May 15, 2011

weathered treasures

Today is the Fiberactions quilt reveal day, our challenge theme was embellishment.

I went in a totally different direction than I normally do.  In fact this is my second piece because I decided my original piece was too similar to work I usually produce.  I love to embellish with fancy threads, beads and lots of bling.
This time I used my treasure box of finds.


There are a lot of fun things stitched on this quilt. I won't go into all the details of the pieces but most have a little history.

The fabric was taken from a vintage Christening gown.  I don't know anything about the gown, but my guess is, several babies wore this gown over many years. Above you can see some of the tiny patches of hand stitching, I left them as is and didn't cover or hide them for the most part. 

To make my embellishment piece even more special, I used vintage threads to attach the items. My friend Sharon gave me a vintage sewing box awhile ago and I used the variety of threads from inside.

Above is the Christening gown before I cut it apart. I still have a lot of the fabric left for something else.  Below you can see the lace that is in pretty good condition, comparatively.

Below you can see the hand-stitched pleats. I like to think; who ever put those pleats into the gown would have been happy to know that her hard work lives on with my weathered treasures.

Head on over to the Fiberactions blog and you will be sure to find a lot of colorful eye candy and bling!

1 comment:

Debra Spincic said...

Excellent! I love this kind of work--reusing the parts of something else.