I always enjoy reading (and sewing) along with Melanie’s Literary Sewing Circle. The latest book that Melanie chose for us to read was A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, a novel set in both Japan as well as a remote area of British Columbia, Canada. Nao is our young female protagonist in Japan, who is struggling with severe bullying at school, a suicidal father, and a disengaged mother. Nao writes an extensive journal that ends up washing up on a beach in B.C. where our other protagonist, Ruth, finds it and becomes engrossed in Nao’s story.
As with all the Literary Sewalongs so far, readers are encouraged to sew or make something that is inspired by the book. This Jalie Rachel top is my book-inspired make. In the book Nao describes a feeling of a giant fish flopping under her ribcage as a manifestation of all of the anxiety she is... [read more]