Let me explain. I wanted to do the post,but, I did NOT want to present an unfinished garment. But alas, It could not be helped this week. I have Sciatica (the first time). It is oh so painful, and takes a few weeks to heal. And my mom went into the hospital a few days ago. She is home and after all the tests, tests, tests, they found out she has high blood pressure. That’s it!! What a remarkable 86 yrs young my mom is.
So check out what I started with. I think this is Circa 1986 (it’s quite obvious that I don’t give much away, hence the over stuffed closets, oh, and this is from the overflow closet upstairs. I’m hopeless).
I think my machine applique work is quite good, thank you very much.
I did some dry-brush painting and then glued, yes glued on beads.
Gotta take a break (I’m standing while I work on the computer). I will be back in ten. Dr’s orders, walk, walk, and the minute something hurts, stop doing whatever, and go walk!
Here is the pattern I used. Carol Horn was super popular in the 80’s. I made this coat as a sample for my fabric store.
It’s time to trim this Carol Horn down. It’s too bulky looking.
I need something cool for the plain fronts. I gathered this huge pile of treasured fabrics, blocks, and trims. I auditioned each one and finally came up with….
this smaller pile…
And a closer look. Check out my own hand dyed yarn. Make your own by dampening a loose skein of white cotton or silk. Place in a ziplock bag and sprinkle several colors of a powdered dye (like Procian). Microwave on high for 10 minutes. Let it cool down all the way and adding white vinegar to the rinse water. Gently rinse until water runs clear. Pretty nifty.
And now for some inspirational Iris pictures from my yard to stimulate your creative juices for your own Iris project.
Time for another quick walk. I’ll go down to my mom’s granny house and take pics of her Iris. Aren’t these fabulous. These cost the big bucks but you can see why. It’s called “Batik.”
Ahhh, that’s nice. Thanks for stopping by. Next week I’ll show the finished project. Hugs, Heidi