Embroidered Moon Shirt

I started this shirt about two years ago. It was one of those crazy ideas — hey, this would look so pretty if I  hand embroidered the fabric for the cuffs and collar! Yes, a great idea. But soon after I started, it became very clear that it was going to be one of those projects. Yep, the ones you get a little bit into before you realize how tedious an idea it really was. Do I really want to wrestle with this stupid thread and needle, or would I rather go do those dishes I’ve really been meaning to get to. Organize the sock drawer, yeah, that definitely needs to happen!

Okay, well, I’m not sure I ever organized my sock drawer, and many many sinks full of dishes were washed, but I eventually finally finished this project. There are plenty of projects I’ve dropped and never picked up again, but I was too excited to actually wear this shirt to let it moulder on the “in progress” pile forever.

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I am so glad I powered through and finished this shirt. It is everything I hoped it would be. The pattern is the Archer Button Up shirt by Grainline Stuido, and I used Sprout Patterns printed fabric to make life easier. The shirt uses two designs from Spoonflower fabric, poly crepe de chine, by designer Marketa Stengl. You can see why I was inspired to add embroidery to these gorgeous designs, I wanted to add a bit of depth and texture to the lovely embroidery inspired designs.

I got the effect by doing a simple straight stitch over top of the drawn design in sulky silver thread. Given that the fabric is so fine and drapey, I interfaced the cuff and collars. I love the texture it adds to the garment, and just that little subtle something special. I love that using Sprout Patterns takes out the irritating parts of sewing, leaving me more time to add unique design details.

New Year, New Goals, New Website

Well, we’ve all had a pretty rough year in 2017. That said, if I focus just on the personal positives, it’s actually been a pretty good year for me. We bought a house, and I’ve had more fun than I imagined decorating and settling into it. I’ve gotten the chance to explore new aspects of my job, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer in those regards.

But what I’m most proud of in 2017 is that between a better work-life balance and a new space, I’ve really gotten the chance to put more of myself into weaving. The time I spent at Penland showed me that I’ve barely touched the surface of what I want to do with weaving. I feel more excited working with this art form than I have with any other I’ve explored, so I’ve been trying to put some thought into what that means for me.

What it means right now is that I’ve developed and published a new website: kellywoveit.com Don’t worry, this one isn’t going anywhere! I love the history I have on it, and the sheer randomness of topics I can include here. But I realized that as a representation of actual art I’ve created, it’s a bit hectic. I wanted somewhere that functioned more as a portfolio or gallery, where its easy to see at a glimpse what I’ve been working on, and where the art can somewhat speak for itself. This blog will continue to be a place where I can share in-progress photos and personal life details, but if you want to just look at some pretty pictures the new site will be the place to go.

It also means I’m curious about what the world of professional art looks like. There are so many aspects I’m unfamiliar with, and I don’t even know what I want to do, but I definitely want to know more. Do you participate in the professional art world? I want to talk to you! I’ve had plenty of experience selling online and in craft fairs/conventions, but I don’t know anything about selling in retail stores. Or how do galleries work? I don’t even know if I want to do any of that, but I want to know about it.

In addition to practical knowledge, I want 2018 to be a year where I push myself. This last year I proved that I can whip up a rayon scarf in no time at all, and there is nothing wrong with that. They are fun, and bright, and colorful and safe. But in the next year I want to explore more complex techniques. I want to continue experimenting with ondulé; I absolutely loved the effects I was getting with that class at Penland and I want to do more. I want to finally create cloth I sew with and finish a garment out of my own woven cloth (yes, I’ve been saying that for the last two years – BUT THIS WILL BE THE YEAR.) I want to play with wall hangings and large format pieces. I want to tell a story.

In other goals, I’m looking forward to a more permanent garden. I want to continue to grow and beautify my space with my partner. I want to build friendships. I want to improve the world around me in whatever ways I can.

So, here’s to 2018! For me, the year of art, life, love. What will your year be?