Making textured fabric

Posted: April 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
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We have this huge pile of coveralls that I got at the ReStore.  Actually, we have two big piles of coveralls that I got at the ReStore.  They got donated this huge bin of worn out coveralls from Wrex Products – a plastics manufacturer across the street from them on Myers, and it just sat there for about 3 months.  Sucker that I am for cheap materials, I started scheming and dreaming of making grocery bags and bag linings from this nice, funky, tough fabric.

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Mario, ReStore MANager.

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Bin o’ ghetto coveralls.  I high-graded it back in November, cut some good pieces of fabric out of some of them, and then they sat on a shelf.  Last week I got the idea that I could make market bags out of them, and bought another dozen.  I made a couple of bags and they just looked too plain, saggy, and kind of sad – no posture, sloppy, gutterpunk.  Not that gutterpunk is all bad, just that they don’t spend money on these kinds of bags.

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When we visted my Aunt Elizabeth in Kansas City last month, we saw amazing things that they are doing in her shop collaging vintage Japanese fabrics into new textiles, so I am trying a few tricks from her book, and I like how it is going.

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I started off with a flat piece of twill from the coveralls.  I cut strips and sewed them on in a woven fashion.

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Running parallel stitching. 

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More parallel stitching

 

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Finished effect.

 

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The second piece was more freeform.  We’ll use these panels to make purses or some funky tool belts.  
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After washing and drying
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