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World travelling, north of the 49th living, Caribbean born, Barcelona dreaming makeup artist. A motionless perpetual motion machine.
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Little Pieces

bits and pieces

One of my favourite parts of knitting/crochet/sewing is the gathering of materials; I get a big kick out of finding the bits and pieces which then become a finished project. It is like working a puzzle but one with many possible solutions.

vintage toile de jouy, recycled sari silk ribbon, and lace

Seeing a myriad of possibilities has a downside as I often hesitate not knowing which choice I will like the best. This is where knitting wins for me, way easier to change ones mind when knitting, with sewing once fabric is cut the options narrow greatly (it's also my excuse for buying way more fabric than I need - it is an up side and an excuse all rolled into one!)

You know that great feeling you get when you have hit upon the perfect combo...way too seductive. I often just star at the pieces, in part to ensure the feeling isn't fleeting but also because you want to savour the effect.

I often get more from that than actually making the item up. Well, almost.

One of my favourite combos is this bad boy below, not quite there but happy thus far with the colours and textures,

old imported English coutil, vintage silk floss, beaded appliqué, and lace

Playing around with dyeing: packaged natural dyes and stuff from the panty; commercial dyes; fabric painting. It has been a while since I thought of just creating the palette I want so a lot of stuff to re-learn.

tea-dyed cluny cotton lace

tea-dyed English coutil I had purchased over 20 years ago (pinned bias tape also tea-dyed)

All in all, I have six corsets I have been working on for the past few months (well, really only a month with the day job creating a four month hiatus from their completion).

A lot of great little pieces in a bid to make a lovely whole.

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