Les Tabliers de Paris
June 10, 2005
Here I am with a Magic Remote Blog Post! Perhaps you thought you’d have the whole place to yourself for two weeks; forget about it, sweets. I can’t keep my mouth shut even when I’m not here. I fully expect that after I die, I will continue to chat for at least three weeks.
The Apron Thing–What’s Up With That?
Amy of Angry Chicken/Kingpod fame has started the coolest thing: Tie One On, a monthly show & tell of homemade aprons. Like Loobylu’s wonderful Month of Softies, the idea is simple: People who share the same mad love–in this case, for vintage aprons–make a new one that is inspired by the theme of the month, and send in a picture for the gallery. When the gallery is published, new heights of worldwide crafty ecstasy are reached. Everybody gets inspired, and in my case, envious, covetous (insert your deadly sin here).
You can partake of the domestic goodness even if you don’t sew. Knitty to the rescue! Here’s a great handknit party apron pattern from Jordana Paige. Knitters can adapt it any way they like. I’m thinking about sawtooth edging, eyelets, and dishcloth cotton……ooh, denim? Blimey, that’s a great idea. (See, I said ‘blimey’ because I’m over here in England, get it? I’m practically British already. I say ‘bloke’ now, too.)
This month’s theme is Home on the Range. You know I am a huge fan of All Things Cowgirl, and I also love the kitchen-stove connotation of ‘range’. And hey– anybody who has an abandoned fried breakfast on their back burner from Stacey’s fry-up-along can make wonderful use of those handknit bacon and eggs–the perfect accent to any Hotpoint range.
Rachel, I think you know it already: Lala needs a properly Western apron to go with her fantastic Mary Maxim birthday cardi. No back-talk, Miss Sassy–git busy!
O, la la!
I’ve been getting into the Japanese craft books, in a small way. A few months ago, my first acquisition was this marvel:
Mais oui, Les Tabliers Sont Arrives de Paris! This fantasy of French aprons, through a Japanese aesthetic, is beyond delightful. It’s lyrically photographed, kitschy and exquisite. The ISBN is 4-579-10972-4. For further enticement, here are a few pages:
(And you thought the Rowan models were skinny?)
(If an apron doesn’t make you feel housewifey enough, a matching kerchief is just the thing.)
(Another kerchief, but not so much housewifey as housewaify.)
(On the left, a denim apron with gussetted pockets. On the right, an apron you can wear to the office, provided you keep your back to the wall.)
(As with most of the Japanese craft books, the instructions themselves are suitable for framing.)
OK, that’s all I have to say about aprons. For now.