The Lobster Silk is still a work in progress, which means I don’t have any fabulous lobster paintings to show you just yet. The main idea behind my Lobster Dress (at least to my view) was coaxing my husband into working with his hands again after an intense time writing his dissertation.
That and I want a Lobster Dress.
He made this for me over the holidays. It’s Australian red cedar, reclaimed from a bookcase. He beveled the edges and sanded them carefully by hand, cut the dowels and sanded them as well. No splinters or rough patches for me. Then he stained it, sanded it lightly and repeated the process. It’s as smooth as (lobster) silk.
I spent years looking for something to help organize my threads. That’s what happens when you’re a picky shopper- often you go home empty-handed. I simply couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a gross plastic. Not even a nice plastic one to be found. Every so often, I dropped a hint about wanting a wall-mountable wooden one.
Not nagging, mind you. A hint. Specific hints.
I’m ridiculously pleased by this gift, I had no idea he was working away on it for several days. He even burned my “name” into the board. Though no lobster silk rustles in my sewing room right now (it would most probably sit around for a few weeks anyway), I got three things I wanted for Christmas- Stephen working with his hands, a beautiful wooden thread organizer, and a vote of confidence from the person whose opinion matters most to me.
Thank you, Sweetheart!
(I’ve been taking a break over the holidays, but I’m back now and full of ideas and plans for the New Year! So much bean-spilling to do…)