What I was doing when I wasn’t quilting

I think I’ve obliquely mentioned that 2018 has been a tough year. Things are definitely getting better and I also feel more positive about things. So that’s nice.

There were days-weeks-more weeks with little sewing. I’m getting back to it and am delighted to be doing so. When I wasn’t sewing however I was starting to read books on colour and colour theory.

This book, The Secret Lives of Color, by Kassia St. Clair delighted me in February/March. So much so that, when I had to return it to the library before I finished reading it, my husband ordered me a copy as an anniversary gift. It has meticulously researched history and context for the shades of each colour. Fascinating read, I would read bits aloud to my kids and they were drawn in as well.

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair

Next I read this book, The Brilliant History of Color in Art, by Victoria Finlay. More of a coffee table book and with obviously more focus on art history than the previous book. Also a great read about how colour has been used through history.

The Brilliant History of Color in Art

And then! I came across the super Instagram account of Eleanor Houghton who bills herself as a “Brontë Dress Historian, Bibliophile and Milliner”. With my theatre costuming and art history background this sort of thing is of interest to me and I was pretty excited when she started an Eh to Zed of “dyes and dyeing practices of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” Here is the link to the intro of the A-Z which started on April 15. 

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My favourite colour, called Napthalene, from coal tar.

So there we are, a few bright spots from my spring, and a bit of education as well.

Day 193

Busy day today. Second day of the workshop with Marianne. B is sick with the flu. Life is what happens when you’re not looking!

Dug out the instructions for #Mighty Lucky Club for March (which I haven’t started yet, oops!). Rossie Hutchison is looking at colour this month with “One Wrong Color”. Started thinking about possibilities.

Had an idea for a some fabric I’ve had for a while now, some beautiful Yukata cottons from Okan Arts. When I bought them in July 2013 I had a specific pattern I wanted to make. But Patricia had a heavy hand with the yard stick and I wound up with a LOT more than I needed (thanks again Patricia!). I didn’t want leftovers and I didn’t want such a large wall hanging, so the fabric has sat since then. I’m still mulling this over but progress is being made in my head.

And I finished off those birds in the air blocks. I love hand sewing while watching tv. It seems less wasteful of time.

Happy international quilt day peeps!