Category Archives: piecing

Black on Black Swing

A quick snapshot before it was boxed and shipped to its new home. A coat from all black silks, pieced into strips sewn together with a beautiful black wool. I had started this a few weeks back and promised a picture of the finished coat. Thank you Jackie for coming up with a great idea. […]
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Black on Black

I have a system in place for my pieced swing coats and choose the colors carefully. So when people ask if I can make one in a different color way, I almost always have to decline. However, this one intrigued me, black on black. Nothing but texture to differentiate the various fabrics. Below, the coat […]
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Spring Forward

Light colors for Spring! A jacket pieced from various white and cream kimono silks. See the very pretty brocade, with the touches of silver and crimson? I’ve been saving the last pieces of this fabric for a special project. It turns out the special project was this jacket. It adds just enough color to remind […]
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Ready for 2017 ACC Baltimore

Just around the corner! It’s the American Craft Council’s annual show in Baltimore. I’ve been at my sewing machine, head down, kimono silk flying, scissors snipping, pins and needles everywhere and finally, in the end, a new group of jackets and coats. Like this one below, cut and reassembled to emphasize the gorgeous red and […]
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New for ACC Baltimore 2017

My studio is buzzing! Lots going on as I prepare for the American Craft Council’s annual show in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland. Each week I focus on a different style and shape. Two weeks ago, it was unlined jackets and trench coats. In the last several days, it’s been jackets. Pieced, appliquéd or beaded, all made […]
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Cranes for the New Year

A jacket pieced from beautiful kimono silks, highlighted with cranes silhouetted against gold clouds. Symbols of good luck and eternal youth, cranes are the perfect theme for the beginning of 2017. Can you see them? Even closer for a better look. Beads along the seam lines between the pieced sections. I’m sending wishes of good […]
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Almost Ready for the 2016 Holiday Show

A new jacket and skirt for the annual Holiday Show here in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The jacket’s close, there are just a few more things to do, the buttonholes and buttons, hem the linings and add belt loops. But the pieced and appliquéd skirt. It has a way to go…. It’s next Weekend!!! December 10 […]
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Some Good Stuff

Ava, my neighbor’s serious little dog, came to visit for an afternoon. She knows but isn’t saying. A giant box of beautiful kimono silks arrived. Gorgeous stuff! I can’t wait to get into these. My big project! Here, in mid process, it’s all but complete now. For the White House Christmas party [Yes!]. Too much […]
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In the Middle

It’s where I am right now. I’m past the beginning, but far from the end. I’m right in the middle. This is how it works for me. My project is chosen, I know what the end will be. I think about it, decide on the direction and then figure out how to get there. Finally, […]
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Pine and Dots

A few jackets that were photographed but didn’t make it to the blog. Now they’ve moved on to new homes, so it’s one last look. A jacket sewn from a gorgeous kimono silk. Covered with an oh so cool pine needle and branch design, accented with little red dots. I appliqued skinny bias strips to […]
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