Beginning August 1, 2015 Patty Paints made a big change.
For the past six years I’ve downsized. I stopped doing the trade shows. Ugh! I have to say, I have not missed the work that went into showing the line at the TNNA trade shows. But, I have missed seeing the shop owners.
Doing things on a small scale…
…has been kind of fun. I have been painting to fill orders, rather than using a painting service. That was fun, however, it didn’t take a lot to move me into the “swamped” mode. As the economy has continued to improve, so has the needlepoint business. I’ve found myself to be continually swamped with work the past year. Painting to fill so many orders left little to no time for designing.
Oh, and did I mention the custom work I was doing? That also became a huge demand. Again, I have been swamped with work.
So, to make a long story short, serendipity brought me together with Kim Walton several times. The decision to have her line, The Collection Designs, represent Patty Paints, was an easy choice. The line needs to be back at the trade shows. And I need to spend my time designing, rather than painting to fill orders.
I’m excited to take this fork in the road. I’m retiring from custom work at the end of 2015. I want to design new canvases for the Patty Paints line, and I also want to paint for pleasure; watercolors and acrylics.
So, that what’s in the works. It might be a little bumpy at first while Kim gets all the images up on her web site, but I have no doubt things will be running smoothly in no time.
I hope you’re doing what you love. This life flies by. Best to be having fun!
These designs are inspired by Ikat, orIkkat, which is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs aresist dyeingprocess on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric.
In ikat the resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The yarns are then dyed. The bindings may then be altered to create a new pattern and the yarns dyed again with another color. This process may be repeated multiple times to produce elaborate, multicolored patterns. When the dyeing is finished all the bindings are removed and the yarns are woven into cloth. In other resist-dyeing techniques such astie-dyeandbatikthe resist is applied to the woven cloth, whereas in ikat the resist is applied to the yarns before they are woven into cloth. Because the surface design is created in the yarns rather than on the finished cloth, in ikat both fabric faces are patterned.
A characteristic of ikat textiles is an apparent “blurriness” to the design. The blurriness is a result of the extreme difficulty the weaver has lining up the dyed yarns so that the pattern comes out perfectly in the finished cloth. The blurriness can be reduced by using finer yarns or by the skill of the craftsperson. Ikats with little blurriness, multiple colors and complicated patterns are more difficult to create and therefore often more expensive. However, the blurriness that is so characteristic of ikat is often prized by textile collectors.
Ikat is produced in many traditional textile centers around the world, from India to Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Japan (where it’s called “kasuri”), Africa and Latin America. Double ikats–in which both the warp and weft yarns are tied and dyed before being woven into a single textile–are relatively rare because of the intensive skilled labor required to produce them. They are produced in Gujarat in India, theOkinawaislands of Japan, the village ofTengananinBali, Indonesia, and the villages ofPuttapakaandBhoodan Pochampallyin India.
Here are my versions, all painted on 13 mesh.
The frames are 8″ x 7.5″ and the openings are 4″ x 4.5″
To place an order, please contact Kim Walton at The Collection.
I’m also slowly adding all the images to this blog. During the transition, if you need an image of a design, please feel welcome to request that from Kim or leave me a comment and we will make sure you get what you need.