Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Craft of Fabric





If you have followed my blog for very long you know that I sew because I am a fabric fan. I am fascinated by every aspect of the stuff. The fibers, the weaving, the patterns, the colors, how it's made, who it is made by, the process of design, EVERYTHING. I am quite sure that through out the years and probably the life of this blog, I have stated that "___________ is my favorite fabric". I guess I can easily justify saying that about most of them because it is true. Put any given fabric in front of me and I will usually find something that is "ooooooohhhhh-worthy".

Today (again), my 'favorite' fabric is the block prints that come from India. I have written of these before. I have made a few items for my web-store from them. I am always jazzed when I come across them. I purchased these two at the antique shop a block from my house. They are actually bedspreads and I am thrilled to have found them in such an unlikely place as I doubt they are antiques. I have a particular affinity for these things having worked as a shop girl in an India import shop in my younger years. I was attracted to all the textiles there; the spreads, the linens, the saris, and the clothing. I liked their unusual patterns and they seemed so exotic to me. I am sure my love for the block prints began in that shop.

I have researched how block prints are made and it is very labor intensive. Wooden blocks are carved with the patterns and then are dipped in dye and pressed onto the fabric. There can be many colors and patterns to each textile and can take hours to make a single one. How would you like THAT job??? Actually I think it would be fun..... for a day.

I have yet to decide what beautiful garment I am going to make from these fabrics but I will let you know when I do. In the meantime if you want to check out my e-store, MLOriginals.com, you can see my original handmade clothing and accessories. I design and create one of a kind items from all types of 'favorite' fabrics. Maybe you will find something in a favorite fabric of your own. And remember, they are all "Unique! Like YOU!!"

Til next time~