Everything in the store seemed to be on clearance. There was a big 30% off muslin, so I thought I would buy a bolt. None of the bolts were full so I had them measure off the yardage from three different bolts, so in all I got about 35 yards of Sewer's Essentials Dyeable Muslin, sale price? $2.79. That's a pretty OK deal.
It is very soft and tightly woven and 48" wide before shrinkage ensues. It should level out at between 44 to 46", depending on how hot the water is when I wash it. I will have to wash it, predyeing. Just FYI.
And are you wondering why I need to dye more fabric?
Since I got reinterested in stitching larger works I have been annoyed that my stash is all different widths, selvedge to selvedge. When cutting strips, I want them to sew up evenly on both ends, which means they need to be the same base fabric, like from the same manufacturer. At least this way I am insuring that my initial plan will work out mathematically ( I sometimes measure things!) and I won't be caught short and have to piece on extra length.
At least that is what I am using as an excuse.
I plan to make a lot of solids, in gladware containers, and have a special section of just these fabrics on my shelves so I can see what colors/shades/tints are needed initially. See www.lazydyer.blogspot.com for more info on how I dye.
I do so love the soft crinkly nature of muslin, after it is washed and dyed and dried.
And I am inspired to make simple designs like these, some of which are from my Nancy Crow book, and are ones that I have loved and coveted over the years. These are from her pre-wonky years, and I have pretty much gotten over wonkiness, altho it keeps creeping into my work, unintentionally. Her colors are usually darker and murkier than my style, but still, I like the direct and neat nature of the jumble of varied colors within these pieces. The other photo is a design by Gunta Stölzl, and it inspires me too.
While I was having my muslin measured I saw a display of half priced, already reduced cotton prints...perfect for backs. I got tons of yardage for $1.50 a yard. Woowoo! And then when I got to the checkout, there was a coupon for $25 off my entire order. I made out like a bandit. The sale continues til Monday.
Hold me back!
The pups know how to relax, don't they?