Those of you who've been reading these posts for some time know that one of my favourite places in which to work is my garden. Every spring I put up my "outdoor studio" and try to work there as much as possible. This means hand-work. I suppose I could -- because there are plugs on the back of my house -- but I've never taken my sewing machine outdoors. Instead, I prefer to sit on a bench under my trees and stitch.
I love to watch the changing flora and fauna over the months from spring to high summer. In the past few days, the mornings have dawn clear, sunny -- and cooler, with a sharper edge to them than last week, or all through July. Fall is fast approaching; the days are shorter and there is less and less time to work outside. Each day is a treasure, and brings new beauty to behold and enjoy.
A few months ago, my friend M
, who was moving, blessed me with a gift -- the embroidery frame and floor stand that had belonged to his late wife, K
. I never met her, but I have seen her work, and it's exquisite. I was honoured to receive his gift but till yesterday, I hadn't even open the box in which it sat in my sewing studio.
A pair of long-time friends are celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary in 2013, and even before M
's gift, I'd determined to embroider a special sampler for them to mark the occasion. Yesterday I decided it was time to make a start on the sampler, and the perfect frame was the floor-standing one, which I could use outside. In the box I found all sorts of nuts and bolts and -- not surprisingly! -- no instructions. I had to go by the picture drawn on the outside of the box, but I managed to get it together and functioning. I need to use a higher seat than my bench to be able to stitch comfortably, but that's not a problem. And one of the feet falls off when I carry the frame in and out of the house...but that's not a problem either. I'll find a new bolt with which to attach it. All that matters is that the frame has been set up, and during the last of these summer days I can stitch away at the sampler in my favourite place.
|K's stand; new project|
What a lovely post Margaret! I got a feel for your "outdoor studio" and the brief joy it brings.
I can picture you happily sewing!
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