Monday, May 11, 2015

One last image of the Rainbow Stole

Just before I boxed it up to ship to Janine, I thought I'd try it out on black...
Those saturated colours certainly pop!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Rainbow Stole--Complete!

I'm now enjoying the stole on my mannequin in my studio until I ship it in the next few days.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Rainbow Stole...on the home stretch

Following up on Janine's preference for spiral #1, and in green...
...reminiscent of an unfurling fern.
The dove has also been appliqued onto the upper left chest:
...using three different white and off-white brocades to give the dove some dimension.
I've also finished the piping, using these interesting striped ties:
I chose these ties because of the gold, yellow and red stripes.
I've made the piping and have attached it...

The final step is the lining and label!  Almost finished!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Searching for images of spirals produces a dizzying array of options.  The spiral pops up in many cultures, modern and ancient.  In our most recent travels through the Mediterranean, I encountered the spiral in several places...
A mosaic tile floor laid about 2000 years ago in a Roman villa.  I took this photo in the Vatican Museum.

Descending a spiral staircase in a church tower in Sicily

In the National Museum of Archeology, Valletta, Malta.  This carving dates to 3600-2500 BCE

More spirals from the archeology museum in Valletta.
Inspired by these images, here are some possibilities for the back of the stole...
Spiral 1

Spiral 2

Spiral 3
Spiral 4

Spiral 5
I now wait for Janine to express a preference!