Friday, June 19, 2015

Room To Grow

Yesterday was a long day of errands picking up items for our trip. There's a handbook with "rules" to follow some of which are confusing like being told to bring an umbrella on one page and being told that they supply umbrellas on another. It seemed prudent to take a small ones only umbrellas are not something we need in Kamloops so I had to buy some. We leave a week tomorrow. We'll pack over the next few days and make sure that everything we need short of toiletries is in our suitcase and ready to go so that next weekend all we have to do is put those final things in and go. I'm not one for last minute rushing.





My friend Barb met me before I developed the ability to pull out, rip apart, and re-fashion. She's still somewhat stunned by this new way of being and thought this pin was perfect. I love the mystery of not knowing that making a mistake can provide.





The linen above is more taupe/green - as in I won't wear it - than the blue/grey - which I definitely would wear - that it's showing on my screen. I put it in a turquoise dye bath... twice... and...



 


... it came out mottled which is not what I intended but not a bad thing. There are many items that can benefit from a variety of values including...





... the scarf that I started on earlier in the week. It's not going well. I've cut apart the triangles you see above and approaching it a different way. I wanted the scarf to curve around the body and it was going in the wrong direction. A fabric that isn't quite right for a garment can be perfect for something else. Along with the scarf, I'm also using it to...





... learn how to make beads, glued knot buttons, and start the focal pendant of a brooch or necklace. The learning will be slow - and hopefully steady - as I work between the different areas. I'm typically more all this or all that in my approach - as in all clothes or all painting - and I don't tend to flow from one to another. That way of working - along with having more than one thing on the go - are things I'll need to change to accomplish my intentions.

And...

... LOL... apparently I need practice. I wrote this post at 4:00 yesterday afternoon and proofed it at 8:30 last night and at that point no one had commented on the necklace. I knew it wasn't the most gorgeous piece in the world but I also didn't think it was terrible beyond wearable. Should I wear it in public or not - VBG? Does it need help? What kind of help?





Rather than overthink it - and because this was practice - I grabbed the nearest paintable fabric yesterday morning and started. It was aqua broadcloth. As I painted it occurred to me that broadcloth is actually fabric and that it can be and is used for finished garments although not by me. I tend to think of it as a throwaway fabric for test garments that's less expensive than muslin. As I painted, I thought about how to take the piece forward into something like a bag. The possibilities were intriguing because I'll want the finished piece to have a "more than broadcloth" feeling.

ANYWAY...

... when Diane is demonstrating stenciling, she'll pour out a teeny tiny dot of paint and say she could paint the entire yardage with that. There's no way I could so I want to learn how to have a lighter hand with the paint and how to hold the applicator and work with the stencil in that gentle way. I used a small amount of blue paint, a little sea sponge thinking it would soak up less paint, and one line on a stencil. I'll be working with this stencil for quite a while to see what all I can do with it. I want to set limits that are broadening. After painting...





... I used a medium point Tee Juice pen to draw a variety of lines. Some are more lovely than others but overall...





... the impression is quite playful. Again, this piece is at the beginning of my learning curve so while it's not amazing, it's also not horrible. There is room to grow.

This morning, I'm picking up coffee and driving to Salmon Arm. I'll journal at the Starbucks there before meeting with a realtor and touring the town. She's going to tell me about the good and the bad, the do and the don't. I'll take notes.

After that, I want to research some retail possibilities for items to sell in my studio and then I'll go to the knitting group again in the afternoon. I'm starting to connect with the community now so that when we move I will already know some people. Depending on how organized we actually are, I may go again next week before we leave and definitely again when we get back.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the benefit of mistakes

15 comments:

  1. Sorry I didn't comment yesterday - but I LOVE the necklace! and the painted fabric today is great too. I have lots of supplies stashed away here and there, and think I'll unearth some of them and try my hand at transforming them into something maybe wonderful! You've made a fantastic start. Hope your relocation process goes well, and you have a wonderful cruise. Will you be blogging???? Some of us will have severe withdrawals if you don't - - but maybe we'll survive!!!
    Marian

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    1. Happy playing. I'm finding that my hour in the morning exploring in new directions is giving me all sorts of fun ideas AND... why not use our stash. How fun. I came up against some bumps yesterday with the relocation but I think that's just part of the process. I'm not sure if I'll be blogging from Europe. I have to wait and see how the days are organized but I'll try to post a few at least. I'm taking my notebook so I can.

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  2. Yesterday's neck piece is very sophisticated and gorgeous though I would like to have seen it in better light so as to make out the details more easily. What did you do to the metal element? Walk us through the process – that would be interesting.
    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. I didn't want to post a teaser and then make everyone wait for the necklace so I thought I'd post it first and if there was interest post more details. I'll do that on Monday. With the pendant, I rubbed paint onto the two sides and then wiped it off, let it dry, and painted it with clear nail polish.

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  3. I'm with Vancouver Barbara. The shots of the neck piece from yesterday were too dark to really see all the parts of the necklace. I am particularly curious about the neck piece part (not the pendant part). And I'm looking forward to seeing the beads from today's post close up and well lit! I really like Step 2 of the broadcloth (pre dots). Plus, it's so exciting that you are poking around Salmon Arm even though you are leaving on a big trip next week! A week before a trip I am usually totally focused on what I'm going to take, and how to haul it all!

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    1. Hopefully the other images I took are light enough that you'll be able to see more details. I'll post them on Monday. I have step-by-step images of how I built the cording. I posted some brighter images of those beads while I was in Ashland. I'll find them on my flashdrive so I can include them.

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  4. It may be the lighting, but to me, the additional 'stuff' on the cord ended up looking kind of barbed wire/chain link in a sort of 'sad goth is sad' kind of way. Since that's not your usual style I'm assuming the image on the blog doesn't match the reality!

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    1. I tied some thread tags onto the cording and I bet that's what's looking like the barbed wire. It's much softer in real life. Let me know what you think when I post the detail images on Monday.

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  5. Sorry I didn't post yesterday - was rushing out the door into our incessant rain, and I just didn't get back to it. I loved the necklace - and whatever you did to tone down the shiny pendant. It's the kind of piece I love to make and to wear - and so do my friends, judging by how many times I end up being talked out of a necklace or bracelet I'm wearing. ;)

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    1. It was just strange that no one had commented so I thought I'd speak up rather than get the wrong impression. To tone down the pendant, I rubbed black paint on the sides and then after it dried covered it with clear nail polish. Gosh... if you have beautiful jewelry and you can be talked out of it we need to have coffee. LOL - bring your collection.

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  6. I liked the necklace too and wondered what you had done to the pendant.
    Whatever it was the effect is great.

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    1. Thanks. The pendant was toned down with black paint rubbed on and then covered with clear nail polish.

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  7. I didn't comment yesterday for the simple reason that I didn't go online! I think that your starter neckpiece is indeed a good start, and wished for a closer view of the necklace part.

    I was going to send you a link to Shams tutorial on making fabric beads, but then figured you probably had already seen it, but in case your faithful readers had not:
    http://communingwithfabric.blogspot.com/2015/06/shams-sewing-tips-video-2-making-fabric.html

    The abstract playful fabric you are creating there is very appealing, either as a component or just on its own, am particularly fond of how the addition of the lines and dots really brings it to life. While I do not usually make garments from broadcloth, I do use it and quilting cotton for small accents and for bias binding edges... as always, your experiments are quite inspiring to me

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    1. I'll post some more images on Monday. Let me know if you need more. I did see Shams' tutorial. I like what the wire adds to the beads. I'll have to try that. I think the broadcloth piece can be an element like you're describing. Black just seems to bring it to life which makes me feel like I have this graffiti overtone. I'm having fun playing.

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  8. Hmm, my best skill is jumping from one thing to the next and back again as things dry, wait for my next inspiration, think about it, or get entranced by something else - but I have not thought about it in such a positive way. A re-think for me! Thanks, The fabric is very playful. I am curious to see where you take it.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.