Friday, July 22, 2016

Celebrating The Collar

Your ability to create anything has to start with desire - ... desire alone is not adequate to create results. In order to achieve your objectives, you have to create plans and take action every day. You have to do something every day toward your dream. - from Living Write by Kelly L. Stone





This little blue coat is taking longer than I thought to complete although - to be fair - I have sidetracked into other projects however - again to be fair - the collar has been truly tedious to stitch together. It was a days and weeks as opposed to hours and days amount of work that I think looks quite fabulous in the end. LOL - I'm glad.





After trying various ideas, I settled on creating long serger strips with pink top stitching and then stitched them in loops to the collar base. The ruler allowed me to keep the size of the loop uniform and provided an edge to stitch against with a zipper foot.





AND... it's done - the collar that is. The coat still has quite a bit more work to go but for now, I'm celebrating the collar. Having Barb here made it easier to stay with the task. LOL - maybe I'll be done the coat before she leaves. Today, I'm working on the sleeves AND...





... exploring yet still another idea for the pendant for the black and white necklace. I realized that as much as I liked the painted rock, what I really wanted was something more fabric oriented so I've been making large rolled beads from strips of different fabrics. The blurry picture above is white linen with black thread work and an appliqued thicker black cording. It's not quite there yet but it is getting there.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a finished collar

12 comments:

  1. Oh oh OH! That collar is gorgeous!

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  2. That collar is pretty amazing.

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    1. I'm glad. It took an amazingly long time to make.

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  3. Love the collar. I'm watching your journey to make textile jewelry with interest. I do some silversmithing and really love both sewing and working with metals. I will admit, that I rarely see textile jewelry and when I do.... well, I guess it's fair to say I have a strong bias towards metal jewelry, so take whatever I say with that in consideration. However, the coat collar is really something and maybe that is the direction your exploration of textile jewelry should go in? Rather than a fiber version of metal or bead jewelry, think of fiber jewelry as modular pieces of decorative and wearable clothing. I'm not sure I'm conveying my thought in a very articulate way. It's seems like you are fighting with the fiber to make jewelry and that collar piece is so free and unique and very much YOU. I could see something akin to that becoming a separate, wearable piece. Just a thought. Discard if not useful. I do love your blog and your process and feel very privileged to be a part of it even though I don't comment all the time. I appreciate how generously you share your creative spirit with us.

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    1. I've seen a lot of textile jewelry that was less than best so I can totally understand your bias. For me, that's part of the challenge. Can I making something that has a degree of sophistication that I think would be wearable. While I wouldn't wear something that looked like the collar, I have - after great struggle - created two textile pieces in the last few months that get a lot of compliments when they're out in public so I think I am making progress. A part of the struggle is that my skills don't yet match my imagination so it takes me longer to get to a YES. I hope, as I keep pushing through, that they'll get more in line with each other asap.

      I'm really glad to have this forum for sharing my journey and thrilled to have readers that want to share it. It's amazing how the Internet connects those of us that love the same things. YES YES

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  4. I would so love this collar on a coat. It's stunning and creative beyond words! I have studied your very helpful photo on how you formed the strips and it's brilliant! i feel like you have made a non-fur, fur collar! Don't you think your collar design would make great cuffs too???? Or, a hand muff? Love your journey and being able to read about it twice a week!

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    1. The collar design would make good cuffs too... LOL... just not with my hips. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog.

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  5. Hello Myrna,
    Wow, I just wanted to say that your line of children's art clothing is out of this world. I can see a boutique full of these pieces. I know it's not easy to get the prices they deserve for the time it takes for the creations. Just sayin, there is NOTHING out there as wonderful as your wearable art for kiddos. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Leslie. They are just fun pieces created to try ideas and to play - nothing too serious and I'm happy to keep it that way. I really appreciate the compliment.

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