Friday 11 January 2013
I painted this today for the Daily Paintworks fabric challenge. I painted from a photo I took a few months ago while buying fabric for my daughter's ballgown. The shop assistants had kindly allowed me to take a few shots of their fabulous wares. There were acres of glorious bolts of fabrics and displays such as this one. There is nothing like browsing through the yet-to-be realised potential of beautiful fabrics to get the creative juices flowing.
Thankfully though, it wasn't me who would be let loose on the lovely fabric we bought. As much as I would love to be a competent dress-maker, I've never really had a talent for it and have long since accepted the fact. Acceptance came quite easily really in the face of the hard evidence, and by my early twenties I decided to stick to cross-stitch and embroidery of which I was reasonably capable. So I never once set foot outside in one of my own creations. Although, now that I think of it, I did make a green windcheater in my late teens and painted a huge frog on it in fabric paints. I cringe to admit that I did actually step foot outside in that one!!
My daughter created a beautiful ballgown from the fabrics we bought that day with the guidance of her amazing school sewing teacher. She will wear it to her school ball in March.