Monday, 23 May 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 15-21 May

Apologies for the delay, the last few days have been overwhelmingly full of one meeting or another! They all come at once I think.

Week 20 - April 2016







And the bugle bead changes again for the last set of 10.

Thursday, 19 May 2016


We had another fitting of the wedding gown I am altering. New hem length tacked in place and galloon lace moved is okay to finalise.

A better idea for bustling looks good. Easier to see how the bustling works with the front being more near the right length. The new straps were a hit.
I have been replacing sequins and beads which had fallen off (it was a shop display version). So, this should be pretty near done before the end of the month.
We will do another fitting nearer the time to check a few things.

So, I have made the appointment for the next gown fitting for my closest friend's daughter whose wedding is several weeks sooner than this one!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Busy times

I have been quilting away at the Ramshackle piece. I managed a system with my long table behind the machine that works better than I have had to deal with previously.

I was also doing some consolidation of fabrics so I could make a bit more space in here - or at least get the boxes off the floor.

I was delighted to discover some pieces that will work well to make my gown for Festival of Quilts this year.
I had the golden yellow silk for nearly 25 years. A remnant for £3 a metre! I hadn't been able to think of anything to properly work with it.
But, in the cupboard where the lace was kept, I found this lace remnant had slipped behind a box. Oh! It is just the right colour for the pale part of the silk!
And then I remembered I had just re-sited the pale green translucent fabric and knew it would be perfect to 'line' the lace. Otherwise, the lace wouldn't be so effective from a distance on the catwalk.

So, now I am getting very excited and chomping at the bit to get the other projects out of the way so I can start!

And coming up, Lilac and Lace will be going to Sandown. (National Quilt Championships) So, if you are going, look out for it!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Red skirt worn

I wore the red moleskin skirt yesterday. Managed to get the Thoughtful Man to take a photo.
Keep in mind that I wore it to church and to make dinner, not too bad.

The lower waist worked, but I need to make the waist more snug (Hurrah!) so I still turned the band over when I was wearing it to make it tight enough not to slip around and let my blouse out!

Wearing it with a white on white embroidered lawn blouse and a purchase 3/4 length sleeve cardigan.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 8-14 May

Week 19 - April 2016




And a new set with gold bugles




Thursday, 12 May 2016


So, the fusing is all finished. I put the ironing board down near the end where I usually have the sewing machine. Then I put it down several notches. And bit by bit I pulled the top across the ironing board and fused the pieces on. Phew!

And now I am working on the layering.
Top and wadding rolled up to lay on this random fabric I brought home from somewhere to use for backing.
Actually, looking at it here, I might use the back, which you can see, as the part that is visible because it is less vibrant. Although people don't see the back and front together, it just feels better to have something that isn't going to fight with the front.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Little windows

16 houses with 13 windows each + 1 door.
Size = 1 1/2in tall and 1in wide.

Fun? Well, it is nearly to the fusing point, so each bit is one step closer.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Red skirts

A while ago I was sewing along with a Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest. Then had to stop and work on textile art things. My wardrobe was based on red, black and white.

Now it is time to begin the finishes as and when I can.
First up, putting hook and bar closure on the waistband of these red skirts! Not hard really.
Why 2 red skirts. One is a bit darker more of a blue red, if you know what I mean. So they will go with different things.

red moleskin A line with flare skirt
dark red corduroy trumpet skirt

I was trying the idea of making the front just a bit shorter, as I always seem to have to fold over the waistband in front to make it even. I do know how to describe this pattern and fitting wise, but this has been a very bad head day.

Sorry for hanger views. With the bad head, I wasn't up to trying to do model shots. When I get one of the blouses done, I will do the skirt and blouse model thing.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 1-7 May

Week 18 - April 2016

Starting a new tassel this month. I used an adaptation of the peyote stitch to build the top part. I am using browns and golds this month.








Saturday, 7 May 2016

Catching you up

Something on SATURDAY - at last
This week has been a bit up and down with headaches and/or backaches!
But at least now someone wants to do something about the headaches and I am being referred somewhere. But I had a headache and can't quite remember who I am going to see! so, I will remember when I get the letter with the appointment...or something.

Anyway, I did a few other things like collecting the Lilac and Lace gown from Henley. Consolidated a cupboard or two to get boxes on the floor into hiding. (I am storing the Worn Threads things, so I needed to make a bit of room to get at my cupboards.)

I have been working on the Ramshackle that I am not showing. It will be wide, which is a bit different. It is longer than my table, so I had to move the sewing machine to elongate the design area. I nearly have the houses cut out. Thanking a friend who gave me a little pack of tiny appliqué pins several years ago! I need to work out how to get it fused.

In sorting the cupboard, I found the perfect lace and fabric to go with the lovely silk I want to use for my gown for Festival of Quilts. So, now it is all propped in sight while I consider the shaping of the gown.

And so you have something to look at...
The cherry at the back of the house when it was blossoming and the sky gave a wonderful backdrop to the pale pink.
Quite a few leaves had already come out. They are all out now and no blossoms.
The weather is suddenly summer. Last weekend there was snow in some places! And here we had hail and sleet that piled up. If you can believe it, I am now wearing a short sleeve blouse...without a vest under it!

And during the week there have been some new possibilities open up. I am doing a solo show of gowns and work at Lady Sew and Sew next March. And also doing a couple of workshops in conjunction.
Also doing one or two workshops in conjunction with the Contemporary Quilt exhibitions at the National Needlework Archive this Autumn. The pieces made from the challenge fabrics from Kazakhstan will be on display there, so I am going to do a workshop about building a fabric like I used for the Collared Dragon.

So, here is hoping the head isn't so muddled next week and there will be something to post!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 24-30 April

Week 17 - April 2016








And all of the beaded fabric squares for April

Friday, 29 April 2016

new work

As I said, I am starting a new Ramshackle.
So just to show you the start, then I will keep quiet about it in case I can give it an airing somewhere special.
Sketching ideas
Planning the layout
I haven't done a wide one like this, so I used the measuring tapes to get a sense of placement in regards to perspective.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Busy week

Monday I worked on the wedding gown hem. It needs taking up at least in front. So, removing the galloon lace to re-site it further up meant taking off some embellishments and then unstitching minute invisible thread stitching in some places and normal stitching in others.

Yesterday I delivered Lilac and Lace to Lady Sew and Sew for display during Henley Arts Trail this coming weekend.

Today I have been fusing fabric to begin another Ramshackle. I want to go bigger. I have 2 yards of the top fabric. I did buy an even bigger piece yesterday, but this piece comes first. If I manage it, then I might attempt the bigger one. If not, I might do something like a triptych with it.

Tomorrow I am going to the National Needlework Archive with a few others to take down the Worn Threads Exhibition.

Friday? Probably begin cutting the Ramshackle. I may not show much about it though, because I am toying with the idea of entering a few shows later in the year that would prefer that images are fresh when the show opens. We will see.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on... 17-23 April

Week 16 - April 2016