Besides getting ready for my annual camping trip to PA, I have also been working on lining a friends sweater (gosh its harder than I thought it would be), and making a book for a friend who was so very generous with his time and energy. He drove me to a hospital the last time I went camping and sat from midnight to 0500, then drove me back to the camp. It was a favor I will never discharge! The short version is that it was really cool and wet and I woke up with a horrible pain in my ear, I thought a bee had stung my ear, but it was a beetle, digging in and crawling to my eardrum. It all ended happily, but it was no fun at all.
Now, you should know that where I camp, it is a two week medieval war! Makes for a fun time! The last two pics are some of the scenery there. So, I am finishing up a wooden cover, coptic bound book. I have painted a winged cat on the cover (his symbol), and a dragon on the frontispiece. I like coptic binding best I think, because while the book may open completely for a flat writing surface, it is also very stable. Perhaps the longstitch is my next favorite, or maybe sewing over tapes.
I have also been teaching myself to solder (so inspired by Deryn Mentock and Sallie Jean, and others who are doing such beautiful jewelry). I will say right up front, it is alot harder than it looks. More on soldering tomorrow, I will just say that my wrist is healing nicely, and I caught the iron by the cord before it hit the carpet... I just didn't get my other wrist out of the way! Sigh.
Tune in tomorrow for more pictures and fun with heat!