We are just about at the 48 hour point with me, my dress, and Object Runway.
You will have to trust me when I say that I am ALMOST finished with the dress. Once I complete the front, back, and two sleeves, which I have done. I then top stitch the entire garment. I used to top stitch as I completed each seam, but if I make a mistake I have to take it remove the stitching from the felted wool.. Let’s just say this is difficult although in the privacy of my studio I have used much stronger language to describe the process–it’s not easy folks.
Here are a few sketches of the dress–none of the them are exactly the dress, but you get idea. I wanted something that a fierce, mod, northern ruler would wear as she traversed her arctic kingdom.
I could not help myself, and I did already start working on the head dress for the piece. One of my readers Cathy Torrence from the Valley asked if I would share a bit about the head dress.
These are the seams from felted sweaters. At first I threw them away, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought–there has got to be a use for these things, so I began saving them. I tied them end to end and rolled them into balls. I used them for ribbon on Christmas presents this year which I thought was a nice folksy touch.
Then I started thinking that I might want to keep my sweater seams with the sweater they belong to. Don’t ask me why. Maybe Maria 2012 knew that Maria 2013 would need them saved that way to make the head dress for Queen of the North.
Here is how I prep my sweaters once I felt them in the washing machine.
Once I have properly filleted a sweater, I put it in its color cubby. Walt just built this storage unit for me. It is perfect. And I think the sweaters look lovely all together in their cubbies.
So the sweater seams are the key to the head dress. What would you do with them?
Thank you Cathy for the idea to share my sweater seams. If any of you have ideas for posts, just let me know.