Bell bottom blues

I was the last kid in my high school to get bell bottoms because my mom, thinking that the “fad would never last,” refused to buy something that she was sure I wouldn’t wear for more than a month.

When she finally relented and let me get a pair, they were too short and definitely not Levis. It ruined me for life. Once I got a job and my driver’s license, I bought my own jeans: long and Levi’s. To this day, my jeans have to be dragging-the-ground long and yes, they’ve got to be Levis.

I present to you Exhibit A, from my high school yearbook …

and Exhibit B, from last week …

So yeah, some things never change. Fortunately, my mending skills have improved somewhat (along with my taste in shoes and socks). For instance, I did try stitching a pair of jeans a few years back …

But this time I wanted to try a patchplay solution. So I sacrificed a much-loved-but-no-longer-worn denim dress, first cutting off pieces of the hem …

and then attaching them to the trimmed back edges of my jeans. This patch was attached with Jude Hill’s glue stitch (seen here on the “other side”) …

and this one was attached with running stitch (also a b-side view) …

I bound the raw edges on the inside with blanket stitch, but for the outside I used Jude Hill’s wrap stitch and two strands of Deb Lacativa’s magic thread

To good effect methinks …

Now I just need to tackle the Levis that I bought at a Wimberley thrift store for two-bucks-a-pop and wore to shreds …

It’s a good thing that old dress has a lot of bound edges!

Hope-full

I feel strangely calm. After all the angst leading up to Election Day, here we all are, still going.

Stitching is my meditation …

accompanied by the music in my head.

Today it’s Joni …

I am grateful that our county did us proud …

That our local representative to the Texas House won re-election …

And that there is still hope for the final outcome, even if it won’t be the landslide that was projected.

May it be enough.

Done and done

The second cataract surgery went well(ish) yesterday. Everything’s fine now, but ’twas uncomfortable for a time.

More important, Remember 2016 is now complete, front and back …

I stitched a white flannel backing to the pieced front using two strands of Deb Lacativa’s magical floss, running the stitches to the right side of each patch, zigging and zagging as I went, then running along the bottom of each patch …

which left a wonderfully random pattern on the b-side …

The raw edges of the flannel were turned under, stitched through to the front along the edge, then hemmed and finally secured with a second line of running stitch that did not go through to the front …

Which is probably only clear to me, but I’m recording it here so I can reference it later as needed. I even managed to sorta miter the corners …

And called it done.