Friday, August 2, 2013
HAPPY ABOUT THIS
Last Tuesday I was lucky to receive a gift of three big outdated fabric sample books. The Hebrew name of the friend who gave them to me means "the golden one" - yes, golden she is, thank you Sehava!
It took some time to take the books apart (that was quite difficult) and to figure out how to remove the paper descriptions that were glued to the back of the material. In the end I discovered that by simply ironing over them, the glue dissolved and I could just peel them off. After a two days work I had piles of wonderful cloth.
The pieces are all first quality decorator fabrics, part of them mostly cotton, and part of them a mix of cotton and synthetics. The colors are vibrant and display many hues and shades. Some of the fabrics are wonderfully textured. Look at this example:
I am fascinated by the way this texture was created. The colorful flowers are embroidered or "punched" from the back to the woven fabric.
The many fabric pieces I have now are relatively small and I will have to patch them together in a pleasing creative way to get enough material for a bag or a pouch. I have a lot of leather scraps and bits of old Bedouin embroidery to match, and I have already started to put together a strip to embellish a big pouch - hm, or maybe it will be a bag.
It will be a joy to work with all those beautiful textiles and I am curious how I will surprise myself with the results. :-)