Yesterday evening I had some time to kill between leaving work and meeting family for dinner, so I stopped in at Barnes and Noble to look at magazines and books. There are so many things I wish I had the time to do — art quilts, collage — and my newest inspiration — recycled sweater projects! I was looking at some of the sewing books and came across a book (of course I didn’t write down the title!) for projects using wool sweaters, either from cleaning out your closet or thrift store sweaters. And I thought how cool it would be to make a throw for winter using cashmere or good wool blend sweaters — how comfy and cozy would that be for curling up on the sofa on a winter’s evening with your knitting and a good movie or book. . . I may have to explore this further.
I looked at a new art quilt magazine that I really liked, and I always enjoy looking at the latest Cloth Paper Scissors issue. So many fun things — the creativity of people always amazes me.
The latest craft books I have gotten from the library are Beyond Beading by Erika Knight and The Art and Craft of Papier Mache by Juliet Bawden. I would love to make some papier mache bowls — that is one of the items on my bucket list. And Juliet Bawden’s book is great inspiration. She tells the history of papier mache and then details basic techniques and even the use of molds. I found it to be very instructive and useful.
Beyond Beading contains 25 projects using various materials — linen, hemp, buttons, shells, glass beads, wood beads, wire, and so on. One of the projects I was drawn to was a necklace made with a silk scarf and wood beads. I actually have the materials for such a project languishing in the craft wardrobe downstairs. I was going to make such a necklace several years ago and just never got around to doing it. There is also a lovely knitted silver wire cuff embellished with turquoise beads.
No fiction blurb today. I am in the middle of reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but have not read enough to talk about it yet.