8 January 2008

Material Thoughts.



























It took a few days but finally I am there - my sewing room is tidy! The shelves are stacked with neatly folded layers of fabrics, packaging materials are tidied away and put into order, and all is calm once more. Unfortunately the downside to this is that I find myself sitting in my comfy swivel chair (a pressie bought by my gorgeous kids when I was pregnant and did nothing but moan about being unable to sit comfortably....yes I know you cannot imagine me moaning!!!!) and seem to do little but twirl around enjoying the view! I am supposed to be working on my new range and ideas are certainly fighting for space in my ever-crowded head but, however hard I try, they are not transferring themselves to paper.

I find this is a bit of an ongoing problem for me; I have no background whatsoever in pattern cutting / designing and make all my own patterns with no more than grit determination and a dollop of common sense to aid me. I love the process and over the years have taught myself plenty - most of the time I am able to get an idea down and it works - this week however has mostly consisted of me creating what can only be described as deformed creatures....rabbits with misshapen heads, a mouse with it's ears sewn on the inside (ok I was thinking about needing to paint the walls in the room rather than what I was doing) and a chick that has a pinhead problem. Hmm, back to the drawing board methinks.

I suppose it is all about focus - I had none. My mind was drifting here and there contemplating the infinite possibilities for the garden in terms of the business (more of that another day) and floating over the newly arranged piles of fabrics all glowing with possibilities for spring - piles of lilacs and sweet pinks leaning against pretty sprigged cottons, a huge batch of materials in brighter jades and blues all shouting for attention. They pulled me away with promises of fresh spring air tantalising the senses with the scent of blossoms and daffodils and primroses. I could almost feel the later hot summer sun warming my back as I walked across a beach, the warm sand pushing through my toes and the salty tang of sea air filling my mind. Yes, I truly had little focus on the hear and now. Ah well, today is another day and I have given myself a good talking to; today will be the day I actually achieve something and this will spur me on once more....well that's the plan anyway



In the meantime I will leave you with a pic or two of those gorgeous materials and see if you are distracted too (though of course I should have photographed them in better light, etc...it WAS early!!!)





























Pipany xx

11 comments:

toady said...

Cor let me at it! I'm a total fabric junky. Serious sewing room envy here. I want one - stamps and huffily leaves the room.

Frances said...

Pipany,

Those fabrics are terrific! Do you really have a room just for sewing? Wow!

It will be fun to see what happens to those beautifully folded and inspiring fabrics. And we know that you will show us.

xo

Preseli Mags said...

I adore stacks of gorgeous material. Quilting shops are nirvana. It's a shame I can't sew! What's that lovely big spotted fabric going to be?

Pipany said...

Hmm, not sure yet PM. I have made some of it into bags to brighten dull days and am thinking what to do with the reat of it. It's lovely isn't it? x

Jane said...

I am jealous of your sewing room - I have an area off the kitchen diner and it always turns into somewhere people just stash things to clear the table!
J
x

Casdok said...

They certainly are lovely colours!

elizabethm said...

They are just fabulous. Do you ever get up to North WAles? we have a marvellous fabric shop which is just an Aladdin's cave. Whenever I go there I think of you. I have a real weakness for dark reds and golds - warm Tudor colours which go with this ancient (small and scruffy but ancient) house. Would love to show you.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Phew glad it is not just me that loves fabrics . . . I am not a good or talented needle woman, but I do so love fabrics . . .and go into fabric shops and have dreams of making things and breathe deep and then leave empty handed. Now having a love wool and knitting phase too . . .sigh . . .and you would sigh if you ever saw my efforts.

saraeden said...

This is my first visit here and i will definitely be back again to read some more of your posts !

Sara x

Exmoorjane said...

Spots, spots, spots!!! I love the spots. But really really crave even bigger ones....sigh.

Cait O'Connor said...

Those fabrics are so beautiful as are all your photos.