Do you have time?
Sharon's June challenge said "They (stash) are either purchased or scavenged materials that have accumulated over time and as such they often have a story to tell. Or it is possibly more correct to say that stashes are full of stories. The interesting thing for textile practitoners is that these materials can take on another story. They can be made into something new and take on other meanings in someones life.".
At the last EG meeting our lovely Jane, who brings us useful things like pelmet vilene and thermolan, had some bags of bit and pieces which she was selling for the huge sum of £1, of course I couldn't resist, well I needed it didn't I? (Like the proverbial hole). Having seen the colours for Sharon's challenge I challenged myself to use this bag of pieces for the June TIF. (The woman is challenge mad!!!)
When I opened the bag this is what I found.
I I examined them I realised that these were probably all fabrics from a bridal shop.
I spread them out
I had thoughts on weddings that happened and those that didn't and thought about
a fabric book for stitchin fingers but that will have to wait a while
because on closer inspection I found that the one's outlined in red and green
were very interesting indeed.
The one outlined in red was a part of a very small bodice and remined me immediately of Degas' Ballet Dancer
(hold that thought)
The piece outlined in green was some kind of head scarf/bonnet made of organza petal shapes.
I went away to think some more about the TIF challenge. "So this month the idea to think about is stories that are and stories that are possible."
Stories...hmm I love stories. Those that are... the scraps of material. Those that are possible.......the (wedding) dresses. Stories...... my favourite story is still Cinderella. Charming version here.
and there it was I would make a dress which showed the "ARE".. the rags and the "POSSIBLE" .....the ball dress.
The proportions aren't quite right but I was determined to work with what I had, I added some sequins and some gold ribbon for the sash and some eyelets for the lacing but everything else came out of the bag.
This is the Cinderella dress front and back. It was very difficult to photograph but it will give you an idea. Here are a couple of close ups.
It is imperfectly made but it is an idea that could be developed at some time so I will tuck it away until that time arrives.