Dressing up for a formal occasion, akateemisiin juhliin sonnustautumista

It's not often that I get to wear an evening gown, but this week-end a friend of mine celebrated her doctoral degree in the traditional way. She was dressed in a black long dress, which I had the honour of making for her and the guests got to put on their best and look quite… Continue reading Dressing up for a formal occasion, akateemisiin juhliin sonnustautumista

Bracelets and pearls, korujuttuja

I've made quite a number of chainmail bracelets for graduation gifts and birthday presents. Usually I use a weave called the byzantine chain, or "king's chain" as it's called in my native finnish. The weave of this slightly less elaborate design is called the 'Jens pind'. This particular bracelet was woven from little rings with… Continue reading Bracelets and pearls, korujuttuja

Dyeing with coffee and blackcurrants, värjäystä kahvilla ja marjamehulla

This year's top fashion colour - rose quarz - seems to have been the theme of my posts just lately. I decided to dye my tatted new earrings from the previous post that colour too to go with my pale pink cardigan. After my experiments of dyeing with avocado skins I've been reading a lot about natural dyes.… Continue reading Dyeing with coffee and blackcurrants, värjäystä kahvilla ja marjamehulla

Tatted and crocheted earrings, korvikset käpypitsistä ja virkkaamalla

Inspired by a Japanese artist Miho Fujita who makes fabulous intricate jewellery with a tiny crochet hook I tried crocheting and tatting these earrings with my tatting thread. On the right my tatted version with a four petal flower motif and on the left my try of Miho Fujita's tiny circle chains. My tatted earrings… Continue reading Tatted and crocheted earrings, korvikset käpypitsistä ja virkkaamalla

Satin evening dress, satiini-iltapuku

The colour scheme of the previous post continues with this forest green satin that we found for a young lady's evening dress. The black lace is sewn onto the bodice slightly asymmetrically and continues to cover the décolletée. * Nuoren neidin iltapukuun löytyi Eurokankaasta paksua ja kauniin metsänvihreää puuvilla-viskoosisatiinia. Miehustaan ommeltiin kiinni mustaa pitsiä joka… Continue reading Satin evening dress, satiini-iltapuku

In the pink, vaaleanpunaista

A dear friend gave me her summery silk dress to renew. The decoltée had sort of enlargened and she asked if I could do something to remedy this. I opened the middle seam and adjusted the front and back a little and then added a tiny bit of lace in the front to keep the… Continue reading In the pink, vaaleanpunaista

Tatted lace earrings and bracelet, käpypitsikorvakorut ja -rannerengas

I made this set of lace jewellery for my daughter last autumn to match the evening dress I sewed for her university ball. She´s just had another occasion to wear them at the end of March. The earrings and bracelet are needle tatted, with small seed beads and exactly the same colour gemstone pearls as… Continue reading Tatted lace earrings and bracelet, käpypitsikorvakorut ja -rannerengas