Thursday, July 19, 2012

Draped Silk

Draping silk is not as easy as it looks on those sewing tutorials. I have pieces of left over silk from a previous ballgown that I decided to finagle into a ruched bodice to add to a ballgown skirt.

I started this project fairly optimistically. I mean how hard can it be, the chiffon worked out well. The silk however has a mind of its own. Note the number of pins just to make it behave.

Adding the top and bottom pieces together took a bit of re-draping to accommodate the full circle skirt and align the zipper seams.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mosaic Magic

Mosaic work is a craft I have wanted to try for a few years now. I've been meaning to read a book, watch a tutorial or go to a class and finally I have :)

Yesterday I went to a Mosaic class in Observatory run by Bit by Bit Mosaics. I got to make a potholder.

The things I have learnt from this; I will be leaving it to someone else unless I really cannot find what I want. Breaking up the glass into slivers in hard on the hands and I am terrible and laying out a design that I have not had a great of time to ponder over the final effect.

The final product was a bit too coarse than I wished, but I was rushed for time. The next step is grouting the tiles.

The picture below is my moms potholder, a sort of Asian style tree with copper and black background.