USPS Santa must have heard me moping, because when I arrived home today there were not one, not two, not three, but FOUR packages waiting for me!
In those packages was:
- Twenty sheets of thermofax screen
- Ten thermofax screen frames
- Eight white T-shirts
- Six pairs of white socks
- Four black T-shirts
- Three pairs of sweatpants
- Two sports bras
- One book on fashion
- and a partridge in a pear tree!
My orders from Dharma Trading Co, Welsh Products, and The Strand Bookstore had arrived simultaneously. Â Woo hoo!
I have also signed up for an online quilting class. Â (Yes, I said a quiltingÂ class. Â Really!) Â It’s a class on foundation piecing, which I think could come in handy in art garments. Â I figured that I needed something to get me to stop moping, and since I am goal-oriented, a class would give me the framework and the focus to get stuff done. Â The class starts Friday, and runs for four weeks. Â Very little is required in the way of supplies, which is good because I haven’t done any messing with surface design on fabric yet, so have no quilting fabric stashed away!
Anyway, in case you’re wondering what I plan to do with this bonanza of packages, I’m taking the opportunity to revamp my wardrobe, add exercise to my routine again, and play with surface design. Â The socks, sweatpants, and sports bras are all workout wear. Â The four black T-shirts and eight white T-shirts are to replace my increasingly threadbare T-shirt wardrobe. Â (I know other people have graduated to “real adult” clothes, but I’m a T-shirt kind of gal. Â They can be rumpled, crumpled, and basically look OK, which is more than you can say for most blouses. Â And I hate folding laundry.) Â Since Dharma sells their clothing blanks super cheap, and gives bulk discounts on top of that, well, let’s just say it was a really good deal.
I have done further tinkering with my Thermofax machine, and it is now almostÂ working properly. Â The screens are far clearer, with only a little bit of cloudiness – which hopefully will be fixed when I install the replacement carrier belt (which should arrive tomorrow). Â If that doesn’t fix it, I will remove and clean the lamp. Â I’ve cleaned it in situÂ with a cotton swab and it looks pretty good, but I’m sure a more thorough cleaning would be great. Â Regardless, things are good enough already that I’m confident I can create usable screens now. Â What a relief!
Anyway, I’ve thrown the garments into a hot-water wash to preshrink and scour them before dyeing, screen-printing, etc. Â They are PFD (prepared for dyeing) as are most of Dharma’s blanks, but it never hurts to be extra sure, and I’d prefer to work on preshrunk pieces – shrinking pieces might change the aspect ratio in the design, distorting the look. Â So I will be washing and drying them.
I think I will spend the rest of this week designing Thermofax screens, in preparation for an orgy of surface design this coming weekend. Â Because the foundation piecing class “homework” isn’t due until next Friday, if I hustle, I can get some white quilting fabric dyed, printed, and ready to work with over the weekend.
Whee! Â I have a new project. Â I can plan away!
(The book on fashion, incidentally, is also really interesting – Breaking the Mode, by Kaye Spilker and Sharon Takeda. Â I’ve only flipped through it briefly to check out the pretty pictures, but it looks really cool.)