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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I'm a natural.....

lover of natural fibers, that is! I cannot "abide" (as my grandmother would have put it) polyester!

So I was delighted to find wonderful 100% linen shirts at the local thrift shops! They even have pearl buttons and each was less than $3.00! My "inner hippie artist" wants to embellish them a bit more and make them uniquely "mine"!

While I was at the large fabric store where I work part-time, yesterday, I checked on threads to use for this. I found LINEN embroidery floss!!!! [It is being I may need to buy it all--Ha!]

There were only a few soft natural colors, but the green works perfectly, I think, on my green linen and the taupe is great on the natural linen. I am considering using the cotton crochet thread to further embellish and make the sleeves of this former natural linen "camp shirt" a bit longer...we will see!

I have also enrolled in another class with Jane LaFazio! this one is on experimental art quilts...and will have more fun opportunities for embellishment and stitching!

this is a landscape quilt, about 8.5"X11". It is called "Morning Mist in the Ozark Springtime".

Off to stitich now!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love these beautiful soft colors and linen is so cool and fresh for Spring and summer! I thought about you when I posted about my sewing project...and mentioned Home Ec! Oh....the good ole days! heehee! ♥ I kid about it...but I really did learn a lot in Home Ec and loved that class! ♥

Anonymous said...

Hi Lila,
Don't you just love thrift stores? I adore linen and cotton. I don't care if it wrinkles ~ adds character. Down here with all the humidity its just the best fabric.
I hope you share photos if you decide to embelish your finds!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Oh the wonderful things you can find in thrift stores - I love them. Your scene is wonderful!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I love natural fibers also--and linen is a favorite. Of course I love cotton and wool too! I've noticed that linen shirts often show up in thrift shops and I think it's because they wrinkle easily and so many people do not want to be bothered to iron anything. Fortunately for me, I LOVE to iron, as I find it peaceful and almost meditative in the repetetiveness. Really, I love it, even the fragrance from the steam. Weird, huh?
Love the landscape quilt! Hope you will show the finished piece and also the embellishments you add to your shirts. Great finds!

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