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Chandos Summer Storm- vest

wearable art garment by Christen Brown

Close up view of ribbon and fabric flowers and leaves embellished with silk ribbon embroidery, and bead embellishment.

Date Created: Vest- 1999
Line: Vest
Techniques: Machine stitched ribbons and lace; traditional free form and silk ribbon embroidery; ribbon worked flowers and leaves; hand beading and embellishments
Fabrics: Hand dyed cotton, silk, rayon, lace, satin and silk ribbons

This inspiration for this vest were the wonderful colors in the fabric, that reminded me of the stormy days and nights spent at our cabin at Chandos Lake in Ontario. This vest is a sample of the techniques learned in my Vintage Redressed class.

The vivid blues and grays of the water and sky are represented in the ribbon worked flowers and silk ribbon embroidery. The vintage tahiti shell buttons and bits of abalone pick up the colors of nature's fury as well.

The ribbon flowers are made from Hanah silk bias ribbon, satin ribbon, and vintage grosgrain ribbon. The strips of lace are made from filet crochet, tatted and machine lace. Additional ribbons and trims adorn the vest with vintage buttons, beads and charms. Bead embellishments encrust the ribbon work flowers and other areas.

I made a mask, Moonlit Sea, from the leftover pieces of fabric, and a neckpiece is called Summers by the Sea from the leftover beads and charms.

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