Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Staying Busy...Slowly

Our days here on California's Central Coast have been fairly mild.  Lots of sun and chilly, although that sun keeps my mood fairly even.  But dang, some day's it's hard.  I feel swept up in all the angst and yet find myself feeling detached because I'm so disconnected to my usual life.

I have slowed down, something I've wanted to do for years.  Days and sometimes a week go by without anything on the calendar.  That means my creative pursuits are front and center in my thoughts many hours of the day.

I'm practicing several disciplines at the same time, a luxury.  I have projects all over the place; started a Kaffe Fassett Persian Poppy shawl; hand hemming an organza scarf I printed; working on an Alabama Chanin piece I bought at her factory in Alabama 3 years ago, stitching away it,  still not sure what it will be; eco printing paper and cloth along with India Flint's Eucalyptographia class;  am signed up for three Shibori classes with Aya Fiber Studio, let's see...oh yeah, I'm sewing.


I'm still working down my stash of fabrics I created in both Pat Pauly's and Kerr Grabowski's screen printing classes.  This is Marcy Tilton's OOP V9174 shirt pattern that lends itself well to multiple small pieces of cloth.

I originally printed two-1/2 yard pieces a year ago but needed more to make something.  I printed another two yards this past October in Pat's class.  The various yardages aren't exactly alike, as no two pieces of hand printed cloth can be.  But I'm satisfied with the two together.

This is Kerr's technique of deconstructed silk screening.  I like both Kerr's method and Pat's method which is...well, I can't really find the words to describe the differences in their work.  Kerr's seems looser, where you are not sure what image you will end up with, while Pat's is a bit more studied in form and line.  Please, if I have offended either one of you (if indeed you are even reading this) I'm sorry.  I love both of you and your work!
 

This pattern is flattering, easy to wear and super fun to sew.  It's still a bit cold to wear this now, I look forward to wearing it out in the spring!  I've made this pattern twice before and seem to pull it out of the closet often. 



I used buttons I got in Kyoto in 2019.  They have been so special to me I didn't want to use them but they were the only ones in my stash that looked right. After sewing them on I realized that of course I should use them, when if not now?!



I had to do a bit of piecing, not every inch of fabric I screen print is worth showing so I just sew a little patch of the good stuff over it.  

 I'll show you my second make using this pattern and my screened cloth soon.

I hope you are staying busy, doing what gives you joy and makes you learn something new.  It's a life raft right now.






16 comments:

  1. I am so happy to be able to "sew vicariously" with you. Since our move in November I have been working on trying to get a sewing space together. The floor is supposed to arrive next week so I am getting ready. You are so right about the "life raft" and being without one for awhile has taken its toll. Thank you for letting me peak into your lovely projects!

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    1. Hi Becky, not sure I sent this reply correctly the first time so sending it again! Thanks for checking in. Where did you move to??

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  2. Hi Becky! Where did you move?? May your new space be up and running soon.

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  3. Thanks for this moment of beauty! Missing my CA winter! And trying to get back to blogging, after being rendered speechless by 2020! Check me out again:
    www.blogloving.com/@cashmeresally

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    1. Yes, shaking our heads here, too. Thanks for checking in!!

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  4. Lovely blouse. That blouse has been on my to do list since the pattern release.

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  5. Hi Gayle, I've never had the pleasure of meeting you or going to any classes you describe, however, I love getting your emails and seeing the projects you work on. They are inspiring, although I have not sewn for years. Recently I moved from Castle Rock, CO to Russell, KS where my daughter lives with her husband and 3 kids. Anyway, I admire your talent!

    Jean Scofield (former sewer and traveler)

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    1. Thank you Jean. Why don't you try some hand sewing? It's really relaxing right now!

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  6. Love, love, love the fabric you have created. I pulled my copy of this pattern based on this. It won't be as artful as yours as your fabric is unbeatable. One more time--love, love, love it. Jean

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love to hear it!

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  7. This is fantastic and totally you, I think! What fabric do you use to print? And I need to pull out that pattern. It's just the shape I am looking for now.

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    1. Thank you so much, Martha. I use whichever 100% quality cotton I can find. I'm lucky to live in the same community as Hart's Fabrics (bricks and mortar plus online at hartsfabrics.com so I usually try to support them.
      But, I also use vintage linens sometimes, especially good quality sheets. They are sturdy yet supple and take the dye so well.

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  8. Hi Gayle: My comments to you seem to go through but then they aren't posted so I hope I haven't said anything to offend you. Your work is always an inspiration. Love the medley of greys in this top. And perfect buttons. I hope this reaches you.

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      I'm so sorry, I've tried reaching out to you directly but I guess it didn't work! So, here goes again...I got your comment and when I went to hit "publish" I hit "delete" by accident! And then I couldn't find your comment anywhere. I felt horrible! I do value your feedback and thank you so much for following me! I'll try to control my fat little pinkies better in the future! Hope you get this!

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    2. Phewww! Thanks for the update.

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