Oh my! I just realized that my next show isn't in a month, it's in two-and-a-half weeks. All this experimenting that I've been doing has to, sigh, stop so that I can get to making more tried-and-true wearables. That's not to say that I won't be tinkering again soon—probably after the show—that fooling-around-sort-of-thing is what makes for the new and exciting.
I've been working with a new material called Fosshape. It's a modern version of buckram, but without all the mess. Essentially, it's a foundation material that can be molded with steam or extreme heat, that you can build upon. I bought a few yards of it with a promise to myself that I would use it. I'm doing pretty well so far, though not every hat has worked.
Yesterday I was working on a little number that had a Fosshape base. I decided to call an old friend that I hadn't spoken to in a while because I knew the task ahead of me was a bit tedious, and I needed a distraction. With headset on, I called my friend and set about blind stitching fabric to the base. The call was a good move. We easily spoke for nearly two hours, and the repetition of my task was like background noise. Next step is to sew a lining in.
I'll have this, and the other things that I've been working on with me when I show at Paradise City Marlborough March sixteenth through eighteenth.
If you're thinking of coming to me looking for something special (i.e. special color or material) give me a heads up and I'll try have something to show you.
Hope to see you in Marlborough!