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Fandango- vest

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Close up view of hand dyed and cotton fabric fans embellished with embroidery; button and bead embellishment.

Date Created: January 1994
Line: Vest
Techniques: Machine quilting; free form embroidery; bead and button embellishment
Fabrics: Silk, hand dyed cotton fabrics

This vest is the class sample for Fandango. I was influenced by scrap pieced quilts from an early age, I loved the thought of using what you had on hand the challenge that is presented. The inspiration for the fan shape came from an old pieced quilt that I had seen in museum.

I bought the hand dyed fabrics, and loved the idea of making pieced fans from this fabric and other cottons that I had been saving for the right project. The background fabric is a raw silk, that is machine quilted in metallic threads using a twin needle.

The fans are hand embroidered in metallic threads; hand embellished with glass beads; paper mâche and metal charms are also included; and of course a wonderful stash of vintage brass and glass buttons.

The jewelry ensemble worn with this is Mardi Gras in Venice.

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