Working title June 10, 2019

Finally finished both prototypes, a wrap skirt and a deep v backed top. Both made entirely from repurposed fabric.

Details: back stitching the seed stitch fabric to the stretch denim sleeves. The mitered edge and criss cross embroidery stitch. Then by poking holes in the fabric I did a single crochet stitch waist. This piece was practice for a whole dress. For the dress the skirt would be knit down by picking up the edge of the crochet waist piece.

The wrap skirt was made from different denim jeans pieced together. I machine sewed the basic construction and finished the raw edges with a real tight and wide zig zag stitch on the machine. I then hand topstitched every seam.

This slip dress is being made out of an old shower curtain liner that we then used for a painting drop cloth. I’m been brainstorming and playing with different paints, wondering how to embellish it. This is one of the art show garments.

Latest inspiration board. Stella McCartney, Ulla Johnson and Katharine Cobey. Ms. Cobey’s knit creations are out of plastic garbage bags and wire.

Another source of inspiration are music lyrics. Like Brian Setzer’s song The Footloose Doll: ” Just look at that chick in the silvery dress. She’s got a cool tattoo and her hair is a mess, but every single guy in the joint is just watching her dance!”

And Walk The Moon’s song Shut up and Dance: “A backless dress and some beat up sneaks. My discotheque, Juliet, teenage dream.”

I like to create myself into an image of the women described in songs.

I leave you with a quote.

“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. LIFE IS ART.”

-Helena Bonham Carter

Devastating Lovliness

Standing by the door

frequently crave this darkness

swathes me like a cloak.

-J G BRYANT

“Finished” the corset dress and the lace wristlets just in time for our Valentine’s dinner date.

Shot on site of the Bryant Stove Works Thorndike, Maine. Also, finished my Japanese dress made from old bed sheets.

The Sun’s all fire

Sun’s love intense for the Moon

The Moon’s like Water

– J G BRYANT

I need to now get serious about pieces for an art show and work on my proposal. I also have the Knitmaineia fashion show to get ready for. A friend’s voice asking me, “when will you have a show here”? Keeps echoing in my mind.

My mom was into macrame back in the day. This except from one of her instruction books has unique bead ideas. She made exceptional bread dough beads. I thought these may be utilized in my art show which is fleshing out to be about fashion and material sustainability; turning trash into treasure, reusing raw materials instead of always producing new.

There is nothing quite as romantic as a Hemlock grove.

A secretive, shadowy grotto.

By little bubbling steams and moaning,murky ponds.

Their elegant,slender needles on boughs that shroud the landscape like dark lace.

– J G BRYANT

My knits

One Sunday morning, when I was 18, on the ride to church with my parents, I decided to teach myself how to knit. Since then, not a day goes by where I don’t knit at least a little.

Present projects on needles now include: a sweater for myself in chartreuse, and a sweater for my Luke in hand dyed blue. Trying to finish Luke’s in time for his birthday, less than a month away!

My over-sized black turtleneck sweater in Kona, a super wash Merino. Both hats made by me. Red beret in Swans Island yarn. I wove the fabric for the pillbox hat, had a friend sew the hat, and then I over dyed it black.

I used to raise Angora rabbits to spin their fur into yarn to sell. Any yarn that was left from making full skeins I collected and eventually knit this sweater. Vintage John Fluevog boots.

I also used to raise sheep! The sheep that was with us the longest was Maggie. Maggie was bought by a cousin as a present for his girlfriend. Things didn’t work out and we took Maggie in. I spun and dyed the wool from Maggie’s first fleece to knit this vest. Pattern from the book Folk Vests. The “buttons” are hand blown glass beads made by a friend.

Lace sweater from a Green Mountain Spinnery pattern in Linen.

My sock collection.

My little cap-sleeved sweater. Pattern from Sarah Dallas’ book Vintage knits. If I could only own one knitting book this would be it.