Homework – Make & Take


Our Be Still 52 homework assignment was to make something and then use that something in a still life. I’d been looking for either a tea towel or napkins that looked like blue ticking, but could not find any so I decided I would make my own blue ticking tea towel! Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve been in a fabric store so I got a little carried away and bought 2 yards of blue ticking, a red and white check fabric, and a nice striped fabric. I then pulled out my roto trimmer, mat, and guide that I haven’t used since my serious quilting days and began cutting.


I also decided to cut off the selvage, and instead of hemming the “tea towels”, I decided I’d like the edges frayed so I ran them through the washer and dryer, which did a fine job of fraying the ends.


And now I have several “tea towels” to use in still life work, like this one here.


Of course I have way more than I need so am tying the rest into bundles that I will probably give away at some point.

I am looking forward to using these towels in my food photography as well, like this one


You know I used to be able to whip up a batch of biscuits in about 10 minutes, then pop them in the oven. This batch took an hour because I had to stop so many times to take pictures! If you are a photographer looking to slow things down and be in the moment…do food photography!

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11 Responses to Homework – Make & Take

  1. Julia says:

    Next to photography I love anything to do with fabric. You created a great story here. Love it!

  2. rebecca says:

    Beautiful images. I love the fabrics.

  3. Learned something new about you, didn’t know you did quilting. But I am not surprised. Lovely photographs and make and takes, you are my creative guru.

  4. Barb says:

    I love fabric and the patterns you chose are delightful. I love that you let the edges fray, and how you tied them into little bundles. Lovely.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Love all your choices for the fabric. Nice idea for fringing them also. I don’t sew at all but I wanted some rough linen so I bought it and did like you, washed and fringed. Worked perfectly.
    Your photos came out lovely.

  6. seabluelee says:

    I love how the blue ticking stripe matches the blue lettering on your Pyrex measure. Very photogenic scissors, too! I like the idea of letting the washer and dryer fray the edges of your new towels. I have a canvas dropcloth that I want to make a tablecloth from, and was considering fringed/frayed edges. You’ve inspired me – I think I’m going to go for it!

  7. Nancy says:

    I’ve always heard ‘if you can’t find something make it yourself’…..you are a perfect example…Love the towels and I bet you get so much use out of them with your photography….

  8. Carol says:

    Years ago I was very crafty and quite a sewer too. It sure is nice that we are able to pull the skills from our pasts and use them to help with our new passions. Love the towels and I really love your images.

  9. Dotti says:

    Well, what’s not to love here? From the sweetest scissors ever to the red and white ticking to the biscuits that have my mouth watering. Fun post and great photos!

  10. Kelly Kardos says:

    Love love love those scissors!! such beautiful shots…10 minutes biscuits are a thing of the past when there’s food photography!!

  11. Becca says:

    Yes! Love ticking…especially the blue. Looks like you’ve been to Ben Franklin. 🙂

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