Thursday, November 10, 2005

busy day

I actually accomplished quite a bit today/tonight, considering that I had obligations that kept me out all afternoon. It's midnight and I'm about ready to go upstairs. But first, I thought that since so much of my work today included ironing, I would treat you to a vision of my studio ironing surface. Ok, ok - stop laughing! My studio is too small for a real ironing board so I covered the tops of the two cabinets adjacent to my sewing machine with the silver stuff and it works just fine. Of course, the actual usable space is only 20"x20" (the left half, as you see) which is not ideal when I am ironing a 2 yard piece of fabric. And yes, those are 3 irons you see on the right. Don't ask me why they are all there. Tonight I was ironing a bunch of silk scarves which I have to label and take to the winter quilt and craft sale at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, NJ. Here I am, ironing on a recently batik'd crepe de chine scarf. I like it so much I hate to sell it. Maybe nobody will buy it and I can keep it. I have this THING: every time I make a new scarf I think it is so wonderful that I have trouble parting with it. Well, not EVERY time - but you know what I mean. Silly, huh?

The other ironing I was doing was taking the wax out of two pieces of fabric and then ironing them again after I had washed them. Here is one, which is rather pastel. I think I shall have to screen some stuff on top, since I am not crazy about pastels. On the other hand, maybe somebody else will be crazy about it as it is. I am pleased with the complexity of the layers. Finally, another piece - before and after I ironed-washed-ironed it. Why does it make me think of candy bars?

I'm making progress on that list from a couple of days ago. I got a teaching contract out in today's mail - and tomorrow, maybe I'll get to make a couple of postcards in addition to finishing up today's odds and ends.

4 comments:

mary m. said...

Rayna,

They're all yummy! I can see why you have trouble parting with that crepe de chine scarf...the color and batik effects are dazzling...

Liz said...

I'm not usually crazy about pastels either but I really like that piece - the depth is amazing. Those spirals seem to float on the top.

Deb R said...

Liz beat me to what I was going to say...I'm not a pastels person in general, but I really like that piece!

Rayna said...

The great thing about working with wax is that even if I can't get color, I can get other kinds of depth. Now, if I can only remember how I did it...