of my favorite
of summer is the Hydrangea. Just a little water and these magical
flowers, one-half foot wide, appear. Blue, pink, green, white, even a
touch of magenta appear out of lush green foliage.
If you are like me, inspiration comes from everywhere and nature is no
exception. If Monet had lived in a desert, we might never gaze
wistfully at his work, imagining the cool waters and supple breezes he
brings to life in his painting.
Bring that imagery to your work no matter what you do and your
creations will always be well done.
is a collage of
photos for and published in Sew News
Magazine wherein they featured an article on hidden surprises. This is
the coat I shared with author Peggy Bendel. Inside this western style,
A-line duster you find a field of Hydrangeas. Omit the walking ease
slit in back as the A-line accommodates this.
The shoulders are adorned with stitching of mohair in hues of blue.
I extended the bodice opening to create a "fastener zone", as you can
see so the outsides meet up perfectly. You see only the decorative
I was inspired by the work of
Kumiko Sudo in her book Fabled Flowers (order isbn# 0-8442-2645-9 from Amazon.com