I have zero ability when it comes to sewing. I'm not saying that I can't turn drapes into a wardrobe for the entire family a la Maria Von Trapp in the Sound of Music. I'm saying that one time I attempted to hem a pair of pants and ended up with a huge hole in the thigh.
Despite that, I love all the accoutrements that go with sewing. I love the idea of creating something beautiful. I love the feel of gorgeous fabrics. My sister is a quilter and she makes the most wonderful handmade creations. I see old fashioned sewing machines and I'm filled with a sense of nostalgia (I have no idea why... I don't remember my mother or grandmother ever sewing either).
I found this antique sewing box at an estate sale several years ago. Initially, I didn't even know that it was a sewing box. I just loved its simple elegance. Of course, in my house, it holds nothing related to sewing... Instead, it's filled with little things that I have found over the years that have captured my attention, although I don't always understand why. Maybe one day, I'll draw the things inside as well...
This was a quick sketch done with a Rotring pen with water soluble ink. I used my waterbrush to blur the edges a bit. I liked the watery, black and white technique to represent the old-fashioned feel of this piece. (And, I was quite proud of myself for resisting the urge to use any color!)
Linking to Paint Party Friday!