I just added Keeping Up Appearances #3 ¬†to my website.¬† This one contains more vintage linens: an embroidered linen tea towel, linen tablecloth and linen dishtowel all of which are dye-painted and screen-printed with text. I found a number of well-worn (and no doubt loved) linen dishtowels in my father’s laundry room last year when cleaning out his house.
All¬† bore names of exotic places visited….British Virgin Islands, Lighthouses of New England,¬† Provence.¬† I even have a few of these myself. They always start out so pristine and soon are gray from being chosen (by others!) for household tasks¬†beyond dishwashing. Soon they are in tatters. Some of these from my¬†Dad’s house were in the rag bin, so worn and transparent; yet I chose them to embellish with paint.¬† ¬†I must admit that the ferreting out of vintage textiles has become as much fun as the embellishing! I truly am the daughter of a war bride!!!
A month or so ago I posted¬† a new Upheaval piece (#8) that¬† had not yet settled with me. It has a vintage feedsack batiked as a focal point and discharged-hand-dyed cottons.¬†¬†It ¬†just felt off.¬† Last night¬† I cut off 7″ one direction and 3″ another and like it better. Since I had pillowcased the backing I¬†just added facings¬†along ¬†those edges. ¬†It is weird how sometimes¬†I ¬†love the fabrics but not the end result. It just has to grow on me I guess!