Saturday, January 1, 2022

Jackets, Tops and A Vase

Lots of rain, cold and COVID combines to give me loads of creative time.  I feel like one of the lucky ones who figured out a passion and it serves me so well right now.

My pal, Sharon, and I bought a 1930's-50's comforter for a wonderful Paula Kovarik class a few months ago.  We agreed to split it and I came home with my half, never having used it in class.  Wondered what to do with it and finally decided to paint it with Dy-Na-Flow. 

I cut out the pattern pieces for a haori, drafted by the talented Wendy Franzen of West Zen Studio.  I've used this pattern lots.  It's a great canvas.  I followed the stitch lines on the comforter as a start then added elements as I went.  

I need to heat set this, or never wear it out in the rain, one or the other!  It's so comfy!  Maybe that's because it reminds me of a bed jacket my grandmother used to let me wear!

This shell, made from painted lace pieces, is the result of a long story.
Another pal, Lisa, has an airbrush and compressor she let me use.  I wanted to use various pieces of lace as stencils to spray paint pieces of cashmere.  The cashmere pieces looks so great after I sprayed them. all washed away, even tho I did everything I was supposed to do to set it.

But, I had loads of grey lace to show for it.  Interestingly, when I washed the lace the paint stayed in.  They all came out in various shades of grey, which is good.  So, what to do with a bunch of grey lace?

Seemed a simple pattern would be best and I used a self drafted top that is basically a rectangle.  

This is 100% hand sewn, very drapy, looks great over black.  I aspire to wear it to the grocery store this year....because the way it feels right now, that's the only place I'm going!

I'm still going to work on getting cashmere to take spray painted color.  Lisa wisely suggested trying Dye-A-Flow with the airbrush sprayer.  I like this idea.  I'll probably have to thicken it just a bit with the alginate I use for me printing.
As soon as the temps get above 50 I'm giving it a try!

And finally, I've been lusting after the vessels made by Zoe Hillyard for years.  
I finally decided to give this technique a try.  It marries both my passions; pique assiette and textiles.
Since I've done so much pique assiette I have a pretty good idea of how to keep the pieces sorted to keep the shape.  The technique was generously supplied by Zoe in a vimeo video entitled, Rags to Riches, Zoe Hillyard.

I'm headed to my fabric stash right now to begin my second one, a huge bowl.  This should be easier to manipulate but I'm going to have to make the inside look as good as the outside this time.

Welcome to 2022.  Keep making, keep sane, keep sweet!



  1. Thank you for continuing to blog and thank you for your constant inspiration.

  2. Yes! I echo Fiberfemme's sentiment. Your blog is a definite source of inspiration, knowledge and pure joy! Thank you for contributing to keeping me sane, happy and inspired. And, a very Happy 2022 New Year to you!

    1. Happy to help! And yes, we need our sewing tribe!

  3. What a delight- this first post of the new year from you! What a great start-Always inspiring but this one really makes me think- is there anything you can't do and do perfectly!? I think not! Things I have never heard of do not daunt you. I bow down! from Claudia

    1. Wow! Thank you!!! Yes, there is something I just can't bring myself to do...exercise!

    2. Ha! Me neither- but I'm a strenuous gardener and I reckon that will have to do!

  4. Ditto the other comments. I await your latest blog posts with anticipation and am always inspired by your work.

    Is the haori pattern available for purchase? I went to the West Zen blog but didn't see anything about that.

    Best wishes for happy new year with less Covid so that we will all have some places to wear our new clothes.

    1. Thank you so much. I've been a longtime admirer of your blog, still go back and read it!

    2. Are you talking about the blog I wrote quite awhile ago, with posts on fabric dyeing, etc? Thanks for you comments.

  5. I am in awe! That comforter jacket is amazing! I'm going to look for the info on the jardiniere right now. Thank you for the eye candy and the inspiration. Happy New Year, Gayle 🍾

  6. Love the way the ceramic covered vase looks! You are a making dynamo my friend!!!xoxodiane


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