Long-time readers will know that Anner and I have sort of gotten caught up in the world of textiles. In fact, that might be a bit of an understatement. From the embroidery work in Peru to the amazing printed designs in Tanzania, the colors of the Mongolian gers to the Bali batiks, and on to the workshops we took in making pants and hats, fabrics have been enticing us with their joyous colors and magical patterns. Now that we’ve opened all our boxes, as you saw in the last post, and gotten the chance to look at all our bright treasures once again…we just want more, more, more!
Now that we’re home and getting back into the swing of Seattle life again, I’ve been planning to bring that textile-love into my own art. Yep, this boy is going to learn to sew! Now you know that I’m a bit of a tool hound, so there was no way I could limit myself to hand-sewing. Luckily the wonderful readers of No Map Required fed my desires in a big, big way…by donating us a serger and a sewing machine!!! How amazing is that?
When we went up to see the daffodils a couple weeks ago, we also stopped over and met Allison who oh-so-graciously to donate her serger to us. First off, it was pretty special getting the chance to meet a reader we had never met before (Hi, Allison!) and then it got even better as she wanted to help us out with the new machine!
So far I’ve set it up, taken a free class on how to use it (huge kudos to Quality Sewing for offering free How-To classes, even for those who don’t buy their machines from them) and successfully threaded it myself. Apparently that can be quite daunting for first-time users, but after seeing how to do it during the class, it doesn’t seem beyond me – thank goodness! I’ve also got a plan on what to make first…but I’m saving that for the blog showing my success. Yep, success. Going with the positive attitude there…
Then we got together with our friends Jack and Anastasia who gifted us Anastasia’s old sewing machine! That was just a bonus as we were really there to have Jack’s famous blueberry pancakes…for dinner. Dee-lish-us! Anastasia warned me that it isn’t the best machine, so I’m a bit leery. Reading an online reviewer saying their machine “made them cry it was so frustrating” somehow doesn’t alleviate my worries. Still, looking forward to trying it out…and perhaps upgrading someday. Hooray for more tools!
If I’m going to get creating, tools alone won’t cut it. Well, they will, but…I digress. Along with the serger and sewing machine, I’ll also need some new fabric as Anner doesn’t seem to want me experimenting with her Tanzanian textiles for some reason. No faith, I tell ya. Anastasia let me know about a spectacular sale where all fabrics were going for a mere $1/yd, so off I went. Well, apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought the price was right!
Fabric options were pretty sparse by the time I got inside, but I did find some pieces of fleece to try out for hats, a heavy-weight cotton similar to the feel of our Tanzanian textiles to experiment with, and a couple of upholstery fabrics inspired by the Fashion Week pants workshop, along with some other odds and ends. Should definitely be enough to get me started.
Hopefully posts showing my first hats and serger experiments will be coming your way soon. Wish me luck!!!