Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fabric, Ballet, Portraits and a Project Bag


When I wrote my previous blog post, I had in mind to blog at least once a week. So 9 days isn’t what I should be. I’m sorry!

It has been a strange 9 days, and I think for once I’m going backwards in time.

Today I finished the birthday gift for my oldest son, who is going to be 19 years old tomorrow.

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This is just the kind of sweater he loves and wears almost all the time.

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Can you see the inside of the hood? It isn’t lining, it is just the back of the fabric; so soft and warm. And to keep this softness and warmth, it didn’t seem right to make the seams the usual way, so I decided to make ‘French seams’.

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All seams are double stitched, so no I guess Mr. Sensitive won’t have itching-issues with this sweater.

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Where the hood is sewn onto the sweater, I’ve used a ribbon to cover the seams, because a French seam would become to thick.

That was today, and of course I have been working on it for a couple of days; since Sunday that is. Sunday I went to a huge fabric market. Twice a year this is organized in a town nearby, and it is huge. And because fabric shops are very rare these days, a market like this the perfect place to go to.

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These are the fabrics I brought home with me (plus of course the fabric for the hoodie). 3 Linen fabrics and some flowers.

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This fabric especially I like a lot. It has wonderful colours and I can’t wait to make a tunica with it. Nothing complicated, a very simple dress it is going to be.

The flower-fabric is going to be the lining of my new bathrobe; the outside fabric will be purple terry.

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Saturday was special too. Before we had children, we used to go to the ballet, a couple of times a year. We haven’t been ever since we got our first child; indeed far too long! Saturday though, we went again and it was wonderful.

The National Ballet danced George Balanchines “Jewels”, a ballet in three pieces, with emeralds, rubies and diamonds as inspiration. All three pieces were quite different, one very classic, the other a bit more modern. But all were real gems!

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This was such a succes, that I brought home the program for next season and looking at it, I’m almost sure it won’t take another 19 years before I go back.

The days before Saturday (well, actually including Saturday), I paid a visit to Flew-ville, and I don’t think you are desperate to hear all about that…..

Wednesday was great. My husband took the day of from work, and we went to Groningen, the museum there is having a wonderful exhibition with paintings from the ‘Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister’ in Dresden.

Don’t be afraid; I won’t bore you with all the paintings, just a few.

These portrets were painted by Pietro Rotari, and August III, who founded the Gemäldegalerie, had appr. 62 of these paintings. All the same size, and all from the same distance. That seems a lot, but it happens that Catharina II from Russia, had almost 370 of these portraits. And these 16 are already so beautiful to look at.

Finally, something craftrelated.

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See the knitting-project-bag in the background?

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Even in the 18th century they knew, knitting, wine and pastry are a womans best friends!

Groetjes, Dorien

3 comments:

nelleke markesteijn said...

Wat een fijn verhaal om te lezen. Het sprak me allemaal erg aan. Het naaien van die mooie hoodie met wat jij "french seams"noemt. Hoe heten die in het Nederlands? Ik weet nog dat mijn moeder vroeger pyjama naden ook zo afwerkte. Maar geloof niet dat ze dat franse naden noemde. En je andere stofjes: MOOII!! Wel jammer dat die prachtige bloemen een voering worden.
En dan ook nog van die mooie culturele uitjes. Volgens mij had je een beetje feestweek!!
Groetjes, Nelleke

Maxine D said...

What an enjoyable post Dorien. Love those fabrics - the colours are gorgeous! Your Mr sensitive reminds me of my son.. I gave up knitting for him :-( - he only wanted fleece or sweat shirting, no wool!
Those portraits are beautiful, and the ballet sounds fabulous.
Blessings
Maxine

Jantine Urban said...

Lovely hood, does he like it? Love the other fabrics too!
You had a great couple of days....