To create is to live. I get a helper’s high from creating art with other people’s trash. Instead of tossing those ill-fitting clothes into the rubbish bin look closely, you might see your first fabric creation. Oh, remember save the buttons and pockets as well.
Today I will enjoy rooting through a trash bag full of brilliantly colored vintage fabrics that I bought in a local yard sale for just four bucks. The thrill of discovering unwanted, yet viable textiles to blend into one of my Bohemian Blanket creations is a reward in of itself.
After I sort the material by type, I will choose the fabrics for my next baby blanket, wall tapestry or a funky conversation piece. Of course, I am going wash and iron the material before I start to dive into the sorting process for future use.
I start most sewing projects with no specific perimeters, except two, that the old fabric when joined together by a common thread is pleasing to the eye and serves a purpose for whom it is given.
I have several different styles when creating baby quilts for family and friends. I get a kick out of piecing together a hodge podge of colorful material to use for the upholstery of a favored chair mistook as a chew toy.
I have never taken any classes on how to sew. A dear friend gave me the general rules of sewing 101. I have learned by in large from my mistakes over the past 10 or so years. I continue to evolve.
I am a rebel with the sewing machine. By rebel, I mean all my cloth creations are one of a kind. My style is funky and quite unique. I use no store-bought pattern or any of the traditional methods when starting a project. I start with two small pieces of cloth and let my imagination plan the remaining layout of every project. It is how I have taught myself to think outside the sewing circle box.
Be creative with your day, as I am off to play. November’s art show is on the horizon!