Monday, May 14, 2012

Rainy Day Sewing

Ferns enjoying the rain

It has been rainy in Vermont lately. As gardeners, we relish the rain this time of year, especially after a dry winter. The garden bursts with life after a good rain. But for a nice rainy afternoon, inside, I relish the opportunity to finish a few sewing projects for the summer, and to take a break from outdoor work. 

I've been working on two darling Tasha Tudor-style bonnets for quite some time. I think this is the year they will be finished and wearable!

Tasha's illustration that accompanies the very loose pattern found in Tasha Tudor's Old-Fashioned Gifts, a lesser-known book of Tasha's. If you don't have this book, keep an eye on our Rare Book page or give me a call, as I occasionally have copies on our Rare Book shelf. There are lots of wonderful project ideas in this book illustrated by Tasha and longtime friend, Linda Allen.

The floral bonnet brim on the left was top-stitched using some fun embroidery stitches on my machine. The brown leaf fabric brim on the right was entirely hand-stitched with invisible top-stitching. Both are almost finished, they just need lots of button-holes by hand, a perfect project for a rainy spring day! 

And that pretty pink background fabric? It's a reproduction 1800s fabric I'm thinking I'll sew up into a
 new apron for the summer. Bright and cheerful, don't you agree?

While antiquing this weekend, I came across these stunning jacquard ribbons. You can't imagine my excitement, because I've been long envisioning creating a ribbon collection much like this, inspired by Tasha. To see similar ribbons come to life, created by a now-out-of-business New England mill, was so exciting I snapped them right up! Don't you think the reds are reminiscent of Turkey Red tablecloths, and the blues, of indigo? Would you like to see us produce similar ribbons, inspired by Tasha, for your own projects?

Oh! There might be a break in the rain! I do think I'll slip on my wellies and take a walk. 

Take joy!


  1. Thought id stop over and say hello, and greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,pa. Richard

  2. Nice project for a spring day!

  3. Oh Natalie ~ Just love the floral bonnet... you
    do such lovely work. I, for one, would relish
    getting some of that turkey red ribbon...the
    indigo would also tempt me....good idea you have
    Blessings ~

  4. I love this book ~ our local Library has a copy and I take it out often :-) Wonderful ribbon finds, perfect for your ribbon collection ♥

  5. Dear Natalie,
    Your posts are so lovely...the photos are so delightful. A bonnet, oh my goodness! The fabrics and that RIBBON! Yes, the turkey red tablecloths came to my mind, as well.
    Have a wonderful evening and a blessed week.
    Your friend,

  6. beautiful blog! I love Tasha, and discover that his world still fills me with joy!!!
    saluti dall'Italia