BTW finding on-line information for Pellon sewing products is difficult. When I was working on the previous post I wanted to put in a link to the product page for the interfacing that I was talking about. Clarity and all that…
Not so easy it turns out.
www.pellon.com is the home page of Finnish company that produces farming equipment. (Well worth a couple of minutes rummaging through the piggery equipment…)
www.pellonideas.com is the badly organized, un-proof-read, consumer products site. A bit of shovelware, some press releases, and a handful of craft projects. When I entered Peltex in the search box it came back empty, and the menus… The Information Architect is crying…
www.shoppellon.com aka Products A La Carte actually has product information and will sell you Pellon products. But bloody hell — it doesn’t even show up on the first page of Google results for “Pellon Interfacing.”
My first experiment in building a structured purse.
I used the Dorothy/Evelyn pattern from Emma Brennan’s Making Vintage Bags. Charming bags and good instructions — a lovely book.
The pink boucle fabric jumped off the shelf at me in JoAnn’s one afternoon. It seemed like something that should be made into a Chanel jacket but I can’t wear that much pink and I have no occasion to wear a “suit” so…
pink boucle purse
I already had the lining, and the button was in the miscellaneous box. I had though I wanted a pink velvet bow — there’s one in the book — but finding pink short pile velvet turned out to be a fool’s errand. So the aqua button stepped in. I think it works well.
lining and magnetic snap
The experimental part was the interfacing. I wanted structure so I used a heavy craft weight interfacing Pellon — Peltex 70. Imaging something that is almost like packing felt — and really stiff. It’s easy enough to work with, and gives a nice plump feeling to the purse and keeps the body from collapsing but… it’s wonky. I couldn’t figure out just how or why but the result was not pleasing.
buckling on the top edge
Leave it to the DH to make sense of my intuitions. The problem is similar to “oil-canning” in sheet metal. Sort of… (You can find the wierdest stuff on the internet!)
In this case the problem is that the Pelmet does not roll gracefully, it buckles instead, giving the wonky top edge that I didn’t like.
After messing about with a piece of leftover Pelmet I’ve concluded that there is no way to make it roll smoothly over a radius as small as the top edge of a clutch. I can see where I would want to use Pelmet for something like a bucket tote, or the sides of a bolster clutch but it isn’t the right material for this project.
Ho hum, on to the next one…
Our recent vacation gave Jim the chance to take a lot of pictures of motorcycles and riders on the proverbial “closed course.” Some of them are in fact “professional riders.”
I now have tons of uncluttered photos to work with. Hence the creation of a new series of work, this time in engineered paper.
Solo Red Bike
Not a very imaginative name I know.
I had to remove the rider from the original photo in order to have a clear background. Now that I’ve seen the piece assembled I think that I could have left the rider on the background and simply built the images out from there. It wouldn’t be as dynamic an image but it would have saved a bunch of time erasing the rider and bike and rebuilding the background.
red solo rider — closeup
Assembly began with printing and cutting out six copies of the rider. Tabs are attached to the fronts of 5 of the images and the base (shadow) is folded forward so that it will show when the rider group is attached to the card.
all six rider images
Here the riders are attached to one another. I used a strip under the shadows to give the bases something to stick to while I was attaching all the pieces. I left the strip under the riders because it made gluing the bases down in the right spots easier. (I should have gotten a picture before I glued it all down!)
Red Solo Rider rider images linked
Here’s the finished prototype.
- Red Solo Rider
It was a little confusing in Maryhill with everyone switching up the bikes and riders. To the best of my knowledge that is Tim Keene on Rolf Vitous’ pretty red record holding bike. I’ll ask for the details next time I see Rolf.
I have a number of other photos that I’ll be using over the next couple of weeks.
We’re just back from the Gather. (Photos here.)
Yesterday this fine fellow arrived from Mexico (via San Diego.)
He was carved and painted by our friends Jacobo and Maria Angeles who live and work in Tilcajete, Oaxaca. You can see more of their work on their web page. (If you get a chance to stop by thier restaurant I recommend the Chile de Agua Rellenos. Wicked good.)
We ordered the buffalo when we were in Oaxaca in February. The carving was already done and we chose the basic color mix but the details of the painting is always left up to the painter. It’s always a surprise when the piece arrives.
The head shot shows some of the details and his little bit of a frown.
I have several pieces that Jacobo has made for me. All cats, until this one. One of these days I’ll dig out pictures of the rest of our pieces and some of our visits to Jacobo and Maria’s house.