I’ve got two short posts this week. I separated them because they are on two different subjects. You can find the other post here.
I had an odd week of in between-ness; I just made that up. I was in between projects, a little lost as to what to do. Both of the following projects are in Time Out until I figure out what I want to do with them:
This needs a better fit before I cut up a precious quilt to make a fabulous quilted coat.
And this trapunto piece, sigh. It has taken so long to complete this that my skill set exceeds what I’ve done on it so far. I am torn as to what to do. There is a lot of work yet to be done. Yet when it’s done, I am afraid I will look at it and wish I’d done it differently. So it will languish in Time Out until I decide what to do.
So I puttered:
I played with my Inktense pencils and sticks, which are so much fun. I am still not happy with the mottled color I get on larger areas. On the piece to the left, I was playing with different colors with no intent of making a “real” piece out of it. I trapunto’d the large orange peel shapes and oddly enough, I do not like the combination of larger trapunto’d areas + Inktense. They look bloated, not beautiful!
I tried my blocks too; they are good for getting color down on large areas. And I have a definite winner on aloe vs proper fabric medium – aloe! The fabric medium leaves some stiffness while the aloe does not. I haven’t seen an advantage to the medium yet so I’ll be an aloe girl from now on.
I wanted to be able to hand dye my own sheers for use in the sheer work I’ve been doing. This piece was meant to be fussy cut, hence the unattractive blotchy look. I also wanted to create a way for students to easily create their own hand dyed sheers with readily available items and no previous experience with dyeing. I played on silk organza using Inktense to lay down color instead of dye, since Inktense would not require a steam bath. I’m a little meh on this. I’d like the colors to be more vibrant. I did find a good source of sheer fabrics through a FaceBook exchange. See, sometimes FB is a good thing! So I’ll let this idea go fallow since I don’t need it now.
Ah, but I did have a Eureka moment! In a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of ideas, I got an idea in the morning and had successfully executed it by the evening. So. Much. Fun!
I did a variation on the sheer thing I was doing last week – I put it on a jean jacket. I used screening material, my sheers (some hand-dyed), some elementary free motion quilting and replaced the back panel with this. I love it! I have more ideas coming…
And, I forgot to post the completed sheer project I worked on initially:
QUESTION to you: Would you be more interested in a class making a wall hanging like above, or making a jacket (you use your own ready-made jacket)? I am thinking about making this a class and I’d love your input.
Without sounding preachy, I want to make a point: Pay attention to those in between times. They can be rich sources of new ideas, provide a reset, or just allow you time to play. I try to be mindful about those times and when I am, good things happen.
I’ll link up with: