I Was Seeing “RED!”

Yes!! I was seeing red. Firstly, I didn’t get this post done on Friday as I should have. Secondly, I was seeing beautiful red fabrics and stitching and working it all together into a FABULOUS, NEW, Terrific Tabard Vest.

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Mary Boalt, from our Artistic Alchemy group introduced me to Kantha cloth. She had made her piece into a jacket.  My piece below is a “throw” size, which is about 50″ x 60.” Kantha cloth is two pieces of fabric sewn together (no batting) by hand, using a heavy thread and straight running stitches. Looking at this  I just knew I had to add Kaffe Fassett fabrics. dsc_0510

They needed a certain “stiffness” to work my magic so I threw pieces of Kaffe fabrics into a bag and sprayed them with Terial Magic. dsc_0057

While they were still wet, I pressed each one until dry. dsc_0060

Coming back to this project, I began to lay them out on the wrong side (plain red with stitches showing). I say coming back to it, because everything got wrinkled in the bag. See how stiff Terial Magic makes them. It’s perfect for all the top-stitching  I do.

I used one Mille Fiori piece, colorway “Red,” and stripes, and one Shirting stripe, all from Kaffe Fassett. dsc_0358

After finding the perfect layout I glued all the pieces down. Aim for a very thin stream of glue, not the blob I have coming out of the glue bottle. Too big of a stream and two things happen, it spots the fabric (it will wash out but who wants to do that?) and the needle really clunks through everything when its being stitched down. Oh, look at that. I just happen to be wearing my Peruvian Connection, Kaffe Fassett, Alpaca, hand knit sweater. Love, LOVE, it. I will own this sweater FOREVER! I’m telling you. dsc_0364

While letting the glue dry I was flipping through my “FLOWERS” calendar and saw this page (Jan. 14 & 15, 2017). A vibrant floral tapestry of cut bouquets at a market in Kumming, China (Workman publishing (my favorite calendars), New York). This totally reminds me of Kaffe Fassett MilleFiori, and Paperweight fabrics. dsc_0438

Thousands of stitches later and TaDAAAA!! Isn’t my Terrific Tabard aka Skinny Vest gorgeous? Feast your eyes on this Boho Chic vest. Christine Barnes, another member of Artistic Alchemy told me that basically, Boho Chic is another name for Hippie clothing of the 60’s. dsc_0440 dsc_0447 dsc_0448 dsc_0454 dsc_0455 dsc_0460 dsc_0463 dsc_0464 dsc_0468 dsc_0469 dsc_0471

Now it’s time to turn it inside out. I love this with denim. A long sleeved t-shirt and skinny jeans and boots. Perfect. dsc_0483

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You too can purchase a T.T. pattern by me, from Craftsy.com (click on the button there on the left) for a pdf filed pattern (you print it up on your own printer), or contact me via email: hmemmett@gmail.com and I will send you a hard copy that is complete with a tissue pattern sizes XSM-4X.


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Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and view my myriad pictures. I hope they give you just the creative spark you need. dsc_0489

My beautiful hand carved wooden butterfly pin that serves as a button on the pieced side of the vest. My mom got it for me on a cruise my mom and dad took from the top of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin to the gulf of Mexico near Louisiana (from the Bayous of LA).

Happy stitching in whatever medium you choose. I just love to sew and quilt, don’t you? Hugs, Heidi

6 thoughts on “I Was Seeing “RED!”

  1. This is really gorgeous with the kantha fabric and the KF fabrics. You are so clever! Where did you find that kantha throw in red??!! Fabulous. Thanks for all the pics. You’ve inspired me!

    1. Thanks Nancy. I got a bit carried away on pictures, but so glad I inspired you! Yes, Mary Boalt (who told me about them) was with me when I found that Kantha cloth. It was at Stein Mart. You can find them at so many places. Mary found some large scarves at World Market. I prefer seeing them in person to ordering.

  2. I love this. I would not have thought to embellish the wrong side of the kantha cloth. It’s the perfect background for the Kaffe fabrics. Genius!!

    1. Thanks Mary. FINALLY, I got one done. The process was so fast (compared to collaging the whole thing first). Something different and I think the weight will work really well all four seasons.

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