Book Review: The Dressmaker’s Gift

9 Apr

Dressmaker is a term that is no longer in our contemporary vocabulary.  A century ago, it was a profession with formal training.

The American College of Dressmaking in Kansas City published The American Dressmaker textbook in 1906.  I assume this instruction became part of Home Economics curriculum some decades later.

I digress… the title The Dressmaker’s Gift understates the powerful story of women in Paris during WW2 resisting the domination and occupation of Nazi Germany.

From making custom dresses/gowns in Paris, to being held at a location for political prisoners (Fresnes), then transferred to Dachau…shocking!  In 2012, I was on the grounds for a walking tour.

The author accurately related the horrors of life in the concentration camp.

Read for yourself how it is possible to reconcile the trauma, not only for one’s self but also one’s children and grandchildren decades later.

 

Outside the box: Topographical Map

23 Mar

(This will make more sense if you saw my previous post.)

Unlike most agricultural land in Indiana, which is flat and tillable for corn and soybeans, this special place is primarily woodland with a mile long creek. The “bottom” has three grassy fields (outlined with dark green). Everything else is woodland with various hardwoods that are 40-60′ tall. In other words, it is difficult to get perspective from any location.

I referred to the satellite map provided by the county government website and made MANY measurements of elevation plus distance. The elevation represented by the blocks covered by green and brown fabric is 850 feet (above sea level) and the highest of the rugged terrain. The blocks covered by brown fabric represents the rugged transition from peaks to valley. The creek bed is 760 feet (above sea level) on the west end, dropping to 740 feet with over a mile length.

Outside the box: Maps

3 Mar
This charming dish is a MAP of a coastal village with a harbor, community buildings, people and ships coming and going.

CHALLENGE: Translate or Map features of a woodland farm to media to share with toddlers…FABRIC. Since my subject is long and narrow, fabric will hold up better than paper products.

I made measurements from the satellite map of the county’s website to do my best with proportions. ENCORE:

MAP wall hanging 2.0
Aerial view of frontage with driveways and barns
intreperted with “faux” needlepoint rendition.

Then…taking it to the next level…study the elevations to create a topographical map!

“Escape to the Chateau”

24 Feb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_to_the_Chateau

We highly recommend the television series Escape to the Chateau. Seven seasons are available for viewing.

Adventure, Laughter, Determination, New Beginning, Enterprise, Family, Restoration, Imagination, Repurpose, Architecture, Modernization, Style, Elegant Dining, Garden, Home Grown, Vegetables, Flowers, Style with Flare, Children, Grandparents, Glamping, Moat, Fish, French, Shopping Markets, Weddings, Food Service, Entertaining, Work In Progress, Utilities, Strategy, Research, Entertaining, Creativity

Needle point: my Work In Progress (circa 1984)

Days for Girls International

11 Feb

https://www.daysforgirls.org

2021 is my eighth year sewing for DfGI. I cannot think of another person or group I would rather sew for. Choosing the colors and patterns (within cultural guidelines) I work with keeps my interest.

Eight flannel pads per kit. I usually support 30 kits with each lot I sew. This photo shows 30 stacks of 8 tri-fold flannel pads.
Two shields with pockets and wings for each kit. Snaps on wings added during kit assembly by the local team. (Polyurethane laminate puts protection in the shield.) These 60 shields pair with the 240 pads above to support 30 kits for this months delivery.

Baltimore Album reimagined

4 Feb

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_album_quilts

By definition, “Baltimore Album” is a style of quilt originated in the 1840s most often appliqué on white blocks. For this project I stacked fabric “blocks” and bound one edge with ribbon (alternative to paper book). The “story” will be from Derek and Zoe’s imagination as bold images are revealed turning “pages”.

Backstory: Some years ago I discovered https://www.spoonflower.com/en/how-it-works in a magazine in a doctor’s office waiting room. Spoonflower.com will print your images on fabric…even bolts of fabric…even offer them for sale to the public! I did upload 10 photos and got proofs in return. The lilac and spruce images on cotton (above, right sides) are two of the ten. Voila! My samples are incorporated in children’s “books”.

Book Review: Secret Empires

31 Jan

I saw multiple interviews with Peter Schweizer over the last few years especially timed around new book releases. Reading a Schweizer book completes one New Year’s Resolution. The content is detailed with MANY footnotes. Excellent questions are posed. The content is absolutely relevant to matters that influence “these days and times” at home and abroad. From my point of view, this public knowledge is integral to the “Great Awakening”.

Other books by Peter Schweizer: Extortion 2013, Clinton Cash 2016 and the latest Profiles in Corruption 2021

Recently, I realized that Dan Brown’s works of fiction The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Lost Symbol and others also influenced the “Great Awakening”.

Happy New Year 2021!

1 Jan

I worked on these collages New Year’s Eve 1999 to welcome the new millennium, a year with three zeros 😉

What was I thinking? Paradox is upside down.
Completion. Notes to myself regarding work, family, relationships.
Love. Books, my dog Alex, God boxes, factory life.
Healing hands. Body work, chiropractic, massage, Rolfing, craniosacral.
Vision. The eyes have it.
Morning glory. Dawn of the new millennium.

Happy New Year 2021! That’s all folks!

Inspired

3 Nov

by “Elm Creek Quilts” the book series by Jennifer Chiaverini

I photographed each quilt from my stash.

These were gifts from paternal great grandmother as well both paternal and maternal grandmothers.

This thimble collection is a great pairing with personal quilt collection. It is is combination of utilitarian, simply pretty, souvenirs, even local election thimble “give-aways”. I found Mom’s silver thimble. 🙂

rock, paper, scissors

15 Oct

Or wood, steel