Friday, February 22, 2008

Working myself up to fabric collage

My friends Anne and Scarlett are quilters. Anne also sews clothing and altered couture. I've been sewing since I was 10. So when Anne proposed, during our girlie weekend, that we all try some fabric collage, Scarlett and I were on board immediately. And of course we jumped on that excuse to go fabric shopping.

I've had fabric-art ideas flapping around in my head ever since. I've ordered books about mini art quilts and embellishment and stuff from Amazon. Can't wait for them to get here. And today, Jonathan had to run an errand at lunch--next door to Barnes & Noble. So I ran over there and got the new issues of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts. And I also nabbed a cool little book called Doodle Stitching. This is my first step in any new art project: Check out what's already going on in that genre and see what I can steal, adapt, advance. Might as well stand on the shoulders of giants. I'll let you know what I think of all these publications when I've had a chance to plow through them.

I've also been checking what's up on Etsy that might be called fabric collage. Anne got me browsing yesterday by sending a link to one of sillyboodilly's pieces. I've admired and hearted her before, but it was fun to discover her all over again. Here's one of her current pieces, plus some other fabric art I found on Etsy and embraced.

If this sounds like fun to you, too, speak up. I'd love to see what you're making, and I know Anne would, too.


Punkinhead said...

Oh I think you've found what I've been looking for! lol! I'm not happy making tote bags that are not embellished in some way.

Thanks for sharing!!! And I agree, you gotta see what's going on out there to get your own juices flowing.

Denise Felton said...

Oooooo! I want to see!!! We should invent a new embellishment style and name it after ourselves or something. We'll be famous!

casserole said...

These are all such awesome examples of fabric collage! I'm so excited about this new direction and I can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm sure you will stun us all!