I shopped in stores and online for a gold lacy top to go with this denim jacket and just could not find what I envisioned. So I looked for a lace top and found this ivory colored one. I had recently been to a workday with friends where different dyeing techniques were shown. So I got out my Dye-na-flow dyes and mixed some colors. I finally got just the shade I wanted. It is much tooo yellow in the photo, but really it is more of a beige/gold. It is close to the shade of the thread. I dabbed the color on with a sponge brush and then let it dry. This is the look that I wanted and I am happy with the result. Thanks to my friends for the lessons.
These are photos that Kathy Delaney took Wednesday of the sewing group in action at the Overbrook Quilt Connection. Vernis had tons of fleece and so she invited others to add to her stash. We had four sergers going and made fleece blankets for charity. We started around 10 a.m. and by the middle of the afternoon we had finished 31 blankets for a local women's shelter and 10 dog beds for the Humane Society. It was a great day with great stitching friends. Thanks to all who helped with the effort.
One of my stitching friends is also an artist and pattern designer. She has a barn quilt that is beautiful. She designed redwork-type barns and wanted them digitized so that she could sell the embroidery patterns. This has been a year-long adventure that has had many twists and turns. Needless to say the original digitizer has left her with designs that are less than perfect. So we have been spending time working on the designs and then stitching them to make sure they are correct. Well the designs finish at approximately 12" X 16", so this takes lots of time, stabilizer, and fabric. Hopefully this will be complete by the first of October.
Early this year, I was part of a jeans jacket challenge. Our group had seen one in Paducah that we loved. We found out that it was purchased at Chico's. So we decided that in April 2016 we would all show the jacket that we had embellished. I became a bit obsessed with the challenge and had so many ideas that so far I haven't found a stopping point.
This jacket is the fourth one I have finished--although it needs a little more work. The design is called Garden Grace from OESD (#12633). I loved all of the designs and wanted a big medallion for the back of the jacket. There were plenty of different sized designs so that a large grouping could be designed. I didn't know if the embroidery would stitch correctly over the seams on the back, but for the most part it is great. I do have some loops on the seams. I put one line of decoration on the front and decided it really needed the second one on each side. I really am pleased with it and will wear it. Not I just need a shirt the right color.
My son received a new Yeti bottle for Father's Day. He was so pleased with it he did not want to get it scratched and wanted a cover for it. Yesterday I made a quick cover for it from camo fleece and he really liked that. But my DIL wanted a more substantial cover so she purchased some headliner and rip stop nylon. She is not much of a stitcher but she did a great job making the "quilted" sandwich using my great Bernina tools. Then I made a tube the correct diameter and serged away. I cut a circle for the bottom and serged it together. A little tube at the top with some elastic made the perfect Yeti accessory.
This purple clutch is made using Frond fabric, the punchwork tool for my Bernina 830, and a clutch frame from Pink Sand Beach Designs. Using Designer Plus V7 made it easy to use the punchwork tool. The design for punchwork is much like a very close stipple stitch and is part of the digitized design. This was my first attempt at using this tool and it is easy to use. It does leave some fuzz in the bobbin area that must be removed.
This is the project for the May lesson of Software Inspirations. I did enjoy using the punchwork tool although I am not sure how much I would really use it. Many of my stitching friends have a machine dedicated to felting. I have a lot of projects that are in need of completion, so I will think about this for a while.
If you read my last post, you know my friends and I enjoyed a jeans jacket decorating challenge. This is the second one that I finished. The jacket was found in a thrift shop, so it was a reasonable price for tinkering. The design is from OESD and is called Henna. The design itself has the different sections of colors which is why I chose it. The project was stitched on my Babylock Enterprise (10 needle) and did not have any trouble stitching over seams. I used aquamesh plus and washed it out after stitching so there was not any stabilizer to make the jacket heavier. This jacket has been a hit with people who have seen it. Fun to make.