I will begin with the last (and best!) first: I've been playing around with Susan Conn Italo's Wild Onion Jacket. Susan's master pattern shows the jacket reversible and completed with its seams exposed and bound on the outsides. I wanted a jacket that was reversible but didn't have exposed seams. Not being a pattern planner person, I emailed Susan and we discussed my plan. She encouaged me to proceed, and so I did. After a few extra seams sewn and frogged, here's my completed jacket front:
lining front with 'real front' showing:
I was unsure as to the sizing and my construction ideas on this jacket, so I purchased some very inexpensive muslin from my local fabric store with the thought of making a sloper. Then I just couldn't resist playing around with the muslin, adding some dyes, discharging a few, waxing more, bleaching a little, printing more, etc.
I am pleased to report that the jacket pattern is totally reversible and that it fits me to a TEE!! I am so in love with the Wild Onion Jacket pattern!!! Thanks Susan!!
Scarves: I've been having a wonderful time dyeing silk scarves!! I was pleased to see that my friend Gerrie's gorgeous silk scarf donation to the Surface Design Association's online auction had done so well. Go Gerrie!! Next year, I plan to make my donation. In the mean time, here is one of this week's creations on silk charmeuse:
It is my interpretation of Autumn in Georgia, with the maize colored grasses and leaves and also the crimson Dogwood leaves. I LOVE Autumn in Georgia!
here's the detail of Maize:
The Silk Painters group that I belong to has a monthly challenge/theme and this month's is Autumn. I haven't submitted mine yet, but here it is:
I've rediscovered the love that I once had for free form painting on silk with acid dyes! This scarf was so much fun to create!!! It all began a week ago when Barker and I walked at sunset on the golf course. The setting sun against the autumn leaves and sky was breathtaking and very inspirational.
and a bit of detail:
Here's a tee that I've been tinkering with for a month or two:
Here's another tee that I have finished off for myself:
I am short on seasonal tees for myself, so I am finally getting a chance to stock up on a few for the cooler months!
Our friends John and Troy have opened a cute little shop just off of the square in GainesVegas: Creations by John and Troy. They do not have a website yet, but if you are in the area and you are in need of gorgeous cut flowers by the stem at a very reasonalbe price, check them out on Bradford Street. They are now carrying my one-of-a-kind hand-dyed silk scarves, plus many other lovely pieces by local artisans.
PEACE, HOPE, CHANGE: