Spring really fires me up and I’m having a super busy and super productive month. Besides all the air and freshness the extra daylight in the evening makes such a difference.
I find I work best early in the morning to mid afternoon and then I usually get a significant creative second wind between 5 and 8 PM – how about you? Other people’s creative practices are always interesting to me.
A couple progress photos for you:
A dark, crow-ish sort of bird and and sails for several new ships. I’ve been saving that antique embroidered cuff on the lower right for 6 years- waiting for just the right ship. I’m finishing the first full sized, multi sailed extravaganza sort of ship that I’ve made in a long time tonight and I’m excited to photograph it tomorrow – excited enough to get up extra early.
I’m working on several new ships – it’s been ages and I especially love to make boats in the spring. The first is made from tattered antique gowns, layers of silk, tulle satin, lace and sheer cotton – stitched and stitched in a meandering way – inspired by the eccentric mending and layers of boro textiles.
The 2 below are paper mache. I start with a layer of brown paper, torn up paper grocery bags (very old lady of me to save them) for the first layer over the cardboard armature and then layers of newsprint. I usually let some or all of the newsprint show so I divide it according to type size and style and I have a box of clipped out words saved (also very old lady of me).
The next is a translucent paper mache ship – a big one – in its beginning stage when it looks like a cocoon. I’ve hung it to dry and I can start to apply the finish layers in the morning – I love waking up to dry paper mache.
And my rat problem has gotten worse……
Made to order boats are on sale now through October 1st. Each boat has a little bird pilot. Or you can find a sewing pattern to make your own here.
I’m having a little shop update Monday (12/17 – 2pm ny time), you’ve already seen some of the new things- toadstools and little owls – and there are a couple new ships as well. One is paper mache:
And the other is made from an antique quilt fragment – pretty grays and lilac.
Both have little owl captains.
There is also a new dark toadstool with a little teal owl perched underneath- both made from turn of the century garments.
The new things will be available in the shop on Monday- 12/17 at 2 pm (new york time).
A little fleet of custom color boats that shipped off today. And thanks so much to everyone who waited so patiently for them.
Each boat has flying colors and a merry wobbler pilot.
A couple previews of tomorrows shop update – I’ll post more here if time permits tomorrow morning ( there are 3 new owls too).
The hull is made from an antuique quilt top, the sail is antique ticking and the owl captain is made from a vintage feed sack.
And another made from mostly Japanese textiles (courtesy of Sri Threads) – in moody lavender grey tones.
I found this great old quilt top upstate a while ago.
Unfortunately a lot of it is too damaged to sew but I love the colors and prints and there is enough for a couple boats and ships.
The pattern for this ship evolved out of my fabric sailboat pattern as I was revising it a little before teaching the boat making class at Squam. It’s just about complete now and I’ll photograph it later this week. There is a little gentleman sailor captain.
I ‘m pleased with the shape and I’ve already begun another ship in a kind of grayish hibiscus color that’s been on my mind lately.
I’m busy working on new birds and ships and boats – I’ll add them to the shop this Thursday. Here’s a preview of a couple new things:
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There is a spring regatta in the shop!
Boats ready to ship and some available to order.
The ship and 2 sailboats above will be in the shop early next week – I’m photographing them and a lot of other things (owls, spiders, birds, ballerinas and maybe another bat) over the weekend. And I might have one more ship too – I’m working on it now. If you are on the mailing list I’ll let you know when they are available.
The paper mache, birds, sweetheart and small things sections of the shop have been updated. A couple of the new birds will be available to order shortly after what is available today has sold so please check back.
And a couple recent favorite new things from the park slope flea market, some amazing vintage fabric, a little chair and a fantastic little anvil. The floral fabric is already a little bird.