Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Holiday Treats Part 1

Even though I breezed through Seattle, it took eleven hours to get home from Portland on Monday. There were two accidents to ease around, a way too long lunch because something happened to my meal in the kitchen and they had to re-make it, a wait at the border, and - LOL - stops at two more fabric stores. It's going to take several postings to show you all my holiday treats.





I have two ways of buying fabric. One is on sale and the other is as souvenirs like these pieces from Marcy Tilton. From left to right, they are a cotton print, a knit with what looks like a painted design, a polka dot mesh, a remnant of black ponte, and a turquoise heavier weight linen with subtle woven stripes.





The cotton has a permanent wrinkle and a hard to describe surface. It's not polished and it's not nylon but it's almost glazed. Very smooth with lots of body. I saw this same print later in a knit without the wrinkles and preferred what the wrinkles added to the look.





Diane Ericson's patterns are full of design ideas and I'd love to own the whole collection just for that reason alone. I bought 201-The Pacific Purse Collection because it contains ideas on closures including button knots and frogs and 114-The Rio Jacket & Vest because of a unique finish to the sleeve and curved seaming ideas, and 118-Fault lines because I tried the shorter vest on at the retreat and it looked great on me. I'd like to make one to wear next year.





Websters - the absolutely must see yarn store in Ashland - was giving away a free bag with purchase. I bought the Debbie Bliss magazine and then later in Portland bought a knitting book on adding shaping to your pieces. The bag is canvas with a coated lining and bamboo handles. It's really well made and quite gorgeous. The perfect knitting bag. When I feel brave enough, I'll paint it. I want to practice first.





At the retreat, there is a give-away box where you can put in whatever you no longer want and take out what you'd like. I came home with a long piece - probably three yards - of a raincoat fabric, a smaller upholstery piece that would be excellent for a bag, a wide webbing for handles, and a really interesting trim that can be cut down the middle and frayed. I'm not sure what it was originally for, possibly drapery, but it looked great painted so I took a large chunk of it again for practice and play.

Yesterday, I washed clothes and fabric and got the studio put back together. This morning I'm off to journal and then some paperwork and then back to sewing in the studio. YEAH.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - meandering

The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life you want. 
- Oprah Winfrey

8 comments:

  1. Glad you arrived home safely, and what wonderful "goodies" you found. Can't wait to see what you do with them!

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    1. It was so wonderful to meet you Anna. I'm glad you were able to make it to the get together. I did find some rather yummy goodies. Wait till you see what else I got. I just finished folding it all and - my goodness - I may need a larger closet. LOL - or to sew faster.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your purchases - looking forward to seeing the rest! Glad you got home safe and sound!!!

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    1. Some more tomorrow and some ideas jumping around ready to be put together. It was a fabulous holiday. Better than I'd hoped for. I'm very thankful for that and safe travels.

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  3. Happy you're home safe! Lovely pieces. It'll be fun seeing what you do with your new stash additions paired with your reinvigorated design skills. I'm interested in your take on Diane's patterns. I own several but none of them remotely work on my body without a complete redraft. Although as you say the details are very cool.

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    1. Diane has some amazing patterns but our figure types are vastly different. Like you, I'd need to do some work to make them fit my body and perhaps that's okay because doing the work makes me thing and invent and explore and grow and this is good. Usually, for me, it's a matter of adding hip room and she talks about that in the Rio pattern I bought. I'll probably sew the vest first since I did try that on and like it but I'll definitely try the Rio at some points soon as I think with lighter fabrics and some godet type additions, it could be good. The details - and the instructions - are well worth the price no matter what.

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  4. It looks like you had a good time shopping on your holiday! These fabrics are lovely, and they'll make great material for you to play and create with. I'm looking forward to seeing photos of them as garments.
    I have used several of Diane's patterns and find they work well on my body, thankfully. I do have to make some adjustments, but nothing more than I have to do in a Big 4 pattern. I love her patterns for the creative options they include. So much room to play!

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    1. I had a very good time. LOL - I look forward to seeing them as garments too. Some will take a while to "ripen" but my stash is stuffed so I need to get to them sooner rather than later. I'm so glad you can sew Diane's patterns. They're delightful. She's very good at play.

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