Thursday, 16 January 2014

WHERE OH WHERE HAVE MY PICTURES GONE?
Where have my pictures gone? Have you seen them? They were here about half an hour ago. Why are they now gone?
You see I've finally finished my hexie skirt. 
I took photos of it on a hanger, I took photos of me wearing it in the garden (bad), I took pictures of me wearing it reflected in an odd assortment of mirrors hidden in a cupboard in the bedroom (funny).
But now they have disappeared.
So sod it I'm going to show you something else.
What do you think?






Kind of looks like some weird mould like growth to me.
Actually it started as an accident and ended up wonderful.
Both of these were pieces of what we thought were silk fabrics.
They were left over from a job 9 years ago, making crowd coats for this film.
I took the fabrics to college for the students to use, sometimes even small scraps make a huge difference to one of their designs.
However the bluey orange fabric was a piece large enough to make a raggy cloak from.
The student wanted to alter the colour, so we advised her to take the fabric home and wash it to remove all the dressing, I know, I know, many of you will be gasping with horror at this, but trust me putting the fabric in a dye bath is the very least of what was planned for this piece. It was going to have to look as though someone had been sleeping under it on a battlefield for months on end.
Any way I digress.
Unfortunately we were wrong in our assumption of the high silk content. It came back about a quarter of its size and twice as thick. There was now less than a metre of it. Oops.
One fed up student but an over excited Tutor and Technician.
We almost came to blows over who was going to have the now wrecked fabric and what we were going to do with it.
Followed by a frantic rush to the fabric box to find a similar fabric from the same job to boil up.
They are now both living on the office desk while we circle round them watching each other with a wary cat like glance, waiting to see who will make the first move on these truly amazing textures. 



I love the fluted edge formed by the selvedge.



Second time around I took a sample of the fabric pre wash.
Here are some very bad pictures of the coats when I had finished them. They did look a lot nicer when worn honest!









Any way if you see my photos when you are out and about please tell them to come home, I'm missing them!
Love Nora xxx

7 comments:

  1. Ooh! I have some fabric that is a bit similar, wonder if it would boil up. I am suspicious of it's content though. Also, double drat on the missing pics. I was so looking forward to seeing your skirt. I shall keep an eye out for them!

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  2. Missing pics I love a mystery...I lost a few when I added 'windows 8' to my trusty pc.
    Back to the coats amazing results on the wash job have you decided on what to do yet...?
    bestest Daisy xx

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  3. Now I know your day job ... lucky students is all I can say!
    Those missing pics - did you upload them? They could be on the cloud (in a vast wharehouse in Slough, I believe, disappointingly enough!).

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  4. That shrunken fabric is great! I'm betting it could be chopped up without fraying and used for applique - hope you claimed it ; )

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  5. Yummy, I love that shrunken fabric.

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  6. that fabric really is worth fighting over.....I can see it now, scratching eyes out, hair pulling. You go for it!!

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  7. looked under my sofa as most of my lost things end up there...nope not there! love the fabrics x

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