|A couple of ongoing projects - both of these were acquired to be transformed. More later!|
|Not many typewriters at the market this weekend, but what a haul of vintage radios!|
I'll try not to bore you all with my sewing adventures - this is a typewriter blog, after all! Still, here is what I have been up to this weekend - covering our drab beige couch in Ikea fabric, taking some inspiration from a fellow blogger
. For my first sewing project, I'm rather proud of how it all turned out, actually, even if it's not perfect. Next up will be a typewriter cover à la Ryan Adney
, but first I must receive the typewriter that will need to be covered...
Wow, you seem to be in an acquisition mood lately. Did you get the super-cool chrome-and-blue Princess? And if you'd like to part with one of your Kolibris, tell me, I think I could - Gosh, I'm stupid. That lonely Torpedo 18 in the thrift store... Stupid. It would even need a custom-made cover.ReplyDelete
Don't worry about it, Florian! I don't think I would want a Torpedo 18 unless it had a very very special typeface. I already have in mind the typewriter that needs a custom-made cover; I just have to wait for it to arrive :) In the meantime, feel free to think of other interesting trades :)Delete
No, I ended up not getting the chrome Princess; there was a fierce bidding war and I decided to cave quite early! I already have a Princess, so I guess I'll just have to be content with mine even if it's not so shiny.
Sounds like you really unplugged, so to speak, while away. I am somewhat the opposite myself. I've long wanted to learn to sew, too. It won't bore me if it's helpful advice.ReplyDelete
It's incredible how much helpful advice one can find about sewing from browsing the 'net... way more than typewriters! It's a nice change, participating in a popular hobby. I feel I could spend all day reading and not actually sewing, which is why I was keen to get started on the couch. Aside from a typewriter cover here and there, I'll probably spend most of my time making clothes, though :) But I'll write about it sometimes, no worries.Delete
The couch looks great! I am curious about your incoming fabulous acquisition and your reflections on Ghana were interesting.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Richard! It took far longer for me to complete because I hand-sewed the whole thing, tried it out, and then finished it off with the machine. But it's very satisfying to look at, and use, the final product!Delete
Nice couch cover. Thanks for the insights on Ghana and the photos of the old radios. I can't wait to see your new (typewriter?)ReplyDelete
I occasionally complain about how much space the typewriter collection takes up, but imagine if I was into old radios! Those are some hefty boxes. I hope an interested collector saw them; it looked like it would be quite the haul for the right person.Delete
It's great that you have projects lined-up.ReplyDelete
I'll chime-in, nice job with the couch! I look forward to seeing the typewriter cover.
ooh, a Lettera 32 and a 35? I sense a TwOlivetti in the works! :DReplyDelete
You're on the right track, Ted! Perhaps the twOlivetti will not be with these two, exactly, but another combination... and that's all I'll say for now :DDelete
I hope your major acquisition comes through. I don't talk about mine until they arrive, either, lest I jinx the transaction.ReplyDelete
Fantastic job on that sofa cover. I have a sofa in need of the same treatment. I doubt, though, that my first attempt will be as successful as yours!ReplyDelete
Hi I'm new to the typo sphere and discovered your blog while you were away. Big fan, and very helpful in my own search for the perfect typer. I also like that you're from Accra. I moved there as a child when I was six months old. I don't have much memory of it except for many old photos and super 8 footage of me as a baby there. And I've never met anyone from Ghana since I left, until now!ReplyDelete
Hello there and nice to meet you virtually! You have a great blog and I shall add you to my blogroll posthaste. That is a lovely story about growing up in Accra; I am sure if you (and your parents) returned for a visit, you would find it has transformed greatly since you lived there!Delete
Sounds like a good break. Accra seems a very exotic location from this wet and windy Oxfordshire perspective. You know, you might just end up with a collection of hand-cranked sewing machines. I can see it now...ReplyDelete
Don't tempt me! I am having a hard time staying away from getting one of those, and I know from typewriters how quickly one turns into ten... and then thirty. Funnily enough, I spotted one of those window displays when I was in Berlin last summer. A premonition, I suppose...Delete