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HAUL!!!

23 Apr

Attended the UjaamaGrammas big sale yesterday with my friend Susan—–kind of shocking to see all the stash that has been handed off to others!!!!!!!! BOLTS of fabric, bags of fabric, piles of yardages of fabrics, grab bags of fabric, a quilting cottons room, umpteen “kits” never touched, a long wall FULL of yarns, a room full of patterns, books and magazines. Admittedly, i had donated 3 huge garbage bags full of my stash! The place was wall to wall people, but apparently we came at the right time, because even though it had “opened” the night before, it was still crammed with stuff. Some years, there have been block long lines waiting to get in!

And admittedly too, i brought 3 ( much smaller) bags home 🙂 I deliberately took “only” 75 bucks with me in cash (though they did accept debit and credit cards). I spent 5bucks for two “tapestry” frames, a buck for a bag full of “crochet cotton balls” most for dyeing, a dollar for 4 books, 22dollars for 22YARDS of fabric (most for dyeing, though there are also a couple of chunks for fall wardrobe purposes), 2bucks for admission, and i donated 6, because WTH. Grand total: 37 smackeroos.

And Susan generously gave me the two longer that she had got last year 🙂

The largest frame is the PERFECT size so that i can finally do the standing figure for “Tabula Memoria”, without struggling to keep the grain straight–my largest hoop would have necessitated moving the fabric in and out of the grip, and that would have meant the grain would surely have been off on the damned haremcloth. (Love AND hate that stuff!)

The minute i got home, all of the fabrics went into the washer.

Silk A FREEKIN’ DOLLA A YARD, five yards, this one will be thioxed gently to remove some colour:

Cottons for dyeing, naturally and not ;):

The top piece is my favoured cotton flannellette, used for stabilizing all of my work, *as i work it. Sometimes more expensive than the dyeable cottons!!

The wardrobe pile:

The blue piece is the only piece that we mis-identified–we thought it was a sueded silk, but alas, it’s polyester.  That being said, it will be great for binding edges and slivers of detail. The yellow rayon may possibly be overdyed with indigo. The top fabric, also a rayon, will have some of the motifs embellished and accented somehow, and/or overdyed.

Threads to dye:

Some of these are quite quite fine, which means they’re going to be great for dyeing in variegation, and possibly plying together in one needle. The black is actually a slippery fine rayon. (I could have stuffed probably 10 bags with these threads as they were a dollar a stuffed bag, but space is a premium in the stoodio, so restrained myself!)

The books:

Now, i recently got rid of half of my library, so these will probably be passed on in a short while to someone! The *only* reason i bought the Rosemary Eichorn book was because when i had my wearable art business in the 90’s, i COVETED it desperately!

It was funny too, to suddenly reach exclaiming about a certain fabric and then realizing as i touched it, that i had donated it–it stayed! Didn’t see anything else i had gotten rid of, so i guess someone fell in love with the rest of it–ha!

 

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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Jam Day, Not so ordinaries

 

6 responses to “HAUL!!!

  1. Elizabeth Ingraham

    April 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Tapestry frames! Who knew? Brilliant! Loved that you almost bought your own donated fabric. (As I slowly try to de-acquisition from my studio.)

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    • arlee

      April 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

      I knew you’d catch that 🙂 I bet that dang htolcmerah WILL be wrangled into submission after all!

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  2. Tammy Hennessy

    April 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Great finds!!! I so would have been tempted with the threads for a dollar a stuffed bag .. good for you.. I didn’t know you had a wearable art business!! Do you still have stuff on the internet that you made? would love to see them!

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    • arlee

      April 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Lordie, no, all that stuff is gone long ago. Maybe i’ll do a post sometime with the few remaining photographs i have of my “proudest” moments 🙂

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  3. Mary Anne

    April 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    ooooh boy – sounds like a mecca for fabric artists! Alas never anything like that in this neck of the woods.

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    • arlee

      April 23, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      MaryAnne, this is through the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and the closest to you is the Nipigon Grannies!!!!

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