Growing up Modern: Tumble

Often I find the shots in the books dull and uninspiring, so I use Photoshop and play with them trying to get colour schemes and looks I prefer.  The head shot is of “Tumble” from the quilt book Growing up Modern, shown from the book below.2018-04-05 (1)

I found using the “enamel” effect I got ice cream colours and a semi trapunto effect — some of the blocks were more pronounced, some of the middles were raised and some of the blocks have a “corded” effect but what I really like the is bright pastels mixed with darker tonals.  I do think that the cording does do something framing the blocks, and I like it but right now I’m working on something else, though I think this is a good lap quilt that I will come back to.tumble.png

Felt Lady


Some of the pieces are pretty and definitely colourful, but the real problem is they really looked right out of Braque & Picasso’s Cubist works with a nod to the Constructionivist Period where the materials are the form.  Perhaps because of her time in Italy she fell under its spell.  Whatever, its nice in small quantities but too cookie cutter to be anything but bland.2017-04-15_17-21-12.png2017-04-15_17-21-36.png

Fiber as Hair, Yuni Kim Lang


When I had long hair, really long hair, someone mentioned this idea to me, that was about twenty years ago, because of the rage with Victorian hair ornaments. This may have been longer, but the idea they had was small “hair brooches” — looks like hair embroidered onto portraits.  Maybe twenty years, now that it’s 2017, isn’t far enough back.  Hard to say, but the more I think of it, the more I think it was my buddy Wilma out in Commack.

I did think about it but I dunno, it didn’t gell.  Perhaps I was too busy running around and having a good time to settle on such things.  Perhaps…no I think that was it.

But i don’t have long hair anymore.  I cut it all off when my Mum died eight years ago and have slowly let it grow back.  This lady, thirty year old Yuni Kim Lang,  from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan via Seoul, did a similar thing only she went large scale, and wild.  We did not think of that.


from American Craft Magazine, March 2017

Making and Using Thin Starch

Thin Starch is used for skirts and dresses when a stiff finish is not desired i.e. for something shiny but not  firm.  i.e.  men’s shirt waists.

  1.    1/2 cup starch, mixed with 1/2 cup cold water
  2.     3 quarts boiling water
  3.     Other ingredient above from thick start if necessary
    1. like lard or kerosene or even turpentine
  4.     Cook for at least 25 minutes.  Stir frequently to prevent sticking & formation of a skin.
  • “Cooking thin” with alum does not affect the strength of the starch mixture and is an advantage when a stiff starch is desirable and the thick mixture would be inconvenient to handle.
  • Using  alum, starch may be made thin without dilution. Alum has been objected to by some persons as being somewhat injurious to fabrics.
  • #3 –Other ingredients like wax, paraffin, turpentine, lard, butter
    • Oily substances are used to add a smoothness, gloss, and finish, to prevent the starch from sticking to the iron, and to aid in preventing the absorption of moisture.

    Alternatives are gum arabic, white glue, and dextrin.

  • Substances resembling glue are used with starch to increase its stiffening power. They are sometimes used alone when the white color of starch is considered a disadvantage in stiffening colored fabrics.