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Monday, June 29, 2015

Red on White



Now available for purchase in my Etsy shop!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fabric Manipulation: North American Smocking

I've received three inquiries about my smocking technique and wanted to share where I learned it, and some exceptional resources for you to explore. 

The photo below shows my first attempt at North American Smocking and then how I incorporated it into a stole made for a funeral.





I picked up one of the best instructional books ever: The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff. Absolutely the best money you will spend. If you have a hard time finding it, please try eBay or abebooks.com, as it is really worth the hunt. In it, the process, along with many more, is explained in detail.


If you would like immediate instructions I invite you to explore Black Bird Blues blog: http://blackbirdblues.livejournal.com/56295.html

They have done a great job laying out the process, which is easy and gives lovely results.

I hope that helps those of you who are inquiring!

Monday, June 15, 2015

INRI



On purple dupioni that is shot with a bit of blue, with light golden dupioni for the letters. Finished up with buttery yellow cotton floss French knots.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Bridal Stole



The bride wore a white knit sleeveless knee length sheath from St. John, gold beaded pumps, with bold gold crystal earrings and this. 

80 inches long and 28 inches wide, dupioni silk, lined, with lace embroidery and beadwork in gold. A timeless look for a timeless couple.



Engagement by the Sea


I made a small gift for wonderful friends to mark their formal engagement. This measures about 3"x3" and the sea and surf is made up of tiny glass beads. Finished with cotton thread for the initials and starfish.