Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Love of Linen

Wool may be my mainstay, but confidentially, linen is my first love. Long before I delved into the world of wool appliqué, I had begun my collection of linen tow grain bags. Tow is the rough, heavy, but beautiful material that was sewn into bags to transport grain. Farmers would take their re-useable bags with them to the mill to be filled with their milled grains. Often these bags are found with a name, a number or both.


My collection of linen includes many items from a variety of eras. These pieces are for wearing, table covering, displaying, and working. Stitching to linen is one of my favorite ways to blend two textile mediums together. The wool lays so nicely on the surface of the linen and your floss just glides through their layers.


Linen is the end result of processing the flax plant. I have grown flax, and it has the most beautiful tiny blue flowers, and it is quite a site when grown in large quantities. The stalks of the flax plant are fibrous. This is what is broken down into string and spun into thread.


Linen is beautiful in the endless amount of colors available to dye it with, but it is just as wonderful in its natural color. 

How do you like to use linen? 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Season's Winner

    We have a winner for the Seasons of Wool Applique Folk Art & wool bundle! Thank you, Debbie H. of Texas for your comment.

    A huge "Thank you" to all of you who left such kind, and generous comments. I appreciate your enthusiasm and support so much!

Friday, May 19, 2017

A New Season




  It is a new season. What started almost two years ago is about to be complete. The second book of wool applique projects that I have compiled is due to be released this June. So many of you reached out to me about the first book and how you were inspired by it that I wanted to give you a second which I hope will bring you a lot of great projects to enjoy. The title, Seasons of Wool Applique is a reflection of how each season inspires my work. There is a constant ebb & flow of ideas, and each special season of the year feeds that creativity.

    So, here is a special Give-Away! If you leave a comment from now until Monday, May 22, 2017 at 8am, you will be entered into a drawing for a autographed copy of my new book and a bundle of my own hand-dyed wool. Please only one entry per person. One thing to note: I moderate all of the comments left on my blog so, please, don't worry if you do not see it right away. I will eventually publish it.

            Also, this will be my last Re-Shaped project from my first book Wool Applique Folk Art. It is a shadow box turned necklace cupboard. This was another purchase from Homegoods. I found it in the frame section and  the inside came already finished with the  padded fabric and push pins. Simply tape off the glass to paint the outside. I chose a taupe color with a flat finish. The wooly is stitched on printed cotton and steam pressed when finished. Using double-sided tape, I fixed it to the inside of the door, carefully stretching it tight so that there were no wrinkles. Then it was covered with another piece of printed cotton by again using the double-sided tape. I added the twill tape at the end to give it a nice finished look. This was glued on.




 

Pattern Pieces for the Necklace Cupboard Wooly


Flowers:  Wooly Windows  p. 54

Shield & Rossette: A Patriot's Rug p. 88

Leaves:  Wooly Bindings p. 60




For information on pre-ordering Seasons of Wool Applique published by C&T Publishing, go to www.rebekahlsmith.com/book.