A friend and I took a class at the Stitch Lab in Austin TX. The class had us make 4 small bags using modern oilcloth. Everyone chose a different fabric, of course, and we took home patterns and instructions for future projects. Here are my results:
Cute, huh? This sort of oilcloth -- actually a sort of plastic these days -- doesn't have much body, so they flatten kind of easily, but I really like them. They will be great for travel, and of course when my bottles leak, as they always do, these are washable. They were very fun and surprisingly easy to make. Surprising to me anyway. I liked "popping" color onto the black and gray print by using different colored zippers.
Next expedition to the Stitch Lab will be to their "zipper lab" on how to put in centered, lapped and invisible zippers.
In the meantime, I have made three pairs of pants. Pictures to follow.
This week any time for fiber arts will be dedicated to knitting, since I am preparing for a trip to Maryland, visiting friends at UMd, and meeting up with Kim at -- ta da!!! -- the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I like our two little fiber festivals here in San Antonio, the Kid n Ewe festival in November in Boerne, a hill-country town, and the new Yellow Rose Fiber Festival in Seguin in April. But MDSW is in a class by itself, and is a nostalgia trip for me, since I always went down with Kim on the bus she organizes from central PA. My goal is NOT to buy huge honking amounts of yarn, since I already have huge honking amounts of yarn. I will be looking for interesting bits and pieces, though I am hoping to mostly look. (I can hear people laughing now.) The booth I always used to head to was the Brooks Farm Yarn booth, but they are Texas folks, and always have a booth at Kid n Ewe, without having to elbow my way past 3,000 East Coasters.
In the meantime, I have fallen for a new pattern, and I am trying trying to use stash yarn. The pattern is by Vera Sanon, whose designs I like, and it is for a top called Symmetry in Motion. Here is the front, with that nifty diagonal band, and then the side with those gorgeous gussets:
But there is no way I am going to make this in wool. I have two possibilities that might work in the stash. One is a yarn called Hempathy, which is cotton, hemp and rayon. The other is one of the "new" rayons, a yarn by the company Araucania called Ruca. Ruca is a viscose made from sugar cane, but I learned at a spinning class last year at the Yellow Rose festival that those processes are highly contaminating of local water supplies. So I won't be buying more of that. With either yarn, I have to see if I can get gauge, of course, so while I work on the Daybreak shawl, I will be swatching. I am hoping the Hempathy will work with Symmetry in Motion.
More after MDSW.