Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Despairing? Distressed (or disdressed)?

Oh dear. When I look at that last post, part three of the tutorial, I worry that I may have frightened you all. Sorry. I swear the scalloped hem is not difficult, although it may appear to be terrifying with all those steps I listed. If it seems too intimidating, you might want to try making scallops on something else using the same technique, just for practice. Maybe an apron or smock? The theme for Tie One On in May is a smock, and I'm really excited about it because I've been tossing around some smock ideas for a while now. When we were living in Barcelona last September I saw lots of great smocks being worn by shopkeepers, and I've been contemplating what an attractive, useful smock for me might look like. I just hope I can find enough time to make one this month.

This apron is from Craftlog. I think it's so beautiful!

Also came across this great photo of Christopher Milne (aka Christopher Robin) wearing a traditional child's smock. Probably not a great silhouette for an adult, but it would be a cute girl's smock. Especially with a scalloped hem.

I mentioned a while ago that I'd like to start a website or blog for the travelling crafter: a sort of where-to-go-when-you're-in-x site. I'm still working on the idea, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I'm in the process of compiling a short list for those of you headed to NYC: knitters, sewers, quilters, and embroiderers alike. I hope to post it in the next day or two.


  1. That looks so good hanging on the line.
    Much thanks for your skirt tutorials, I may have a go at one for a wedding in September in the South of France, it will be HOT there and filled with arty crafty types who would appreciate rather than mock my efforts (i hope).

  2. I love how you keep encouraging the scallops. I *must* try it! MUST!

  3. love the travelling crafter idea!

  4. I am looking forward to the traveling crafter site. Now... if I just had the time and money to travel *smile*

    That is a fabulous smock picture. I bet yours is going to be absolutely fabulous! I may pass on this months challenge. I don't think I can do it! I will just have to live vicariously through you!

  5. the scallop skirt is wonderful and i am looking forward to trying it, it is on my list of many things to do. first i have to finish my smock for Tie it On. good luck.

  6. Michele7:11 PM

    So happy you are compiling a NYC list - I am visiting next week! Thank you!

  7. oh yes, a travelling crafter is an excellent idea! you lived in barcelona for a summer??? sounds lovely. i love spain and dearly want to make it back there soon.

    ps. am planning on tackling scallops on something! thank you so much for the tutorial, very awesome!

  8. I've printed out your fantastic tutorial--I am going to work up to it (I'm first going to try just making a skirt and then tackle scallops once I've gotten that down).

    LOVE the idea of the nyc crafter's guide--as I'm learning my way around the city, it's always great to find new shops, etc. (btw, I went to S&S yesterday--it's only a few blocks from my office. what a great shop!)

    thanks for all your tips and inspiring creations!

  9. Petula11:47 AM

    I love the idea of a craft guide for travellers!
    I sometimes ask for recommendations in various craft forums before I go on a trip, so your list would be right up my alley.

  10. Thanks for the scallop-love! I have a list of Japanese book stores if you'd like to add them to the craft tourism guide.

  11. I love the travelling crafters idea - I could write a BOOK on Chiange Mai!! I hope you open it to a range of contributers? It could be a fantastic resource. How exciting!! I could start planning itineraries around it ;-)