|Detail of Tiny Great Curve, chain stitch in Valdani 12,|
color 2 (charcoal).
While in NYC, I did venture out of Brooklyn and spent a glorious bit of time at Purl Soho, feasting on the threads and flosses.
|Koigu wool needlepoint yarns.|
The fabrics were wonderful, too (especially their collection of Liberty of London) but there are decent quilt shops in NC. The flosses and threads... those are harder to find.
|Liberty of London fabrics, hooped near the door.|
I can and do order threads online, but being able to paw through silk thread and bin after bin of Valdani 12 in every conceivable color in person... that is a special treat. And their collection of embroidery-worthy linens is not to be missed.
|Wanted to spin this DMC cotton wheel!|
Bought myself a collection of Valdani in greys and purples for my Tiny Great Curve self portrait. It is pleasure to stitch with this. I also treated myself to a spool of Trebizond twisted silk in a lilac for highlights on my latest piece.
|Some of my supplies for the latest piece.|
I didn't purchase any of the Liberty of London fabric because I'm anxious about money and storage in my apartment, but I did spend a little time fondling the bolts. I wasn't alone! Another woman was standing next to me, doing the same thing. "It's like silk," she said. And I nodded eagerly.
|These bolts called to me. And to other fabricphiles.|
Since being home I've been doing a fair amount of stitching and playing ideas. Making progress on my Tiny Great Curve piece. Still stitching words galore. Generally feeling very upbeat and creative.
|WIP, current state of Tiny Great Curve.|
I only wish I could make it to Fiber Philadephia this weekend. The exhibitions of textile art look like they are going to be amazing! Alas, funds won't allow this.
|Leaving Purl Soho in my purple beret.|
I think that the purple ground fabric of my latest piece has made me a little fixated on purple. I keep wearing a purple hat. And these beautiful purple hydrangeas are a constant source of inspiration.
|From my squeeze. Excellent taste.|
I keep them close to me, next to my laptop, in my tiny little bay window space, surrounded in my collection of Pantone color post cards.