Friday, January 08, 2010

Oh, yes, I really need more fabric...

I considered taking a picture of my current fabric stash --- I should say “pictures” because all of it would never fit in one --- but I decided that was too scary so I just photographed the four most recent additions. Yes, I went a little nutty on eBay AGAIN and, no, I'm not sure what I am going to do with it but that's not important.

Actually, I've been doing some research on designs for what has come to be known as “artisan jackets”. The term seems to be a very loose one and can apply to anything from a patchwork cotton jacket to some genuinely bizarre concoctions with all sorts of stuff appliqued to them. But somewhere in the middle are some very beautiful creations that combine several lovely fabrics in similar weights and artful design. The secret, as near as I can figure it, is to collect several fabrics in a similar color scheme, or coordinating design. Then choose a pattern with simple lines --- the kimono is a perfect choice --- and have fun combining the fabrics to create something unique. That may be my next sewing challenge.

These are the four latest additions to my collection. Each piece is 4 yards by 45 or more inches so there is enough to really do something amazing:

This is 100% silk duiponi in a color called “magenta”. I think it is a bit lighter than I envision magenta but it is still gorgeous. The weight of this piece is what makes it exceptional. It has nice body and a gorgeous drape. It may be destined for a dressy shirt all on its own.


This is a very beautiful but strange metallic brocade. It appears to be black embroidered with gold but when it moves in the light there is a hint of green around the leaf part of the design and of rose around the flower part of the design. I think it is too strong for a single garment but will make a beautiful accent.


These two pieces are a mid-weight cotton velvet that has a lot of body and an unusual surface texture. It looks like the pattern is in the background and then it is given dimension with a slightly longer pile of black threads in a honeycomb pattern. One has a pattern of leaves in rose, peach, and sage and the other is a floral in deeper colors of rose, purple and emerald green.

So, well, what can I say? Who knows what they will become. I have been so preoccupied with the new family cookbook that I haven't thought much about knitting or sewing lately but I have this notion way, way in the back of my head for a new venture. It would involve taking four basic designs --- maybe a kimono, a simple jacket, a tote bag, and a luxurious scarf --- and showing how to use interesting combinations of fabric to create unique works of wearable art.

I plan to work on it in my spare time.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Oh, yes, Kathleen, you needed more fabric. I just told a coworker I was going to Coveted Yarn this weekend for more yarn and she yelled, "It's a sickness with you!"

    If this is a sickness, I don't want to get well.


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