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thinking outside the box

dancinseamstres's beading edging yay! I'm still working out what I'm doing with the back section so no pics yet but I'm digging it so far. I haven't gotten to work on it as much as I've wanted thanks to lots of MK appointments and errands I need to run for the Women's Retreat before I leave for vacation but I'm hoping to spend a nice chunk of today working on it.

I've been having a total blast with caseysmusingsCasey this week. I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing we don't live closer to each other, we have been getting ourselves into all sorts of brilliant, creative trouble. It's fun to hang out with a kindred spirit, although shopping together is proving dangerous!


In the midst of errand running yesterday we popped into a store I've known about for years but never been in. *rolls eyes* Fabrics Unlimited was all decorator fabrics but some lovely stuff. I made Casey buy some yummy yardage on the bargain table and in turn she made me buy some trim. It was a loopy, fluffy trim for pillows but I bought a bit to see what would happen if I pulled it apart. All trims are easy to take apart once you find the right thread to pull. I found it and behold - 4 lengths of lovely 18th century style fly-fringe yardage! Out of .5 yards of trim I ended up with 48 yards of fringe, which Bridget informs me comes out to $.17 a yard. Right On!

I'm not sure of the colors for the 18th century, the variegation is a little stark and the colors are maybes so I may try over-dying it. What color I don't know, I need an actual project first. :> I'm loving the idea of trimming something in a black version of this delicate type fringe though so guess what I'll have my eyes peeled for in NYC next week? :P

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dancinseamstres From: dancinseamstres Date: September 18th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC) (link)
ooooooo. yummmmmmmm.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 24th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC) (link)
My feelings exactly!
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: September 18th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) (link)
That beading is beautiful.
I've never even looked at fringe thinking I could take it apart. Interesting idea. But I'm not too good at trimming, & I have minimal knowledge of what's period correct either.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 24th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks!

Trims are fun! I avoided them until a couple of years ago but now I'm loving them, especially delicate trims like this. Just keep looking at period frocks and pics, that is how I've learned. Fashion (Kyoto) and Dangerous Liaisons are great books for studying 18th century trims and decoration.
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: September 24th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC) (link)
I have the Kyoto book, and Dangerous Liasions is on my list. :)
I took a class at CC for trims this last time, and it did make me do more on my ballgown. I've always done things so plain, so I hope I do better. Your work on your gowns have been inspirational.
BTW, I am so envious of your NY fabric district raids.
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: September 20th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC) (link)
The beading looks lovely!

And how fun is that trim. Great find!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 24th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It was really easy and fast to do. I have a feeling I'll be uing it again on some costume or another! :>

Fun huh? I'm not sure what I'm going to do with that multi colored stuff but I'm thinking the black I just bought needs to trim that yellow silk taffeta I bought at Home Fabrics in LA. *gleefully rubs hands*
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: September 21st, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC) (link)
You can buy balls of yarn just like that, too. Checking clearance bins at yarn stores gets you great deals :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 24th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC) (link)
Good to know, thanks! I never shop for yarn... looks like I'll have to start checking it out! :>
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