Monday, January 23, 2012

Delectable Mount Cloth

A couple weeks ago I went on a field trip to my favorite fabric store Delectable Mountain Cloth in Brattleboro VT. 
silk chiffon velvet brocade

1/4 yard cuts of anything 

new and vintage laces

They carry a wonderful array of fancy fabrics, buttons, lace etc. 
It makes my heart sing and my eyes glaze over.
The window display was also was a wonderful group of faeries....

A totally delightful trip!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lame Quilt Background

My computer has been in the "shop" for exactly one week.  It's amazing how much work one can do when the distraction of  just "one" game of solitary is not an option. 

I was still thinking about what background fabric to use for my new quilt.  Even though I have three different fabrics, I almost bought a fourth last week.  I resisted because of an idea that has been rolling around in my head for the last month or so.  Nothing seemed to go with my psychedelic circles so I decided to try this idea.

I ironed "Lite Steam-A-Seam 2"on  all the colors of my lame and cut them out in 1" squares and ironed them on the geometric (just like my last quilt) taffeta fabric.  I shaded the colors from dark to light and then embroidered the lines with a combination of beads and sequins... also darker to light. 
So 8 hours of laying out the pattern and ironing it on the background "canvas". 

and about 20 hours of beading and I think I have a background I like!

I just laid the circles on to see how it looked.

1 section done and 3 sections plus 10 or 11 circles and I will be done!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Layered Lame Quilt

The project I am working on is done differently then my previous quilt .  The circles will be in a pyramid and the center will be lighter than the outside.  The circles are from 6 to 8 inches in diameter and some are single and some are in groups.  I just finished this group making 13 completed  and 19 to go. 

Blogging has given me the opportunity to talk to other people with the same interests.  I recently got and e-mail from a young man, Adrian, who was in Paris taking the level I class at Ecole Lesage.  One of the things we discussed was where to buy sequins.  Since I took my first class at the Ecole Lesage I have been on the hunt for fine sequins.  I have found some on e-bay, antique shops and online at .  To find worms (sequins on a string) in a specific color and type is difficult.   I suggested he go to Fried Freres. 

This picture was taken in 2009 by my husband.

Fried has hanks of sequin "worms" in a rainbow of colors, sizes, flat, cupped, metallic, matte, translucent.  Drawers and drawers of them.  The only drawback is that you have to buy them in hanks of 10 worms or 10,000 sequins in each color.  
Adrian purchased a variety of 4mm translucent sequins and I purchased 1/2 from him. 

I am having fun with my new toys!  Thank you Adrian!!!!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!!!