January reading


Though a good novel is one of life’s greatest pleasures, there are times when I find myself drawn more to practical books, ones that inspire and teach, in a different way to novels. As the school holidays have now come to a close and each of our children find themselves occupied at least two days of the week, for the first time in eleven-and-a-half years I have been granted the precious gift of Time On My Own. Time to slow down, time to consider, time to move more thoughtfully through my days, time to do things well, time to make our family life more comfortable, organised and peaceful, and time to learn new things. There are many, many things that I’d like to learn, to explore and to master, and the books below reflect what’s exciting me just now.

Returning to clothes sewing was one of my goals for this coming year, so Lotta Jansdotter’s new sewing book Everyday Style, details here , couldn’t have arrived in my life at a more ideal time. I’ve admired her contemporary and bold fabrics for sometime now and was thrilled to discover just how Me the clothes in her book are. I read the book from cover to cover, pouring over the photos, loving the stories about the author and her friends and family, and the very next day found it impossible not to get busy in the craft room, with a little refreshment to keep me hydrated (ahem).


I’m absolutely thrilled with the result and only wish that the weather were a little cooler so I could wear it more.  (Photo credit, to my son T for the photo above).

The other book I’ve been reading is Kristine Vejar’s gorgeously styled and very readable book The Modern Natural Dyer: A comprehensive guide to dying silk, wool, linen and cotton at home,  details here. I can tell you that hand-dying fabric and yarn is definitely something that I’d like to try my hand at. Getting started in this new endeavour naturally requires the gathering of particular tools and equipment (not to mention the flowers to make the dye itself), so this project will take a little longer to get started. Stay tuned.

DISCLAIMER: Excessive drinking and sewing may result in disappointing end results. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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