Friday, June 27, 2014

Fabric Shopping in Vienna

On the last day in Vienna, I went fabric shopping.  I had snooped around some crafting forums and found a recommendation for a little out of the way place with good prices.

I found the shop stacked floor to ceiling with bolts of fabric.

Here's the latest addition to The Stash.

Cotton dirndl fabric at a great price.

This would cost three or four times as much in other shops.

They also had some stretch laces I thought were interesting.

I bought a meter of each to go towards future bra making projects.  At some point I need to make something other than 19th century undergarments.

On the off chance someone stumbles across this post and wants to find the place, it's located here:

A-1020 WIEN,
Krummbaumgasse 12 

The shop is called Textil Müller.  They have a website.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Vienna: Habsburg Bling

I've spent the past four days in Vienna.  While most of my vacation pictures are going up on the trip blog, I'm posting some of the crafting-relevant photos here.  Some images will be blurry because they were taken in very low light conditions.  The Schatzkammer contains the treasures of the Austrian Hapsburgs and in most sections, the light is kept very low to help preserve the textiles.

Here are a set of christening gowns and blankets used in the baptisms of various royals.

This features gold sequin designs.  I need to read up on embroidery in the age of Maria Theresia, but I'd guess that this is tambour work of some kind.

This set also features goldwork, only this time in padded stitches with couched pearls.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bead shopping in Salzburg

Yeah, I'm in Austria again.

Here are some photos of the window display of a bead shop in Salzburg.

I bought a copy of the German-language beading magazine "Perlen Poesie" and a couple beads for the souvenir collection.  The website for the store is available here:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Secret Project: My Sister's Wedding Veil

Written March 22, 2014 - June 13, 2014

AAAARGGH!  I'm working on a great project and I can't blog about it until June!  This is driving me nuts!  I'm going to write about it anyway and set the publish date for the wedding date.

So, as a gift to my sister, I've offered to make her wedding veil.  My plan is to make it match the dress she picked out, which has a lot of apple blossom motifs on it.

Here's a detail of the dress bodice:

The skirt is made of tulle and also has some of the apple blossom motifs on it.  For the veil, I wanted to create a similar effect.  After studying the petals, I was able to make a pattern and create my own flowers.

For the first flower, I was tracing each petal onto the organza with a fabric pencil, which was terribly time-consuming since organza is very slippery.  This would not work.  I made two copies of each petal pattern (there's a large and a small piece) out of Ultrasuede.  By pinching pre-cut squares of organza between the pattern pieces and cutting around it, I could significantly reduce the amount of time it took to make a petal.  Mom started helping me make petals and with some experimenting, we were able to cut five petals at once by stacking organza squares between the pattern pieces.  With Mom and Emily cutting petals, and me sewing, we put together a little box full of flowers pretty efficiently.

To wear the veil, I planned to gather the tulle to a hair comb.  After experimenting with gathering the tulle straight across, we concluded that was too poofy.  I cut one end of the length of tulle in a semicircle then rounded the corners of the bottom edge, gathering a portion of the semicircle to the comb.

I decided the veil needed a little more sparkle so I added a beaded edging of size 11 silver-lined crystal seed beads around the edge.  Three at a time.  For a chapel length veil.  Finished it at 3am the morning of the wedding.

Here's the finished product.  Everyone loved it.  I'll have better photos available in about a month or so when my sister gets her professional photos back.  I didn't have much time to do close-ups in good light but I know the photographer took some pictures of just the veil and the hair ornament before we got Emily into her dress.