29. May 2009 22:46
Finally got the shawl finished and photographed a little better (and dragged it around in my purse to show it to anyone who would look!) I'm not sure if people wear that sort of thing anymore, but I sure like the way it feels draped over the shoulders. I decided that it wouldn't hurt to try putting it up on etsy, since I already have a store set up and such. Who knows, maybe someone will fall in love with it too, and if not I will get to remain in love with it!
... I like anything that matches with Blue Jeans...
I was having fun playing with my camera in the fading sunlight also...shows just how light and airy the shawl really is!
In other news, I am teaching my first class down at Mae's Fabric and Alterations - Paper Piecing Hexagons.
For most of my life... whenever I saw something crafty that was interesting or intriguing, I would find myself a book, or an internet reference, or seek advice from my mom or grandma... and gosh darnnit I would read and fuss until I figured out how to do it! I've taught myself to do many things reading books... Shuttle and Needle Tatting, Embroidery techniques, Recently Spindle and Wheel Spinning, Fiber Preparation. The only "formal" spinning lesson I have had thus far is the 15 minutes I got to test out my wheel at the yarn store I bought it from. I take a lot of joy and satisfaction in knowing that I can figure things out if I work at it hard enough and find references to guide me through.
I have always loved the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt pattern. Something about it is just so classic. When I picture a vintage quilt, crafted in the past by hand by an experienced quilter, my imagination always brings me back to those old classic patterns; Hexagons, Dresden plate, Baltimore Albums. For some reason I am drawn to the hand pieced and applique designs. I think it's the tactileness of those particular patterns - each piece will be hand sewed and hand-loved, probably multiple times before the quilt is finished completely. Myself, I enjoy that hand work can be done anywhere, whereas machine piecing limits me to my studio. I also like the no-muss-no-fuss approach to hand quilting. You need your needle, thimble, thread, fabric. Simple. Machine piecing requires a power outlet, cords, some table surface to work on, a more permanent workstation which takes up more room and is a pain in the butt to take out for 10 minutes of sewing and then put away again. (If my sewing machine didn't have it's own home in my studio where it could stay out all the time I would probably never sew anymore) I have hand pieced laying on a towel at the beach; Hand pieced while waiting for someone to pick me up and go out; Hand pieced at work on my break. It doesn't get any more portable or transferrable than that.
Anyways, Here are a few tidbits from the class in photo form... and I have to go pack my stuff into the car! I'll let you know how it goes :)
The english paper piecing technique involves the use of paper cutouts to stabilize the fabric, and allow for piecing perfect angles everytime!