Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Bishop and the Buttons


I have Carly's Toile Bishop all pleated and ready to get blocked. I have no idea how I will scrunch all that fabric into the blocking guide. I'll make it work somehow. I tried Martha's technique for seamless pleating and am really excited about it. I'll keep you posted on my first attempt at this. I am using Martha's first method of just running the separate pieces thru the pleater one after another. So far so good.

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I will try and leave you with some shots of some of Ima's goodies at the end of my posts. This upcoming weekend I may start to attack it. It is overwhelming and I first just have to make space for it all. At the top of the pile were two button boxes of her metal buttons. I had to go thru and finger them and take some pictures. I find her metal buttons seem to have a theme, either thistles or Japanese motifs. Most are big and exquisite and very unique. She spent a lot of time in the Orient so I am thinking maybe these buttons came from there. I will ask her.............

7 comments:

  1. Oooh I can't wait to see the bishop smocked. It is going to be lovely and those cooooool buttons. Love the one with the art deco lady on them.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing the bishop when it is smocked. The buttons are so beautiful. This is so unbelievable that she just gave all of this to you.

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  3. Those buttons are just breath-taking. Literally. I'm sure you will make a lot of beautiful things with Irma's treasures! And I always love reading about your smocking - I can't really find much information on the technique in Germany, but I find it so beautiful!

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  4. Awesome buttons. You have aquired such treasures.

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  5. OMG! Those buttons are gorgeous!

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  6. Mmm . . the buttons are wonderful!

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  7. Exquisite buttons. And your rendition of this wonderful relationship with your neighbor is a treasure. Thanks.

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