Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Parting Ways & The Challenge

Take it from me that it is not a good idea to lay wet painted pieces out to dry all over your studio floor. You will then spend hours cleaning watered down, dried up, paint residue off that same floor. And, this is not fun. I have learned that painting of this nature is best left for the warmer seasons so it can be done in the garage.

The coat and I are parting ways... for now... a temporary separation. I layered and layered and layered and the look kept getting further from what I wanted so eventually I mixed up some more of the original color and layered it on top and, of course, with all those other colors underneath it looked nothing the same. When the pieces are quite dry, I'll put them away until later.

Painting and I are also parting ways... for now. All over painting like the fabric, the bag, and this coat is too expensive for my budget. The coat alone has taken the original drop cloth, the fusible interfacing to back it, four cans of spray paint for the first layers, four jars of the Tulip soft paint, and assorted jars of Jacquard paints in six or seven and probably more than that different colors. If all those items were ten dollars, that's at least $170 for the coat and some were more. It's not money wasted. If the coat doesn't end up being a coat, the fabric can still be turned into something else but for now, I think it's a wise choice to limit my painting to smaller details and perhaps learn how to use it as accent points. Have you ever made a choice like this?

I don't like brown. In fact, I've been known to say I absolutely hate brown and yet suddenly, I'm buying a lot of it. This bamboo silk blend yarn was on sale at Michaels. It's a beautiful yarn to knit with and the perfect color for a friend but - all that aside - I also like it. Strange. Another example of how we should never say never.

I have ten meters of this brown ponte knit. It's a quality fabric bought in the bargain center for $2.00 a meter. I wanted to see what I could do with the color and then my friend Sheri and I decided to work on some challenges together. Our first one is to make an creative wearable garment with only one fabric in a solid color. All the details and textures will be developed from using that one fabric in interesting ways.

My inspiration is this blouse from Anthropologie. I doubt it's still on their website since I copied the pattern quite a while back. I loved all the seams and when...

... Vogue 1408 was released earlier this year, it seemed the perfect pattern for using as the base.

Interesting that Anthropolgie refers to this as a blouse and Vogue calls it a dress and it's about the same length - short. Mine will be longer, more knee length, so there's no guessing. This is a dress.

The back of the Vogue pattern is considerably different from the back of the Anthropologie blouse and that's fine. One is an inspiration and one is a starting point. What I create may end up looking nothing like either of them. Who knows. I'm looking forward to the challenge.

The weather has turned cold. Yesterday, I was bundled up in a head band and gloves and a scarf and winter coat with yoga pants over tights, a t-shirt and a sweater and I was darn near freezing while Miss Chloe was prancing along like this was just another sunny day along the walk. Hmm... This morning, I will journal first hoping the sun comes out and makes it a prettier cold walk and after that, I need to clean house. Rosemarie is coming just after lunch to knit and then Barb is coming just before dinner to stay for a week and sew with me in the studio. YES YES - I'm looking forward to spending time with both of them.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - warm winter clothing

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. 
- Walter Winchell


  1. I don't know how true to real life the tones of the painted fabric are on my monitor, but it somehow reminds me of Native American fabric. I hope when you pull it out again it speaks to you of something you'll love. And speaking of love, that Vogue pattern is so beautiful. I think it could be made up blouse, tunic or dress-length and work with a skirt, pants, leggings or just heels, depending on length. Its lines might be more flattering to us "curvy girls" than the Anthropologie top, too. Can't wait to see what you create from the design in your mind's eye.

    1. It dried a better blend of colors than I expected. Right now, it's all rolled up and I'll get back to it eventually after it's done "ripening" a bit. You're right. The Vogue pattern is very versatile. I think it'll be fun to play with.


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