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June buttons: I pretended they were something else. by Blair
July 27, 2008, 8:20 pm
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Dear Daria,

Well I, like you, was secretly trying to wish this particular month’s challenge away. I mean, buttons are nice, but I wouldn’t say I am too inspired by them at this point in my crafting life. But what is inspiring me right now is printing (of any kind) on fabric. When I sat down to finally work on this project, I came at it from more of exploring what was inspiring me at the moment, and working the buttons in, rather than make the buttons the focus. That’s how I came up with this little piece.

I cut a freezer paper stencil for the silhouette and printed it in gray onto the beige linen you sent, then I attempted to “applique” different parts of her outfit with the other pieces of fabric you sent (all of which I loved!). The 2 fabric covered buttons were going to go on her dress bodice, but then I decided to embroider little french knot buttons on there instead.

Based on the direction she is facing, and the way her dress seems to be blowing, it became windy and her balloons (buttons) started blowing downward.

I did this last Friday afternoon, and even though I was tempted to stop and start it again the next day, I kept going. I’m glad I did, as I’ve said I often overthink things when I spend too much time on them. I probably would have completely started over (this was already my second idea from an earlier foiled attempt). I am already exploring more printing ideas thanks to the little push this piece gave me (well, minus the buttons). I see many mistakes in this piece, but I also needed the practice I got from making it.

You are right, these monthly boxes aren’t always supposed to fall completely within our crafting comfort zones, are they?

I have laughed more than once this past month at how coincidentally, neither of us were inspired in the least by our self-imposed button challenge. And I do have a confession to make about what I sent to you. I’ve always snatched up at least a quarter yard of those novelty sewing prints, but once I get them home, they never get used for anything. So I sent those to you as sort of a favor to myself, to inspire me to use them. You used them to their best, I love the buttoned blocks and quilted “tacks” you added (how do you do those so neatly anyway?), they anchor it all so perfectly. You also managed to balance the colors and add in just what was missing.

I hope you think I was nicer to you when you opened our July box… I am IN LOVE with July’s theme and what you sent to me, which I’ll share here soon.

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blair! this is really fabulous!

Comment by erin

Ok, that is the best, seriously. You wanna know something funny? When I first looked at your collection of fabric to work with for the button theme I thought of a figure too! Though not like that. Must have been something about those fabrics though! I just love this piece, best one yet!!

Comment by TACE

This is my favorite one yet!

Comment by Amy

this is my favorite of all the blocks so far. for some reason, my first thought was that the buttons were dogs that she was walking (non-representational art, i suppose) and when you said they were balloons, i could see that too and then i also thought maybe they could be a hugely tall bouquet of flowers… i just like the colors and the idea of a painted silhouette with applique’d clothing and the shoes are fabulous! very fun, all around.

Comment by abcgirl

Love all the work you guys have done! I didn’t see balloons here, I thought she was walking button pups *grin*

Comment by alicia




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