It’s Almost SUMMER! Welcome to my new blog!!!!!!

In April, Posterous, the blog platform I had been using, shut down. It was really easy to use, so it was with some trepidation that I set out to find another host.

My husband recommended Squarespace for its excellent design capabilities and slick- looking templates, and for its technical ease- it is MUCH easier to set up and navigate than Wordpress. A few hours later, with his knowledgeable assistance, I have everything somewhat set up and can begin to blog again.

I was not a reliable blogger in the past; I always had some other excuse than to blog; there was art to make, art classes to teach, living to be done! However, I realized that Facebook is not the best venue for me to wax poetic; my FB friends are busy, too! I also realized I was writing quite a bit anyway for magazines and on-line platforms, so why not be formulating my thoughts and benefiting others, here, in a place readers could choose for themselves?

Starting a new blog seemed the perfect opportunity to start fresh. (Disclaimer: I had some really good posts on my last blog, I may interject them here and there!)

Here is today’s How To exploration:

I often troll the sale aisles of fabric stores and thrift shops, looking for those fabrics no one wants. Years ago, it was from necessity as I had zero dinero. Now, it is because a rejected fabric is an incredible opportunity for transformation! I love the thrill of a challenge!

This little synthetic, gun metal colored gem was not exactly “cheap”…but it called to me. It’s been in the bin in my garage studio for about 2 years awaiting its transformation.

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Here’s what I did:

Free Motion Circles in 2 colors of thread (Upper left). Needle- 70.

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Free Motion stitching with black elastic thread in the bobbin, but sewn upside down. It was easier to sew that way when the plastic side was down and the underside- a soft cloth- was right side up. Creates puckered bubbles that are a wonderful, tactile surface!

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Free Motion stitching with JUST the JEANS needle- NO thread. I like the larger needle as it creates more tearing, thus more texture. The bottom photo shows the end result. It is really a lovely surface design treatment....now, what to do with it? That will be another blog entry!

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