Monday, October 13, 2014

Not Every Fabric Needs To Be A Star

This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada. Apparently - according to last night's news - our Thanksgiving weekend used to be in November like the United States and was changed to October in 1957. Personally, I think that was a great idea because November is way too close to Christmas.

We arrived back home on Friday and Saturday morning after breakfast Howard left on business so I've spent most of the weekend working in the studio which is fun but lacks turkey. Earlier, before we left for Calgary, I'd told the "boys" that I didn't want to cook the turkey this year and if they wanted turkey, they needed to cook it. They declined which is - of course - their choice so I had them over for apple crisp instead and went back to playing in the studio.





Micky Lawler's book SkyDyes was (and may still be) hugely popular with textile artists wanting to paint their own fabrics and especially with those creating landscape designs. It was published in 1997 and utilizes Setacolor paints which work best with plenty of water. That's almost twenty years ago and this was still not the first book I'd bought on painting. I had a yearning way back when. What I find funny is that....




... in 1997 I couldn't paint with any kind of uniformity to get an all over fabric useful for cutting up and piecing into a design and now...





... I can't seem to get anything but uniform "designs". The piece above is the most abstracted and even it veers toward even. And that's okay because...





... not every fabric needs to be a star. These layered background-ish pieces can be cut up and incorporated into a garment and if some star power is needed, it can be painted in or stitched on top and....





... that's a very familiar way of working for me and quite possibly the bridge into using painted fabrics. When we got home from Calgary, I did a bit more work on all of these pieces and then...





... packed up the painting supplies and moved them to the laundry room. The light is much, much, MUCH better here in the studio and I prefer working here but apparently I'm exceptionally good at over-painting which...





... required a considerable amount of time and effort to clean the paint off the wall, cabinets, and floor. I don't want to be continually worrying about that plus the water is in the laundry room and the laundry room is a carpeted walk down the hallway. It's only a matter of time before some paint gets on the carpet and that wouldn't be good. What is good is that...





 ... I'm about to start on Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8934 coat pattern using a combination of purchased and painted fabric.





The brown is a small black and brown check. It's dense with a nice hand and a silky reverse side. I'll use the painted piece shown for the patches although all the same may be too much and blotchy. If so, the darker gold piece (third down from top) would work well too. I'll just have to play and see what happens but first I'll sew a muslin to get the length and shape right. This will be my first sewing since the beginning of September and hopefully - VBG - I remember how.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a return to sewing

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. 
- Indira Ghandi

2 comments:

  1. I had no idea about Cdn Thanksgiving moving dates! Fascinating. And it didn't even happen that long ago...

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    1. Me neither until the news last night. Not that long ago but still before my (or your) time.

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