|Bernie in Bluebird Textiles' Paysanne in Red|
So when something like Kathy O'Malley's website, Bluebird Textiles, offers a Co-creation like Paysanne in Red for Bleuette, its a near given I'll hit the purchase button. For one thing, I've been collecting Kathy's costuming for Bleuette for years. Her work for Bleuette is incomparable, and precious as can be. And, she just keeps getting better. Her hand-stitching is awe inspiring, and she adds an exceptional flair to the French patterns that have been made by children and adults for over 100 years.
|Co-creation apron I embroidered|
Now I am not accomplished at embroidery, but I wanted to give this a try. How else do you become good at something unless you apply yourself and practice, learn? So when the outfit arrived a couple of days later, I dressed Bernie and got busy on the embroidery pattern. I thought I might ask my friend Patty Kascsak what color the chickens should be, since she raises a variety of chickens, but decided to wing it on my own.
|Chut Elle Dort by Kathy O'Malley|
|Close up of my embroidery work.|
After straight stitching the brown roosters with their red combs, I worked on the beige hen, then the three little chicks. The chicks were the most difficult since they were so small with many turns and edges. The tufts of grass or weed are a light avocado green complimentary to the dark forest of the dress's edges and color in the skirt pattern. In fact I chose all the colors of embroidery threads based on the their complimentary colors to the dress.
The apron was made from a loose woven silk batiste. Kathy! Of course she chooses delicate and fine fabrics, but this wasn't the best choice for a novice like me to embroider upon. When it came to the French knots for eyes, the little underside knot kept pulling through the loose weave of the fabric. I suppose I could have made a fatter knot on the back, but I was also concerned with the look of the backside. I once read that the back should look as good as the front. These things stay with you!
|The backside must be neat, too!|
Of course, when I completed the last row of "dirt", I wanted to do another one. This was PLAY. It was fun to do and Kathy is a large believer in PLAY. I hope she makes more of these Co-creation sets and I'm lucky enough to be able to do another. Her work sells fast.
|New Eyes and Fresh Curls|
Here we are in the middle of July now. I just heard on the news that the last of the snow in Boston has melted. While here in Auburn, CA, Lake Folsom where I hike my dogs each morning is backing up to a low river now. Due to the drought, they are draining it near dry this year. I still find pools to swim the dogs in, but they'll be wading in "Creek Folsom" by September.
For me, this is another summer of vintage Barbie, and collecting Poppy Parker's Model Scene dolls and outfit-only sets as Jason Wu releases them to the public. I managed to acquire both the white Irwin Barbie Speedboat and aqua Mercedes in near mint conditions. At least Barbie and Ken can boat the imaginary lakes of the 1960's summers past. All is good. Enjoy these soft, lazy days of summer.
Miss E. Mouse
Ps. Do click on the photos of Kathy's comforter. You must see her beautiful work.
|Pink and Brown Eyes in Putty|
|Kathy's beautiful work|
|"Chut Elle Dort!", says Bernie.|