Busy, Busy again

July 9, 2008 at 10:50 pm 4 comments

We were preparing to go to an 18th birthday lunch. Firstly I made a batch of Irish Cream which the birthday girl loves, and can now drink legally (although it should be called Scottish cream as I put Scottish whiskey into it). Email if you would like the recipe! Claudia decided she’d like to make a postcard as a birthday card so she selected a piece of painted fabric and we stamped with pink and purple, cut out a fairy and FME with gold thread. While this was going on I was making a bracelet with some silver chain, a gorgeous bead and some charms to decorate the neck of the bottle (but didn’t have time to take photos as sons 1 & 2 woke up and decided they wanted to be dropped at friends). Party was at 12noon so it was all a little last minute. In the meantime daughter no. 1 made the salad. Made it to the party only 5 minutes late. Phew.

Last Sunday/Monday I attended the Embroiderer’s Guild conference, which is held every five years (not two as I previously thought). As well as embroiderers from all over Victoria, there were girls (and one boy) from Perth, Tasmania, and New South Wales. Most of the participants were living in for the whole four days, however as the conference was in Geelong, I was able to go home each night. My two day workshop was with Kirry Toose from Sydney who makes the most innovative wearable art and was such a fantastically friendly, enthusiastic tutor. Our workshop was making a Victorian capelet. Kirry brought some beautiful work to show us and allowed us to photograph also. However I didn’t think to ask if I could put it on my blog so I’ll just show one which we all admired very much.

This cape has the most amazing hand stitchery all over. Mine was nothing like this. I decided to go an Art Deco design based on the braid I had bought (see last post). Kirry had another piece of work in her portfolio based on circles as a focal point, which we used to create the design for my cape. After a quick dash to Spotlight and a visit to the thread shop in the bedroom (one of the Melbourne ladies had brought ‘a few’ items from her shop), this is what I managed to finish in the two days. Hopefully I will get this finished over the next few weeks.

This is the back

And the fronts

It is the dupion silk, backed with whisperweft, which we washed first in hot water to reduce shrinkage, and then the design is traced onto vliesofix. The design is cut out and then I ironed on the organza. Tear away is used while the applique edging is sewn and the FME. My machine and hand embroidery will be minimal in line with Art Deco design. I still have to finish the sleeves as for the fronts and back, do a little beading, attach the braid to the collar and FME and decide on and construct the fringe.
Cheers

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sharon young  |  July 10, 2008 at 6:27 am

    What a fantastic project, Joanne, it’s looking gorgeous already, I love the colour and the shapes, you’ll have to go to the opera or somewhere very grand to wear it.
    Hope you had a great party!

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  • 2. Doreen G  |  July 10, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Glad you enjoyed you workshop with Kirry she is a wonderful teacher–I like what you have done so far and I hope that you finish it — šŸ™‚ mine is still unfinished 6 years later.

    Reply
  • 3. Mags  |  July 20, 2008 at 8:58 am

    How lucky you wee to have a workshop with Kirry, she’s fantastic and I’m sure she was pleased with yours too.

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  • 4. Mags  |  July 20, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Sorry about the typo in my last comment šŸ™‚

    Reply

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