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Fabric Friday

I have really been into bold prints lately.  I like clean lines and a more modern style overall, but I will always love the prints.  And since I am a textile designer, I am always on the lookout for inspiration.  It seems like a lot of younger designers tend to go for solids and neutral colors, I was surprised to hear a Project Runway contestant say they had never used prints.

Marimekko has been around for a long time, and are have a great resurgence. The colors a huge prints are so great for fashion as well as home design. The are so mod and colorful but also fresh for today, we all need a little brightness in our stressful world these days..

What do you think?  Lets let our real personalities out.

1. Marimekko, 2. marimekko, 3. totally awesome piece of Marimekko fabric from CraftyTurtle1, 4. Merimekko

Quilting and Sewing

I have been planning my class for this fall as well as the final session of the summer workshops. I am going to use some piecing and quilting techniques for the student.  It really helps them focus on cutting straight and even, and sewing seam allowances straight.  From the last few years of teaching this seems to be the most needed skills for students and they are very important in making that are interesting and fit.

I teach in a very open free form way and it has been working well for several years.  It is so exciting to have the teens interested in sewing again (thanks Project Runway), it keeps me on my toes trying to come up with creative unique projects.

Some lovely examples of quilts from Flickr.

1. Simple Modern Baby Quilt, 2. Neutral quilt, 3. Quilt, 4. Improvisational Split Log Cabin Quilt

Fashion Friday

Photo Advanced Style

The summer is hot, and fashion is hard in this weather, especially if you are over 25.  No short skirt or shorts no halter tops.  Since I work at home now, it is easy to let “comfortable” to into frump.  I made a couple of things for the show, and now am working on some t-shirt restyles to wear while I work.  Your family still sees you everyday.

Recently, I found this great web site “Advanced Style”  show casing great creative style from women in NYC.  The do have the luck of being in a big city, but I still think everyone should look stylish no matter who or where they are, it keeps you spirits up.  My grandmother had great style in rural Kentucky. These ladies are wonderful, I hope I will be this great as the years come on.

Photo Advanced Style

Moods

The web sit crashed last week and everything was lost.  I am trying to get back in the swing of posting again.  Computers a love/hate relationship.

It is also time to plan for new designs (for spring next year), it gets a little mixed up since I am working on current items to send out while still keeping the new design ideas going.  This is a mood board I did a little while ago, and it is still a good reference for new colors and motifs.

After The Show

We had good success at this summers BMAC wholesale show in Baltimore.  One of my best orders was from “Home Goods/TJ Maxx” store, they are doing an all U.S. made in store section, this fall and selected a set of my reclaimed wood tiles to showcase.  Very exciting, but very short deadline, so a lot of painting in the next few weeks.


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