Featherings: How’s the challenge going?…

Challenge #1—Falling Leaves, was tougher than I imagined!

·        Too many ideas
·        Too much fabric that I love
·        My thoughts were all over the page, like falling leaves blowing in the wind…

And then….I was standing in line at a store, waiting to buy a tie for my husband when I saw IT: my inspiration! In front of me stood an incredibly beautiful woman robed in a glamorous patchwork coat. It’s tones were taupe and rosy in nature and the patterns were of a brocade construction. It reminded me of the leaves that have fallen and blown around.

Once home, I took another look through my stash and found exactly what I needed. My first Mood trip ever landed me a satin finished jacquard style abstract print in tones of brown, gold, taupe, beige and a bit of sage and burgundy. I embraced this piece and added a piece of taupe lambskin and a darker taupe textured stretch woven—both from Mood.

I found myself wanting to maximize these textiles—again, too many ideas! As I played with arranging them for a photo collage, I imagined the stretch woven as a pair of leggings and the jacquard as a ling line jacket with lambskin trim. I began to sketch and it took on life.

Created with Microsoft Fresh Paint

Will I actually create this outfit? Oh, I do hope so, but not right now. I have everything I need to construct my design except the buttons. I just may need to visit Mood for that!

So, what did you devise? Do share…

A new challenge next week.

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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

6 thoughts on “Featherings: How’s the challenge going?…

  1. That sketch looks great! Such a lovely design and I like the colors you’ve described, as well.

    I haven’t created anything (I dislike sewing immensely), so have nothing to report, although I did see some gorgeously dressed Autumn leaves here recently and photographed them. 🙂

      1. There are a few pockets of bright color to be found here & there, and I’m hoping this second cold snap (we went from 82 two days ago to 43 as I type this) will trigger more trees to change. If I can ever figure out how to post pics to my (nonexistent as of yet) blog page, I’ll do so. Otherwise, there’s a few on my IG og yhe same name.

        I hope you share pics of the material you spoke of; it sounds intriguing!

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