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Autumn Leaves Must Fall Short Sleeved Jacket

close up of ribbon worked flowers and leaves

Close up view of ribbon and fabric flowers and leaves embellished with vintage celluloid and Bakelite buttons embroidery and bead embellishment.

Date Created: September 1995
Liner: Short sleeved jacket, hat and wand
Jewelry: Entwined Roses
Techniques: Machine piecing and quilting; traditional free form and silk ribbon embroidery; ribbon work flowers; beads and vintage buttons used for embellishment.
Fabrics: cotton, silk, vintage embroidered fabrics

The inspiration for this piece was both the vintage chain stitched embroidered section from Saudi Arabia and the vintage buttons that were a gift from a friend. The original pattern was a vest, and I added the short sleeve and kimono collar to create the jacket.

The flowers and leaves on the jacket are made from both fabric and ribbon; the ribbons are satin, vintage silk velvet (from Lacis), and Hanah silk bias; the buttons are all vintage celluloid and Bakelite. The traditional embroidery is stitched with silk ribbon and metallic threads.

The necklace is an adaptation of my pattern "Entwined Roses", Antique Autumn Roses. The necklace's focal point is a metallic passementerie piece and vintage buttons given to me by a friend. It is embellished with ribbonworked flowers and leaves surrounded by peyote stitched vintage and new glass beads sewn to and around silk and satin cords.

The hat (not shown) is a pillbox hat made from the same fabrics. The wand Polgara's Mask is made from a tree root, shaped in a figure eight to form the mask; the piece is embellished with a vintage pheasant feathers, ribbonworked flowers and leaves; vintage millinery pieces.

wearable art with crazy pieced sections embellished with vintage buttons and silk ribbon embroidery wearable art with crazy pieced sections embellished with vintage buttons and ribbonworked flowers and leaves

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