|Marcy Tilton's Newsletter for Everyday Creatives
#23 March 2008
Dear Designing and Sewing Friends,
Spring greetings from beautiful Southern Oregon. This is a long newsletter---it just kept growing, so many good things to share with you. The past two months since my last newsletter have been full of events and projects and very satisfying. The Design Outside the Lines retreat in Santa Barbara was full of creative juicy energy. I always feel a re-charging of my batteries after one of these retreats.
Barely two weeks later was the big Sewing Expo at Puyallup. This is truly the mother of all sewing shows, 4 full days with loads of classes and two buildings full of vendors with treasures for sale. Last year, Sandra Betzina suggested it might be fun to do a fashion show together.....she and I always have fun when we collaborate and this was no exception. I've posted photos of some of the garments from my part in this show. Just in time for the Expo, I released a new CD-Rom, called, 'Where Did You Get That Jacket?', and my sister, Nandini, released her first CD-Rom called, 'The T Transformed'. Both were done in collaboration with David Coffin, and we are delighted with the results and think you will be too. See more information in the newsletter.
Back home, the renovation on the barn on my property is nearly finished. What started out as a small, simple bathroom addition, has turned into a complete renovation. Took nearly a year, and you can see photos and read more about it below. As soon as the weather turns and we can landscape it and set the rooms in place, I will post photos on this website. Do check back as we will be adding more classes for the summer. And if you have class requests, please let me know via e-mail
In preparation for sending this spring newsletter, I have made many updates and additions to my website, so do take a moment and look around. All the behind the scenes work is done by me---I never thought I would enjoy this process as much as I do! I appreciate the feedback and e-mails that come in, and, while I cannot always respond personally, I DO read them all.
In the studio, I am putting the final touches on a jacket pattern package that will be released in the fall. Two new Vogue patterns are set for release in early April, and I am so thrilled to have 8 new patterns in 2009!
I will be teaching in Anchorage Alaska, May 2 and 3. For information, contact Linda Parkhouse: email@example.com
Celebrating spring, from my studio to yours,
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|ArtBarn Studio Workshop
|ArtBarn before renovation|
|Artbarn during renovation|
|Saturday, April 26
8020 Takilma Road
Cave Junction, Oregon
|You are invited to come to the opening of the newly re-modeled ArtBarn on Marcy's property in Takilma (in Southwest Oregon). The ArtBarn has a space for classes and workshops and also houses Nandini's studio.
Classes begin in May. Work with Marcy, Nandini and other master teachers in an elegant-rustic & well equipped studio space. These workshops are intended to be small and intimate --- a creative community where you will experience hands-on designing, inventing and moving to the next level in your work. Lunch is included in day-long classes, lunch and dinner are included in longer workshops.
Other artists who are joining Marcy and Nandini include: Shelley Heon: jewelry & prayer flags, Paco Despacio: buttons, Beth Peterson: baskets, journals, spirit houses, Carrie Marie Tasman: cards and paintings, David Coffin: watercolors, Diane Lea: collage cards and pillows, Tracy Reedy: mixed media.
|Link to ArtBArn Workshops
New class offerings being added and updated often!
|Link to ArtBarn Info
Getting here, class policies and more info.
|Puyallup Fashion Show|
|Sandra and Marcy---long time sewing friends!|
Sandra Betzina and I collaborated on a fashion show which was presented each day at the Puyallup Sewing Expo. It was a very fun project, the best was having the chance to chat with Sandra while commentating the fashion show before an audience of around 300 each day. It was a big learning curve for me to put together a complete runway look composed of my own garments as well as garments I made for my Vogue Pattern photo covers. In order to tie outfits together, my sister Nandini and I made a LOT of garments to fill in missing gaps.
I thought you would enjoy seeing some of the looks seen on the runway.
|Jacket: Vogue 8088 in a polyester sheer as shown in the pages of Vogue Pattern Magazine, with pants Vogue 8397 in a gorgeous silk jacquard, as shown on the pattern envelope.|
| Vogue 8088 - Jacket & Vest|
|Vogue 8397 - Pants|
|Detail showing ivory knit tank, silk screened in a tone-on-tone color using the Riffle silk screen and pearlescent white Lumiere paint. The tank is a prototype for a future (2009) Vogue pattern|
|Riffle Silk Screen
The Riffle silk screen is one I reach for a lot. It is super-large, so covers a lot of ground quickly, and the wavy stripes look great laid on at an angle. Try criss-crossing the lines for graphic punch.
|Jacket: Vogue 2949 by Sandra Betzina in polyester microfiber knits with sheer tulle cuff, raw edges, giant snap closures.
Pant: V 8397, in cotton-lycra stretch woven cut on the crossgrain and using selvedge edge at turned up hem.
| Vogue 2949 - Sandra Betzina jacket |
|Vogue 8397 Pant: one seam pant with tucks and dart at the hem. Super simple and fast to make.
T-shirt: Vogue 8497 (I tweaked the front seam from the original, avail. April 2) in polyester microfier knit
|Click to see other versions of this t-shirt|
|Jacket: Vogue 7907. Bag: Vogue 8173 (uses silk screened dye discharge, silk organza over silk noil). Pant is Vogue 8397 (cropped- shortened 5", makes a great basic spring-summer pant. T-shirt is new pattern Vogue 8497 which I tweaked by re-shaping the front seam. Pattern pieces were silk screened before constructing the t-shirt.|
|Vogue 8497. I tweaked the front shaping to make a v-neck and angular seam, used a sheer tulle at the neck with a bit of metallic tucked in just because.... The taupe knit fabric was a bit 'flat', so I silk screened the cut out pattern pieces using a blend of 3 new screen designs: Soft Spots, Linez and Quills. |
|Click to see other views of this t-shirt|
|Link to Quills silk screen|
|Link to Linez Silk Screen|
I love the possibilities of using both sides of a fabric. This is a metallic linen. I stitched the darts to the outside, then slit them open, pressed, then stitched in a back and forth random stitching to secure.
|The band was fun to construct, like building blocks, one bit at a time. I used the selvedge, both sides of the linen, snippets of brown nylon tulle and bits of a cotton-lycra stripe that I used for pants.|
|Click to see other versions of Vogue 8454|
|Jacket, worn with t-shirt and pants from new Vogue patterns.|
|2 New CD-Roms from Marcy and Katherine Tilton (Nandini)|
|Check out the Tilton Sisters on UTube
My sister Nandini (Katherine Tilton) and I both have released new CD-roms this month. The CD format is new and perfectly suited for how-to topics, with brief, edited demos, lots of photos of garments, text to read and print out, and hot links to favorite sources. NOT a DVD, you put it into your computer. We work in collaboration with sewing expert and former senior Threads editor David Coffin, who blends his word-smithing and fine painting skills with photo and computer know-how. We are thrilled with the results.
Get a feel for each CD by viewing a video segment from each CD on UTube, just click on the following links.
On the Surface by Marcy Tilton
Where Did You Get That T-Shirt? by Marcy Tilton
The T Transformed by Katherine Tilton
Where Did You Get That Jacket? by Marcy Tilton
New T-Shirt Pattern
Cotton-Lycra Knits in NEW Spring Colors
Vogue 8497 will be released on April 2. See the three versions below, all using my favorite cotton-lycra knits ((90% cotton, 10% lycra), now available in new spring colors.
The three styles in this pattern are updated variations on the t-shirt.
3 out of the ordinary T-Shirts you'll want to make again and again.
The green and orange versions have an all-in-one sleeve and are drafted from the same pattern 'block'. The front and back seaming is simple to do as the edges are left raw. Pattern instructions tell you how to sew, using 505 spray to secure the seams and Sulky Tear-Away stabiliizer behind the stitching to prevent stretch. If you want a plain front or back, simply lap the pattern pieces together and cut as one. Or lap the pieces together, make a fresh pattern piece and draw in your own seam lines.
The purple version has a gorgeous portrait collar that is cleverly constructed from a rectangle with elastic stitched to create softness and shape at the shoulder seams. Slimming side gusset and uneven hem add a slimming & interesting detail.
|Topstitching is a combo of straight and zig-zag done in contrast brown thread. The neckband is a single thickness, lapped and stitched with a zig-zag. Quick, easy and just like European ready to wear.|
|This design came about in my search for a 'non-dorky' short sleeved t-shirt. You'll want to make more than one. |
|Face and figure flattering ortrait collar t is pretty under a jacket. Dress it up or down. I am making it in black cotton-lycra with a double layer of sheer stretch tulle at the neck and for the sleeves.|
|Design Outside the Lines
A FEW GOOD REASONS TO COME TO DESIGN OUTSIDE THE LINES:
You have gotten to a certain point, a plateau in your work
and are looking for an upgrade, a turbo-charge or,
at the very least, it is time for a tune up.
You will be in the company of kindred spirits,
a small choice, self-selected group of creative,
curious and incredible women---women like you,
only different, and from all over the world,
each one bringing in her own talents, passions and skills.
The moment you enroll for Design Outside the Lines
and commit your time, creativity and money
to coming to the retreat, you will begin to experience
creative growth in your work.
You will have the opportunity to work and play
with Diane Ericson and Marcy Tilton, Creative Divas,
beloved for their generosity and inspiration and BIG fun.
Classes every day with Diane and Marcy,
and work & play with them in our hands-on studio.
Whatever you make---garments, quilts, dolls or??
.....your work will never be the same.
Your life will never be the quite the same either.
|Retreats with Marcy Tilton and Diane Ericson
|June 2-6, 2008
Five Pines Lodge, Sisters, Oregon
This brand new lodge and conference center is in Sisters, Oregon, home of the famous Quilt festival. The conference center was built with quilters in mind as Sisters hosts many classes and workshops throughout the year. This big airy well lit room has a big stone fireplace and plenty of space to set up a working studio.
Design focus at this retreat is on making garments: on bringing new inspiration into your work & exploring the creative aspects of creating with fabrics and fibers, including surface design and inventive techniques.
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
Mabel Dodge Luhan house is an historic adobe home and intimate conference center, a short walk from Taos' central plaza. Built in 1918 by Mabel Dodge Luhan, it has attracted great artists such as Georgia O'Keefe and D. H. Lawrence.
Design Outside the Lines takes a different perspective for this retreat, using the natural beauty of the environment and the inspiration of generations of southwest artists and artisans. We will bring less, work smaller, fine tune details and experiment with drawing, hand work and collage. Design focus is on bringing new inspiration into your work using collaboration and the inspiration of the environment: includes surface design, inventive techniques and exploring the creative aspects of making garments.
|Registration Information for Design Outside the Lines|
|New Products, Resources, Friends of Marcy|
|This whimiscal 'motorcycle jacket is one of the projects on Nandini's new CD, The T Transformed. It was made from a XL man's sweatshirt from WalMart!|
My sister, Nandini, is a fellow fiber artist-designer-teacher, my dearest friend and a fellow creative explorer. Click on the following link to see her new website.
|Link to Nandini's new website
Click on Newsletter to sign up for Nandini's news
|Carrie Marie TasmanCarrie Marie Tasman is a dear friend and talented painter who followed her passion for art and love of animals. Carrie Marie creates colorful paintings depicting the essence of home, the love of companion animals, and the magic of imagination. Notice how Carrie Marie combined stencils in the background of the paintings.
Not only does Carrie paint beautiful custom "pet" portraits, she has opened an ebay store featuring miniature paintings called ACEOs (Art Cards Editions and Originals). An ACEO is an affordable, collectible original painting measuring 3.5x2.5 inches. The auctions go for 7 to 10 days, the person who enters the final bid at closing, purchases the painting. There is something about this small format that is very pleasing...intimate, inexpensive, easy to ship anywhere. Click on the link below to see.
|Link to Carrie Marie Tasman's website|
|Link to Carrie Marie's E-Bay store|
Alex Merrin, friend, colleague and medicine woman, is leading a women's journey to Peru, this summer, to explore the spiritual arts of Peruvian healers....the perfect trip for the curious Shamana. They will be landing in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon in Iquitos, for a portion of the 4th Annual Shamanic Conference and to do some service work, then on to the sacred sites in and around Manchu Pichu where indigeous people will share ancient rituals and traditions. Find details and information at:
|Info on Peru Tour|
|Alex offers a variety of teleclasses for people curious and interested in the mystic arts. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest offerings or to be added to her mailing list.|
|Wednesday Women Series with Alex Merrin...in Portland, Oregon and via Teleconference
Why Wednesday Women?
Wednesday...Taken from Old English, wot and Old High German wod-eno.... raging, mad, as in "inspired" hence spirit... to blow, inspire, spiritually arouse
Also from the Celtic source, wat, and Latin, vates, meaning prophet, poet and seer
Next 12-Week Series:
|Cultivating the Wild Woman: The Nine Initiations of Intuition
Based on the work of Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, specifically the story of Vasa Lisa, this series will focus on the tasks a woman must complete as her initiation into the Intuitive or Instinct based life. Some of the nine tasks will be easy for you, others are sure to present a challenge.We will travel as far as we can during the twelve weeks paying attention to the journey rather than a time frame. Class interaction will concentrate on your success and challenge in working the task on which we are focused.
Prerequisite is reading the story Vasalisa the Wise, in Women Who Run With the Wolves,
by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes
Class size is limited to six on a first come first serve basis determined by non-refundable
payment of one-third the total cost. There is a total of 32 hours of class time. Cost of the series is $540. Payment agreements are available.
March 19 - June 4
First Session will be from 5 to 9pm
All other sessions will run from 6:00 pm to 8:30pm on Wednesdays at 1942 NW Kearney..
For Out of Town Clients and Friends
I will conduct this class in a teleconference format.
If you are interested in participating please contact me.
Class size is limited to six on a first come first serve basis determined by non-refundable
payment of one-third the total cost. There is a total of 30 hours of class time. Cost of the series is $540. Payment agreements are available.
For more information or confirmation of space contact Alex Merrin
PO Box 10694
Portland, Oregon 97296
Come to Paris in November 2008 with Marcy and Nandini (Katherine Tilton)
Enjoy a full week in Paris immersed in art, fashion, cuisine and fabulous shared design experiences. Join Marcy Tilton and her sister, Nandini (Katherine Tilton), for an exciting week in the company of an intimate group. Limited to 12. Unlike average tourists, we will wander the City of Light with a designeré─˘s perspective. Explore a different area each day, and discover a creatoré─˘s paradise including buttons and fabrics from current collections, plus hidden treasure troves and visiting unique shops. Come home with true Parisian ﬂavor in your heart, your wardrobe and your stash! We can arrange to include a hair cut/color and chic eyeglasses if you choose. Optional opportunity for meditation with Nandini can provide a quiet relaxing break in the day.
November in Paris tend to be quiet, (no tourist lines), the stores are full of current season merchandise and the seasonal food is marvelous. Weé─˘ll stay in a charming small four-star luxury hotel nestled in the heart of the Right Bank, just a stoneé─˘s throw from the Louvre, surrounded by fabulous restaurants, shops and steps from a major metro stop and the best chocolate weé─˘ve tasted in Paris. Paris is a walking city, its museums, historical walks and culinary delights pepper our days as we wind through the neighborhoods of this magical place. When you register you become a part of an e-mail chat group so we can get acquainted before the trip and prepare for our adventure together.
Marcy Tilton has been exploring Paris on her own and with groups for over 30 years. Her enthusiastic love of this city, ité─˘s people and the French culture lends an exceptional personal ﬂavor to those who travel with her.
Nandini, practices and teaches meditation, designs, creates, and loves to play in Paris. This tour was conceived when Marcy took Nandini to Paris for her 60th birthday---we had so much fun we want to share our experience with others.
- Visit to the Musee de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre, to see the new Sonia Rykiel exhibition which opens November 20.
- Visit to the Fondation Yves St. Laurent museum located in the famous St. Laurent building.
- Visit to a famous vintage couture shop.
- Beading lesson at the renowned House of Lesage
- Explore the Marais and the fabulous boutique of Issey Miyake.
- Spend a day exploring our favorite places on the Left Bank.
- See the Unicorn Tapestries
- Fabric shopping in the Paris fabric district, at a large fabric store in the heart of Paris, and at boutiques featuring fabric from haute couture collections.
- Visits to exquisite é─˛merceriesé─˘ (French notions shops), tucked-away shops and inviting passages.
- Visit to a small flea market on Sunday morning with a stop at the button stall.
- Welcoming lunch. An exceptional celebration dinner.
- Dining and conversation in cafes and restaurants ranging from well known to small out of the way spots.
- All this and more, in discovering the beauty and magic of Paris in the company of kindred spirits.
|More information on Paris tour|
|Registration details for Paris tour|
|Response via e-mail regarding, 'Where Did You Get That T-Shirt?' CD:
I have to thank you for making this CD. The information is great and clearly stated. The best part doesn't even have anything to do with T-shirt's exactly. The fact that you showed pattern fitting by yourself was huge. Books and videos and TV shows almost always use 2 people. It is frustrating. Many people don't have a sewing buddy. The other thing that was an inspiration to me was the time spent before even taking scissors to fabric. It was a great reminder to me that making garments that fit isn't about the sewing. It seemed much more time was spend fitting and taking the pattern on and off than actually cutting and sewing. I am no longer 25 and can't make clothing without adjustments. This reminds me to take more time fitting by paper pattern, measuring and enjoying the process. The finished garment will fit and the process will be much more satisfying. Sewing is a journey and I am practicing patience. Thank-you for you inspiration.
I have been a sewer my entire life but I live in a high demographics town where 'making your own clothes' is viewed as a quaint oddity. Each time I read your emails, I feel that creative urge rise up and pleasure at knowing there are others who derive 'flow' and joy from working with their hands in the mysterious and pleasureable creative process.
|From Alice Womack via e-mail:
I had to think about your question regarding newsletter topics. You had a lovely section on your blog about packing a wardrobe for Paris and you also previewed the Spring lines from Paris. Perhaps you could include a section in your upcoming newsletter about putting together a personal spring sewing collection for our own wardrobes- re color, fabric, cut, styles, and give a reccommended number of pieces, combinations, etc. I have many of your patterns and find the jackets easily integrated with wardrobe basics. Could you show some pics of your new pants patterns with the tops, jackets, Shoes! for the ensemble? I bought the pants pattern, but I really am not sure what to wear with them. Love Paris in January as well!
See the photos and comments above. I am thinking about spring sewing and wardrobing too. After pulling together & photographing over 50 jackets for my new CD, I assembled a grouping of 15 outfits to use in a fashion show I co-produced with Sandra Betzina for the Puyallup Sewing Expo. I found a theme in the missing parts: most often a t-shirt or the right shape pant as it is the jacket or vest that usually dictates what to wear with it.
|Copyright, Marcy Tilton, 2008|