Sunday, March 1, 2015

Purging has stopped!


I've gone as far as I can with purging and cleaning. I wish I could totally finish that project but LOTS of snow on the ground is forcing me to hold on until I can hold a big yard sale. At least it's organized and staged for a sale when the time comes. I am so ready to be rid of so much! A lot has been given away but a lot can be sold so that is the next logical step. Movin' on..............

Above you see my first attempt at a beaded shibori cuff. While it reeks amateur, it looks pretty good with a black leotard top and some jeans and has garnered some really nice compliments. It has a lot going on.

 The silk charmeuse is one I have dyed myself. I didn't do any pleating treatment, just folded and stitched to a base of peltex before I started. The peltex had a drawing on it of the swirls and lines I envisioned.

This was a really fun project but very time consuming. That was only because I attacked this with all the newbie enthusiasm I could muster and a definite lack of skill and experience. That being said, I really like it and have worn it a few times. I can't wait to make another "cuff".


This is what I am playing with for my next cuff adventure. It will use another hand dyed by moi, some pleated ribbon and who knows what other beads and goodies. If nothing else it will be glorious to work with these colors and textures. This is work I do at night while putting in a bit of TV time. It doesn't supplant my machine time as I generally don't sew in the evenings. Learned that lesson the hard way!  My next machine project which I hope to get going on this afternoon will be using this:


This is authentic barkcloth that I have been gifted or picked up  at a yard sale, not sure which. The print is H U G E. I wanted to show off the print but did not want the basic tote bag. I found something  that I think will work. It has a contrasting band at the top of the bag. I auditioned a  lot of options for that and none worked. I needed something to work with the strong print, size and color of the barkcloth and everything I tried just looked weak. Then I found some heavy weight home dec linen. It has more texture but I will also add some quilting to balance it all off. Time to get cutting! ..................Bunny

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  1. There is nothing better than newbie enthusiasm! Love the cuffs.

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  2. That is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Tee. It was a lot of fun to make. I know the next one will be better, too.

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  3. I was talking about the cuff, LOL

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    1. I took a stab and assumed that was it!

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  4. Gosh the cuff is stunning Bunny............would love to see the stages of how you made it. Was the pattern for the basic cuff your own. A whole new world opening up that we can enjoy through you.

    Love the colours.

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    1. I really just free formed the shape out of Peltex making sure I matched at the ends. Then I drew on some swirls and line to keep me on the right path for the beads. I made the bezels ( the big honkers). There will definitely be more!

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  5. Bunny, you are so daring in your beadwork! Daring to learn always.

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  6. I think it looks beautiful! You may have found your calling - or should I say a new calling?

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    1. I hope to start learning more about tapestry soon at the class I will be attending in Boston. I don't know about a new calling for me but I do know fibers and beads are definitely doing the calling to me. thanks, Angela.

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  7. So much that's rare and beautiful in one post. First, the cuff. It's just fabulous, brimming with movement. Tres luxe!!! It may be a beginner's effort, but that won't be noticed on a galloping horse. The overall impressing is WoW.

    One of the prettiest pieces of barkcloth I've ever seen Love everything about it, but those colors are spot on lovely for spring.

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  8. I'm with Mary...the cuff is exciting with swirls and color combos! Barkcloth usually just makes me think...clutch bag and old drapes but this one is so pretty and delicate...if barkcloth can be delicate...ha ha

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