So much for my resolution that 2012 would be a more productive year craft-wise. All I've done so far is sew up the edges of a cushion cover. My offspring have been more productive than their mum: they've been working on a sewing kit received at Christmas. The constant tying of knots and untangling of threads has been my contribution. My son has been off school with the lurgy all this week, though, so it turns out that we still have a few more days of health issues to deal with.
I did get to play around on the computer while he napped and put together a little fabric design, though. Double-deckers, (old-style) minis and black cabs: I entered it into this week's cityscape contest at Spoonflower. I know it's not a cityscape, but all they asked for was something inspired by a city, so I picked London. It could have just as easily been several British cities, mind. Even my school bus was a double-decker bus. I still remember an elderly neighbour taking me on my first bus ride into the town centre on a double-decker, letting me sit at the front on the top deck, much to my delight.
I'm sure that you've all heard of Spoonflower by now. You upload a design and they professionally print it onto fabric for you. It's something that I thought that I'd be champing at the bit to try, but I didn't actually get around to testing them out until towards the end of last year.
My verdict? I was impressed. I picked quilting cotton for the fabric and was expecting that heavy stiff stuff that you find on the cheaper racks of the fabric store. Instead it is lightweight and reasonably drapey. It's not the softest quilting fabric that I have felt, but it was much better than I expected. As for the colour reproduction, this was the design on my PC: and this was how the swatch looked:Actually, that was how the swatch looked with some white paper behind it. Like I said, it was fairly lightweight fabric, so the white areas were slightly transparent. This is how the swatch looked with a dark background behind it:Plus, thanks to a few people buying a yard or two of that design, I have some 'Spoondollars' to put towards my next purchase...
Translation of the day:
UK English: the lurgy = undetermined mild illness in US English
As in, I hope that I do not catch the dreaded lurgy. It's similar to the American term 'cooties', but adults will say 'lurgy', too - and it doesn't have to be infectious.
As for my son, his body is obviously fighting something off, as he's had a fever all week, but not much in the way of other symptoms - except for general moping and listlessness. A nap during the day was big departure from the norm for him...