Monday, December 7, 2009

Sew, it's that vintage time of year....

...or what to do with scraps of fabric....
I admit it...I like fabric!
and when a piece of fabric is cute, or feels good, or is otherwise just damn fine, I want it!


I also have, as you can imagine...lots of sewing notions...
So, I'm thinking of something new to make from small (or large pieces of fabric)...
something for the home...
And it just pops into my head.......
Trees!
I like trees. Birds sit in them. They make apples and stuff.
What's not to like?


So, I made a pattern for a simple tree to sew together...
But what about the trunk? How do I make it stand up?
I don't know where the idea to glue a wooden spool to the bottom came from...
but it sure does work out fine.
It's the shape of a tree trunk, made of tree trunk stuff, and it has enough weight to make the tree stand....tho a gust of wind will knock it down....just like in real life.

I can't toss out barkcloth....even tiny scraps...
I collect fabrics with words printed on them...
I love words and recombining them to make random sayings or small thoughts...
Words can be so powerful...



The first set I made is of some of my all-time favorite barkcloth...
and I have a lot of buttons...
it makes no difference if the fabric is perfect, but it must be washed and pulled on to figure out where the weak spots are and to get rid of the sun rot...



The second set is so sunfaded Florida...which I would love to be in right now if I could Jeannie-Blink myself there..

Who says the holiday decor must be red and green?





The latest set is some green wool I reclaimed from a half-made dress...
Gorgeous color...and since I've been reading a lot lately about equality, and the good ol' constitution of the the United States, I remembered a bit of fabric I have that has a few paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence....





I cut random bits, but I was especially drawn to Equal....All...These...Men Are...Truths...Articles...Tution....and other bits and pieces...






All are available on etsy now....
and I'll continue to make them...as the seasons change...and as a chunk of fabric says....
Make Me!
I think that I shall never see...
a chunk of fabric that could not be made in to a tree.......

2 comments:

andapanda said...

Thanks for posting. What a amazing way to save vintage fabric. You are very clever!! Andrea

propriatress said...

thanks andrea! I almost have too much fun....;-)