Sunday was Brooklyn. I usually drive in on a Sunday morning when there is no traffic, but we took the bus in because I was not in the mood to hassle with late afternoon traffic coming home. Here was the view from the bus window in NJ, as the sun was setting.
Today I went into NY to meet my friend Penny and her husband Hank for lunch. They live in St. Thomas and were in NY for a special event, so they were squeezing in everything they could manage in a few days. After lunch, I headed to the garment district to search for a linen/rayon blend similar to the shawl I recently dyed. It's deliciously soft and has the consistency of cheesecloth - but a bit heavier. Here is the undyed original. See the weave? This is 45"x60" - a perfect wrap!
Last week I went into a fabric store near my studio and bought some cheesecloth, which I also dyed.
It is lighter weight than the above fabric and was only 36" wide. It had the benefit of being cheap, though, so I could experiment. It makes a sweet summer scarf at 18" x 60" but I'd like to see it longer.
I am going to look for heavier weight cheesecloth online. (below is the actual yellow of the above fabric). bleh.
Today I walked up and down 39th St in vain, looking for the linen/rayon blend. I forget which store this was, but they didn't have what I was looking for.
Finally, at Paron Fabircs, I found a linen/cotton blend and splurged on two yards, which should make 3 scarves @ 18"x 72". This was 4 times as expensive as the cheesecloth and an only slightly tighter weave but I'm on a mission.