Plaid

Plaid is any fabric woven of differently colored threads in a cross pattern which is repeated in both the length (the warp) and width (the weft) of the finished fabric. A true tartan plaid has the same pattern when the fabric is rotated 90 degrees in any direction. I am fond of plaids, for the interesting color combinations and especially for their geometric designs.

DSC00359Above is a remnant of my father’s plaid shirt with a drawing of the basic plaid motif. I started using plaid as a lining for a box project about my father who often wore green plaids. Over the past few years scouting out second hand clothing stores I found that men’s shirting fabric is finely woven, the collars and cuffs wear out but the shirt front, back, and sleeves are worth recycling. After collecting a nice selection of shirts (close to 300) shirts I cleaned and deconstructed them. Below are some examples of the things I have made with my stash of fabric.

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Plaid box lining complete with shirt pocket and seed packet for box project about my father.

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Abecedarium book sewn with in fabric and paper.

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Shirting fabric makes splendid quilting fabric. Assembling the green and lavender quilt.

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Completed red and gray quilt.

DSC06430     DSC06438 Plaid table napkins

DSC00362   Plaid shirt pillows

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And finally, the plaid florets, for a hat or lapel.DSC00365 Like making collages, working with this fabric allows me to continue to work on proportion and color studies in between the larger book projects. In closing, I wish you a happy holiday season and encourage you to check out the darkly whimsical Rockydale Advent calendar. http://sharonhbryant.com/author/sharonhbryant/

Thank you for reading this blog, Nancy

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2 Responses to Plaid

  1. I’m mad about plaid! Especially during the holidays. Love the photos–the lapel pin the best. See you soon!

  2. ted46 says:

    I recognize that plaid. I am also impressed with your blog. Turns out I should have contacted you when researching which blog to use.

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