Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hats, anyone?

We are back from a wonderful family vacation that had my oldest daughter, her hubby, three kids and Bunbun and Poppa all enjoying the wonders of Walt Disney World in Orlando. It was a visual delight with so much to absorb and be thrilled with and shared. It was way up on my bucket list, and my daughter's, and we just decided it was time.

I could regale you with scads of family pictures and perhaps many of you have been there as well so know its wonder. I'll share just a few highlights with you before we get back to sewing topics!



I was totally entranced with the textures and colors of the Moroccan village in Epcot. It was a sensory delight with its smells, colors and coolness. The buildings and alleys felt cool despite the high eighties heat and humidity. I think I could have stayed there all afternoon. There were items for sale that tantalized the senses from shimmering sparkly bags to really interesting clothing.


My daughter had backpack duty and was laden with the required water bottles and snacks.



Everything about this area made me want to visit Morocco. Added that to the bucket list!

We went to "Downtown Disney" three times and really enjoyed that. There are no rides, just lots of good food options and shops and it was a more relaxed way to spend the evening. We were able to take a calming boat ride to get there each evening. We had a particularly fabulous meal at Portobello's outside on the water with a chamber ensemble playing fifty feet away. It was delightful. After that meal we strolled through Downtown and stopped at a really fun shop that sold only hats. Carly and I had a feast of hats to try on. She is my hat girl having enjoyed them since very little and would wear a hat all day long in the house because she just liked to. The apple doesn't fall are from the tree! I started clicking pics as she was just too stinkin' cute in her fascinators

. You can see Grandma and assorted family members in the mirror as we take pics.



Carly definitely has the fashionista gene!


And of course grandma had her favorite hat, too! Goofy big brother had to make his presence known as well!


And my favorite on Carly:


Be thankful we didn't start trying on all the steampunk paraphernalia. We would have been there all night.

These are not the usual pictures you see from Disney but I figured you've all seen the Magic Kingdom and the Epcot ball and other memorable Disney pics from your own family members. The Moroccan village really appealed to my artistic side with its visual delights and the evening spent trying on hats with my grandaughter was priceless. I hope you have sensed a bit of the fun, delight and wonder that was our Disney vacation. I will never forget it......................Bunny

Friday, April 10, 2015



I have a few things in the queue that I wanted to share before we leave on vacation. This combo above will go into a bag. The print is not photographing well as it is much more the color of the eggplant patent leather. They really are wonderful together but the camera is just not cooperating. The print is a greyed out purple, very soft in color and what looks like white it all metallic silver, no white. It's a great combination and I can't wait to work it up. I've already stitched out some samples to see how the patent leather would take to the needle and it does beautifully. I was actually pretty surprised that I was able to stitch it using only a HS stretch needle and no other accomodations. It stitched beautifully so I decided to go ahead with a project, actually two. I am planning another loom bag as well as a clutch out of the PL. The clutch might have my latest bit of weaving as part of the design. All of this is percolating and you know the percolation stage is where change can happen at any moment and is part of the evolution. So we will see what design we will have in the end. 



This print really screamed out at me. It's a cotton but I think I can make it work either as a bag or perhaps even a summer skirt. It's a lot more blue than gray and a really intriguing print. I think it is a stylized version of branches in the snow. As much as I love this print and as much as I want to make it up, it will not be first in the queue. I've had enough with snow for now and won't touch this until all that white stuff outside is gone. Yes. We still have lots of white stuff but it is going down. 

I also need to add a waistband to the blue linen pants I remade. They are far from perfect but look perfectly great with an outside top over the waistband. I had to add fabric to get the length I needed for the crotch and while the color is a perfect match, the textures vary just a wee bit, practically unnoticeable.  But it is in an area that will never show so I am not worried about it. These will make great summer pants once done and you know how I love linen. They have been totally cut apart, recut to my sloper and made to work. I rarely throw out good fabric/clothing if I can make it work but you all know that. 

I am showing you these three projects as they are what I will attack as soon as I get back from vakay.  I will also be starting a "weave along" sponsored by Mirrix looms. We will be making a split bead woven necklace and it looks pretty awesome. I am excited about this technique as it is quite unique. 

We are headed for Disney and fly out Tuesday and to say I am excited is an understatement. See you all on the flip side. Stay healthy,  keep calm and keep sewing!.............Bunny

Monday, April 6, 2015

My first real weaving project, a Tapestry Cuff


I am finally finished my cuff. This was the first project we worked on in the weaving class I recently attended in Groton, MA. The weaving was all actually completed that day. We learned how to warp our looms for beading tapestry and beads and this cuff has numerous techniques in it, a veritable sampler of techniques.


This is actually a brass cuff. The fibers and beads have been woven on the loom and attached to the cuff. Ultrasuede is on the back. Not necessary, but I beaded the edges as our teachers samples were made that way. This took way longer to finish than it should have because I chose (blissful ignorance) the wrong size beads and these are size 15 and very very tiny. F O R E V E R it took!  But now I am glad I used them.

I would be the first to tell you it's far from perfect but if you can't see it from a galloping horse..............you know the rest! I will wear it proudly to work tomorrow and can't wait to hear the reaction from my good friends.

I am looking forward to my next project. The weaving is completed, just a tiny sampler, no beads. I am toying with inserting it in a clutch bag. We'll see. My mind is spinning with all sorts of creative ideas.

We will be leaving for Disney next Tuesday and are so excited to be leaving this cold gray climate. I have some major sewing and weaving plans to roll out as soon as I get back. I did manage to remake a pair of linen pants this weekend, not hemmed yet. The pants were really nice and part of a three piece ensemble. I wore the jacket and tank to pieces but the pants were always too voluminous. I took them all apart and recut them with my Sure Fit Sloper. They now fit really nicely, no big blobs of fabric behind my thighs.

Till I return from my trip...............Bunny