We are just about at the 48 hour point with me, my dress, and Object Runway.
You will have to trust me when I say that I am ALMOST finished with the dress. Once I complete the front, back, and two sleeves, which I have done. I then top stitch the entire garment. I used to top stitch as I completed each seam, but if I make a mistake I have to take it remove the stitching from the felted wool.. Let’s just say this is difficult although in the privacy of my studio I have used much stronger language to describe the process–it’s not easy folks.
Here are a few sketches of the dress–none of the them are exactly the dress, but you get idea. I wanted something that a fierce, mod, northern ruler would wear as she traversed her arctic kingdom.
I could not help myself, and I did already start working on the head dress for the piece. One of my readers Cathy Torrence from the Valley asked if I would share a bit about the head dress.
These are the seams from felted sweaters. At first I threw them away, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought–there has got to be a use for these things, so I began saving them. I tied them end to end and rolled them into balls. I used them for ribbon on Christmas presents this year which I thought was a nice folksy touch.
Then I started thinking that I might want to keep my sweater seams with the sweater they belong to. Don’t ask me why. Maybe Maria 2012 knew that Maria 2013 would need them saved that way to make the head dress for Queen of the North.
Here is how I prep my sweaters once I felt them in the washing machine.
Once I have properly filleted a sweater, I put it in its color cubby. Walt just built this storage unit for me. It is perfect. And I think the sweaters look lovely all together in their cubbies.
So the sweater seams are the key to the head dress. What would you do with them?
Thank you Cathy for the idea to share my sweater seams. If any of you have ideas for posts, just let me know.
As I look at this dress today, it reminds me of the silhouette of Michelle Obama’s coat yesterday at the inauguration. Nice!
Thank you for that very high compliment!
OMG are there any sweaters left in the Anchorage area??? Sweater seams, you called them yarn at one point, a creative, Freudian slip? Maybe knit a cap? Or of course Norse braids coming out of a cap? Have you seen the knit caps that look like hair for chemo folks? Just a few thoughts, can’t wait to see what you come up with. Cathy
I think Anchorage has an endless supply of sweaters. Maybe Oslo has more, but I bet per capita we are up there!
Freaky!!!! I have found another person who saves sweater seams! I use sweaters for rug hooking and had all these seams in a sack. What to do?? I roll or twist them up, seam side out, and make flowerettes for hats, clothing, scarfs, even jewelry. I also quilt, LOVE your color grid quilts. The remind me of the exhuberance of the Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama.. If you have never seen them, do a search. Also a great human spirit story about the women who made them and how they came to be “art” in museum in New York and traveled through out the country.
I was charmed by your writing and read all your blog. I came across it through Linda Robinson who works with my daughter, Amanda Johnson in Anchorage. I am in Little Rock, Arkansas and am sharing with my creative friends! Love your spirit. Thanks for sharing.
What a lovely post Ann. Thank you. Yes, I would say my work directly descends from the Quilters of Gee’s Bend. I have all their books. Their work is so beautiful. The highest art in my mind, is taking things that are old and used and making them into new objects of beauty. I’ve been thinking about using the seams to rugs. I will have to try that.Thaks again.
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Artist Susan Dingman makes vessels from similar strands of fabric by zig-zagging them together like clay coils. Great for holding notions like bobbins, spools, balls of yarn etc. Seems like a natural for your leftovers.
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