Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 06:00 AM
Bolt will be hosting artist Bunny Cummins on Sunday, October 11th, from 3:30-4:30 pm. Bunny will be demonstrating the process of making those cool coiled bowls that have been on view at the store for the last couple of weeks, and has written up a bit about the process. When we met, Bunny was telling me about some of the bowls—one included a pair of silk pants that she had loved and finally wore out. I was impressed with the reusing of cloth in this way. So, bring your questions for Bunny, watch, learn and let your imagination run wild.
While attending a guild retreat two years ago, I had chance to glance through Susan Breier's book, "It's a Wrap" and couldn't wait to try. Susan's book is self-explanatory and the pictures of the process are easy to follow. With a little bit of practice, I was HOOKED.
Although I love the beautiful new fabrics, I seldom I use them in any of my projects. I prefer gently used fabric and in my frequent visits to thrift stores, I find fabric that has had another life, i.e. extra large men's shirts, women's shirts, skirts and dresses. I've found that that 100% cotton is best to start, but silk and rayon create an interesting appeal when they ravel and "shed". With much practice, I have found that the ideal width of the strips is 3/4". Funny, I have found that a truly UGLY piece of fabric will create a magnificent piece.
Thread, thread... I love thread. There are so many beautiful threads on the market. My favorite for these pieces are bright and variegated. They don't have to match exactly and even an "odd" combination seems to work.
Your sewing machine, with a zigzag feature will behave well with a jeans needle and cotton line from 12 pound to sashing cord. You will be surprised that a small machine such as a Janome Gem will take well to this project.
At the machine, you are limited only by your imagination and the position of your left hand. The secret is practice, practice, practice.
Embellishments can be anything. Ribbon, buttons, beads, jewelry... anything that will add a "punch". Fabric glue works wonders after the project is finished. Again, you are limited only by your imagination.
As for the finished product, how often are you encouraged to touch and thoroughly examine a glass or china piece? With these creations, you enjoy not only with the sense of sight but with the sense of touch.
In our brief time together on Sunday, October 11, I look forward to introducing you to this "quilting" concept. (Yes, it is quilting ... there is a front, a back and a center, created with fabric and the thread that holds it all together.)