Did you ever have to “make-over” an internet shawl contestant into an “Art Gown”?
If you have, you know it’s not as painful as standing in the shadows of love,
…but still, you spent a lot of time looking out the window wondering how!
Between the challenges of life, the window of opportunity and the shadows of love, lies hope. I dedicate “Autumn Orchid” to Cindy Knoke, and I hope she just loves it!
Cindy’s Blog is filled with color, nature, joy and adventure. It is a most positive place to visit, and as beautiful as any “Art Gown”
This gown started, as a shawl.
The shawl took over 40 hours.
Due to paint drying times, this was over a three week period.
I chose yardage of a 90″ wide piece of floral patterned curtain lace.
This ensured that there would be no seams in the shawl, that it would be 1 piece unto itself.
Cutting deep into the lace around the flowers, a unique bordeur was created.
After mixing metallic copper acrylic paint with fabric medium, I painted the bordeur.
Both sides of the lace were painted.
When finished and dry, the paint was meticulously heat set with a hot iron.
Using finishing scissors, I cut off all micro bits of painted fray.
This made a very smooth edge.
The shawl was entered in a very fabulous talent contest.
It was so exciting!
The slideshow features some of my fave shots of the finished shawl.
Oh…. boohoo! My shawl didn’t win. I moodily wandered around the “Art Gown” room for awhile.
Then, I thought of Cindy, & remembered the old saying “If life gives you a lemon shawl, make “Art Gown” lemonade!”
I halved the remaining lace.
One piece went into a pail with copper acrylic paint and water.
The other half was hand painted with copper, cobalt turquoise & a blend of the two.
I cut around the lace pattern to form a bodice.
For the skirt, the shawl was folded diagonally, as you saw in the slideshow, then fastened around Judy’s waist with the opening in the back. The pail soaked lace was inserted into the back opening.
Flowers were cut out from the rest of the lace. In back, they were ruched onto the insert. In front, they were used like flat puzzle pieces.
Voilà, more “Autumn Orchid”
One last nostalgic look.
P.S. I did find a fabulous turquoise orchid online. It is a rights reserved image, so I can’t show you.
“Art Gown” Autumn Orchid designed by Resa McConaghy – November, 2014
All photos taken by Resa McConaghy – November, 2014