In love with the lustre

obi-sash cushion lustre

Another up-cycled kimono sash cushion cover. Image: Su Leslie 2018

(Still) feeling too lethargic and woolly-headed from my cold to get out and do much, I am amusing myself with simple projects — like up-cycling kimono sashes (obi).

The latest cushion was made entirely from the silk in the sash itself and required very little sewing.

I love these fabrics; the beautiful colours and designs, and the wonderful lustre of the silk fibres.

Posted to Ragtag Daily Prompt | lustre.

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Regular Random: five minutes with some upholstery materials

Shot of armchair seat with cover removed, and assorted materials to re-upholster. Hessian, platform cloth, cover fabric, needles, scissors and tape measure. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Getting started. The seat of my $5 project chair — ready to be re-up-holstered. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Last week the Big T and I deconstructed our $5 charity shop armchair, removing the old upholstery and stripping layers of yellowing varnish off the wood frame.

Yesterday, I began the process of re-staining and varnishing the wood; and collected the upholstery materials together. I plan to start with practice on the chair seat. It detaches, and because the whole wooden frame will be fabric-covered, it doesn’t need to be varnished.

Wish me luck!

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. Her latest post captures beauty in decay through a delicate pink peony. The images are stunning, so do pop over and take a look.

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!

Playing in the art box

Rummaging in the projects box: organza and lace. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Rummaging in the projects box: organza and lace. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

I’m not a hoarder as such, but I do have a tendency to collect “art materials” – in the loosest possible sense of the term. Beads, buttons, fabric, trim, interesting papers, modelling clays paints, inks …. the list goes on.

When the boy-child was little, we actually used most of these bits and pieces to do art projects — often quite large-scale projects involving half the kids in the neighbourhood. But now that my art-loving preschooler has become a photography-loving teenager and I don’t seem to have either time or space to paint and collage,  we’ve arrived at a situation where supply vastly exceeds demand.

Lace scraps. When I had time and space to collage, they provided texture and femininity to the work. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Lace scraps. When I had time and space to collage, they provided texture and femininity to the work. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Of all my art “treasures”, I probably love fabric best. When I was younger and still believed it when people said “you’re no good at art, you can’t draw”, sewing was the main outlet for my creativity and although I haven’t sewn much more than the odd hem in years, I still get excited in fabric shops. I love the kaleidescope of colours, textures, patterns.

Same fabric, different light. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Same fabric, different light. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Play of light on sheer fabric. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Play of light on sheer fabric. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

If I were being rational, I’d probably give away my hoard of art treasures, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. I may not be using them at the moment, but I can still enjoying playing.

This week at Lens and Pens by Sally, the phoneography and non-SLR digital devices photo challenge is macro photography.