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Friday, July 17, 2015

Loving Linen


These days I'm 'loving linen'.  Its not a fabric that I've used much before, always forgoing it for clothes since it wrinkles so easily.  BUT I have recently rediscovered it for crafting. Thanks to my favorite thrift store where I recently found a lovely 100% linen shirt, I've been on a linen quest.



In my searching I've found these four lovely linen garments, which have been washed, cut apart and folded -- waiting for my scissors and thread.  Finding linen in a fabric store in our area would be impossible and so  my linen hunt takes me from thrift shop to thrift
shop.  I send out a thank you to those who have donated these items.  I'm sure they never dreamed that their garment might one day become a bird or two.



What better fabric to use for making cloth birds than linen? Its all natural, coming from the Flax plant and has a lovely texture.  The colors are often quite natural -- earthy tones -- perfect for the basic body of a bird or two. 

"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest.  It is the greatest source of so much of life that makes life worth living." - David Attenborough




6 comments:

  1. I remember when I first started sewing back in high school, linen was quite easy to find. I remember making several clothing items with it. Back then, every fabric wrinkled and we ironed EVERYTHING. Then the dreaded polyester was invented...ack!! 100% Poly...glad we dumped THAT fad. I'm not sure if I could find any linen in my fabric stash, but you are right. It's perfect for birds.
    Have a great weekend.
    xx, Carol

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  2. I love linen and can't wait for the birds that will emerge from your new stash!

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  3. What fabulous soft colours.

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  4. Personally, I'm willing to put up with the ironing because I like wearing linen, but embroidering it is one of the real pleasures of life!

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  5. I'm happy that you will be using recycled clothing to make your wonderful, whimsical creations. They make for the most interesting and unique creations!! I've got a stash of clothing just waiting for inspiration to strike.

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