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
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