Fanfare! The winner of the Sew Together bag is Connie from Freemotion by the River. That giveaway was the first time I used the free Rafflecopter gadget and it worked really well - no affiliation, just a little plug for a free thing that worked well.
While that giveaway was ticking along I was busy working on these varied bits and bobs. First of all came the preparation for a bit of Shibori.
This site is especially useful. I have tried some Nui (stitch resist), a Suji type (pleating) and have the perfect bottle for Arashi ("storm" where you wrap fabric around a bottle, tie it and then scrunch it down on itself). You know you have a craft addiction when you go to the supermarket and buy something based on the shape and size of the container, regardless of the contents, because you need to wrap fabric around it. I am off to buy the dye today so have high hopes of getting to work with it this week.
When I was little I had a small woven ribbon pillow and had always admired the way the ribbons interconnected and the effect it created. My recent dabbling and thinking about weaving combined with planning for an upcoming metal frame purse workshop and resulted in this.
this etsy shop. Man, that was slippery stuff to weave! Hence all the pins. I love the effect though and put a small piece to use in this.
Finally, some more stitching on my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks coincidentally coincided with the arrival of a straggler from the I Love Lucy Bee (the top left one).
Considering that I have also taught a crochet workshop, knitted a sleeve and finished the top of a machine sewn patchwork quilt this week I've certainly been quite diverse in my pursuits!