Sunday, July 31, 2016

Finished "Where are my glasses?" Pincushion

I stuffed and finished these off last night.  I can't look at them without smiling!  This morning I browsed Etsy doing a search for "vintage cat eye glasses" and there were so many fabulous pairs, many brand new and never been worn, just old stock.  I favorited several and am sorely tempted.  



Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Where Are My Glasses?"

Usually when I ask if anyone has seen my reading glasses they are already on my head, in my hand or on a book in front of me!  I was thinking about this the other day and about those really cute cat eye shaped glasses from the 50's and 60's.  Like the ones worn by Sister Bernadette who left the convent to marry the doctor in the "BBC's Call The Midwife".  I love her glasses!  You know the ones I mean, like this example from Etsy.  


I have reading glasses all around the house, these are some of them.  There are more in the drawer of my sewing machine table and in my handbag.  I like wearing them.  I used to have a gorgeous purple pair which did have that cat eye shape but sadly I wore them to death.


Then I got thinking that maybe they would make a fun pincushion so I sketched some glasses and thought about colors.



I have a really hard time photographing reds of any shade.  The felt in this pincushion is really a deep dark red, the photos below are much more accurate.  I chose pink for the glasses because that would be my personal preference, or purple, or maybe red......

I added flowers, embroidered leaves and some french knots to represent the rhinestones (I used some silver thread for pizzazz).


The side band is a really light brown and on it I've embroidered "Where are my glasses?" in a deep red that matches the top.  There are more flowers and french knots too.  



Today I added the bottoms to the pincushions (pink to match the glasses!) and they are ready to stuff.  







Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The EMP Museum in Seattle

While in Seattle, we visited the EMP Museum which is a museum dedicated to Pop Culture. I didn't think I would especially like it but agreed to go because my daughter wanted to go.  It was fascinating though and we spent a few very happy hours there.  The highlight for me was the incredible World Of Wearable Art exhibit and movie show.  I've included my favorite "costumes" although costumes is not really the right word. 





The black in this costume is black beading using tiny beads and was inspired by tattoos.





Such beautiful leather work.






On a large screen we watched a show featuring these costumes.  There was amazing lighting, music and of course, the privilege of seeing these costumes being worn as an integral part of that music and special lighting.  Wow!  

We browsed our way through exhibits about music, including tributes to Nirvana and Hendrix and the history of the electric guitar.  Being sic-fi lovers we relished the special Star Trek show and other sic-fi exhibits.  We are fans of fantasy stories too (think Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings and Narnia amongst many others) and there was plenty of fantasy eye candy here too. 









Monday, July 25, 2016

Chihuly Garden And Glass

We packed a lot into our recent trip to Seattle but our visit to the Chihuly Garden And Glass made the biggest impression on me.  What an incredible place!  I had no idea what we would see there although I have seen Chihuly's glasswork exhibited at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and also at the San Jose Museum of Modern Art.  I'm just going to post some of my pictures and let them speak for themselves.  

You can see more about this fantastic exhibition here.



Each of these glass sculptures was several feet tall, taller than me.  Arranged on black glass, the reflections are stunning.


This is one huge installation, reminiscent of a water garden, again with incredible reflections.


This blue glass chandelier hangs from the tall ceiling, almost to the floor.  I remember seeing  a similar one being installed on a PBS tv show about Chihuly, each twirly bit of glass being carefully added individually.  


This is a full size boat, filled with these gorgeous glass globes suggesting Japanese glass boat floats.


This sculpture reaches from floor to ceiling.  Lots of watery shades with sea creatures here and there.



Moving outside, we passed through this large greenhouse with the Space Needle visible outside.  The glasshouse was filled with these giant yellow, orange and red poppy like flowers.  


In the garden, the combination of beautiful planting and breathtaking glass boggled my mind!  Everywhere you looked there was something lovely, something to challenge your expectations of "a garden".








I think the yucca like glass sculpture below was at least 15feet tall!







It is not often that I am stunned into silence.  This place was truly amazing.  We walked and quietly took in the sculptures indoors and out, admired the beautiful and carefully planned mix of planting and glass and marveled at the sheer outrageousness of it all.  Wow.
















Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Supplies

It's been a while since I posted because I've been traveling with my daughter visiting colleges in Seattle and the north Lake Tahoe area.  We packed a ton of stuff into a few days and saw so much that inspired us.

For whole week I didn't sew anything and I missed it!  Instead, I spent my spare time reading, sketching and thinking about new designs.  I have lots of photos to share but I need to sort them a bit first.  

I came home to a couple of packages though, which makes a nice change from the usual stack of bills.  The first was some hand dyed felted wool in beautiful colors.  I picked this particular stack because there were a lot of fabrics with patterns, which I enjoy using.  These colors made me think of Fall.




I buy hand dyed felted wool from fellow Etsy shop Quilting Acres.  It is always lovely and the shipping is fast.  


I had also ordered some shaped sequins from another Etsy shop based in Australia.  These came pretty speedily as well and are even prettier in real life than they were in the pictures.  I ordered these from this Etsy shop.  I hope you can see from the photos that these sequins are not flat, the flowers all have dimension.  I can't wait to play with them!