The sewing machine or a pair of scissors are often the tools first associated with my art practice. But it is the iron that is used most frequently and consistently. When I am working well, focused on what is before me and its purpose, it is the iron that guides me into good evaluation.
Fabric new to inventory is often washed, and always pressed. The sole plate glides over the surface. My eyes check for flaws. My hands absorb the quality of the texture.
After dyeing and painting, during applique and piecing projects return to press board. Heat smooths out the rough places. The iron’s point leads my eyes to fresh views of the work. I prefer to schedule this work early in the day. The closer scrutiny frequently suggests next steps for the fabric.
When the work is complete, each project gets a final press with the iron. Seams are checked and hems measured. Labels are attached and small threads are snipped clear. Bring the heat. Begin and end.