Joy and Celebration
Here's a little peek behind the first stole commission I completed.
The gold signifies Joy and Celebration, and is used for special days such as Easter Sunday, Christmas Days and the white signifies purity for saints who weren't martyrs.
Here's a few steps along the journey...
I started out with some sketches, and developed some ideas on my computer.
Then I took these into some experiments. I started out trying out some embroidery but this didn't work. So I decided it would be better to paint all the designs on. The challenge came when I realised the silk fabric didn't contain 100% silk after all so the silk paints didn't get absorbed properly - grrrr!
I changed my paints and continued on...
Once they were done I chose the gold and white fabrics to complement the design.
Then it was sewing time... to bring it all together... a scattering of sequins and Mum's hand embroidered cross sitting on the back of the neck, it was all complete:
Here is Nic modelling it for the first time... go sis!
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