Wimberley

March 11, 2021 – Thrift store Nana shirt

When we first moved to Texas in 2009, we rented a house in the little town of Wimberley. It was, and is, an arts-y place, with galleries and live music and a funky town square.

Wimberley also had/has an amazing thrift store, amply supplied by the artists, musicians, authors and retired art-lovers who live there. I love/d it. So when we ventured out for our first post-Covid vaccine road trip, there was no doubt what our destination would be.

We ate lunch at the Leaning Pear

got bedding plants at Wimberley Gardens, and best of all, shopped at the Village Store, source of many past thrifted cloth finds. All fully masked, I hasten to add, except for the al fresco dining on BBLTs (the second B is for Brie), crimini soup and fresh-squeezed lime-ade.

We didn’t spend long at the Village Store … it felt strange to be in an enclosed space with so many other people … but I did snag a great $5 buy …

100% linen in proper “Nana shirt” style. I even got complimented on it when I wore it on one of the St Louis shopping trips … ha!

So what better memory keeper for the day? The Gray Lines Linen samples yielded up a perfect match, along with a DMC 927 light grey green, which I always think of as the color of seawater …

Then I sketched out the machine embroidery pattern from the shirt in water-erasable marker and stitched away …

Precisely random or randomly precise?

February 1, 2021 – Counting on it

I spent my time yesterday making black and white patches for the top edge of Remember 2021

and then finished the last patch of January to end at the same point as the last black patch …

I was surprised to find (although really, was I truly surprised?) that this new cloth will be virtually the same size as Remember 2016, even though both cloths were begun by making a month’s worth of randomly sized patches …

So it was fun to make a patch by counting threads to recall yesterday’s stitching …

although not too too precisely lest I slip back into old habits 😉

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.