That was the line used by the ever adorable cathy gaubert when she asked me to take part in her soon to be released book, Pretty in Patchwork, Doll quilts. I just received my copy of the book today and it is as whimsical, colorful and wonderful as I imagined it to be. You can't help but feel happy looking through it. I am very honored to be part of this talented crew, especially since I don't consider myself to be a quilter.
and a few of my photographs I took before sending it off to the publisher.
I said I would share with you another property of this amazing dye. If you paint it on japanese washi paper with each consecutive layer the paper becomes more like fabric. I had bought some beautiful washi paper in toronto when geninne and sonia were visiting. I decided last weekend to try sewing a small case for some thread and a crochet hook of two. It also could hold my glasses. I then painted successive coats of kakishibu onto the surface. In all I think there were about four coats. It is very flexible now and so much softer than the original paper. I wish you could feel the difference.
those images are before the dye is applied.
my natural dyed crochet threads are very at home in that pouch.
i am a little bird obsessed these days working on my pieces for the winged migration show at bookhou at the end of the month. I went down to Toronto to pick up some shadow boxes that I am going to use to display these hand stitched feathered friends. I had a little visit with arounna, john and piper. Got to see the show up at bookhou now. There are actually two shows since with the washi paper pieces. Everything looked amazing. I will show you a few pics tomorrow.
Okay I will just show you one, lil p and her adorable hair sculpture:)
arounna and i took a custom t shirt pattern making class at the workroom with none other than cal patch . She is every bit as wonderful as her name and what an amazing teacher. If she can teach me to make a pattern then you know she has got to be good at what she does. Now I need to prepare the organic cotton/hemp knit fabric that arounna gave me so I can sew one up. I am planning on dyeing it with indigo.
Then there was liam's birthday party, which was quite smashing, I would have to say!! Thanks so much arounna and john for inviting me.
While edgar continued to do this almost all weekend
beautifully photographed by deborah by the way, I fought off the urge to join him on the couch and instead I set up a sewing table in the studio. Then I gave my much neglected sewing machine a whirl and sewed up a pattern test for a pocketed tunic top. I used a beautiful, soft as silk, worn and lovingly mended by some kind soul vintage sheet. I saved my favorite mended areas to highlight them in the pockets. It is so comfy and with only a few minor adjustments I will be off and running sewing up the next one as soon as I have decided which of the lovely fabrics to make it with.
That huge white t shirt rag ball made a great substitute for my rather aching head today. I am planning on dying it with natural dyes next weekend and then making a rug.
I would love to kiss the hands that mended that sheet with so much love and care.
I also worked on some little things at my desk, read a little and daydreamed.
They will be heading down to Toronto very soon, so I just wanted to shoot a few more pictures before they go. The ornament show will be up in December at bookhou. If you are in town during the month please drop by.