Monday, March 3, 2014

What I Did On My Sew Expo Vacation

Better grab a coffee - LOL - this is going to a long posting with more tomorrow. There's so much to share about what I did on my Sew Expo vacation. We left early Wednesday morning and arrived at our hotel mid afternoon after nicely timing the border crossing and the traffic through Seattle. The weather co-operated. All-in-all the drive down couldn't have been better.





One of the very best things about events like this is connecting with people who love what we love. I'm delighted to have this picture of Katherine, Diane, and Marcy. It's going in my dream book to remind me to keep walking in the direction of becoming increasingly creative. Just being around these three is an incredible inspiration. They bubble over. But of course...





... I couldn't just be around them - VBG - I had to buy a few tangible reminders of the message. Just like last year, Marcy's booth was filled with yummy fabric. If you ever have a chance to visit the ArtBarn or the booth at Sew Expo, run don't walk. Touching that kind of quality can't help but take your sewing up a notch.





The above fabrics were remnants. At left is a stretch lace and at right is a silk screened knit, a little of one and a lot of the other. I have no idea what they'll become so far but they are washed, in stash, and ready to go.





These are all linen. I bought the stripe the first day and the other three the second day. The center piece looks khaki in this photo but it's actually the same green as in the striped piece. They are for a specific project that I'll tell you about tomorrow.





Diane's booth was just down the aisle from Marcy's which made it easy to go back and forth between my favourite venders. I could have spent hours pouring over Diane's rack of clothing admiring her way of adding detail and pulling together bits and pieces. Her lecture was just the shot in the arm I needed to get me going and - can you believe it - she asked me to work in the booth for her while she went to Marcy and Katherine's lecture. YES YES - what an honor.





I worked with Laura, Diane's assistant, and had the opportunity to encourage lots of women to take their creativity in new and energizing directions and - LOL - benefited from my own advice because I need to do just that. It was VERY fun. I came home with...





... a piece of Miles' hand painted canvas. He is Diane's son and a third generation artist. The piece is 26" x 34". I held it up so many times explaining how it could be used that I eventually decided it had to come home with me. Originally, I'd intended to incorporate it into a jacket for me but after my friend bought a nearly identical piece I decided that we lived in too small of a town for us to have "matching" garments. I'm not the twins-y type so I decided to get another canvas for myself in June when I'm at the Design Outside The Lines workshop and use this one for a child's garment. I have some great ideas I can't wait to explore. I also want to...





... practice lots and lots and lots so I'm confident enough to incorporate more surface design into my work. This was the specific needle of the shot in the arm that I needed. As Diane said in her lecture - if you want something different, you'll have to DO something different. So true... even when we've heard it before... and have been procrastinating... and we know it... but we - I - recognize that now is the time... plus... there's no point starting on my vacation wardrobe right now. The pants I sewed just before Sew Expo were already loose when I got there so I'm going to take the next six weeks to muslin possibilities, play with refashioning, and explore surface design on child size garments by sewing small. That's why I bought the pattern.





HOWEVER... when I do get to sewing my vacation wardrobe, I want to make several of Diane's patterns to wear to the workshop. I bought this burnout velvet for the Taos skirt to go with a Skylines top. You can find them on the pattern page. There wasn't a way to link directly. One of the great things about Diane's patterns is that each one contains not only techniques but suggestions for interpreting the pattern in more creative ways. Buy her whole pattern line and you have a wonderful "encyclopedia" of possibilities plus the patterns to make them happen.





Along with the skirt and top, I also want to sew a combination black and white knit dress. The Taos skirt has large hook and eyes and the dress I'm imagining will have a center front zipper which explains some of these notions. I just had to have the paisley buttons. The other zipper is for a coat and the black rayon thread is for creating tucks and lines. The clippers? They're Kai and made from Japanese steel. I bought them to replace a pair I took when I moved out of my parent's home that had to be well over fifty years old and were still clipping amazing except they fell apart. If you're using cheap drug store clippers, save yourself some frustration and get these. Like Kai scissors, they're fabulous.





AND... last but not least... I picked up two grab bags from Kali Basi Designs, one of felted bits and one of silk remnants. Kali is a beyond believable felter. Her work is award winning, jaw dropping, and gorgeous. If you want some eye candy, visit her site. Her booth inspired me to learn more about felting which was...





... one of the things Diane talked about in her lecture - the importance of always learning something new and of not stagnating within the same old, same old. What are my goals? What am I working toward? For me, I want to be as creative as I can be which means pushing the edges more and more.





The drive home was a lot more intense than the one going down although - as I said to my friend - I'll take alone on a snowy highway over zinging around in Seattle's traffic. Perhaps I've become too small town but as happy as I was to go, I am thrilled to be safely home, tucked up in my studio, ready to sew. And write. More tomorrow.

AND... as you can see... I changed the header back. Sorry to those of you who didn't like this one. It just felt more me at the moment. Fun. Flirty. Moving forward. If you want to read the story behind the header, click here.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - safe travels.

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! And to meet Shams if only briefly!! This is on my Bucket List for the near future.

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    1. We definitely met briefly - a hug and a quick acknowledgement. She had a pretty full day already planned and I'm the sit down and have a good chat kind. Hopefully one day. San Francisco is on my want to visit list.

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  2. So happy that you had the opportunity for this creative jolt! One day, when I have more time, I will go to fun sewing experience destinations. Not that I don't have lots of creative options, but this is its own special sort.

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    1. It was a fabulous creative jolt and provided a lot of clarity about what I want and what direction I'm going in. I'll write more about that tomorrow. I think you'd enjoy the sewing experience destination. It opens your eyes to a lot of possibilities all at once and - well at least for small town me - exposes me to things I didn't know anything about. Quite wonderful.

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  3. "Better grab a coffee - LOL - this is going to a long posting with more tomorrow."

    read this one line and had to stop and comment - this is the best way to start a Monday EVER!!!!

    okay, on to the read!! :) steph

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  4. Loved reading your experience at the expo, Myrna. I have not stopped by Diane Ericson's booth (i think i was feeling a bit intimidated and there were also lots of people there) but now i hope to get into her lectures next year. Which probably mean I have to try get to the Expo in the week instead of the weekend? If I get to do that next year, perhaps can say hello if I see you there! :)

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    1. Don't be intimidated by Diane. She's so incredibly supportive and encouraging and very friendly. LOTS of energy, yes, but you'll come away feeling like yes, I can do that. If you can, take in her creativity talk. It's a 45 minute energy booster.

      AND... definitely say hi to me. It'd be wonderful to put a face to the name. What fun!

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  5. So glad you had a good time at the expo and that it encouraged you to push your creative boundaries!

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    1. Me too and it really did. Encourage and clarify. A few swirling questions were settled and that's always good.

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  6. I'm chuckling at the thought of you being pulled in to work the booth--how fun! And how wonderful for Diane that you were there at just the right time.

    I look forward to your next post....

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    1. It was really fun and the timing was just perfect. I went to her lecture and then worked in the booth afterward while she went to the lecture she was hoping to take in which meant I got to talk to all those people who came to see what they'd heard about. LOVED it.

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  7. This is on my must do list for next year ....thanks for sharing...

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    1. Oh, a fun fact about Laura....she silk screened her 2 shirts in the evenings and wore them the next day...so look again at her shirts.

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    2. How fun! I looked at the one she was wearing in this picture when I visited the booth. It'd be great to see more of her work when I'm at Design Outside the Lines in June.

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