Here are the links to keep up with Ginger's creative escapades:
Because I always tend to think in terms of "key messages," here are my thoughts from my chat with Ginger:
- You don't need to have a deep background in sewing to be successful at it. In fact, if you don't have long-standing "rules" rattling around in your head, you can more easily unleash your creativity. Just jump in and do it!
- Using reclaimed materials is a tremendously creative experience - partly because you aren't overwhelmed by endless options. You can accumulate a bit of a stash, and let the things you have on hand begin to "speak" to each other. You won't find things that match, like you would in a fabric store...but things will tend to "go together" in their own way.
- Part of organizing your stash includes constantly culling and letting go of things you've decided you may not use. You haven't invested much in it, anyway -- don't be afraid to send it back to a thrift store so it can be ready for someone else to scoop up.
- Let your friends know you're making new things out of old things. Invariably, they will give you stuff. Thank them warmly, use what you like, and donate the rest.
Here are links to some of the specific topics Ginger covered:
- Old polyester!
- Putting words on things
- Duffle bags for camping
- Vintage polyester couch cover
- Supplies from the car junkyard
- Why 'Wienerdog Tricks'?
Thanks so much, Ginger, for a really fun interview!
Here's the sheer blouse, dyed muslin skirt, and odd mesh sashes that I hope to turn into a cute hostess apron. Hmmm. Time will tell...
Remember to leave a comment on this or any other of the blog entries and your name will go into two drawings --one for the zippered pouch made out of curtain scraps (photo in previous post) and another for this set of six vintage pillowcases.
I'll do the drawing the evening of Aug. 15, so there's still plenty of time to get in on the giveaways. Thanks so much for being among the first listeners to the GreenStitch podcast.
Next podcast coming up soon, with a spotlight on another idea-filled blog for refashioners.