Archive / October, 2016

Brooching the subject……

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A couple of folks on my Facebook page asked about how I made my scrappy brooches, and as it happens I recently made a step-by-step record of the process.

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I made this scarf ¬†using my overlock/serger and was left with a pile of scraps…….

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these are some of the scraps left over from the scarf..

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this is what I use as the base of my textile pieces, a open weave mesh, and some tulle or organza?… Read the rest

a customisation with a bit of history….

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A customer asked if I could customised this 2 piece suit she had made 24 years ago for her daughters wedding….

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I googled the designer and found out that a wedding dress she made is in the V&A Museum in London
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O83520/wedding-dress-akers-douglas-julian/
There’s more information about her here..
http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/julian_akers-douglas.htm#.V_4juPkrLIU
so, no pressure, then!

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look at the amazing smoking on the sleeves, this is the designers hallmark, all done by hand…

Hope Jacare hand dyed silk ribbons

Because the suit is made from silk I decided to use silk to customise it, I bought these beautiful hand dyed silk ribbons from Hope Jacare Designs
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HopeJacareDesigns

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I decorated the ribbons with fancy yarns and variegated thread..… Read the rest