The widower of a regular customer contacted me one day & asked me to make a special gift for the new lady in his life. He wanted a small bag that she could wear while dancing and into which she could pop her dance notes (they are both keen scottish dancers).
The brief was that it should be heart shaped and able to hold an A4 piece of paper after it had been folded about 3 times. He also wanted quilted hearts and her initial – ‘P’
The concentric hearts weren’t a problem. The initial took a little longer to work out.
a ‘P’ that turned into a ‘D’
Finally! The hearts & P joined.
With the design finalised I got to work with the quilting.
Quilted concentric hearts
Quilted dance bag with initial P. Shown from the wrong side!
Can you spot my deliberate mistake? All was not lost! I quickly re-wired my brain to work back-to-front and tried again.
Dance bag with quilted concentric hearts
Dance bag with initial ‘P’
Heart shaped clasp
With the addition of an adjustable (& detachable) strap held on with beautiful heart shaped clasps and magnets to hold it closed, I think the lovely ‘P’ had a rather lovely bag.
In 2007 I made a wedding dress & coat for a lovely couple, Michelle & Stuart (see my previous blog ‘A Celtic Twist’)
A few years later I asked to borrow these to show at a wedding fair. In payment Stuart asked for some pockets to be added to his coat. I was more than happy to oblige.
He didn’t want pocket flaps to spoil the line of the coat so instead I just added a ribbon tab and button to close the pocket & hopefully foil the pick pocket (or2).
This couple wanted to lift their elegant wedding outfits with a little subtle surface decoration. We settled on a simple Celtic knotwork design to enhance the deep cuffs of the groom’s coat and the neckline of the bride’s dress.
Hand-made Celtic embroidery and beaded knotwork to highlight the neckline of a wedding dress
Tessa wanted a contemporary, colourful wedding gown for her special day.
The dress is made from jade green satin with over layer of very pale green chiffon.
The cloak is cut and made in a way that makes it look like it has a hood at the back.
The cloak’s fastener has hand-sewn buttonholes and silver embroidery.
Tessa wore a classically styled silver silk cloak which concealed the embroidery on her dress, for maximum effect later
The hand embroidered design is based on Tessa’s necklace.
Chinese knotwork creates a focal point at the back of the cloak
Tessa, looking radiant on her wedding day.
The false hood is embellished with the same crystals as the dress.
Together, we designed a delicate wedding dress in jade green silk, with a chiffon overlay in a very pale green. Inspired by the design of her favourite necklace, I hand-embroidered the bodice with silver thread and crystals.
In order to create a magical ‘reveal’, Tessa chose to wear a silver silk cloak over her dress. The fastener tab cleverly concealed the embroidery on her bodice until she removed the cloak during the service.
The cloak was cut to a classical shape, carefully draped to create a ‘hood’ at the back which I decorated with a piece of Chinese knotwork. The same crystals and silver thread which I used to embellish the dress bodice were scattered over the cloak to discreet effect.