More Passacaglia cogs
By contrast, this apricot and aqua cog felt like more of a challenge, but was perhaps entirely appropriate as it's so sympathetic to the bare plaster which I photographed it on and which was monopolising our days at the time it was being made.
I have just one wall left to do before we're ready for carpeting tomorrow, shortly followed next week by the arrival of much of the Ikea catalogue. After promising myself several years ago that I would avoid Ikea in the future, I have found myself magnetised by the simple, clean-lined whiteness of it all and how incredibly affordable it is when you find yourself faced with the need to buy several items of furniture at one time.
This photo was taken during the final week of work, when we had six or seven workmen from different trades in everyday - it was incredible quite how much they got done each day. I've never had building work before that didn't involve several days' wait as different trades came and went or those frustrating days where for no apparent reason suddenly no one arrives at all…but somehow the man in charge of our loft seemed to have everything planned like a well-choreographed ballet performance and less than six weeks after it was put up, our scaffolding is gone, along with the men who seem to have broken my fear of heights by imploring me to climb it. This week, I stood on a bar stool to change a light bulb - a task which normally induces vertiginous sickness and requests that the children don't ask me questions incase multi-tasking causes me to fall - and realised afterwards that I'd done it without any sense of panic at all.
This week I will have to delay any more English paper piecing until I've made a roman blind for my daughter's new room. I really dread making any sort of window covering and it's at these times that I temporarily wish I didn't know how to sew so that I'd be able to justify outsourcing the task; I find the maths for roman blinds and getting all the folds to cascade in just the right way to be a real headache, but I'm keeping in mind what a good feeling it is to sometimes put my sewing to such practical use. I've made some before, but it feels curiously like starting afresh - my mind is a blank slate when it comes to remembering how on earth I did it. Luckily, after several hours of staring at paper, YouTube tutorials and feeling disbelief at the numbers I was churning out for the folds, I found The Roman Blind Wizard and used a free credit to let it calculate the measurements needed. There's a brilliant YouTube video which talks you through how to fill in the slightly complicated-looking form and I've decided to trust that the measurements it's come up with are right, on the basis that the woman who did the demonstration video for the calculator had a kind, reassuring voice and spoke as though it would definitely work. I'll report back on whether this was good rationale.
I was looking at roman blinds yesterday as I have one that needs new cords. I found a really good tut on making them that explained very clearly how to space the rings http://jenduncan.typepad.com/whats_new/2008/11/roman-blind-tutorial-in-20-pictures-or-less.html Hope this helps :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for sharing that - I'll definitely have a look tomorrow.Delete
I really like the bold colour scheme in the cogs. Can't wait to see the quilt (and loft) all finished!ReplyDelete
The loft is now finished (well, it will be once I have some furniture)…while the quilt may take another three years or so. My daughter and I were laughing about how two men managed to convert our entire loft in just five weeks and in the same time I managed about two small Passacaglia cogs…it's clearly not a fast process!Delete
Ergh, yes, I am mid-bedroom-curtain right now. It's such simple sewing (all long straight lines) but the sheer quantity of fabric makes it really hard work. In fact I've hung it up and we're using it half-done while I summon up the will to finish it... Great news about the new heights bravery and this cog quilt is going to be amazing. xReplyDelete
The long straight lines don't make it any easier when there's such a vast amount of fabric to deal with, do they. I must prefer fiddly tiny pieces! I love that you're using it half-done…that sounds like a recipe for completion taking another five years or so! Thank you so much for your lovely email - I'm having a slightly hectic couple of days, but will hopefully reply at the weekend. xDelete
I love your latest cogs! I'm in the middle of making curtains to go under a 'mid sleeper' bed and the fabric is possessed...I've had to put it in quarantine for fear it will infect my stash!ReplyDelete
That is such a sensible approach to it. I completely agree that it should be put away for its own good.Delete
Your cogs are beautiful!!!! xxReplyDelete
Florence, your EPP and fussy cutting are so amazing!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Amy and Becky - I'm really, really enjoying the process!Delete
Your passacaglia is inspiring me to start my own so thank you! I love your colours.ReplyDelete
Have just been through the renovation business myself. I sew but there was no way I was making 6 metres of curtainage
Hemming pants is the sewing task I wish I could justify outsourcing. Even though it is actually quite a simple process, I have a terrible fear that I will ruin a perfectly good pair of pants every single time I have to hem something. Your cogs are amazing, and I can't wait to see the full reveal of the new loft.ReplyDelete
Your cogs are absolutely beautiful Florence! I too used to make curtains and blinds for the house, and do all my own alterations, but these days I pass on both of those tasks and hand them on to other people - and a I don't feel guilty about it! The people I pay to do the work are happy to be paid for their sewing skills, so I think it's fine honestly!ReplyDelete