|Pencil Me In ... slipcovers for You.||
Part of the fun of the truckload of furniture was naming these pretty women. Do YOU name YOUR chairs? Click on the image to see a larger photo.
My favorite design tools are still spiral bound notebooks, clipboards, and wooden pencils. For me, pencil sketching on paper is the beginning of all design. It's how I process my ideas into 2D prior to modeling in 3D.
Always heard if you've got nice legs you should show them off! This little footstool's cabriole legs were left bare underneath a short fan pleated skirt. The antique linen hand selected for this creation is specially processed so that it can be used and washed for many generations to come.
My love affair with antique chairs began a few years ago in The High Point Antique & Design Center. It was there that I heard Toma Haines, the diva in The Antiques Diva & CO, give a presentation on European chairs. Sounded more soap opera than history lecture, and I was inspired to book with one of her diva guides, a slipcover reconnaissance through Italy. Not long after, I was propositioned by Pandora de Balthazar about making slipcovers using her much sought after Old World antique linen. Here's where the truckload of furniture comes in ...
Thinking back to one of my happiest moments. Driving a truckload of furniture from High Point. Stay tuned for more of the story ...
Thought about doing a 2017 - year in review, but then I thought nah, just get on the train and don't look back. Here's what I am looking forward to in 2018:
1. Spending less time on social media and more time LIVE with family and friends.
2. Slowing down and enjoying the design process of creating fabric solutions for clients.
So I'm off to catch a train ... ONWARD!
Time to settle in for a long winter's nap. I am grateful for clients past, present, and future. May God bless each and every one of you.
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!