Monday, July 15, 2013
Fabric Scrap Stitching
My sewing machine has seen a lot of action lately, as I get ready for an art fair next Saturday. One item I'll be selling are these abstract note cards. They're like little paintings; each one is different.
Fans of Lotta Jansdotter will recognize some of the fabrics in these. Her scrap bags are such a delight!
I've also been using fabric scraps to make sweet little herbal sachets filled with lavender, chamomile, flax seed, and rosemary. My studio is unbelievably fragrant these days! The aromatherapy almost makes up for the heat (no AC in my studio).
Some have fabric petals and buttons ...
Others are embroidered ...
After tracing a circle using a template (a jar or lid would work, too), I stitch the rest of the design freehand, without transferring an image. I'll be teaching a workshop on making these at Knack August 31. It's a great little project for learning basic embroidery stitches, such as running stitch, back stitch, French knots, blanket stitch and applique, lazy daisy, seed stitch. All materials will be supplied, so if you don't have a hoop, threads, or needles, that's fine.
I'll be one of the vendors at Art Behind the Barn on Saturday, July 20, 8 am to 1 pm. Art Behind the Barn is the annual craft fair at the Brookfield Farm in South Amherst. You don't have to be a farm shareholder to attend—it's open to the public. The fair takes place rain or shine—it's set up under the covered lean-to behind the barn, so you're protected from the elements no matter what the weather.
Come check out the farm—say hi to the chickens and pigs, walk around the fields, stop in the farm shop to pick up some locally made breads, cheeses, honey, salad dressings, and other tasty goods.
I'll also have a new crop of reusable Moleskin journal covers—you can swap out the journal when it's full and keep using the cover. The fabrics come from so many different sources—a pair of overalls, a Lotta Jansdotter scrap bag, odds and ends left over from sewing projects, even buttons from a coworker's sweater. (Alison: "I didn't like these buttons so I took them off my sweater—do you want them?" Me: "Of course!")
The Brookfield Farm is at 24 Hulst Road in South Amherst, just off Bay Road; find directions here. Atkins Farms Country Market is right down the road, so you could combine a stop at Art Behind the Barn with ice cream or cider donuts (or both, maybe?) from Atkins.
Hope to see you at Art Behind the Barn! If you can't make it Saturday, but you're interested in any of these items, head over to Knack at Eastworks in Easthampton. I've got journals, cards, and sachets in the Knack shop, with more coming at the end of the month.
Snickers will not be there in person, but she will be in spirit—she's been a constant companion as I stitch, stitch, stitch.