Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jeans Jacket Challenge II

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.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Jeans Jacket Challenge

One year ago seven of us when on a trip to the Paducah Quilt Show.  We saw lots of sights, beautiful quilts, vendors that made us drool, and purchased yards and yards of fabric.  One day we were walking along the street and saw a lady with a beautiful "crewel work" denim jeans jacket.  That evening we saw her at the night show and asked her about the jacket.  She had purchased it a Chico's several years before.  But we loved it.  We sat in our seats and decided we needed to make our own jackets.  So the rules were few but it had to be a denim jeans jacket and it had to be decorated by April 1, 2016.  Last week we had a group meeting and unveiled our jackets.  This is one of my jackets.  I have to say that I have never enjoyed a challenge quite so much.  I also have not completed my first idea for the jacket.  But this is the first one I completed:
I found it on e-bay and it was a large for $20, but certainly not large enough for me. It was a great fit for my neighbor who is a barrel racer.  It is done with Belagio crystals which come in sheets or rolls.  They are heat-set with a very hot iron.  The jacket sparkles with amazing beauty.
The back is as pretty as the front.  She has received amazing compliments on her new jacket. My friends also loved it.  And this has become somewhat of an obsession for me.  I have a couple more to show you this month.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Embroidery on Umbrellas

Umbrellas are unbelievably hard to photograph.  The top one is aqua and the bottom is black .  But they are beautiful.  They are a special project for a drama company.  To embroider on a umbrella it is necessary to cut some of the thread sites that hold the fabric to the ribs.  Once that is done, it is easy to find the center of the fabric section.  I used aquamesh plus as the stabilizer so I could stick  the fabric to it and then wash out.  It seems to have worked well.  It does take some time to reattach the fabric to the ribs, but I only cut the thread from two ribs-thank goodness.  Ready for April Showers!!