PPR Challenge #2 House of Cornish The Last Straw

For this challenge the designers went to a movie theater, and then they were offered supplies from a climbing shop, an electrician, a carnival, and a candy shop.  They were supposed to make something movie related, in teams, in 1 day. How frightening.

I set to work and I was SO pleased with my textile. I whooped and hollered and made lots of pieces of textile. “Oh I have a winner,” I thought smugly. But then, in the 11th hour, there was a panic and tears. (Well, not really, but there was teeth gnashing.)

The only thing I can say for my look is that I like it more than the winning look this week. (!!)
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(Amanda’s winning look. Teenager door way fringe hanging over muslin.)

And here I give you “The Last Straw”
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This clever textile was made by taking a straw, and cutting it into tiny pieces. The more consistent in length, the better the results. Then I arranged them carefully, all standing up and next to each other, packed in like they were on a Japanese Subway at rush hour.
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Oh so carefully, so as not to disrupt their “standing up” positions, I put a piece of parchment paper over the top, and then ran a hot iron gently over the paper. The tops of the straw cuts melted and fused together. Then I let them cool, and started on the next one. The concept is clever. The execution… I ran out of time. I don’t like how much muslin is showing, but really, the pieces of straw stuff did not move as much as I thought it would. I got better at shaping them. When the plastic was molten hot, I could grab the paper and quickly bend and hold the pieces to make them have some of the contours of Barbie’s body.
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But in the end that was still not enough. And Tim Gunn came and called us to the runway.
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Who knows, I could win this whole thing, or I could go home. Or maybe I was on a strong team, and I dragged them down and got admonished by Heidi on the runway. I have no idea. All I know is if effort counts for anything, then I have won already. The absurdity of ironing small moving cut bits of straw was not lost on me. Ahhh, that is why they call it a hobby.

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3 Comments to PPR Challenge #2 House of Cornish The Last Straw
    • Ros
    • I’m sorry for laughing but I am just imagining you cutting up those tiny bits of straw and ironing them together. Sometimes our hobbies are ridiculous! This was such a creative idea, though and I like the final look a lot better than many of the actual runway looks.

    • Susi
    • Thank you for your gracious acceptance. You can at least “see where I was going” On to next week!!!

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