Close up view of ribbon and fabric flowers and leaves embellished with silk ribbon embroidery, brazilian embroidery and bead embellishment.
Date Created: April 1994
Techniques: Machine curved piecing; free form embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, ribbon worked flowers and leaves, bead and sequin embellishments
Fabrics: Hand dyed cotton, tapestry, cotton, embroidered cotton India, ribbons, laces, trims
Quelque Fleurs- meaning "some flowers" in French is appropriate to the lining fabric which came from France. The body of the vest is curved pieced, with cotton and tapestry fabrics and vintage trims used in the pieced section on the back.
The seams each curved section have a different pattern of embellishment, some are embroidered, some are stitched with handmade trim, others embellished with ribbon worked flowers. The ribbon embroidery is stitched with silk and metallic threads, enhanced by fresh water pearls, vintage sequins and glass seed beads.
The ribbon worked sections are made from satin and novelty ribbons, enhanced with lace trims, vintage and new buttons and additional beading.
A very feminine piece indeed. This vest is worn with Mandolin Reign, and is an example for the class Quelque Fleurs that I teach.