Fabric and Photography


Now that I’m back in the sewing groove, I’ve decided to refresh some of the fabrics I’m using.  Thankfully, it wasn’t hard to decide where to start (it never is when it comes to finding new fabric, realistically).  I’ve been fairly preoccupied with yellow as of late, as evidenced by a new paint job in the bedroom, which is a very strong goldenrod.  (Check it out!)

My favorites of the recent batch include some prints from Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo collection, pictured above.  I think grey makes such a lovely pairing with yellow and I’m determined to find many uses for this combo wherever I can.

Next, is Joel Dewberry’s new Heirloom collection.  I got a half yard of each print in the Ruby collection.  I was head over heels for all of the pictures I saw online, but was much less enamored of the actual set when it arrived.  Here’s the tempting online picture that drew me in:


(From Fat Quarter Shop – a great online fabric store)

The real thing arrived the other day and was…I don’t know…richer?  Less what I expected.  Here’s what arrived:

The yellows are quite mustardy, and the whole collection is a bit more vivid than I had anticipated.  But I like it!  And I will find lots of great spots to use it.  I had hoped to use it for a quilt for the bedroom, to match the new curtains in another of Joel Dewberry’s prints, but I just don’t think it’ll go.

Anyway, that’s what’s new here.  Oh!  And not too long ago, I saw some other bloggers talking about light boxes they made.  Light boxes are used to take well-lit still shots with little to no shadows.  Having one is really key to great photos, especially when you don’t have the luxury of natural daylight during your photo times.  Check out In Color Order Jeni’s here, and the tutorial that helped.  I had been using a makeshift light setup for the longest time and it really wasn’t very good.  It relied on natural light (not much of that these days, with full time job and dark evenings), and so, inspired by the examples I’d seen, I decided to make my own.  Since I didn’t have a cardboard box, I decided to go to the hardware store, use the stock of power tools at my disposal, and make this a more serious and sturdy creation.

It’s larger than I should have probably made it (it’s 2’x2′), but it’s awesome! Light in our house is really sub-par, so having this around is giving me thoughts of covering our entire house in white fabric and pointing flood lights in through the windows.  Maybe a project for another day.

Posted by robyn on December 4th, 2011 under crafts, random

2 Responses to “Fabric and Photography”

  1. KellyS Says:

    Glad to see you are back! I will try to check in on you to see what you are up to!!
    KellyS´s last blog post ..Fabric Doll Carrier

  2. Debbie Says:

    I am in desperate need of fabric that has banjos on it. It will be a shirt for a guy in a bluegrass band. If I could be so lucky I would love to buy the same colors in a guitar and mandilin and drums fabric so the band would look alike. I need to get the fabric, fit them and have them done by Sept 2, for a concert. Thanks for trying, Regards, Debbie.

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