Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Making braid medallions

I am finishing the gown slowly. The medallions were a challenge. You can see the originals and the reproductions here. I found braid which seems to work. The original was made from fine twisted braid, used in three layers. We can't get it that fine and I didn't want to spend that much time on these. The ones I made took long enough!
I bought this braid at Mokuba. If you have never been to a Mokuba store - GO! Imagine a whole store full of ribbons and braid! I spent a Long time in that store! they have branches in all major centers.
The idea with the trim was to imitate, rather than duplicate. The effect on the gown is beautiful. I promise to take some pictures next week.
I am awash in work right now, so time for taking pictures gets pushed to the back page. I have an 1840 dress on the go in fabulous fabric, plus a redo on a wedding gown. 1812 costume fabric will be arriving next week.
I am preparing a tutorial on adding hook and eye tape to the opening of a dress, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

1812 class winners!

And the winner is...! I've always wanted to say that. It was such fun, reading through all the comments again. I wrote all the names down and put them into a hat, then drew 3 winners. It took a while before I could announce them all, because I wanted to be sure I had permission to use the winner's names.

A free online class, Costuming an 1812 figure, goes to:

* Mary Ann Tate
* Shashi Nayagam
* Linda Hinkey

Thanks everyone, for your support. Now, on with the blog...

I just listed a couple of my felt bags on my Etsy store.

Felt bags are great conversation pieces. Wear one out one evening and you'll see what I mean!

This bag is felted by hand with a rainbow of orange - peach, blue tones in Australian merino fiber. It measures 6" high by 5" wide at the top. The handle is also wet felted merino.

I really enjoy embellishing felt. Sparkles are incorporated into the felt, then I added beads and mohair locks. The flowers are made from dyed silk cocoons.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blog giveaway

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who commented on my blog. It was great to hear from Connie, Judy and so many of you. I am making so many new friends with my blog and new facebook page; it's just amazing!

The winners of the 1812 costuming class have been drawn from the hat. The hat is my admiral's hat, complete with feathers, which I wear when I chair meetings. Shahsi Nagayam, a friend from Doll Street was the first name out of the hat. I am just waiting to hear back from the others before publishing their names and awarding their prizes. If I can't contact them, I'll draw a new name next week.

Thanks again! I'll be posting the other two names soon!!

Have a great Superbowl weekend!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011