Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Let it Snow!

It's snowing! It never snows here in November so this is a first! I love snow!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Jacobean delights

Over the weekend Marcus and I went fabric shopping at Goodwill for an upcoming theatre show, and I found a sumptuous 3 yard piece of Jacobean-looking brocade/tapestry. The only caveat being that the palette was a sort of lime-ish green and orange. But still, I was inspired to create a version of Dawn Anderson's Jacobean Jacket . More on that later.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Gloves Galore

So I am embarking upon making some pairs of gloves from Vogue pattern 7949 to give away as Christmas presents. I have tons of scraps of stretch velvet from other projects that I can use...thinking of having a "Gloves Craft Day" this weekend for some like-minded friends.
Years ago my friend Jon and I would periodically declare "Today is a craft day!" and we would then devote the day to making some sort of crafty item. Once it was fake stained glass pieces - the fumes gave us both headaches. Another time we made faux millifiori from fimo and covered small jars with it.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Santa and Spock's Mom

I know how badly I've neglected this poor blog - I've been feeling as if I have nothing to add to the world for the past few months, partly because I had to move house recently which was a royal pain in the ass. And my cat is not doing well healthwise. And a hundred other things that have bogged me down into a state of non-creativity.
So some part of me jumped at the chance to create a Santa costume for a co-worker just to take my mind off the unpleasantries, and here is the result. I had several yards of a lovely dark red silk velvet which I had been lugging from house to house for too many years, so I decided to use it for dear old Santa. I used Simplicity pattern 4393.

A few days ago I was invited to a medieval Halloween party and I pondered making a proper medieval garb. I threw that idea out after rummaging around and finding a purple velvet gown that was close enough to medieval looking if I put a short cape over it. So I felt obliged to make some sort of semi-medieval looking headdress and came up with a set of crespinettes, those cylinders worn at the sides of the face. They were fairly easy to construct - a headband of buckram covered with liquid silver fabric from the costume cave, with additional silver mesh wrapped around the cylinders. The whole thing was hot glued together and some fake gem cabochons were glued onto the headband and cylinders and voila! Instant set of crespinettes!

Sadly, that party turned out to be quite dull, so my friend and I made a quick exit stage left and ran off to another more rollicking party where I was told repeatedly that I looked like Amanda, Spock's mom.

I found the pattern and idea for the crespinettes at