A dramatic moment in "Even the Tears"
Saturday, February 27, 2010
A dramatic moment in "Even the Tears"
Monday, February 22, 2010
Here's a bit of fun in honour of Tom Jones, and the utterly gorgeous Yvegeny Pluschenko, who can park his skates in my rink ANY time he wants! ;-) (I don't know how to make the youtube video come to my blog, so you'll have to go to it!)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
You know that feeling; when you've made something and you want to convince yourself that it is OK rather than unpick it or redo it, but you also know that if you go ahead with it, the finished product will always bug you? *sigh* If you don't, I pray you never get it!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
This is how I have done it:
I sketched a pattern for the two sash ends, which are different sizes. Today I've worked on the smaller one.
I traced the leaf motif onto the paper side of the visoflex in a row - saves materials that way. Then I cut the centre out of each one, and pressed it onto the net, which you can just about see in the photo. After that, I cut out each leaf and peeled off the paper.
You can see the shine of the glue around the edge of the cut out leaf. It's not much but it keeps those babies in place!
I'm using a gold organza as a base fabric for the sash motifs as they are the only ones on the dress that are going onto opaque black, and it will help them to show up better. So, pattern at the bottom, then organza, then I arranged the leaves, and made a light pencil marking to show where the stems were to go.
Using silicon baking paper to protect the fabrics and my iron, I pressed and pressed and pressed. I found out that I'd put a couple of leaves up the wrong way, so I peeled them off and tried again. We got there eventually. Iron was set to Wool.
Using my No. 6 Bernina cording foot, I threaded the embroidery thread through the hole, set the machine to a long, narrow zigzag in a matching thread, and started. The idea is to go around the edge of each shape and to the next one, then back down again to give the stem some width.
I tried taking progress shots but they came out too blurry so here it is at half way.
Here it is with both sides done. The original was more symmetrical but I prefer one side to come up a bit more, it's more "art nouveauish"
Sightly blurry pic of me trimming the excess fabric away carefully, leaving a mm or so for strength.
And here it is so far, on its destination velvet. I'll be hand sewing it on and possibly adding some beads, not sure but if I do I promise to share!
PS Now the discerning among you are probably wondering why I didn't just cord the pattern onto two layers instead of all that fiddling about cutting leaves. It would have been much quicker. But I did it this way because I wanted to see how the visoflex around the edge thing would work out when it comes to doing the skirt overlay. :)
Friday, February 12, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Here is an excellently useful shot of MrC and I before, also showing the new window into our kitchen, from the hallway side!
Our beloved Dreamstress did an amazing job of putting together music for our traditional dances (although "gallope"ing is for horses, dear!) and I particularly enjoyed the reels - it was a VERY hot night so getting to stand and clap every now and then was a welcome reprise! ;-)The ladies present, in all our finery, both historically accurate, historically inspired, hysterical, and modern but lovely :) Thank you dearest Dreamstress, for a wonderful night! And thank you to Mother the Embroidernator and florist for my fab hair flowers.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Little sis' on her wedding day. She got married way before me, and our dresses are 'sisters' also, as different and similar as we are(see mine in this post). I still love this dress. It is hand painted on front panel and train, with soft sculptured flowers, leaves, berries and buds around the shoulders.
I have heaps more but I am going to be mean and eke them out over several posts. :)
I have been playing with tile patterns for the bathrooms. These smaller tiling projects I'm doing myself as I love tiling. I did a course in stained glass about 6 years ago and I discovered I have a knack for cutting glass, and tiles are the same, use the same tools even.
Anyway while waiting for this next stage to be complete, I will digress into other subjects. :)