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Very Moorish – nearly done!

In the spaces left by the Easter holidays and the doom that is the fitting of the new bathroom, I have been quietly stitching away on Very Moorish. It is very nearly and almost done … and I’m getting excited!

I have kept to my simple stitch selection – herringbone, chain stitch, feather stitch, and I just love the way the stitches and the colours are holding everything together, bringing order to chaos.

I was going to turn it into another little clutch purse, but that just isn’t feeling right any more. I think it needs to be a panel within something, but what? I don’t know, yet. I shall think about it some more.

Maybe I will add a border with some text. I was thinking about sanskrit, just because I think the stylised beauty of it would fit perfectly. The only problem is that I don’t read sanskrit, so I’d worry about unintentionally making a mistake and losing my meaning. I might write some arabic instead. I’m thinking of a couple of inscriptions from the Quran, but I need to pick my words carefully, I think.

I’m undecided, too, about the spaces on the blank pieces of fabric … I’m tempted to add a design to them, but again I’m stuck – I love the fabric, so it will stand by itself.

Decision, decisions … I don’t seem to be very good at them today. I shall stitch on, and hope that the design ideas resolve themselves as I go, without pushing, without trying too hard.

What do you think I should do?

Moonflower Skirt

I finished my Moonflower skirt a couple of weeks back, and finally the sun came out and I got the chance to wear it!

It’s made from recycled fabrics – the suede waistband from an old jacket, and the skirt is two different green chiffons, the cloth woven together and embroidered over.  It’s taken such a long time – over 50 hours of work in this piece of slow cloth – but I am so pleased with the result. Recycled fashion? Wearable art? What do you think of my little handmade skirt?

I’m no supermodel, but I’m quite pleased with these photos (the skirt looks good 😉 ), so thanks to my DH for doing me the favour 🙂

And for a close-up …. I love the texture of the woven-in flowers, and I’m hoping that the scalloped edges will fray out gradually to make it more of a fringe.

I’m hoping we get lots more sunshine, because I want to wear this a lot this summer! (And I think it’ll look even better once I get some tan on my legs).