multi-talented and so all-rounded.
July spells the start of my one-month yarn hiatus. Just as well to give time to reflect a bit on my crafty pursuits which so far have been pretty much one-dimensional, so single-faceted, kind of monotone. No spinning, no dyeing (not yet), no sewing, no quilting, no beading, no cooking or baking, no scrapbooking. Just knitting and the ocassional crochet.
I used to cross-stitch and needlepoint before the children came. While in Singapore, I bought a small cross-stitch kit for old time's sake. Koolaid dyeing is next on the horizon, can't wait to start. Maybe I can venture into fabrics, inspired by the lovely quilts that Hillary and A.J. recently made.
So I dug out this toy-like sewing machine that run on battery. See how small the machine is, that hand belongs to my 2-years. Then the sewing notions, still pathetic at the moment, and limited to pins, a pin cushion, fabric chalk and a picker (I expect a lot of mistakes), put into this cookies tin from Bengawan Solo. Won't it be nice if there are fabrics in these prints?
Then the fabrics. I thought a tote bag should be good as a first project and bought the blue/green floral cloth that remotely resembles William Morris prints and matching plain Christmas green one. And a red floral print and solid orange to match. Greedy me. I cut up the red fabric to make this tote bag pattern from Rowan 31.
The so-called 'machine' really is a joke, it so small and is operated by pressing a button on the side, leaving me with only one hand to hold the fabric. The tension of the top and bottom threads couldn't stay even and the fabric kept bunching up. After fiddling over an hour, all I got was a not-so-straight line. So I gave up. Hearing my plight, Eva has kindly offered the use of her machine when we next meet up. Aye. So much for my venture.