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As summer winds down, I digress from fabric and look to the garden for inspiration. I'm planting chairs these days. What grows in your garden?
We all may dream of draping fabric on a chair, and with a few rips, pins, nips tucks and stitches, a perfect slipcover magically appears in just a wee bit of time. However, the reality is that this scenario has a good chance of ending in tears and an ill fitting cover. Sometimes, drafting a flat pattern for slipcovers is called for, and I call this scenario "making a muslin for a chair dress".
After all, slipcovering and dressmaking are kissing cousins!
This week I had the opportunity to facilitate a hands on learning and sharing experience for my friends and members of the Triangle WCAA. Thank you to Sandra and Cathy for assisting as floating instructors!
Also special thanks to a great friend and mentor - and expert apparel flat pattern designer - Debra for encouraging me to teach this class and for loading all the coffee cups into my dishwasher a the end of the day.
Taking time out to wish Tammy a happy birthday! Cake was designed by Jamesa (special delivery by Bianca) and the icing on the cake matched Tammy's earrings perfectly. Photo credit to Janet.
Donations were accepted for Make-a-Wish! Feels good to pay it forward.
Hopefully everyone will be inspired to make a chair dress real soon!
Sweet sweet summer is slowly slipping away … and will end with the annual ferry over to Ocracoke Island … but I'll take a look back before welcoming autumn.
I'm a sucker for a book signing. Nice to hear talented expert Christophe Pourny speak in High Point last week. Oui! Oui!
Spotted my slipcovers in the current issue of
"Where Women Create".
I'm a secret source!
Shhhhhh. It's a secret.
Winter looks for dining chairs can be achieved! A pre washed 100% Indian woven cotton was used in this example. The body of the fabric gives shape to the wooden back of this chair without complicating the design. Covers are held in place by tying to the back splat. Patterning from the horizontal stripe was applied vertically to band around the seat bottom. The welting was straight cut from a stripe to imply a contrast dot pattern.
I am a copy cat.
Like many of you, I follow other people:
Design Divas, Style Bloggers, Spiritual Counselors, Financial Consultants, Life Coaches, and most importantly my Friends and Family that I love and respect and so wish I could be more like.
It seems there is this thing I've noticed them doing for a few years called
"picking a word".
Just one word. Just one year.
One word a year to focus on.
They say it over and over like a mantra, directing all their actions and energy, pummeling them into their year of destiny. So I thought I should try it, this word picking thing. I wracked my brain trying to come up with that one word that I would drink with my morning coffee like a karma tonic. I knew this word should be something really special if I had to stick with it a whole year. Something admirable like "appreciate" or "gratitude" or "meditate". But the one word that rolls around and around in my head is "Baroque".
So I shared this word with my goals buddy Ronica and she laughed and asked, so Baroque like "If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it?". Honestly I didn't have an answer because I don't even know what Baroque means. Generally it is thought to be a style of architecture, music, & arts throughout Europe during the periods of the 17th and 18th centuries, although historians don't even really agree on the exact dates and defining elements. Searching through Webster's, Britannica, Wikipedia, and the likes, words such as the following surface: drama, tension, exuberance, grandeur, ornate, extravagant, bizarre, nature, emotional, and most of all motion. Mentions of the Palace of Versailles & the works of Bernini in Italy, music of Vivaldi, Bach, & Handel, and artists Caravaggio & Rubens, all abound. This list excites me, and I'd like to experience and explore these things each and every day of 2016.
I'd like to get in motion and get emotional!
"So if it ain't Baroque, DO fix it!"