I have mentioned on more than one occasion that I'm never really sure what I'm going to come up with when I start playing with dye. I've posted about this trim previously. It came attached to gifted pillow cases and was blue (see below) to start. As it was a colour versus white or cream, I wasn't sure how this would change the colours on top by over-dyeing.
I'm rather delighted with the results - very bold and bright!
Not sure what I'll use it for but you can be sure I WILL use it.
Something a bit different today.
I live in a small town. There are actually three small towns within approximately 20-30 minutes of one another, each with a population of about 10-12,000 accessible by ferry from the mainland. It is not an island but rather a peninsula with rugged terrain hence ferry access only. Each year during the summer our population grows with summer residents and naturally there are event weekends. These two photos were taken during the vintage car weekend. I think the beauty above would suit me perfectly. I can imagine myself waving from the front seat. Such style.
Sadly, the owner likely doesn't want to part with it.
ADORE the colour of this one! Regretfully, I did not take a photo of inside as many of the owners have spent much time, effort and $$ with beautiful upholstery and interior finishes.
While I was viewing these lovelies this summer, it made me think how we can get inspiration from anywhere.
So, does the colour inspire you?
OMG there are velvets, lace motifs, some silks and absolutely gorgeous laces. Many of the laces are for use in lingerie. I can see why Laura held on to them for so long. The collection is exquisite.
My bullion wraps are twisted, my cast-ons are not as tight and also twisted BUT I do enjoy Brazilian work. The rayon threads are without a doubt challenging to work with. As you can see the sheen is gorgeous but they twist like crazy!
What can I say, I NEED PRACTICE.
I had the pleasure of taking a Brazilian embroidery workshop with Debbie Kelley earlier this week. Debbie has been stitching and teaching for many years and her work is gorgeous.
This is Debbie's stitching - isn't it beautiful! As I said, I most definitely need more practice. Thank you Debbie!
A reminder of how I started out.
Wishing all my fellow Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving. I will not be returning until later next week as I'll be feasting on turkey and perhaps a pumpkin pie!
The line of leaves I had stenciled was rather wide so I ended up covering the seam with a beautiful trim. I added some dyed lace to the top, again the purpose was to widen the seam and cover what was underneath! I embellished the top with beads and chenille brads. The bottom are pistil stitches accented with beads and French knots.
This is another stencil I have which I traced on then stitched with stem stitch. I filled the inside with a lattice stitch in a very fine metallic.
This crocheted trim was originally on a pillow case I received so I seam ripped it not long ago and really wasn't sure how it would dye up. To my delight, it came out beautifully!
This is how I stitched it up. Lots of varying sizes of French knots (yes, they are my hand dyes) accented with beads and straight stitching. Am rather pleased with this seam treatment - what do you think?