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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mark Your Calendars

I will be a guest designer at the upcoming Swap-o-rama-rama focussing entirely on t-shirts, May 31st. Unfortunately the venue, The Santa Monica Museum of Art located in uber-cool arts center Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, can't support a major tie-bleaching effort, so I have spent a bit of time doing some lab work and experimenting at home for some other design ideas.

I plan on leading some Stitch Witchery based remaking. The fusible hemming web has two functions in tee/interlock knit work - it makes a usefully sturdy join, preventing the fabric from shifting without the need for pins, and it prevents stretch induced puckering of the joined seams.

I have now discovered the easiest ever way to make a kid's outgrown t-shirt last a few more seasons. Jayn is very pleased. This concept will definitely be going in my book.
She was less enthused about the center stripe experiment, although other people might like the look.

I have an idea to use the "join two" method to create some nice dress up costumes - like space ship uniforms in contrasting colors. I used machine top stitching to join these two shirts after ironing the Stitch Witchery, but I can see some hand embroidery decorating the seam of some other combos. Totally using some t-shirts I happened to have on hand - I'm looking forward to better raw materials at the three hour Swap event.

Stay tuned for more previews, and please come by the event. You can sign up for newletter updates at the website. (Oh what the heck, here's the link again.)

1 comment:

Hip Line Media said...

Yeah, great project! Can't wait to see the wonders you will create at Swap!
Lori