With Autumn Splendor nearing its close, I’m starting to think about what I want to do next. Â I know my long-term goal: be able to conceive, sketch, design, and sew unique garments, using weaving and surface design techniques to create custom fabrics that enhance my designs. Â Ambitious, but certainly do-able.
Because I’m a much more accomplished weaver than garment designer,Â I’m pretty certain that I want to study fashion design next. Â Sharon suggested taking a course in sketching fashion illustrations (so I can work out a design on paper before going to actual fabric), and I’m going to try to find a community college or online class to help me figure that out. Â I already know something about flat pattern drafting, but per Sharon, a lot of things are best worked out, not in paper patterns, but by draping the garment, working out the problems directly in fabric. Â I have no experience in draping, so that seems like the most likely next topic of study. Â Sharon has offered to come down to my studio and teach me the basics of draping; after that, she says, the best thing to do is to “play around”. Â The tentative plan is to do that once we’ve moved and settled into the new house, whenever that is – I’ll have more studio space then, and won’t be distracted by the pending move.
I have three other goals for the next few months. Â The first is pretty obvious: buy a house and move into it! Â I expect that to take up a 2-month chunk sometime between February and June. Â The second is to get the first draft of the book done; I will work on that after Autumn Splendor is complete. Â (I’ve decided not to enter the Handwoven Garment Contest this year; there’s simply too much other stuff going on.) Â And the third is to finish weaving off the Infinite Warp. Â I started with 37 yards of 60/2 silk warp; I think I’ve woven off at least 20 of those yards, but I still have at least ten or fifteen yards to go. Â I think I will simply weave yardage, eight yard lengths, in a relatively simple pattern. Â I’ll Â figure out what to do with the yardage later; mostly, I want to free up the loom. Â This warp has been on for over five months; it’s time to open up new possibilities!