The House of Elsa Schiaparelli : exquisite embroidery


Dress designing . . . is to me not a profession but an art. -- Elsa Schiaparelli


I am beyond excited to have found this video by the house of Elsa Schiaparelli.  She was a huge influence on my early art.

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Textile / Yarny Arts Round Up from CHA 2014 Mega Show


Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!  ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

As usual, there was much to see in regards to the textile arts at the Craft and Hobby Association's trade show. I love the embroidery kits at Simplicity. They were witty and well designed.  Look carefully at the one featured above and you will see the embroidery itself is a bit messy.  Perfect! They also had these cute kits which had me drooling.

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Bind Off the Edge of Your Weaving


I've been weaving this week with the idea of New Year's Eve in mind.  I'm making an evening bag for 
the Authentic Knitting Board Company using their All in One Loom.  It allows one to make larger
pieces of fabric than your average peg loom can.  Anyway, I am pulling out all the stops and going for 
some serious bling with some fab gold metallic ribbon and braid.  

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Weave a Bracelet Cuff

Exciting news to announce!! I'm designing weaving projects for The Authentic Knitting Board Company!!  They have a great new product that allows you to both loom knit or weave using the same piece of equipemnt.  You could make gifts for everyone on your holiday gift list!  This bracelet is a snap, taking only a couple of hours to complete.  I think of it as the adult version of the friendship bracelet.

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it's in the details :: Valentino Couture 2013

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I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite
of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business.  
--  Valentino Garavani

I like to knit.  I have a degree in weaving.  But what I really love is embroidery, with or without the beads.  This season no one is adding the embroidered flourishes like Valentino's atelier.  The tweed coat with gold work details is swoon worthy.  The contrast of mannish fabric with the girly gold implies that a woman can hold her own in a man's world, but does so on her own terms.  The coat that turns an every day moment into an event.

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Disco Lives! - glittery disco ball earrings with Smoothfoam

Disco lives!  Oh yeah!  Make these glittery earrings and you will soon be strutting your stuff across the dance floor.  They are super lightweight as the core is Smoothfoam.  They are a snap to make. For the full directions, check out my post on the Smoothfoam blog.  Don't forget to post a picture of your version on my Facebook page

it's in the details :: Pearly Kings and Queens of London

Queens and kings

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.  --  Mother Theresa

The Pearly Kings and Queens of London are magnificent.  A tradition started in the 1800's, it continues to this day.
Each Pearly King and Queen fundraises for a particular charity.  While newcomers have joined the movement, for
many it's a tradition that has been passed down through the generations.  Their garments are covered in mother of
pearl buttons, some with as many as 13,000 hand stitched into place.  There are noticeable symbols, such as the
horseshoe for good luck and the anchor for hope.  

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Free Pattern :: Crochet Twist Necklace


"Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles."  --  Sonja Henie

Spring weather is fickle.  I am ready to pull out the t-shirts, but there is still a chill in the air.
I'm bored with scarves, so I made this twisted, crocheted choker. It adds a warm dash of color.

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