Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Thinking /dreaming /doing

One of the houses behind Chichester cathedral. Love the colour of the front door
 When I lived in Chichester I used to dream of one day living in this house. I suspect most of the houses behind the cathedral are occupied by cathedral staff and never come on to the open market... The builder I spoke to the other day said old houses stay cool in this hot weather. New houses can get very hot.

 I found it was cooler by the sea yesterday. I went to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth in search of a dress. And stepping off the train that lovely cool sea air is so refreshing.

This morning I have been trying to make a lace hair decoration for my bride-to-be daughter. I say trying because, for once, I am frozen by indecision. Because it is so important that this ornament is perfect I am dithering and anxious about getting it wrong. I've cut up an antique lace handkerchief, now I'm going to brush on a pva type glue to stiffen the lace pieces. I can't decide between a thin velvet ribbon and a wider gold transparent ribbon to sew the lace on to and then I'll sew a row of diamantes (accent needed!) on to that. And how shall it be fastened? Shall the ribbon be tied into a  bow or shall I sew on a jewelled clip fastening? I even thought about using old pearls like a short run of necklace each end to fasten in the hair. I have to keep reminding myself of the KISS principle - Keep it Simple Stupid. That always turns out best in the end.

By the way it's Tuesday so it's drop in making night at Handmade Happiness. 7.30 to 9.00pm. Notebook covers with a bit of embroidery is what I'm thinking of ...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A lot of bridal hair ornaments are sewn onto hair coloured velvet and then sewn onto a hair comb. (The sort our English teachers wore to keep their stray bits of steely grey hair back and into a tight bun)