Found Treasures

Recently, while looking for something else, I found some amazing painted fabrics and other bits and pieces that I did many years ago.  Too many, I’m embarrassed to say.

The classes were run by the fabulous Susan Mathews in her (then) home town of Yarrawonga.  She had a fabulous studio behind her house in a setting amongst gum trees – very Australian.

Despite being hidden in my cupboard for many years, I’m still loving the colours and am eager to start planning what I am going to do with each and every one of them.

Here are some of the key bits I found.

I also found one with pins still in it.  Obviously, started constructing but never finished.  Proof I’m easily distracted and clearly forgetful.

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Also found a wet felted piece I did during another class with a different teacher.  Not sure what to do with this one, but will try some machine embroidery on it and then decide.

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Lots of inspiration and bases for some fun projects.  I hope you stay tuned for the results…..

 

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Features created from sewing mistakes

I just finished my current sewing project.  First time using this pattern Vogue 8817 Katherine Tilton.  The chosen fabric has a beautiful drape but really tricky to sew and causing me some grief with skipped stitches until I finally found the right combination of finer needle and thread.

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I didn’t read the pattern properly and missed cutting out the back yolk and ran out of fabric.  Oops.  Decided to use strips instead, which resulted in a draped, exposed back feature.

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Then, despite trying very hard to finish the neckline without stretching…..it stretched!

Rather than giving up, only because I love the fabric colour and drape, I again decided to make it a feature rather than a fault and added a small panel as it was a little too revealing for my taste and beading to disguise the stretched binding.

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I am very pleased with the final result and look forward to wearing it.

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Posted by Cora.