Posts made in September, 2011

september’s end

Yesterday my great friend and I spent the day at our favourite places in Prince Edward County. We ate our lunch on a picnic table at a deserted Sandbanks Provincial Park watching the gulls dive bomb West Lake,

saw some outstanding photography, ate our last Kawartha dairy cone of the summer and finished off with the best cappucino for miles.

Below are some new things to come out of the studio. The first mittens of the season–they are made from recycled 100% wool sweaters and lined with recycled woollen scarves.  As well, the first zippered tote. I’ve been wanting to make one for a while–and I think this is perfect.  I’ve stacked up some fuschia and bright blue leather for the next ones! Meanwhile this tote and several pairs of mittens are available at Bookhou–and I will be there tomorrow hooking on my giant rug from 2:00-5:00.

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totes for bookhou show

I have made two sizes of totes for the show beginning this week. The mid-size totes shown in the first two pictures are approximately 13″ x 14″ x 5″, the large ones are 17″ x 16″ x 6″.

These are made of heavy-duty canoe canvas and trimmed in leather. Inside they each have a zippered pocket. Most have leather handles that are long enough to go over your shoulder, but the red one seemed like a good everyday bag, so I put on a long adjustable strap and snap closure.

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tomatoes!

Last weekend I bought a half-bushel of tomatoes from our local market. In three batches, I turned it into tomato butter. I have been making this delicious sweet and spicy preserve every fall for ever. I first learned the recipe when we lived in rural Hastings County and had our own tomatoes in the garden. I still use our neighbour’s hand-written, tomato-spattered card for reference, even though I long ago memorized the simple list. The aroma, the hand-writing, the satisfying sound of the lids ‘snapping’ are all an essential part of September for us.

TOMATO BUTTER

10 lbs tomatoes, 2 cups cider vinegar, 5 cups brown sugar

3 T salt, 2 T cinnamon, 1 T allspice, 1 T cloves

Scald tomatoes, remove skins and chop. Add vinegar, salt, sugar and spices and boil for 3 hours or until the mixture is quite thick. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Seal in sterilized jars.

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cobalt mid satchel

The red mid satchel was such a good size that I decided to use the cobalt skirt for a second one. Here it is–lined with more bird fabric from Benin, Africa–and a bird zip and open pocket.

Speaking of Africa, we started making our travel plans for 3 weeks of aid work in Kenya next February. More on that later.

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I am a retired educator and recovered administrator. I have always been interested in fibre, first as a weaver, now as a rug hooker and screen printer. Over the last few years I have become passionate about giving a new life to cast-off wool and leather. This is my journal where I muse about my creative life.

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