Friday, April 22, 2011

Fashioning Fashion Exhibit

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Last month my husband and I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the "Fashioning fashion" exhibit of European Dress from 1700-1915. To say it was fabulous would be an understatement! Check out the sparkles that would be on a man's jacket:
Clearly the men of that time were more comfortable with their masculinity!
This looks like a rather run-of-the-mill dress, doesn't it? Nothing too fancy.
But check out the trim that embellishes the bottom of it! (And might get dirty - argh!)
Some of the sleeve details were amazing. I love the lace and all the detail that went into the sleeve of this beautiful dress.
...and the layers and work that are apparent in this one...
What comes to mind when you think of today's lounging pajamas? I daresay it's nothing like this!
and look what one wears on one's feet while lounging!
There were some simply wonderful dresses...

and a close-up of the fabulous embroidery on its stomacher

How about this one with its long train...and a detail shot of the train
This dress is all embroidered
Here's a close-up of the embroidery
Here are a couple of close-ups of a gold embroidered stomacher
Isn't the metallic lace along the bottom just beautiful?
Here's a picture of the embroidery on one robe
After seeing all this wonderful embroidery and embellishment and wondering how good my pictures really were, I decided I wanted to get the book. We went around asking and they had sold the last copy just moments before - I couldn't believe it! But luckily Amazon still had a few copies, so my husband ordered one for me the moment we got home (yes, he spoils me...) The book is fabulous too!
You can get the book here.

Hope you enjoyed the eye candy...
~Lin Moon

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bird Postcards

Does your embellishing ever overflow into other, non-stitching areas? Mine sure does. Sometimes I feel like I just want to embellish everything! I work at Borders and one of my co-workers asked me if I'd seen the new bird postcards we'd gotten in. When I saw them and the great tin they came in, I just had to have them!

I was at JoAnn's to get some picture frames for the postcards and saw this great lacy scrapbooking paper. It is gorgeous and comes in different colors other than white, too.
In one of our bathrooms, the walls are pink and everything else is white; it has a botanical shower curtain that I love. (Even though the shower curtain is dry-clean only - go figure!) I got out some of my CQ embellishments: some beads, some glass flowers, pearls and little ribbon roses. I had so much fun embellishing the bird postcards and hanging them up on the pink walls!

I stand in front of them everynight while I brush my teeth...(is that tmi?)
Well, whadya think?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

New Book by Sally Mavor

Have you seen Sally Mavor's new book: Pocketful of Posies? It is sooooo wonderful - she is so creative with her needle and felt.

Check out this fabulous tree...

Look at the piece she used to represent the foot board of the bed...

These trees are so magical...

I just couldn't get over her wonderful waves...

I have all these fancy fabrics, beads and buttons and just look what she can do with felt! I just love this book!