Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Scent of Fabric

I realize that is an odd title for a blog post, but those of you who have cut batiks and good fabric know there is a particular scent to it, a smell you associate with going into a nice fabric store and perusing the goods and spending time enjoying yourself amidst the colors and bolts of fabrics.
Kokomo Piecemakers Quilt Guild is having a quilt show this coming weekend, June 5-6, from 9-5 both days. Click the link above and check it out.
Better yet, if you live around here, take some time to go to it. Antique quilts, new quilts, challenge quilts, vendors........ :-) The ladies have worked very hard to put on a great show and anyone in the local area who loves fabric, qults, or quilting needs to be there!
Even though I am not a member right now, I still feel linked to the group and the girls. That's how I happened to be in the studio today, putting together bundles for door prizes. (I think that's what they're for...well....I said I would donate some fabric!) As I got looking at the colors I thought how yummy they were, and I do truly miss the work I did that was strictly for the fun of sewing. A bright palette, off set by darks and neutrals......oh, I did enjoy making the colors pop!

Needless to say, I am not including the torn scraps that resulted from straightening edges of lots of batiks, but the artist in me was having too much fun playing with the colorful little *vermi* (worms) and pushing them about the other pieces, already rolled and ready to go. It was like pushing paint.....too much fun!
There are some nice pieces there; I hope whoever wins them has fun with them and is able to incorporate them into a lovely piece!
Can you know how to do too many different types of art? Sadly, yes. Not enough hours in the day for them all.
But every once in a while, you get to revisit an old friend, and it's so much fun!
Now to find my jewelers pliers to reattach a crucifix to my first communion rosary......
Don't ask, because this one perplexes even me.
Have a wonderful, colorful day........create something beautiful!
And if you love quilts, mark your calenders!!!

7 comments:

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

in my best Homer Simpson voice...

"mmmmmmmmmmmm

fabric"

Leslie said...

Hmmmm? You can knit with the vermis, BTW... I love the smell of the older batiks when you press them as it raises the scent of the wax and spices that seems to permeate them. The newer ones, not so much.

Talking Horses Arts said...

To many arts and to many different technique's..yep...I know. Even though I am still a beginner..every day there is something new I want to try, its like..'will I have enough time to learn all I want to learn?
One day I am in love with ma sewing machine the next day with my needle felting machine then the day after its beads followed by paint, followed by clay followed by...well you know the drill I guess..lol.
Wishing you a great day too!
Andrea.

Linda Moran said...

Great luscious photos! Fabric just speaks to me....always has. And yes, I have to stop myself from starting new "hobbies" - I would love to do jewelry, or pottery, or dyeing - in one respect I'm glad there's no space!

Steve said...

I've lived with a seamstress for so long, and grew up with the "fabric thing", that I think I understand what you are talking about. Shell has "unearthed" some of the fabric she has been "collecting" as we prepare for the change in our lives. I do remember the special aroma of batiks over the years. And love that my girls are into the tie-dye use of color and texture, too.

teri said...

Anne
i love fabric!
thank you for the info,
going to try and make it over!
the colors are inspirational!
you are the greatest!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh...I love the smell of batiks. And they are all different, of course the more expensive ones have a yummier smell (probably due to the quality of wax used)!
You have to be a hard core fabric addict to UNDERSTAND this post and then to have the guts to reply!
Kudos to you all!!!!

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