Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Stash Buster Duster part 2

This is a little later than planned.. where did the last week go?!  But back to my stash buster..

I didn't have a piece of felt quite big enough to cut both sleeve from.. so I stitched pieces on until it was big enough :)
I got my sleeve template by drawing round the sleeve of my kaftan (in part 1)
After stitching the sleeves on.  I made them slightly long and flared
and with a slit up to the wrist at the back.
 I couldn't find suitable buttons for this.. so I decided to make a brooch instead

From a scrap I cut 4 rough circles
and freemotion machine embroidered (with my darning foot)
fairly tight spirals, starting at the centre and working my way out..
which gave them a nice slightly cupped shape
I added a brooch back and stitched the layers together by hand.
Reminds me of a Charles Rennie Mackintosh rose.

All finished :)

I am most definitely wider around the bottom than the top these days :)
so I found it necessary to add to the front rectangles around the bottom.
I stitched a long triangle to the front on each side.
The funny thing is it's the imperfections.. the 'make do and mends' that are my favourite parts..  the patchwork sleeve and hemline add-ons :)   Probably not surprising from a girl who loves darns and patches and wears them with pride lol.

Almost ready to go out..
don't forget your lipstick and high heels!
Being stupid :)

But where was I going?  Well.. do you remember back in March when I mentioned that I had been asked to put together a craft project for a local magazine?  Well the magazine has just been published!  And Friday was the launch event..  it was held at the Town Hall in the town where I was born, West Bromwich.  I don't have any photos but can tell you there was an abundance of tea and cakes, beautiful old china tea services and smiling faces.

And here's a glimps at the magazine :)

I must admit the 'local fayre' recipe for faggots makes me shudder..
I've hated them since I was a kid
The felt flower project got a 4 page spread!
Which meant that the interview and other photos all got cut, but hey
you can't tell someone how to felt a flower without explaining it can you ?!


Unknown said...

Wow this is gorgeous! love the colours and the style I agree the "add ons" finish the piece!Thanks for sharing!
Aly :o)

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Wow! what a project! Looks fantastic!Congrats.

Unknown said...

Wow wow wow Deborah, your coat is amazing and I love the patchwork sleeve and add on's to, It looks absolutely beautiful.
And a big congrats on the 4 page spread as well, that's so awesome and i'm really happy for you xoxo

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you Ally, Kerry and Karen :)

Terriea Kwong said...

It's a big project making a coat! You're talented to make it. Very pretty color and style. Great exposure in publication. I learnt tips from your blog tutorial too. Thanks for sharing.

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks Terrie :) It was the meterage that too the time really..
Feels quite weird having a tutorial in a magazine

Virginia said...

WoW Deborah, that coat is absolutely divine! Your work is amazing! And congratulations on the article, very impressive! Hope you had a great time at the launch

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you Virginia :) you are too kind. The launch was very nice :) it was lovely seeing the older folks dancing - foxtrot and waltz I think - and enjoying themselves so much.

Ruthie Redden said...

Hi Deborah, haven't hopped by for ages life gets far too busy doesn't it. Wow I adore your coat creation, its stunning, the colours, the layers and the imperfections make it perfect. I have been fiddling with the felt that you gave me oh so long ago and gradually getting braver, my creations are very small just now hee hee, but a bag is next on my list. Congrats at the mag feature too how fab. Have a lovely weekend x x

Jacqui Galloway said...

Just found your blog through Pinterest. That coat is absolutely gorgeous.

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you Jacqui and welcome :) x

Ah Ruthie.. I know what you mean time just flies by doesn't it?! Thank you so much for the compliments :)
I'm happy to hear you have been playing with your felting kit :) Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any help with your bag (we can always skype!)or advice on fibre and where to get it.


Jackie said...

Oh my goodness!± I wish my students could have seen this. It would really have inspired them and they ma have kept their bits! I wasn't down really but it just confirmed that I won't miss it!

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you Jackie :) But if a session with you and your wonderful work didn't inspire them to keep their bits n bobs I don't think anything would!
I know what you mean.. sometimes we just need a final push to confirm that it really is time to move on.. been there myself and haven't regretted it yet.

Lyn said...

It's a beautiful coat and I have to agree that the add-ons make it very special. It looks good on you!

FeltersJourney said...

:) Thank you Lyn xx