The second reason is, it's World Series time! There is no background noise I like better than the sound of baseball on the television. The announcers are restrained. They let the silence speak--and the crack of the bat, the thump of the ball in a glove. These rhythms of baseball made comfy grooves in my childhood soul. My brother and I spent countless hours together watching the Cincinnati Reds and, when our dad was present, gloating over their dominance of the NL West (Dad was a Dodgers fan).
So what goes better with baseball on TV than hand work? Time to sew these Dresden plates down. This is what they look like now:
The poor person who handstitched these plates made the seams a scotch too narrow, so they don't quite lie flat. No wonder she gave up on the project. So, my first job (on the machine) is to angle those seams in to the mouth. Then, I machine-stitch the mouth to the backing, and machine-baste about an inch from the outside edge. This will keep everything in place, and make the handwork less dicey.
Here's the front, after I appliqued the blue circle and stitched half of the fluted edge:
Stitching the plates onto a background, and stitching the circles on top of the plates does nothing but reinforce the antique fabric. It's a vote for "picking up the pieces," for utility, beauty, and continued life!
Alas, I had to set aside this satisfying fun for an unwanted chore: making a Halloween costume for a distant young friend. The mere thought of a store-bought costume makes me cringe: the ticky-tacky fabric, the single-use wear, the slut factor in most commercial ready-to-wear costumes, the sweatshop labor, etc.... but mostly the concept that creativity comes wrapped in plastic for $29.99. So, invariably, I offer to sew--in this case, a witch's robe. Ulterior motive alert: when I made the offer, I had in mind a particular 4-yard length of loathsome polyester double-knit (in black!) occupying valuable space in my sewing room.
The last time I checked, my female recipient wore an extra large--in men's. I just happen to know an extra-large man, so I asked him to model the results of my efforts. He agreed--on condition of complete and total anonymity:
The hat was a mere $3.99. Thank Gaia that package is now at the post office and off of my "plates"!