Sunday, January 2, 2011

playing with the color catcher sheets...

I played with several different designs and settled on this one. It reminds me of a barbershop pole. The house I grew up in had a barbershop on the main floor. I searched my albums for a picture and found one that shows the barbershop pole. We lived on the top floor. I love when old memories are triggered. My mom is wearing a coat in the photo that still hangs in my closet. A few more pounds lost and I might be able to restyle it and wear it as a jacket, after removing all that mink. It is a beautiful black wool coat. The story is that it was given to her by a boyfriend she had before she met my dad.

mom and me with our house in the background

just a barbershop pole

double-sided squares stitched together

the light shines through

a sheet in the washing machine catches the colors that run

21 comments:

Jacky said...

I love that last photo with the light shining through, love that effect.

Beautiful photo of you and your mother. She looks very glamorous in that beautiful coat. How lucky to still have it hanging in your wardrobe...mink and all.

Enjoyed seeing your old photos. Looks like you lived right in the city.

Happy stitching,

Jacky xox

twhIch aye said...

oh wow! those colors... they match right on. really nice! i used to have such a fascination for barbershop poles when i was young.

beautiful photo. love old photos. that snapshot of time. there is so much there.

karen said...

I adore the photo of you and your mum. Such a precious memory...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Holy Cow. Become self-absorbed
and leave you to your own devices
for a while and LOOK what happens!
I didn't even know that Color
Catcher Sheets existed!
and i love the photograph of you
and your mom too, and am hoping
to see it become a jacket. you
can put the minks in your pocket.
xo

Penny Berens said...

Oh, yes, it will be worth loosing those few pounds! You'll be able to wear your memories.

Notjustnat said...

Great memory Deanna. Nice to see you are using traditional barbershop pole in your design. I love the barbershop poles. You can still see them in Europe being used - I'm home and visiting blogs again - Happy New Year Deanna - Hugs Nat

Els said...

Love the photo of the cloth where the light shines through, the colours are murging together (happy new year)

T said...

how wonderful to have such a strong connection to this cloth. beautiful

xt

liniecat said...

I love the design! I have kept loads of them and even asked at work if folks would keep them for me, which pulled another batch of colourings in. I think the photo is just precious and what a smashing coat to still have of Mums.
I dont straighten the catchers out when I put them in the washer, so they tend to come out space dyed in tie dye like patterns. Those I used in my post,show the graduated shades achieved.
I hadnt considered filtering light through them, what a great idea! Yours look almost as much like stained glass, as they do the barbers pole I thought.
Ive used dylons own catchers but the cheaper version in the pound ($) stores work just as well, and bonus, they dont allow your clothes to dye too....fancy that!

karen said...

Deanna, just stopping by to see if you are o.k. Hope there is lots of amazing creativity going on at your place!!

Storycloth said...

Hi there Deanna! As always a wonderful reassuring post from you- that all is right with the world. The double-sided squares are very intriguing and the barber shop stripes - fantastic. Your mum looks so smart and well dressed. Great to back in bloggerworld with my blogger friends. Gilly

Phyllis said...

I love old photos that have meaning and relevance. What a sweet and memorable photo of you and your mom. What a glamorous coat this is. These squares are great, beautiful colors.

Manya Maratou said...

a story and a coat..I kept the fur from my grandmothers coat and snuggled up with it until it became too mangy ..the mink looks more than luscious
happy new year deanna!

Suzanna said...

Never heard of color-catcher sheets before...really like what you made with them. And the photo of you and your mom! Here's to a new year!

John'aLee said...

What a priceless picture! Love your inspiration too.
So glad you came over to my blog from Karen's. It brought me to yours! Smile!

nandas said...

the design is beautiful... the coat is stunning... i have heard of shaving the mink fur close. it looked good... i think it was in threads mag. and then you wouldn't have peta members after you! unless you yourself couldn't wear it.

nandas said...

deanna, if you don't want to shave your mink you know where you can send it! lol!! and thank you for commenting on my blog... my sister is also 3 years younger than me. our birthdays are 3 years and 1 day apart! she will be 60 this year... we older sisters have to take care of the younger ones don't we? thanks so much deanna.

deanna7trees said...

thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments. as far as the mink, what i'm thinking of is making a couple of little mink teddy bears. we'll see....

cristina said...

Hi Deanna!
Just want to say thanks for the visit! I love
the company.
That photo of you and your mom is a
t.r.e.a.s.u.r.e.!

nandas said...

mink teddies... excellent... you might clip part of it for that project. i have a friend who makes teddies from beaver pelts.

Jacky said...

Ah ha ..... I will check and see if we have anything similar here Deanna. Thanks for the link back to this post.

Jacky xox

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