Sunday, February 18, 2007

Silk Fusion Synchronicity

As I think I wrote in one of my last posts that I'm taking a silk fusion class via Joggles and Sue Bleiweiss. I am having THE BEST time!! Yesterday I finally had enough time to play with the soy silk roving. After laying it all out, fusing it, and ironing it, here is how it looked:

Isn't it yummy!!! Sue instructed us to do a bit of embellishing with machine stitches, so I decided to put some batting underneath and free motion quilt it with slither. Then I added a few of those wonderful Swarovski crystals...just happened to have some in that pretty red violet that is in my batch of silk fusion.

I found some remaining red violet silk cording that I had dyed last year for another project that worked wonderfully as a little tie around some lovely little red orange antique buttons that I came across in my button stash. There was a bit of remaining prefused deep red charmeuse in my silk draw to use for lining, and then I added some gold and red violet beads to the tie. I left the edge of the top flap, which is difficult to view in my photo, raw-edged and rather appears blurry, but isn't. Here she is:

It's bright in my sewing room this morning, so the photos look a bit washed out, but you get the idea. Here is the inside:

A couple of things I would do differently next time: cut the batting about a half inch smaller all the way around, so that it wouldn't peek through at the sides, and make my piece of silk fusion the exact finished size that I wanted it, so that the side edges would be wispy like the top flap is. I love that wispy-edged look!

Last night C and I enjoyed our romantic Valentine Dinner, which had been postponed for several days due to various and sundry events. He had purchased a very nice bottle of Champagne and a lovely tenderloin of beef, from which he sliced two yummy filets. Delish! That and candlelight with the man you've adored for 36 years....what more is there to life?

Afterwards, we watched "Hotel Rwanda", which is a rather disturbing movie, but necessary for us all to see. If you haven't seen it, do! Where was I and what was I doing in 1994 that caused me to turn my back on the 100 days of hell suffered by the people of Rwanda? It is a truly moving film.

On a brighter note, the day has dawned cold but sunny here. When we walked Barker at 7:30 it was a cool 27 with a windchill of -500, so my husband the weather prognosticator says! We are off to Atlanta this afternoon, for a bit of recreating!

Enjoy your Sunday!


Anonymous said...

Your envelope is absolutely HOT! Love the colors and I bet the crystals give it just the right sparkle. Besides the roving, do you have any silk hankies? They dye up very nicely, too.

Enjoy the city.

Vicki W said...

I love your piece of fusion and the envelope! I am really enjoying the class and I must get some of the roving in this great colorway!

StegArt said...

Fantastic silk fusion. Love that color!

SeamRippstress said...

Gorgeous! I love how you quilted it and added the crystals. Must put "flame" roving on my next order!

Leigh said...

I love the stitching, it really adds personality to the fusion. I saw your link on Sue B's blog and thought I'd come see for myself.