wandering beyond.....

apart from the regular walks in familiar places I do occasionally like to branch out beyond what I know and try something unexpected and different; like yesterday, my parents sent me an app mentioning they were in Zaltbommel for the annual Emmy Verhey festival (famous Dutch violinist, about to retire!)
Zaltbommel being a lovely town ánd only a 30 min. drive away, including a ferry crossing on the river Waal - which makes the entire trip feel like a mini break - why not join them, I said to self, so I apped back: any chance we could have a coffee together?
yes, they did and what's more if I could manage to arrive in time I too would be able to attend the 13:45 performance!

off I went....I am afraid I only have pics of the stage in the Gasthuiskapel without the musicians, this was at their specific request. You do get a sense of the intimate scale of this twelfth century building, renowned for it's acoustics and especially suited to chamber music.

we started off with a jazzy Sonata for violin and piano by Maurice Ravel; followed by a highly amusing concertino for two violins, tenor violin, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano by Leos Janácek; finally a grande finale as it was a nonet for violin, tenor violin, cello, contrabass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn by Bohuslav Martinu.
The fun they all had together, playing music they obviously love, was tangible, a veritable feast! What a lovely surprise for me, as all I had bargained for was a coffee with my old folks......which we did have after all of this 

back home I got stuck in to the old sewing routine: larger cloth hangin'
so many small stitches have been added

I'm surprised at the amount of pleasure the stitching brings, despite the fact of very slow growing

have definitely decided some spots will remain one-layered: the possibility of maybe being able to look through.....of almost being able to see what's beyond, I like the idea of that

how a small square appears as if out of nowhere

on the reverse side we see how it may occur

today I have hand-sewn my first French seam, it is so very neat. I love it, furthermore I was so impressed by what I had achieved I gave the dress yet another rest....I doubt it will be finished soon. I find the pattern-making way of making clothing mind-boggling as there are just so many steps:
 getting book and then fabric, choosing a pattern, getting pattern paper, measuring self for correct pattern-size, tracing pattern (*wondering if there needs to be extra for seams or is that included in the pattern, then wondering if the chosen size is indeed the right one after all, this thought is a recurring one), cutting pattern paper*, pinning tracing paper on cloth, remembering to look for selvedge edge - just in time, rearranging pattern paper on right side of fabric; cutting cloth*, reading instructions in book, re-reading them; looking at cloth with pattern paper still pinned on and then reading instructions once more, looking back at cloth, this is repeated several times; thinking you have at last understood instructions, attempt at following instructions, finally deciding to just get sewing hoping you'll discover what needs to be done once you have done it..... turns out you were in fact actually following instructions, a result: does it look anything like it does in the book? yes, tada! success...feeling both immensly satisfied and tired, sit back and have a cup of tea, contemplate one's innocence at the moment of buying the Merchant & Mill's Workbook back in Edinburgh; decide to continue with next French seam at a later date, realising the dress will  not be finished in time for the Summer of 2015


Dana said…
The course of your sewing project sounds familiar. Congratulations on a successful step.
The stitching on the large cloth is adding so much nuance and texture!
The concert venue is so austere and beautiful, especially with that black piano in it. It sounds like a great time was had by all.
Debbie said…
Love your hand stitching and yes I also recognise the trials and tribulations of following a pattern, though most are easier today than when I started sewing some forty odd years ago.
Anonymous said…
see/feel the joy of create lovely
groetjes maria
Mo Crow said…
one of the most magical things about making clothes is those tricky places where legs meet hips and arms meet shoulders, seemingly so simple and innocent but have learned many times that the first cut has to be the right one if the clothes are going to fit although those past disasters would almost be in fashion now having the crutch down near the knees !
Nancy said…
How lovely for your to step out and share this time with your folks. Sometimes it is good to stretch out of our normal day to day happenings, yes? Your entire description is why I do not sews clothing! I fear I am not so good at this!



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