187 Fine work

In this episode: Bra sewing. Yes, again; you say bojagi, I say pojagi; the work of a lifetime; pushing past the comfort zone; making plans for March, and a return of the light.


Patterns from Orange Lingerie, from left, the delightful Devonshire, the mixed Marlborough, and the bad Berkley.

Organisation is a wonderful thing. (Top: cool colours, warm colours, pinks and greys; bottom: black nude, cream and white.) So. Very. Pleasing.

The bathroom curtain that made me fall hard for pojagi (left) and the version of many strips that I think will work for my studio. My pinterest board, When Light Meets Cloth, is chock full of other examples.

It was a frabjous day when I realised I could knit again. Look! I made socks!

Fine work, indeed. Now, what should I do with them?

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  1. 3.4.23
    Fjorlief said:

    I was eagerly awaiting your new podcast episode, but somehow the internet gave me a replay of your previous episode!

    • 3.4.23
      Brenda said:

      Oops! My mistake. All fixed now. Thanks so much for letting me know.

  2. 3.5.23
    Caroline said:

    Re: single treadle spinning. I spin on antique wheels so had to get used to having one treadle, although I started on a DT. So, I have tips!
    1) you can put both feet onto your treadle, if it helps you keep properly aligned to the wheel.
    2) more important – you have to learn to feel the movement of the treadle/crank assembly. Press down firmly on the treadle, then just let your foot ride upward until you can feel it top out. Only then, put pressure on it to send it down again. Never heel-toe; trying to manage the upward side of the circle does not work. Let the wheel raise your foot.
    3) as an aside, be sure your footman to treadle connection leaves the treadle at the proper angle – parallel to the floor at the bottom of its range or a teeny bit lower than that. The wrong angle of the treadle will frustrate the wheel’s ability to make the circle properly.
    Hope this makes sense!

    • 3.6.23
      Brenda said:

      Thank you SO MUCH, Caroline! I will give this a try today.

  3. 3.7.23
    Lisa said:

    Awesome podcast as always. Episode 187 Fine Work really resonated with me.
    Thank you!

    • 3.7.23
      Brenda said:

      Aww, thanks Lisa. That’s very kind of you to say.

  4. 3.11.23
    Jane said:

    I love vintage linens and you found a treasure. I have used embroidered sections as front panels on project bags and also incorporated them in some small handmade quilts that I use on a coffee table as decor. Did you ever see the crazy quilt type wall hangings created from the corners of vintage handkerchiefs? That might also work with some of these pieces.

    • 3.12.23
      Brenda said:

      I love the idea of using the corners of vintage hankies. I used one as the skirt of a dress for a stuffed bunny a few years back. I shall have to look through my stash and find some I can use for Barbie!

  5. 7.24.23
    Andy Baker said:

    Hearing about the way you were admiring the work on those linen table clothes made me think that that’s why I work so hard on finishing pieces. I always hope that someone some day will turn one of my sweaters inside out and say, “Would you look at how well this is done!” I’ve got a bit of a backlog of CO podcasts (was down another rabbit hole). Looking forward to catching up.

    • 7.26.23
      Brenda said:

      Andy, that’s just why I take such care in finishing. I like to imagine my knits as museum pieces in 100 years!

  6. 2.15.24
    Alicia said:

    Hi Brenda, you’re so easy to listen too. Where do you purchase your bra making supplies? I’d love to try. Thanks.