When choosing fabrics I'm really quite in a dither, in a passionate way!
I love looking at them so much and imagining what I'll do with them which I suppose is quite an important factor when purchasing, unless you've won the lottery, and I imagine there are millions of people out there who can relate to this phenomenon. It's something so personal as we all have different tastes, and things that drive us, and I can become quite upset sometimes when I fall in love with a particular design only to find out it's not available in a 100% cotton and only in corduroy for example.
Do you spend hours choosing fabrics too? Do you buy fabrics regularly or try and make the most out of the stash you already have? I personally like to buy them regularly because apart from the fact that I just can't help myself ( and my budget doesn't thank me for it ), I feel it necessary to my business and keeping things ' alive '. It's amazing what a new piece of fabric can do to how you feel, and to your motivation!
An example of this was when a lovely friend on Facebook decided to send me some left over fabrics from her own business stash and when they arrived they gave me just as much excitement as brand new fabrics arriving from a well known fabric house! So I think I can conclude from this that it doesn't matter how or where your fabrics arrive and come from, it's simply the fact that they're something new to play with.........are us crafters really just big kids? he he he
I've had quite a busy week designing and sewing up my contribution to Valentine's Day and Mother's Day and it really did turn out beautifully! I've recently been concentrating a lot on developing my ' Hooly Hoop Art ' technique and building upon what can actually be done with it and have come up with some exciting possibilities!
I'll show you the cushion first and it really was such a pleasure to sew as I do love hooping up and going for it. It takes hours to cut all the little pieces out but once you've done that then the results are so satisfying and this design was made by overlapping heart shapes over and over again to build the shape of a heart. Once that was done I was able to sew it on to my base fabric and then to sew the whole thing up into a cushion.
After this I then decided to try out another super duper idea!
I cut out lots of little petal shapes to be able to hoop up with, using the same technique I always do, and sew onto calico which is lovely to work with. This was then cut out making the most beautiful little flower which I then sewed on to more fabric to turn into brooches....brilliant! I've made a couple so far and will work on this design a lot more to perfect it because it's so original and really very pretty too, a wonderful combination.
I'll leave you with my ' Happy Week-end ' poster I made up showing this week's work. I made a beautiful ' Hooly Hoop Art ' hoop order and invented a word too....wait for it....' Brosette '! It's a brooch/rosette and not in the Oxford English dictionary and so you heard it here first, he he he. More about this in the next blog post!
Have a happy week-end!