The project recovered well. I hand-embroidered this (on a fresh piece of velvet) over the course of a couple of days and now, I genuinely prefer the hand-embroidered red velvet. The lettering is about the same size, but has a more intimate "Old Fashioned Family" feel to it, in my opinion. What do you think? The project is about two-thirds complete at this point and I'll post the update when it is up on Etsy.com.
To use with the red velvet, I had a lovely silver fox coat. Well, it was lovely when I started. I sliced it open at the hem and did a nosedive in. Here's what I found.
In case you can't tell, that's a dressmakers pin and a needle, still threaded, from the original maker. The furrier left her sharp tools in the coat!
This was a very high quality fur coat. The internal work showed a skilled furrier who knew what he (or she) was doing. Many furs are absolute works of art, with support stitching and needlework that compares favorably to fine tapestries. This one was very well done, but the woman who owned it wore it for years before letting it go to a Canadian reseller who offered it to me at a tidy price.
The lesson here: if you've ever wondered if your clothing is sticking it to you, the answer is, could be...
Next I want to show you this lovely jacket. It appears to be some sort of spotted sheep.
I refer to it as "Skippy the Goat Coat." Yeah, it's been in the work closet long enough to get a name. (It's so distinctive that I couldn't stop myself. I named it.) I thought long and hard about what best to do with Skippy. It was difficult because the person who sold "Skippy" used photoshop to change the color of the coat. (It's not as white as this photograph makes it appear.) I decided on two lovely pillows. As it happened, I got three.
I've photographed them on my overstuffed leather chair, but I've decided what is really needed is a nice cozy afghan to really set the scene. So I'm going to borrow one to put under the pillows and rephotograph them. Then I'll post them on Etsy.com. I have to say, considering my thoughts on the seller's deceptive photos, these pillows are quite wonderful.
They look good, yes? They really are so soft and inviting. But I'm going to rephotograph and then invite them to go hang out in their wrappers on a storage shelf until needed again. Happy July Fourth!