I’d been trying to think of something to make Wombles for her new baby, and inspiration finally struck last weekend (just in time, as the baby has arrived early!) when we were wandering around a craft market in Wellington during the release walk. There was a stall selling bundles of fabric scraps, including all sorts of textured upholstery fabrics. And then I remembered something Texaswren had made a few years back which I’d wanted to try.
So today, I made a mess:
and then I made some squares:
and sewed the squares together to make a book:
and then the dyslexia kicked in so I managed to completely confuse myself about the orientation of the pages as I sewed them together, with the inevitable result that it they ended up in completely the wrong order, and the back cover became the front cover. But despite that little glitch I think it worked out pretty well. The different fabrics are all different textures, so it’s a touch-book as well as a colour-book. And yes, of course it has a BCID (embroidered on) – it’s a book!
So, anyone have her address?
The letterbox has been a source of surprises lately. First there was a blast from the past – a note from ORNOT (who we haven’t heard from for at least a year) attached to a flyer for a play. A play that he’d written and directed! The note offered us complementary tickets, so of course we immediately said yes.
We went to see the play on Friday night, and it turned out to be an adaptation of a play that had its first reading at our house, way back when ORNOT used to flat with us. It’s new incarnation is as a staged radio play, which sounds like a weird concept, but worked surprisingly well. I thought the play was fun (but then, ORNOT and I always did have a very similar sense of humour) – MrPloppy’s verdict was that it was “still incomprehensible” A fun night out, anyway.
Another pleasant surprise today – a parcel from Lytteltonwitch, full of books (of course), a calendar from Venice, and a tiger puppet (or possibly it’s a cat – hard to tell). The books are ever-so-slightly themed: The Chocolate Cat Caper by Joanna Carl, Know Your Cat’s Purr Points by Margaret Woodhouse, Xenophobe’s Guide to the Kiwis by Christine Cole Catley and Simon Nicholson, and Shake, Rattle & Hurl by RL Stine.
Currently reading: How I Paid for College by Marc Acito
Currently listening to: A Passage to India by EM Forster
Yay! I managed to release 11 books at 11* am on 11/11/11
The original plan was to release war-themed books, seeing as its also Armistice Day, but I could only find one in my release box, and since St Christopher’s fell down I don’t have a good source of cheap books to buy just for release, so it ended up just being a random selection:
- Episode by William Taylor
- Ormerod’s Landing by Leslie Thomas
- Club Hammer by Jenny Savage
- Lucille: House Captain by Janet Grey
- Brydons on the Broads by Kathleen Fidler
- Flame-Coloured Taffeta by Rosemary Sutcliff
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Naked Face by Sydney Sheldon
- Good Wives by Louisa M Alcott
- Masquerade by Emmeline Morrison
- The Invisible Cord by Catherine Cookson
*Roughly – it takes more than 60 seconds to release that many books, so it was more like 11-ish. Which is why I didn’t bother trying for the more poetic 11:11 am.