Wednesday, July 29, 2009
- wool felt
- embroidery thread
- liberty fabric
- organza pleated and some screen printed by me
- snap fasteners
- and lots of mess only I can see!
I'm looking forwarded to catching other creative spaces this week...thanks Kirsty :-)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Photo and product of Wink Design
I've been wanted to purchase some organic fleece for some scarfs that the talented Marina from Wink Designs has inspired me to make. Marina sources her organic fleece from the US but I was shocked and disheartened at the cost of delivery and knew there must be some place I can get some delicious soft organic fleece from my own home country. Oh, and how I love what I found!This small collection of sample fabrics is from the Bamboo fabric store in QLD - and I was so excited when the parcel arrived today because I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with these beautiful beautiful (I want to eat them) fabrics. From bottom to top:
- Bamboo Heavy Fleece - 70% Bamboo 30% Organic Cotton - delightful
- Bamboo Fleece - 70% Bamboo 30% Organic Cotton - still delightful & melts in your hands
- Bamboo Organic Cotton Jersey Natural - 70% Bamboo 30% Organic Cotton
- Bamboo Silk - 60% Bamboo 40% Silk
- Bamboo Hemp Jersey - 70% Bamboo 30% Hemp - the hemp gives a lovely texture
- Bamboo & Wild Nettle - 80% Bamboo 20% Nettle - my favourite, stunning texture but still so soft
- Bamboo Single Loop Terry - 70% Bamboo 28% Organic Cotton 2% Poly
- Bamboo Weave - 100% Bamboo - just beautiful...as light as a feather
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
*most of the fabric pieces are organza that I've dyed and printed using discharge inks. This website gives a good description of what discharge printing is for those that want to know.
Check out more creative spaces here - it's fun thanks Kirsty.
P.s. I've added a 'followers' gadget just because everyone else has one - so if 'ya follow me' I would love to know who you are!! I know there are a few of you out there that are not bloggers but still pop in to visit...but I think you made need to have a blog to show who you are...ah, who knows...
Monday, July 6, 2009
The fabric samples are still mounted on card, stored the same way I exhibited them (that's tragic, I could have thrown the card out long ago) and I don't know why I kept the storyboard, but I did.
I chose an aeronautical theme. The illustration in the middle right is what the fabric was made into. Yep, a dress with a kite attached. I have the dress stored away - I was very tempted to hack into this fabric but I needed to keep SOME memory, plus part of the project was to collaborate with a fashion designer and I was very fortunate to have worked with my high school friend and now very successful fashion designer Toni Maticevski. So, that dress ain't being cut up!!! It's a Toni one of a kind :-) I'll get my sister's long legs to model it one day and post a pic of it. He's incredibly talented I believe he whipped it up in a day. He was born to sew. I've never met a more down to earth bloke who is extremely passionate and dedicated to his work. For goodness sake he knew how good he was when he declined an offer from Donna Karen to be one of her designers.
Some fabric samples I need to pile up...
I will post some of my gouache designs as I unpack and re stack them into a smaller box (until I decided what I'm really going to do with them) is that still letting go?
Friday, July 3, 2009
I did Op shop though...and I'm sharing with you what I bought :-)
*Recycled wool scarf with a touch of Liberty finally finished. The permanent (ironed out) pleats add character to this piece - it finished up much stiffer than I wanted it to be, but it's hard to avoid that when you applique and double up on wool thickness. *This was my lucky buy for the day. As I was holding it in my hand a lady in her 60's came up to me and said, "Oh I just dropped that off, it's ancient my mother had it forever I think it was my grandmothers" well of course my face lit up - I'm hoping it's over 100 years old. An egg cup & plate holder I believe with no markings. It cost me $10. If anyone has seen or knows of this design and the year it was made (approx) I'd love to know! Sorry, another dark and gloomy day terrible for taking photos indoors - but I did.*Some vintage aprons and fabric pieces.*Two silk scarfs and one cotton.I've never seen a scarf designed this way before. Has anyone else?*This orange mohair (very large) shoulder throw feels beautiful! *Some books...My Fairyland book has the most delightful illustrations - I wanted to share but the day got darker and darker, as it does and the photos turned out horrible...so next time. Yes there is another Heidi book in the pile but we do already have this version, except the condition of this one is so much better so I had to buy it. *There was a weird sticker over the embossed marking of this tin plate - I thought I was in for a winner. I gently removed the sticker with Eucalyptus oil to find: Scandinavian Design Made in China - damn it!! Oh well, Heidi smiles at her so that's enough for me. This photo doesn't do the colourings much justice, but it is the most delicious red and the girl is ever so sweet - very Scandinavian looking! *Yep, I do love my Liberty and because you would never be able to purchase a Liberty tie in Australia (unless some fancy menswear store imports them and then they'd be well over $100 anyway) I had to have it. It can go in the dress up box. Or I can just store it with the rest of my fabric stash at look it every now and again and smile (I do have a life, promise!).
*Lastly, a blue vintage Royal Stafford saucer - the design in the centre is a little worn but the blue colouring is just so pretty I couldn't put it back down. Bird jug given to me by my mother in law.
Three Op Shops - $30 spent. It was fun - I love it.