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Mandolin Reign Ensemble

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

Date Created: Jacket- July 1994
Line: Jacket, hat band
Techniques: Machine piecing; hand appliqué, free form traditional crazy quilt embroidery, hand bead and button embellishments
Fabrics: Cotton, silk, tapestry, ribbon and lace trims

This jacket was inspired by a very beautiful song by Bruce Hornsby, called Mandolin Rain. I loved the gentle melody, describing soft summer day with a gazebo at park, and a couple in love. The jacket is an example of the techniques learned in Avonlea Revisited.

The jacket pattern was cut into sections, and each section is entirely crazy pieced, hand embroidered and embellished with beads and buttons. The sections were reassembled onto batting, with the raw edges of each section hidden by satin ribbon and lace trims. The laces are both vintage and new, some hand tatted and crochet.

Additional embellishments of stitched fan shapes and ribbon worked flowers adorn the pieced sections. There are many vintage mother of pearl, glass and early plastic buttons on the jacket. The beads used in the embroidery are vintage and new glass, fresh water pearls and mother of pearl.

The jewelry ensemble that I created for this garment is called Mandolin Reign. The vest that can also be worn with this is called Quelque Fleurs, and the purse that matches both is called Mandolin Reign.

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