finding the right fabric is like a treasure hunt but sometimes one just jumps out and speaks to you. this one is definitely enchanted but i am not sure how it will wash. i'll test it first to see if the dye is fast and if it is too fragile. it is old silk faille and it has a jacquard leafy pattern woven in. there is a tarnished gold metallic yarn running through here and there but not too much so it sparkles just when you look at it from certain angle. because of the weave, the shine comes to the surface only on the foliage...like early morning dew. if it doesn't fray too much i may just cut some of it it into strips and weave it into one of the velvet squares. some fraying will be good because it will look like moss or grass. i think weaving it in will stabilize it . i fear it will rip and wear too much as one whole piece. it also has ancient quality that reminds me of old vines.
i have prepared more squares for the enchanted forest floor. and i have mixed in some corduroy in this batch, still a nice soft texture that fits in. i use an overcast method to piece blocks in almost all my work. it is similar to an old english paper piecing method but that is not how i came to use it. i will document the details of this method and how i came to use it in one of my my next few posts. it has many advantages for the mobile sewer.
i always place my cloths in natural settings from time to time to make sure they are in harmony with the seasons and the surroundings. it gives me a fresh view and time to think and of course it gets me off my chair and out into the fresh air.
so since my gifts take generally 6 months to a year to complete i take them out to the woods or the sea every so often, and i shake them and hang them around and adjust my colors and stitches and shapes to reflect the time of their birth. in this way the cloth's design comes to reflect the the time it took to make. the longer the project takes the more wise it becomes ...and to me it is more of a gift. this is a personal method that keeps me from rushing and always thinking about finishing. it creates patience in my heart and allows me to let the project find its own end.