Monday, January 21, 2013

What the Hell is ORLON?

HA!!  I HAD to use that line for my blog post today - it was just too good.  :D

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a marvelous week.  I am happy to be inside today during this DEEP freeze - currently, the thermometer sits at 1 degree Fahrenheit!  Maybe I should put on my ORLON sweater!  :D

Okay, a little back story - some of you may remember this post I did back in September, where I talked about all of these amazing labels I received from my friend Dawn in Maryland.  Well, Dawn strikes again!  I just received two more beautiful labels from sweaters that belonged to her sweet and eccentric aunt Marge.  Here's what Dawn has to say about them:

"I stumbled upon a couple more labels.  The Fairfield one cracks me up.  What the hell is ORLON?  Hope you can use them."

HA! See?  How could I not use that great quote for the blog post title?  :D  For those of you wondering what exactly Orlon is, here is the Wikipedia entry.  It was one of the "miracle" fibers of the mid-century, and was synonymous with "acrylic" in the early days.


I love both of these labels!  Dalton must've been a popular clothing line back in the day, because I already used one in this fabric collage I made for my sister and her family this Christmas:


Dawn's labels have inspired so many collage ideas - my head is swimming with them! Add to that the fact that I got a new sewing machine a few weeks ago, and SHAZAM!  I can't wait to get started working on some new fabric collages!  :D

I will leave you with the card design that Dawn created - isn't it beautiful?  I'm thinking of framing the card, I love it so much!  :D





6 comments:

  1. Good Googly moogly, Mel! You sure know who to make a gal feel good. Anytime I find a vintage treasure I think of you. And anytime I can send on one of these treasures, I do. Wowie! You posted my doodle card. Does this mean I've been published now? You're awesome, Mel!

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    1. Well, Dawn, when you are as generous as you, you DESERVE to be written about! :D Your 'doodle' (I prefer ART) is gorgeous and it needed to be seen by more people. :D

      Thank you again for your wonderful giving nature! I SO appreciate you thinking of me, Dawn! :D

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  2. OMG I used to have an Orlon twinset...guess I'm vinatge too.

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    1. HA, Jo! I like using the word "vintage" when referring to age. It makes me feel classier. :D

      Do you still have this twinset? I would love to see it! :D

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  3. Love the collage! I have a technical question about it. Are the flowers "underneath" drawn?

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    1. Thank you so much, Steven! The flowers are actually cut out of a piece of fabric, using VERY sharp embroidery scissors. I'm discovering the joys of using fabric as I would paper, and it's getting easier because of all of the amazing patterns out there now. :D

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