22 February 2007

Sewing (mostly)

This week, I'm looking at sewing-related resources, online. Mostly, I want to focus on quilts and wall hangings, but... I also need to redesign my wardrobe. I need clothing that fits me at my current size (40 pounds more than I'd like to weigh) but also "trims down" as I do. So, with that in mind, here are links that I want to bookmark:

Stuff to wear

Clone Yourself a Fitting Assistant - Four under-$15 ways to create a dress form.

HotPatterns.com includes designs that look like they'll meet my sewing needs... fashionable and flattering while I'm a little too large, and adjustable when I'm trim again. (Okay, I may look for similar designs in commercial patterns, but I want to support cottage industries.)

Lace panties. Really. I'm tired of paying obscene amounts for underwear that doesn't really fit, or isn't quite what I had in mind, but I'm too tired to keep looking. I'm definitely trying this pattern.

I'm not sure that I'd wear LEDs in my clothing--though my kids might--but I'm very seriously thinking about incorporating lights into my fabric art. So, I'm very interested in the instructions at GRYNX - Make your own wearable LED display.

Oooh, free period clothing patterns, especially Victorian and Edwardian clothes.

may say that it's "sewing for teens," but I see plenty of designs there that I'd wear.

And, this seamless square bracelet instruction sheet took me back to summer camp. No, it's not sewn, but... it's cool anyway.

Finally (in the sewing category, anyway), I want to note SewingPatterns.com, which may be a useful resource. Or maybe not. I'm not sure. I'll go back and look at it again, later.

Quilting links

Paula Nadelstern is making lovely kaleidoscope quilts. I remember when my friend Mary Golden was developing this concept, about 20 years ago. I'm not sure that I'll work with kaleidoscope designs, but if I do, I'll want to revisit this site for inspiration.

Free spirit fabric offers free quilting patterns--many of them contemporary--in PDF format for immediate download. Very cool!

Okay, that's enough for this week. I'll look for more quilting links for my reference list... and a later blog entry.

14 February 2007

Psychedelic stuff, man

I've been collecting these hippie-type links for awhile. You'll either love them or hate them.

Don't try to watch this if you're on drugs. Or meds. I mean, even aspirin might be too much: Vai Avanti (Timothy Leary would love that webpage. And, it looks as if that's all there is... that one, weird page.)

It's not quite psychedelia, but it is another blast from the past: Space Invaders invades the world. The whimsy of a project like this... it's just so very cool.

Back to "don't watch this on drugs" stuff: My brain wanted to explode when I watched Wildcard for a few minutes. Seriously. I was getting really crossed eyes. I love the concept, but... I can only watch it for about a second.

Typeorganism won't play with your head quite so much, but it's definitely a funky series of experiments. I'm not sure which one is my favorite.

Getting back to normal-ish stuff, I've been a fan of fractals for a long time. Rose Rushbrooke is combining fractals with fabric art. Brilliant!

And, on that note, I'm going to go make art and think about unusual ways to mix graphics & fabric.