Style Arc: Lotti, Lotta Lotti

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As the weather turns warm (let’s not count that cold spell from last week, where the mountains got snow) thoughts turn to easy breezy attire.

Another rendition of Style Arc’s Lotti in the last of what I’ve taken to calling the “stoplight” fabric.

There was enough fabric to adjust placement so another wardrobe faux pas didn’t occur, but beyond that not a scrap was left.  The fabric stash unearthed a complimentary ponte to use as the second third.

Second third?  Hey, look at the pattern: 2 distinct fabrics, separated by thirds.  Second third.  Shhh!  Don’t tell Strunk & White.  That’ll be our little secret.

Sewn on the serger.  Hemmed on the cover stitch.  Worn by Moi!

Nevermore

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quoth the Raven

Or something to that effect.  It’s been a while since I’ve ready Edgar Allen Poe, still his writing does stick with one.

This necklace is for no particular reason other than finding some very uniaue Day of the Dead pewter bird skulls.  If you look closely at the photo below, you can even see they’re decorated with bas relief rosettes.  How cool is that!

The focal is a mix of shiny and black matte beads, with small pops of color to keep the piece lively rather than funereal.  Digging through the stash unearthed (pun intended) some pewter skulls which are randomly strung on the neck strap.

Elko

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I admit to having been a bit of a blog slacker these past couple weeks.  BUT I think I have good reason.I was getting ready for a show!  Wow!  I still can’t believe it, and I was there!

I spent the week before deciding on which additional pieces to bring – Something new?  Something blue?  And of course, Something Completely Different!

First, for those who don’t know, Elko is a fair sized town in Northeastern Nevada, about a six hour drive from Carson City, the state capital.  Predominant business there is mining.  Nevada isn’t called “The Silver State” for nothin’.  This weekend also happened to have a mining convention, as well as high school graduation, so it was a hopping place.

The Museum is absolutely fantastic.  While I tend to think of Elko as a small town (shame on me for that) the Museum is top notch.  The permanent exhibits are exceptional – Ansel Adams and Edward Westin to name just a few.  And me!  Not that I’m rubbing display areas with the likes of them.  Ha!  Ha!

For the reception they decorated an antique display case, and positioned it right up front as you entered the Museum.  I got to sit next to it, and show additional beadwork.  I brought some pieces that were in progress so visitors could see they really are created One Bead at a Time.

It was a Grand Time.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Museum staff and visitors.  Everyone was delightful, attentive and personable.  If you’re ever in Elko, be sure to stop by!

Coming Up Irises

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As the weather has warmed up, lanky green leaves started to appear in the iris garden.   Then it was flower stalks, tantalizing with the promise of blooms to come.  The past two weeks it’s been warm enough that the flowers have put forth their glory.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

The irises are courtesy of Grandmeow and my good friend E.  Irises apparently grow like weeds here, requiring very little care.  These blooms aren’t even hooked up to the drip line.  They just get whatever water falls from the sky.  That makes them perfect for me, as I have a black thumb when it comes to growing things.

The single windows in the background are my office.  When it’s a particularly trying day, I look out an am reminded that no matter how difficult work is, there is beauty in the world.

Vogue 1412: Borders

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Started at sewing camp.  Completed at home.

Vogue 1412 in a lovely border-print silk crepe.  Even better, the fabric was from last year’s ASG garage sale!  Woohoo!  Like Goldilocks, there was just enough for this blouse.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a formal woven blouse.  Not that this blouse is for formal occasions, far from it, but that it involved more formal sewing skills.  A cuff.  A cuff placket.  Shawl collar.  Gathers.

And of course being silk, the need to finish all the interior edges  appropriately.  As nice on the inside as is is on the outside.

Expecting to wear the top over leggings, I lengthened it about 2 inches.  I also cut it on the cross grain, to make full use of the lovely floral border.

Floaty Flowery Fabulosity!