|Flower extravaganza in progress but plenty of gaps to fill|
|Make a knot, then twist, pin, wrap and repeat....and keep re-wrapping the slippery fabric......then sew in place from the back|
|Silk organza from this month's Vogue pattern magazine instructions|
The unpictured silk chiffon flowers were the easiest but still a little fiddly. They were just 14 or 18" bias strips 1 1/2 wide, doubled over then hand gathered so they rolled into a flower shape. I used pale, pale pink pearls to make them sparkle.
I have enjoyed watching episodes five and six of The Great British Sewing Bee on youtube while working on this project. We are an Apple computer household (although a very old operating system of theirs) and I wasn't able to download the Hola system. I am waiting anxiously until that great system is available to MAC or ipad people since we happen to love, love love British television. I get annoyed that the so called BBC America channel seems to only broadcast about a half dozen shows....and the GBSB is not one of them!! I do love Gordon Ramsey and the episode today just happens to be a repeat about a local Baltimore restaurant. But really, I want British television. I am grateful that have been able to watch episodes one, two, five and six so far but would gladly pay to see the whole series. I've heard about the American casting call and know that there are so many wonderful people out there in sewing world who would do a marvelous job. But what I love about the GBSB is its gentility and fairness and I am less than hopeful that American producers can (or would want to) translate that touch to a US show. OK, enough of my soapbox. I have my daily walk, gardening, phone calls, emails, a cauliflower curry for dinner and then that run to Joann's. I can see a final project at the end of the tunnel.....