Monday, February 23, 2009

Visions of Evenweave Dance in my Head...

After visiting a needlepoint shop with some crafty friends this weekend, I am all fired up to start making something, but what? I really like the idea of re-purposing, so if it can involve a trip to my local Salvation army that would be a plus. Also, it should involve yummy fabric. The possibilities are endless and I want to start something that I've never done before: I'm currently obsessed with the idea of making a penny rug, as I'm going through a New England/American Primitive stage right now, but I've always wanted to learn Hardanger, or maybe a blackwork sampler, perhaps a Bargello seat cover, or oh! Assisi work...What's a girl to do? I guess I should attack my stash closet and see what I've already got.
Here are some pictures for those not familiar with these lovely arts.

(a wool penny rug)

Hardanger work, in which individual strands of the linen are pulled out to create the openwork.)

(Elizabethan Blackwork--this would take me, like a year.)

(Assisi work--like Ukrainian embroidery. Good for tablecloths, frame borders, and other piecework and pretty simple.)

A Bargello pillow, also comes in 'flamework' style which is very cool. I'm thinking of making chair covers or some kind of upholstery in this style. Super easy to stitch up.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of things I've actually sold through my etsy shop. I look at them to remind myself that yes, I am capable of finishing a project.

(Pennsylvania Dutch style piece commissioned by my friend R! I'm currently working on the next one she ordered)


Melusine said...

We had so much fun on Saturday! Isn't that store amazing? I always go in there and end up totally overwhelmed by the color and texture of all the threads. I want buy one of each and just cover my sewing room in them :)

CafeMama said...

I feel ya, sister! I want to get all my fabricky projects started now before a) Kiran's little bro arrives and b) the hot weather foils my plans.

Melusine said...

Hot weather totally sucks for textile crafting. Anything that involves fabric being in contact with you skin = fail. That is why I am determined to have my wool gown finished by June. NO STICKY WOOL!