Friday, October 18, 2013

Ringbearer pillow with vintage lace

Perhaps a poor image, but this ringbearer cushion is pretty in its simplicity. Inspired by a small vintage French pincushion, finally, I felt I had a design that would be pleasing to the bride, who   wanted a simple ringbearer pillow. The bride's mother, who has collected antiques world-wide, and has an indepth appreciation of lace, wanted a collection of her great-grandmother's laces, to be incorporated into the pillow. The bride's mother hoped by including the laces, the lace collections of the great-grandmothers and grand-mothers could be added to the wedding accessories.  Each of the laces are lovely. The laces were cleaned using Oxyclean and then fused to white silk doupioni using Mistyfuse. And a big thank you to Leonie Hartley-Hoover for sharing her knowledge on the wonder of Mistyfuse. After all the laces were fused, the lace edges were hand-stitched to the pillow top for extra security. I've have learnedd allot about silk doupioni and the grain of the fabric. Fuse Mistyfuse to the back of the doupioni fabric, prior to embellishing. The rest of the pillow was hand-stitched and a small gimp braid was sewn, through each loop of braid, to the pillow edges. DON'T use purchased pillow forms. They have no fiber-fil in the corners. Stuff your hand-made pillows.  I included a bow of ivory satin ribbon with a tiny safety pin, so the ribbon could be pinned to the pillow with attached rings. Bascially the pillow is to be carried down the aisle with no rings attached, or that is what I've observed with the last 4 ringbearer pillows that I've designed. Will add close-up shots of some of the vintage laces, before the laces "wing" themselves back to Texas. Each piece of lace, is a work of art!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Moss and Vintage Lace Baskets

These little baskets are flower girl baskets, that I've designed for an outdoor October wedding at Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap, Texas.
The bride is simply gorgeous and her theme is vintage botanical. She will have antique chandeliers hanging in the trees and will be married beneath one of the trees.
 The bride's mother sent me an assortment of laces, collected by her great-grandmothers. Will post photos of the laces, as each is a work of art.
These are inexpensive wicker baskets that I covered inside and out, with green moss. The handles were wrapped with the vintage lace and then small leaves and lace flowers were added. A vintage pearl was added to each flower center. They will be traveling to Texas tomorrow. Since it is still very hot in Texas and amazingly warm in Pennsylvania, I've been waiting for the weather to cool down a bit, before subjecting the baskets to Texas heat while intransit.
I've also designed a ribbon embroidered picture frame that will be displayed with a quilt. As the guests arrive, each will sign a block on the quilt. The ring bearer pillow is ivory silk doupioni embellished with an assortment of laces. Looking forward to the wedding!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Crazy Quilt 1882 with embroidered butterfly

Christine, a former archivist for The Culinary Institute of America, attended the Hyde Park workshop and brought in an assortment of 16"x16" crazy quilt blocks created by her great-grandmother in 1882.  The butterfly on this block, inspires. 

St James Chapel in Hyde Park, NY

This is a beautiful chapel, built in 1811. The workshop was held in an adjoining room attached to the chapel. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the chapel features a beautiful stain glass window as well as an impressive organ. 

Crazy Quilt Workshop this week in Hyde Park, NY

This week I had the opportunity to conduct a crazy quilt workshop with a delightful group of women in Hyde Park, NY.