Thursday, August 14, 2014

Great Leaps Of Wonderfulness

Apparently, I was not the only one to take advantage of Marcy's recent fabric sale. Half the fabrics I ordered were already sold out before my turn came around. HOWEVER...

... I did get two panels of the digital print denim above and two yards of the strata knit below. Since there's a little room left in my stash, this is perfect. The knit will most likely be a t-shirt but I'm not sure about the denim. Marcy used it to make pants with the floral print around the hem. I liked those but would prefer to try something different - perhaps a jean jacket or short coat. As you know...

... I have a whole row of jacket patterns and rarely sew coats or jackets. They are something I could have more of in my wardrobe although there are numerous things I could have more of and it comes down to a matter of focusing on what you're working on at the moment, a thought my study this morning seemed to echo.

Julia Cameron wrote: As artists we do well to practice consistency. Our mad dashes after inspiration leave us frustrated and at our wit's end. There is much to be said for a slower and more leisurely pursuit of ideas. There is so much talk of "creative breakthroughs" that many of us expect our creativity to be dramatic. This is seldom the case. Very occasionally, we will have a flash of insight or intuition but more often we will experience a slow and steady course.

I can relate to that. When I'm trying too many new things, my thoughts are scattered and I'm not making progress on anything. When I focus on a specific subject of study, I tend to move forward.

On my sewcation, I once again played with the idea of textile jewelry using some of the tips that Diane taught at the Design Outside The Lines retreat this past June. And I made some progress. But not the kind I wanted to make - not great leaps of wonderfulness - and it's not that I couldn't make progress, it's that I'm not willing to give that much time to that particular pursuit right now.

In debating returning to Ashland, I debated the October retreat which has a focus on coats. When I saw the coat above on Advanced Style, it struck me as a lot of fun both to create and to wear only when I weighed things out, I realized that creative coat is not where I'm at at the moment; creative everyday wear is. I need to be aware of that focus. I can only commit myself to so many pursuits and right now those include trying new style lines, adding details, and surface design. Reminding myself of those goals helped me to decide.

I signed up for Diane's two day Advanced Surface Design course in the middle of September and then booked five nights at this Country Apartment that is just outside of Ashland, Oregon. At the course, I am actually going to work on yardage for a coat but it's making the yardage that is my focus and not making the coat. I'm using a pattern I've already sewn and the lining from my change of plans with the challenge project in May.

I leave in just over three weeks. I'm looking forward to some time away in such a peaceful setting, to learning new skills with surface design, and to getting together with other creative women in the Ashland area and on the drive down and back. If you're available for a visit, let me know. I'll be there from the 9th to the 14th and the cottage may be just perfect for a pot-luck and creative get-together.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - holidays

What I did have, which others perhaps didn't, was a capacity for sticking at it, which really is the point, not the talent at all. You have to stick at it. 
- Doris Lessing


  1. Hi Myrna, just found another catalog with some things it in I think you might find inspirational, both clothing and jewelry. This, in particular, reminded me of you: Hope you find something that stirs you!

    1. That was another interesting link. Thank you. There were a few items there that would be fabulous with surface design. I'll have to explore further.

  2. I'm so intrigued by your efforts to create textile jewelry like the tubular, ropy things and the beautiful piece with them. I've been playing with wrapping cording in threads, ripped silk strips, fabric tubes, yardage, etc., but your photo is more like the effect I envisioned. Is that made from felted wool yarn - or what?? Even if you're not ready to devote time in that direction, I say you're on the right path whenever you get back to it.

    1. I know I could do it, I just need to be willing to go through the curve. The tubular thing is covered cording like you'd use in upholstery. I cut and sewed and turned bias strips over the cord. The "focal point" was a piece of plastic with free motion stitching over top. I hadn't figure out how to maintain the curve. It had a flat back side and was strongly wanting to pull out of shape. I also tried covering copper tubes and that had potential if I can figure out how not to see the copper or how to play it up but I don't want to be limited to copper. Plastic tubing from the plumbing store has potential for beads.

      Thanks for the encouragement. I'll get there eventually. I feel like I've clicked on to the direction and now I just need to want to take the time. Clothes first.

    2. I've had some success with plastic tubing of various diameters, but only when using shorter lengths combined with beads and such to make up the remainder of the necklace. I do like its pliability, though.

  3. Ooo, you got some of that pretty denim. I was oogling it at Sew Expo, but just couldn't decide. I got a couple other pieces instead. I do love the pants idea, but I'm intrigued to see what kind of jacket you make of it and how you'll use the print.

    I love that quote from Julia Cameron. I really like her work and approaches to life & art.

    Congratulations on DOL! What a super cute cabin!! Dreamy.


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