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What’s In a Name?

reduce re-use recycle
Do you remember my January post about turning my scraps into fabric twine?
My first project with it was to make these.

doily/trivet
And I continued with the re-use-recycle idea and folded origami boxes out of Vogue magazine pages to gift pack them in.

origami box and fabric twine trivet

Trivet or Doily? – What you call it depends on how you use it!

detail

origami box

trivet – doily

handmade from textile offcuts

silk – wool – cotton

origami box

folded from old Vogue magazine pages

recycled paper

Pencil Sketch

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Botanical

embroidered fabriccutting fabricembroided fabric detail© Sandra Alcorn 2014

An Imaginary Journey

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Last winter playing with scraps from something I was cutting out I made this felted wool ‘flower’. This morning I stitched a safety pin on the back to adorn my vintage coat lapel.

When I returned from walking Mademoiselle Agnes I decided to create a vignette.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

With a posie of bergenias, daisies and ivy.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

A scarf I made decorated with vintage buttons.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Some old suitcases and my ruffle trimmed umbrella.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

An Imaginary Journey.

What is the destination? Who are the flowers for?

Perhaps it might inspire a story from the writers amongst you!

Georgie’s Dress

Dress Front

If you read my previous posts The Beginnings Of A Dress and Embellish And Adorn you will find the story behind the creation of this dress.

flower detailBodice detailhandcut silk flowers

These silk organza flowers are handcut and embellished with a Swarovski crystal in the centre.

The dress does up with small silk covered buttons down the back.

Dress - back

Embellish And Adorn

© Sandra Alcorn

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

In my last post The Beginnings Of A Dress I had embarked on dying the fabric and fitting the toile for my niece’s leavers dress. We’ve got a lot done in a week, including making and beading some of the flowers to embellish the dress.

We also made time to visit my friend Amanda – I made a Garden Fairy’s Dress out of Rhododendrons from her garden last October. This time she had baked a delicious tea cake soaked in a brandy syrup and adorned it with fresh flowers.

Despite the wintery temperatures, wind and rain this week – all the flowers – both real and silk have allowed Springs festive air to shine through.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

The Beginnings Of A Dress

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

In my post ‘An Elf In My Letterbox’ back in June I mentioned one of my nieces  would be visiting in September so I could create her school leavers dress.

We’ve been planning and plotting for several months with idea and sketches going to and fro and Marinella Rauso’s stylish blog I Love Green Inspiration provided some inspiration.

I had already chosen the fabrics and ordered a selection of beads and sequins in preparation. Last Wednesday she arrived and Friday we embarked on stage 1 – dye the fabric. The first attempt gave a pretty result but wasn’t colour fast so we re-dyed and now it’s a richer colour.

© Sandra Alcorn

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Yesterday I saw a picture of Diane Kruger in a Valentino ‘poudre’ tulle illusions gown from the Resort 2014 collection – the colour and ‘feel’ is similar to what we’re creating.

Of course it hasn’t been all work and no play! – Saturday we went to Salamanca Markets and found a gorgeous cocktail ring and earrings to go with the dress and on Sunday we went to MONA and ‘feasted’ on fabulous art.

But today it’s back to ‘The Dress’!

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Russet Tones

© Sandra Alcorn

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

A few weeks ago I composed this still life with remnants of an embroidered silk, my grandmother’s teacup, apples & seed pods.

It captured all the Autumn russet tones in my garden and around the neighbourhood.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

The maple tree by my front gate that I can see from my studio window.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

 A florists window display – taken on a weekend away in Melbourne.

Now most of the trees are bare and I spent Saturday raking piles of leaves to reveal the green tips of bulbs pushing through to catch the winter sun.

Choosing Sides

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

The ‘wrong side’ of some fabrics is sometimes just as beautiful as the right side and can make a more interesting choice for a design.

Cotton prints reversed can have a faded vintage feel, the reverse of some brocades show the pattern in bands of stripes and jacquards can have a striking positive/negative effect that begs to have both sides showing.

The underside of the Morning Glory flowers revealed softer shades of purple and a pleat like texture that inspired a very different look to the previous Garden Fairy’s dress – which is your favourite?

Wallflower

Yesterday’s rain made the roses sparkle with droplets of water in the sun. I wished I’d picked a bunch in the morning but looking down on them from the sunroom window gave me an idea. I pulled out the cotton yo-yo flowers I’d made with no particular project in mind – in my imagination they have been a quilt, embellished numerous things and been teamed with vintage bamboo handles for a bag.

Patchwork and I have always had a lot of false starts – the only ones I’ve ever finished have been for gifts as baby quilts – I wonder if it’s because I’ve had a finite size and deadline to work within? Mostly I enjoy the process of playing with colour and pattern, by not making the pieces into something gives the opportunity to play again.

Yesterday’s idea is the perfect way to use them – on display to enjoy but easily rearranged and re-imagined.

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