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« on: August 21, 2009 03:36:12 PM »

I have just finished this capelet for my sister.




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(i love my sister and many of the things I make are with her in mind) Well i think I finished- I was thinking of maybe adding some yellow french knots around the leaves of the beets to represent pollen.  What do you all think of that?  Yellow french knots too much?


  My sister's favourite book is Jitterbug Perfume, and she has a tattoo of asparagus to which she is adding some beets to soon, so i figured I would incorporate the beets into a garment.  She lives in the Bay area so a light capelet for cool weather is a good idea.

 The capelet has a belt and 4 thrifted buttons, it is made of sage greyish fleece and unlined.  The beets are made of raw silk that was a happy accident- I found a small scrap in a bag of fabric i bought at a thrift store, and washed it.  When it dried in the dryer it twisted into a ball and came out with this amazing wrinkling texture, which i preserved by ironing onto some interfacing before cutting out beet shapes.  The leaves are winsdor satin which my daughter picked out when she was 18 months old...she's 4 now and I had yet to make anything. (I only have a yard. Originally planned on a princess dress but never got around to it. >.<)

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So what do you think?  Should I put some yellow french knots around the shoulder area or would that be too much? 

Thanks for looking ^.^

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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009 04:09:41 PM »

WOW!

I love this! I want one! Awesome!

So many exclamation points in one line of text but WOW!!!! Love it love it love it!!!!!!!!

I think it is wicked as is, but if you fancy yellow french knots then go for it! Or how about trying some on a scrap bit of green and pinning it on, just so you can see if it is lost/ or overkill!!!!

I really really want this!!!

Great job!

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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009 04:14:55 PM »

thanks!  My husband has been on me all week about overworking it, which is something I am definitely thinking of.  I wanted to keep it appealing from a tactile point of view, as well, with all the different textures. What do you think of maybe yellow or gold beads instead of french knots?  Originally I wanted to put some red beads around the edges as well but I've been working on it for almost two weeks and I'm not sure how the beads would hold up to being touched a lot.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009 04:39:16 PM »

I am totally in love with this. And I hate beets. That is a testament to it's complete awesome-osity. The pollen would be a bit much for me, personally.

As my four-year-old son would say:
"Yeah! Who wouldn't want one of those?!"
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009 04:40:49 PM »

OMG !! I soooo love this. Funny when I first saw it I thought....Umm wonder if they have ever read Jitter Bug Perfume. Smiley
That is mine and hubby's favorite book. At least on the top of the list. I think it is beautiful. Smiley
Your sister is a very lucky lady.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2009 05:15:49 PM »

i'd never thought about getting a foodie tattoo.
but i checked out flickr, i think i must have come across your sister, the asparagus looks cool.
as did all the other foodie tatts.
cup cakes are really popular! who knew?

i love what you've done with the capelet.
my mother gave me an ugly grey jacket, some thing like this would jazz it up though.
how did you get the leaves to bubble so much?
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2009 05:31:12 PM »

Yeah, there are only a couple on flickr of asparagus tattoos, hers is the line art one, hasn't had it colored yet.  The leaves were cut out large, and then gathered all around the edges.  Then they were pinned on so that the puffy parts of the edges were turned under.  Every leaf was about half again as large as the outline that was sewn on, and they were really puffy before I stitched the red veins on.  I'm not sure if I'm explaining that right. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2009 12:18:52 AM »

That's a stunning piece of clothing.  If I saw someone wearing that I would have to stop them and comment on it.  Amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2009 10:53:39 AM »

Aw that's so cute!  I LOVE beets!  Really well-made.  Great work!
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2009 10:57:23 AM »

Its beautiful and so well done. For some reason it reminds me of Luna Lovegood wear. Smiley
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