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.