Thursday, June 18, 2009

The drying rack......

So here's the fiber lace on the drying rack. I must say of all the colors I make, this one shows the worst . The colors are taupe, aqua, green, beige. and it's really more neutral than dull. But the color does not photograph well.
You can only dry this on a rack, the dryer will shrink several of the fibers, but not all and you a a real sizing problem then.Posted by Picasa

The finished product in the gallery

Posted by PicasaSo here's the finished product in the gallery.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Trying to make it work........

This is the skirt I'm trying to match so that I can deliver a large order to a gallery on Tuesday. In order to make their display large I'm trying to pair skirts with all of my fiber lace jackets and vests. In this case picture 2 shows you all of the hand dyed fibers, water soluble stabilizer, pattern, Sharpy, scissors, and spray bottle. All of the fibers are laid down on the paper so that I can move it to dry, then covered with fibers and stabilizer and sprayed. They need to dry about 3 hours. If not dry, the whole thing will stick together.



This is what the fibers look like when they have been encased and spritzed before sewing. Tomorrow I will show you the sewn fibers and the finished project.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

This is what I'm working on now......


My good friend Maryann is hosting her daughters wedding and since the dress was a long one and was cut off to make a more daytime, outdoorsy, cocktail length, fabric was left over and she said "Make me a purse." The dress is layers of pleated silk, that great look that is so popular this year. So, using the pleated sections one at a time I gathered and embellished them into this cute art to wear purse with just a little color accent (the colors are orange, tangerine and a hint of green).

The centers of each of the flowers are made using the yo-yo method, but I never like perfect circles, especially in flowers, so they're a little off kilter. Beads and glitzy fibers were added to give some dressy sparkle. The purse for covering was provided by Maryann. It was an old off white small purse.

I hope she likes it - It was fun making it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It Must Be Spring!!!

Fiber Fluer



Spring is definitely in the air, and it can't come soon enough for most of us. Right? Even though the flower from my etsy shop is artificial, it still makes me feel a little more "springy". My daffodils are blooming up a storm even though snow is forecast for tonite. It wouldn't dare.

This lovely flower is made using my fiber lace technique of layering fibers and fabric on a water soluble stabelizer and sewing (machine) over and over, then releasing thru a water bath. It's fun and like magic because it looks different every time you do it. Try it!

You can see more of the fiber lace on Etsy.(Graciewear.Etsy.com)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Messy Truth...........

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The messy truth is- this is where I sew, create, design and spend most of my life. It's not neat, organized ( well , a little) or all that efficient, yet I spend most of my time here and somehow manage to create. I can't help thinking I would create even more if I had a better system.
My studio is an extra bedroom on the second floor of my home. The good news is its only seen by invited guests and those who are coming to spend the night, otherwise the second floor is seldom visited.
The room is very small and what I haven't shown you are the boxes, tubs, baskets, etc. full of fabric and the cutting table, other machines, books, and miscellany that fill the space.
I know there are those of you out there who create beautiful things in better organized, better looking spaces. I would love for you to share your creative space with the readers, whether its a closet, a basement space, a shed, a loft, or a gorgeous area you built just for your work. I think we can all learn from the ideas of others and as artists we have really good ideas.
So, over time I hope to share the work space, and work of other artists, esty sellers, indie crafters, etc. and in so doing learn a little or a lot about the process of making and the places we make it.