Okay, so at the beginning of January my husband called me and told me we were moving. This happens every few years as we are construction brats. My husband is a third generation, so he is very use to moving. I had moved a couple times in my life, before I met him, but nothing on his level. I knew that when we got married I would be signing up for this lifestyle. And for the most part I’m okay with it. I was planning on being a stay at home mom and my sewing will travel. I get to explore the world and experience new cultures, and of course fashion, and the opportunities are endless as there is always something new. This will be my fourth time moving with my husband. We have lived in Idaho, Washington, Australia and Kentucky. Next stop Virginia! There are projects all over the world with my husband’s company, so who knows where we will end up in the future.
Living down under was fantastic! The people were great, the food was good, the weather was beautiful and I fell in love with the aboriginal art. There are some pieces that imitate bush medicine leaves. And they the way the art flows is so mesmerizing, the leaves are just blowing in the wind, it’s beautiful. Here is an example piece done by Gloria Petyarre:
If you click on this link you can go to her page to see more of her work and purchase the art, you’d make me jealous of course if you can afford it. https://japingkaaboriginalart.com/collections/gloria-petyarre-paintings/
I really wanted to get some prints when we were down there, but they were so expensive. Maybe next time. But I also really want to make a gown using the pattern. The only fabric I have been able to find so far with the print on it is a quilting fabric. I will probably still try it anyway at some point. I tend to bounce around from project to project, have you noticed:)
Here is a picture of the fabric I have.
This fabric is actually available on etsy. Just look up: Bush Yam Red–Australian Aboriginal Fabric–Australian Fabric by the HALF YARD–Aboriginal Design–Quilt Fabric–Cotton Fabric
There is more than one color in this design. Or if you want to see a variety of other aboriginal art print fabrics just search for it. They have a ton of options and they are all beautiful and full of color and design. There are so many I want to use in clothing. What’s the saying, “There is no such thing as too much fabric” Yeah my husband will disagree, but sometimes I can’t help myself.
Okay, getting back to my original tangent and sort of going along with the too much fabric thread, I found some I couldn’t pass up in Virginia. My hubby and I took a whirlwind weekend trip over there to hunt for houses. Crazy few days. We did find a house and are now in the closing process. But in some extra time we had we went on a search for fabric stores and I found a few. There was a warehouse full of upholstery fabric, which wouldn’t normally use, but they had the mother load of leather and vinyl. Patterns that I have never even seen on the internet. The place is called Haute Fabric, and it’s in Chantilly, VA. There was also a Jo-Anns fabric, this is where I found a beautifully sequined embroidered art deco mesh fabric. I bought enough for a gown. Can’t wait to try it out. And then there is a new place in Alexandria, VA called Fabric Place Basement. It set up shop in the old Hancock fabric store. Smart! There I found some good options for shirting as well as a plethora of other fabrics. But I bought two shirting fabrics because I want to make my hubby a shirt for him to wear at his new office. Any-hoo, I was so excited to find those stores and I’m sure there are more jewels hiding out just waiting for me to find them. Any clues to their whereabouts would be much appreciated.
Well I should start wrapping this post up. It will be crazy hectic in the next few weeks, but I will try to get on and post something. Although my sewing room is being boxed up for the time being, so I won’t be working on anything for the time being. This might just drive me a little nuts, either that or the kids will, or the husband, or the moving, packing, stress…. aah! Okay, we’ll just say all of the above. Bear with me:)