Friday, April 10, 2015



I have a few things in the queue that I wanted to share before we leave on vacation. This combo above will go into a bag. The print is not photographing well as it is much more the color of the eggplant patent leather. They really are wonderful together but the camera is just not cooperating. The print is a greyed out purple, very soft in color and what looks like white it all metallic silver, no white. It's a great combination and I can't wait to work it up. I've already stitched out some samples to see how the patent leather would take to the needle and it does beautifully. I was actually pretty surprised that I was able to stitch it using only a HS stretch needle and no other accomodations. It stitched beautifully so I decided to go ahead with a project, actually two. I am planning another loom bag as well as a clutch out of the PL. The clutch might have my latest bit of weaving as part of the design. All of this is percolating and you know the percolation stage is where change can happen at any moment and is part of the evolution. So we will see what design we will have in the end. 



This print really screamed out at me. It's a cotton but I think I can make it work either as a bag or perhaps even a summer skirt. It's a lot more blue than gray and a really intriguing print. I think it is a stylized version of branches in the snow. As much as I love this print and as much as I want to make it up, it will not be first in the queue. I've had enough with snow for now and won't touch this until all that white stuff outside is gone. Yes. We still have lots of white stuff but it is going down. 

I also need to add a waistband to the blue linen pants I remade. They are far from perfect but look perfectly great with an outside top over the waistband. I had to add fabric to get the length I needed for the crotch and while the color is a perfect match, the textures vary just a wee bit, practically unnoticeable.  But it is in an area that will never show so I am not worried about it. These will make great summer pants once done and you know how I love linen. They have been totally cut apart, recut to my sloper and made to work. I rarely throw out good fabric/clothing if I can make it work but you all know that. 

I am showing you these three projects as they are what I will attack as soon as I get back from vakay.  I will also be starting a "weave along" sponsored by Mirrix looms. We will be making a split bead woven necklace and it looks pretty awesome. I am excited about this technique as it is quite unique. 

We are headed for Disney and fly out Tuesday and to say I am excited is an understatement. See you all on the flip side. Stay healthy,  keep calm and keep sewing!.............Bunny

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  1. Have a wonderful, safe vacation! Love all the fabrics/textiles you've shown. I also think it's fun and interesting to use the fabric from an existing garment to fashion a new garment. The unknowns about such a project are what I find most interesting and fun.

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    1. Thanks! Today is being spent working on all things Disney for our vakay, packing, etc.

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  2. Bunny, even though the first fabric did not photograph well, I still gasp at the beauty of that fabric. I know it is so pretty in 'real' life. I agree, you should wait to make the snow fabric into a project but it also is very pretty.
    Have a wonderful trip, you earned some time in the sun.
    Nonie

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. I know I will come back to some wonderful new garment you whipped out while I was gone!

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  4. Have the best time!!It's a well earned break and nice to have some projects on the back boiler while you're away. :)

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  5. Ah ha. Good plan - allow the percolation to continue during your holiday. I really love the silver and purple peacock feather cloth. That will be sensational.

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    1. It really is a lot prettier in person. I am hoping the weather is better and will take future shots outside.

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  6. I hope you have a great vacation! I'm sure you'll get many ideas worked out while standing in all those long lines. Where on earth do you find these beautiful fabrics?

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    1. The patent leather, which really is gorgeous, is a nice medium weight, not that thin Halloween stuff. It is from the home dec clearance section of Joanns. I have found some great fabrics back there. You just have to hunt and be patient. The other two fabrics are quilting cottons from JAs as well. These will work well for bags. I've used their quilting cottons many times in the past for bags and been pleased. There regular selection of faux leathers looks pretty cheapy but the things back in home dec are much better quality. You often can read the designers names on them. So be on the lookout.

      Believe it or not, that patent leather has been washed but not dried. It came out beautifully. I wash home dec fabrics and it almost always changes the hand to something drapeable and lovely.

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  7. I love, love, love those fabrics and I'm so excited to see what you end up making with them. Have a wonderful vacation.

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  8. LOVE your fabrics. I want a "smoking" jacket with tuxedo collar out of that first grouping! Can't wait to see your finished products. Enjoy your vacation.

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  9. Have a fantastic holiday, travel safely.
    Looking forward to seeing these beautiful fabrics made up......have fun Bunny.

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    1. thanks, Marysia. I can't wait to play with them.

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  10. Bon Voyage, Bunny!! I hope YOU stay healthy on your trip. Every single person that I know who flew somewhere for Spring break, came home sick. Dirty airplane air!!!!
    All your fabric choices make me want to reach through the screen to touch them. Luscious Looking!! Can't wait to see what you make from them.

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