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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Embroidery as Camouflage


Why I left a skirt that only needed a waistband and a hem as an unfinished object for more than a year is a mystery to me. Several times I took it out of storage, putting it in the things-to-do pile in my kitchen work area — so many times, that it eventually faded from exposure to the bright morning sunshine. The hem and waist band took about an hour. It only took a couple of evenings to run the band of flowers and squiggles around the hem to help camouflage the fading. Then, I read a little of the Alabama Stitch book and realized that I needed to tack down all those flower petals. The stitches are bigger than a quarter inch, which is the the longest stitch length recommended to avoid snagging. It took another couple nights just to do the tacking, which gives the once rounded petals a slightly weird geometric look. Now, I'd love to make one of those gorgeous skirts from the book, which at my rate could take about ten years.

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Blogger Jessica said...

I really enjoyed the Alabama Stitch book as well, and was all rearing to make a bunch of things from the book...and then it was due at the library!

Wed Jul 16, 04:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger lera said...

That is a beautiful skirt. The embroidery is just gorgeous. And the colors.

Wed Jul 16, 05:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Knitsonya said...

I have to get my hands on that book - just to gaze at. I love those chains of flowers, they look so organically beautiful meandering around the hem.

Wed Jul 16, 07:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger LeeAnn said...

The embroidery is gorgeous! I love the Alabama Stitch book. I made the refashion t-shirt with a slight modification. I added a little extra room around the waist because if your not a perfect hour glass figure with firm abs you could show more curves than you'd like. :) I plan on making some scarves in their style for Xmas presents. Let's see if that actually happens!

Wed Jul 16, 07:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

I just adore it. And I'm not a pink person, but the embroidery really makes it.

I'm hold 7 of 7 at the library for the Alabama Stitch Book. I may need to buy it.

Wed Jul 16, 08:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Miss 376 said...

What a lovely skirt, embroidery really suits it

Wed Jul 16, 11:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kat said...

that is some beautiful camouflage.

Thu Jul 17, 03:43:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous ambika said...

You know, I'd been avoiding looking at anything related to that book because I know the moment I buy it, every other project will be on hold. But these flickr pics are *so* gorgeous! Maybe I can justify it for my birthday...

Fri Jul 18, 08:29:00 AM PDT  
OpenID fiveflowers said...

Cool! I didn't even notice the fade until you showed close-ups! i'll have to check out that book:: it is on my amazon list, with everything else!

Fri Jul 18, 03:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger DeeJay said...


Sun Jul 20, 06:20:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

Nice skirt!
The stitching is exquisite.

Sun Jul 20, 11:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rebecca said...

i love those skirts, too. but, really - your's is pretty amazing!
brilliant with the camoflauge idea

Mon Jul 21, 08:43:00 AM PDT  
Blogger muffinandbear said...

My G-d - how long does that stuff take? I think I'd be longer than 10 years. Beautiful - but not sure if I could do it in my lifetime!

Tue Jul 22, 04:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ravenhill said...

The colors of the embroidery on the skirt is really stunning!

Sat Jul 26, 02:58:00 PM PDT  

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