New Day….New fabric…..New challenge
Today Patricia came into the studio with some feathers, they were sourced sustainably or at least I think a Magpie flying into your bedroom and kindly leaving them for you counts as that!
Call me naive but I was surprised, to say the least, with the colours in these feathers taking into account a Magpie is black and white. The feathers are black on the underneath but what glorious colours, a real bird’s wing.
Not a day goes by in this job that I don’t learn something new or indeed try something new. Talking of new Patricia is always on the hunt for fabric and she came across this rather nice faux astrakhan and I’ve been asked to see how it dyes.
I’m now in the throes of hand painting the astrakhan in the colours of the magpie feathers. I find myself thinking of the day a customer came into the studio with a gorgeous pair of dove pink suede shoes and asked for her wedding dress to match!
Charles and Patricia are pretty good bosses in that they encourage me to just have a go and see what happens, which reminds me I need to do another blog on the day I shrank the wool!
It soon becomes obvious that this fabric takes a great deal of hand painting, the pile is luxuriously long and soaks up every morsel. I could be here sometime!
After two days this is what I’ve got, the fabric is creased as it needs to be washed to remove any excess dye and bring the pile back.