Friday, July 18, 2008

What I have been doing...






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!

5 comments:

Christy said...

I sure hope your wrist is ok. The one and probably only time I used a soldering iron I was shocked at just how very hot they get. Wow, a beetle in the ear, that just sounds really painful. Love your book and your binding! Oh and those squirles and your kitty sounds just like mine when the birds come up to the patio (and the bunnies). Hope you have a fun camping trip this year and remember to take either ear muffs or those little cushiony ear plugs.

Kim said...

WHAT a blast! That looks like an interesting camping trip , for sure , and the book looks wonderful too. I've never learned Coptic but I do enjoy binding my own books.
As for soldering - I bought a very thin pair of leather gardening gloves - you still feel the heat but it does save your skin. Won't save the carpet though - :-P.

~*~Patty said...

Oh Kim, take good care,so sorry you had a run in with the soldering iron = ouch!!!
Your PA get away must be positively magical. These photos are super! Take care. Oh, I just used some of the pretty paper towel we dyed last month. Up til now I have just admired all of what I created with you. Now I've broken the ice by using the first piece :)
Looking forward to more pics!

Sharon said...

I really like the binding you did on the book. Now that looks like a fun camping trip! Bet there are some great costumes to oogle at! Enjoy your time away and no beetles this year hear...

Carol said...

Your camp sounds like great fun and lots of good photo opportunities. Your book is great, wonderful cover decoration - your friend is very fortunate, and it's lovely of you to show your appreciation in this way.Stay safe!