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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday: My Sewing Machine, A Furoshiki and ATC Trades

After an afternoon of altering clothes (such as cutting long sleeves to make them short), my sewing machine is still at the center of my desk (it is usually stored on the far end).


And at the back, you can see a "furoshiki," a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, that I received from some recent visitors from Japan...


It is a square piece of cloth which can be used in many ways, from wrapping gifts to carrying groceries, the eco-friendly way.  Each year billions of plastic bags end up as garbage and so I always carry a reusable bag with me.  I haven't tried using the furoshiki but they say it can wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size...


Then, there are also some wonderful ATCs that I received in the mail from trades I made in ATCs for All...


There are two collages and a textile one which makes me think about trying to make a textile one while my sewing machine is out.  But then, I also have those three backgrounds (underneath) that are waiting to be painted on.  Oh well, there are always so many projects I want to do and just not enough time.

And if you want to take a peek at what going on in other desks or if you want to show us What's on YOUR Workdesk this Wednesday, hop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground.

31 blog hugs:

jonaks said...

wow, that is a lovely cloth. you can turn it into a bag with your sewing magic but then the purpose of the cloth will be forfeited. loved the ATC's you got. I haven't traded in AFA for a few months now. I guess I should visit the site again.

Lovey said...

Oh what fun...

martinealison said...

Vous êtes une magicienne ma chère... Merci pour ce partage...
Bisous

Carola Bartz said...

The cloth is lovely - bright beautiful colors, and such a variety in using it.

Neet said...

Sorry i did not get around to you last week but what a lovely desk you have this week.
Love your furoshiki and your explanatory picture below - hope you get to use it soon with its bright colours and lovely flowery pattern.

Mmm fabric atc - now there's an idea - nice ones on your desk by the way.
Thanks for sharing
Hugs #18

sasa said...

Thoses cloths are great - fab videos on `youtube to help...

Stunning ATCs - love them.
Thanks for sharing your space today. Have a fab week...
Sarah (sasa at 2)
www.blueboxbabe.blogspot.com

Helen said...

Great pattern on the cloth. Always love a glimpse at your workspace.

jude said...

Love the look of that material looks beautiful bet feels good too!Happy Creative Wednseday
hugs judex 9

Wipso said...

I love the fabric. I always love the way they carry babies using fabric like that.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who would like a few more hours in the day.
A x

Rebekah said...

Lush fabric! Happy WOYWW hugs Rebekah xx (63)

Neil said...

There seems to be a lot of sewing going on in the world this week, but i'll give it a miss! ATC s look fab. Have a great day and be blessed.
Neil (80)

Theresa said...

Interesting reading about the "furoshiki" and the guide on how to wrap all. Had never heard of these and will admit I am not good at traveling with the "green" bag:)
Definitely think you should go for the fabric ATC's while that super sewer is out!
Happy WOYWWing Peggy!

Cardarian said...

The furoshiki wraping cloth is very interesting! Looking at the ATCs I can see why you are tempted to make a fabric one! Enjoy!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Alexandra said...

Oh! I had forgotten about those wrapping cloths. I used to live in Japan as a small child. Thanks for the reminder and explanation. :)

MvM-design said...

Wauwww a very creative desk!! Lovely ATCs!

Happy Wednesday ;-)

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

Love those ATC's , what a lovely gift to receive from your friends!
Thanks for sharing!
Happy WOYWW
Rebecca x (48)

Carolyn Phillips said...

What an interesting cloth. As for so many projects, so little time, how well I know that idea!

Caroline Hallett said...

fabulous piece of fabric and so much you can do with it. Thanks for Sharing and hope you have a happy WOYWW. Caroline (No 31 x)

Toucan Scraps said...

beautiful cloth, have fun with it. Want to see a photo of you carrying your groceries in it one day.

Sue said...

Hi Pehhy
great pics, luv the cloth, gorgeous colour, crickey all them folds you wouldnt need another bag, thanks for the snoop have good day, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Julia Dunnit said...

Never seen but love the idea of the furoshiki, how brilliant! Great ATCs too - isn't nice when they arrive!

okienurse said...

Very creative desk! Beautiful cloth! I hadn't heard of one before but do remember seeing a woman unwrap one from her waist and bundle some stuff up in it! I thought she was being innovative. Nice ATC's Thanks for sharing! Vickie #88

karen said...

The furoshiki is beautiful! I love the pattern and the colours! Hmmmm, maybe it could be the inspiration for a background on a card or journal page! And how innovative all the uses are!
Happy WOYWW!
xoxo Karen #115

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Peggy loving the Japanese wrapping cloth, my sister has one.. we use silk bags over here as they fold up so small, are very strong and lovely to carry.. wash just fine too... and love the ATC's, too..thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW!
Shaz in oz.x #25

Stitchfork said...

Love the print on your new furoshiki! You are one talented and busy lady!
Cathy

butlersabroad said...

I love your Furoshiki, I see a few of them here at work as it's a Japanese company. I also read the post below it Peggy and I have to say it was very humbling. I think you and your sister, and I suspect your whole family, are amazing and inspiring people.

Hugs
Brenda 98

voodoo vixen said...

Lovely ATC's you have there and I have seen the cloths used for wrapping gifts, such a brill idea if you plan it right and gift it to a needle type person as they get to use it too! Annette

Angelfish said...

What beautiful fabric and so useful:)
Fiona x

JoZart said...

Really interesting and informative... thanks so much
joZarty x

Serendipity Stamping said...

Beautiful piece of material and the many uses. Thanks for sharing. Great ATCs and I love your cup sitting there.

Leslie said...

your workdesk looks like a bright and cozy spot... and i found it fascinating that a piece of cloth can be folded for so many different uses (but i probably would fail at folding it - i'm a complete failure at origami...)

thanks for coming by my blog and leading me back to your warm and lovely place!)

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