Stenciling is at the core of all of our Alabama Chanin collections; to date it is the sole means by which we transfer decorative patterns onto our fabrics.
The simplest way to work is to buy a ready-made stencil; they are commonly sold at craft and art supply stores.
You can also use existing artwork (either from a book or CD of stencil designs or another source), or make your own stencil.
For the projects in Alabama Studio Style, we have provided two stencil patterns: Angie’s Fall and Medallion stencils have been used in two different sizes. The Small Medallion stencil is provided as a pullout located between pages 144 and 145 of Alabama Studio Style and is ready to use.
And here, you can download the artwork to create your own Alabama Studio Style stencils and projects:
My new favorite material in our studio is the Yarn Ball.
Made from scraps of our 100% organic cotton jersey, the scraps are pulled by hand (see page 99 of Alabama Studio Style for instructions) into ropes and then tied together with a square knot and rolled into these beautiful balls.
The largest ball is 12” in diameter and weighs about 6 lbs. Although I love them just as objects just to sit around the studio, Diane Hall – our master seamstress – knitted the beautiful scarf above using this “yarn.”
Shown here in Storm Blue, I have worn my scarf everyday in this cold weather as it sits just like a collar under all of my sweaters and jackets. Keep an eye out for this in our upcoming Fall/Winter collection or get started knitting now… yes, knitting. (Melanie, are you reading this?) The yarn is also great for making placemats, bathroom or door mats, braided rugs or just tying two things together.
I love this story from Penelope Green:
“A Veritable Vision in Five-Inch Heels“, New York Times, February 3, 2010:
NEAR dusk on a recent winter Sunday, in a glossy and compact one-bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen, Michael Lisbona was drying the toe box of a Louis-style mule with a blow dryer. The upper part of the half-made shoe, which had been cut from black kid leather embossed with a delicate silver lace pattern, curled back like the petal of an exotic flower. Llorraine Neithardt, a full-time psychic and part-time shoe guru, clapped her hands and exclaimed: “Boy, does that beat mowing the lawn. Look how beautiful — like a little tortellini.”…
Read the article as it is wonderful way to start Monday morning…
*See the slideshow:Yana Paskova for the New York Times
A blanket of snow gave a surprise visit in Alabama today and, in typical Southern fashion, we celebrated by closing the city and cooking. I made a pot of my famous secret-recipe chili – one of my favorite dishes.
Bob Ross – the Mind Reading Chicken – died yesterday. At 20 years old, he was considered by many to be the world’s oldest chicken. Born 1990 in Abbyville, Alabama, he was a White Crested Black Polish, a show chicken and a Wonder of the World. Bob was a hit at numerous art festivals around the country from Alabama to New York and California.
He once made 364 dollars in one day during a show in Birmingham, Alabama. At one quarter per fortune, that’s 1456 fortunes told in one day!
And Sean Hayes wrote a telling song about the amazing Bob Ross called “Alabama Chicken.”
Bob died in his sleep Feb 3, 2010 in Seale, Alabama, and was buried in the Woods of Wonder.
Link to second oldest chicken here :
Our copies of Alabama Studio Style are arriving to our studio today and will be shipping out today and tomorrow!
Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered. As a thank you, all of the pre-ordered books are being shipped with a little gift of a yard from our Green Organic cotton jacquard and inspiration for a project using both Alabama Studio Style and Alabama Stitch Book.
This Green Organic cotton jacquard is one of my favorite fabrics and the one that I used to make the Chair Pillow pictured above. Make one for your home by using the Chair Pillow instructions starting on page 152 of Alabama Studio Style along with appliqué instructions from page 62 of Alabama Stitch Book.
I (Heart) February because:
Alabama Studio Style is arriving this week.
A new Workshop Schedule has been posted.
Everyone is planning their road trip for our Earth Day Open House @ The Factory.
DIY Kits are the new roses.
I will soon be able to drink my morning coffee on the back stoop.
I (heart) long walks where rocks shaped like hearts are found on the ground…
Congratulations to Leigh for being the winner of our sweepstakes for Project #7.
Her lovely text:
Folk Art. Primary colors. An afterthought lit with a silver glow. The importance of an exchange with beauty in our everyday lives. To live in the Art. Wear your Art. Creative like a child. Allowing yourself to enjoy a compliment. Celebrate the simple. Quality not quantity. Letting time win. Strong bonds take longer to make. Hard to break. Blood red says come to me. Flowers say slow down or you’ll miss me. Rich with the blues. Like water. Which heals. Raised petals come to life. Wants to be touched. Makes us smile. The Canvas is fabric. Brush strokes are thread. A maze of glass. Color in the midst of this grey Winter. A hint to a secret. By which only the wearer of this art knows. But if you’ll sit for tea. Under the magnolia’s. She will amaze you. In her handmade clothes. That each tells the stories of her life.
Thank you for all the great entries & stay tuned for a new sweepstakes…
We spent our weekend dreaming about, looking at and talking about horses…
Maggie and I may be getting a horse this year…
This corset – one of my all-time favorites – was part of our Songbirds Collection for Fall/Winter 2009.
The pattern is available in Alabama Stitch Book and it is made using our 100% organic indigo fabric and the Angie’s Fall stencil from Alabama Studio Style.
TO MAKE YOUR OWN:
Corset pattern from Alabama Stitch Book
2 yards 100% organic indigo fabric
Pearl Silver airbrush paint
Placement Angie’s Fall stencil
1 spool Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Slate #26
1 package Red bugle beads