2/5/16

1920s Fashion Exhibit - Dresses and Coats

Earlier this week I met up with Denise and Caroline to see an exhibit of 1920s fashion that is being shown at the Dallas Galleria.  It was stunning! And we had a great time.  I took a lot of pictures, so I'll start with the dresses and coats. 

 





The security guard was nice enough to take our picture - we certainly aren't fashion plates, but we had a good time!

2/1/16

3/4 done...

The studio is at about 75% cleaned up and almost useful again...I'm always surprised when it becomes impossible to move around in there - I really don't see it happening when I mess it all up...and there is no one to blame but me!  Dave occasionally ventures in, but he's too tall for the slanted ceiling, so he usually comes only as far as the sewing machine, since it's straight in from the door.  Sometimes it's good to be short! I placed the front of the containers and the bookshelves where I can stand without hitting my head.

I started in the fiber corner, which is where the loom sits. Thanks to Shera's two big gift boxes of fiber, there is now no space remaining on the fiber wall.  It took a couple of weeks of sessions with the ball-winder to get them in useful condition (rather than open skeins, the ball-winder makes it so they can stack and the yarn feeds out of the top of the ball).
They completely filled up the lower shelf. And I gathered up all the crochet hooks and knitting needles (which were scattered everywhere) to fit in the second compartment on the bottom, with all of the embroidery hoops, drop spindles, etc. in the far left compartment.  Underneath are a kumihimo loom, three inkle looms, a warping board, a small spinning wheel, a swift, two bundles of cut reed that I use for spacers when I weave on the harness loom, and boxes to be used in making shrines and sewing caskets (what we think of as sewing boxes now).  The dress form has on a bad dress made from a German houpplelande pattern but I'm planning on cutting it up and making something better with the fabric. The fake fur will be leaving the house. It's just easier to store on the form until then.

So now this is what that corner looks like.  You can even see the floor!

Moving to the left, I managed to get all of my remaining art/craft books back into the studio...quite a reduction compared to what I had. If I can't buy a new book as a Kindle edition, I probably won't buy it.
and I was also able to reduce the number of baskets - there are a few more, but they are actually in use...the plastic containers stacked to the left of the baskets is all unspun fiber and roving.

Continuing on to the left, I managed to also find the floor of the wet work/paint/dye section...
I sorted and stacked the area just to the right of the door as you come into the room.
It looks kind of messy in the picture but should improve over the course of the year. The bench (which can't be removed because it covers heat/air ductwork) contains the same stuff it already had on it, with my embroidery threads, silk flowers, and bolts of MistyFuse and Pellon (and my laptop and monitor, because, you know...Netflix...). None of this is in the walking path of the door.

The green stacked bins have unfinished projects in them.  My goal is to work on those projects, and the basted quilts I've mentioned before and get those finished and out of the house. And then I can either move the bins into the sewing section or give them to someone who can use them.

Notice I have no containers you can't see into (even the black one has a plastic window).  No more out of sight, out of mind. I hope it's a good strategy to get projects finished!

The only section left is the sewing corner, which has also become a real mess. So I'll tackle that this week and will post pictures when it's done.

But now, it's time for a lemonade...what is up with this warm weather???

1/27/16

January

January is clean-up month for me in the studio.

Re-arranging, sorting, purging and finding all the unfinished projects so I can decide to keep them in one place or toss/recycle.

Pictures when it's done, like always. Just no time to stop and blog about it.

In the meantime, I did leave the house -

Rocking hats at the fiber artists meeting - thank you, Reid, for taking the picture and making my hat!

1/1/16

Happy New Year

While cruising the interweb, I came across the work of Greg Constantine - love it!

Things to remember in this new year:

12/31/15

Happy New Year's Eve..

For the first time in a long time, last New Year's I made the resolutions to not buy any fabric in 2015 and to finally open my Etsy shop.

Unless I loose my mind (further) here shortly and go over to equilter.com, then I have made it through the year regarding fabric - okay, Dave did buy some fabric for me but it was for unplanned special projects and since I didn't buy it, then I'm choosing to sort of ignore it - because I had more than ample opportunity to stock up all year long (I'm talking major sales here, people), I'm looking at the bigger picture and giving myself credit for the restraint.

My Etsy shop was opened in the Fall and I have already had one sale (to a complete stranger, not even family or anything, who left me a wonderful review) - and, since I've done no further marketing other than what Etsy itself provides, then I'm marking that resolution done as well.

Not bad:  1.99 out of 2

I have plenty to finish up in 2016, some for the shop and some for charity, so I should be busy enough without much shopping (I think grey thread is in my future...), so maybe my resolution for 2016 will be "Restrained Shopping" rather than an all-out boycott.

As for New Year's Eve, this year we are keeping it nice and quiet and making a wish that 2016 is an undramatic year that brings joy and blessings to all we know and love.
Find the Zen