Wednesday, 7 May 2014


Good morning WOYWWers. Today I have two different desks to show you.
This first one is my sewing room/study and on there you can see some cream and gold brocade. My daughter Judith is being ordained in June and she needs a stole.(One of those strange things Anglican priest wear, along with all their other fancy vestments.As a Baptist minister her father didn't bother with all that paraphenalia) She spent a long time trying to work out what she wantedincluding looking at some beautifully embroidered ones, but they were very expensive, then I canvassed a couple of WOYWWers who do beautiful embroidery and one very kind lady said she would make one and what did my daughter want. Well at that point Jude was taking exams and buying and selling a house and simply couldn't get her head around thinking what to ask Jo to do for her.  So she bought a nice painted Fair Trade one.
Then she had a brainwave, her wedding dress was sitting in her attic and it would be rather fitting if I could use the brocade from that to make a stole for her to wear when she conducted weddings,so that is what is on my sewing machine.

Today Margaret and I are off gallivanting again, but this time it is only to Abakhan to buy some interfacing for the stole, so it will remain unfinished until tomorrow evening. And we won't be doing any visiting until this evening. (Whether I will come back with only interfacing is very doubtful, but that is what one has to tell the DB)

My landing worktop has some card makings and a few ATC's, partially hidden, so no one can see a complete one yet. I have completed a dozen and have at least another 6 which will be finished, so if you wish to swap with me, please let me know. So you can see stamping, die cutting, gems, a nice freebie embossing folder and all sorts of clutter on there.

If you have just arrived at this page and wonder what I am burbling about, please visit Madame Julia , the desk queen of WOYWW where all will be explained and you can snoop on over a hundred  really exciting desks, if you have the time.
Bless you for reading my ramblings


Lunch Lady Jan said...

I think using the wedding dress for the stole is the BEST idea, it'll have love and happy feelings imbued in it! Congrats to your daughter, that's a huge step...hope it's a wonderful day :-)
Hugs, LLJ 2 xx

Claire said...

I agree with Jan - a BIG step! Hope it's a truly blessed day :)
Happy WOYWW :)
no. 7

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah wonderful material there Chris love it.. very beautiful elements too for cards on desky stash and yes would love to pop into Abakhan with you (mm know I would not come out with only my list :D).. love that shop happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #35

fairy thoughts said...

What a fabulous way to recycle a wedding dress.... No better way really do show when it is finished. Very doubtful you will
Only buy interfacing I have heard Abakan is a great shop but sadly too far away although I have seen them
At shows, I work in a lovely fabric shop so I get my own fix there
Happy Wednesday
Janet @31..... And 32 hehe

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Chris! What a wonderful idea to re-purpose the material from your daughter's wedding gown - and for such an appropriate use! I'm not a betting woman but I don't think I'd lose if I had a wager on just the interfacing getting bought on your shopping trip! Have put you on my ATC swap list! Thanks for the earlier visit. Cindy xx

Unknown said...

What pretty fabric. Hope you had fun on your shopping trip! Karen #22

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah Chris, the stole from a wedding dress is just perfect, how lovely an idea. And how marvellous of Jo to offer, she's so giving.You're very busy gal!

Caro said...

What a wonderful idea to use her wedding dress material. Congratulations to her on her ordination...I nearly got ordained 15 years ago, but met my husband and got married instead! I would love to swap ATCs with you. Can you email me your address? Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#43)

glitterandglue said...

Hi Chris. Hope you had a great time today, and managed to sneak everything into the house without A seeing it all - not that you went mad - just LOVED the ribbons on offer:-)
It was a good day, and thanks for the lunch! John liked what I bought - not that I showed him QUITE everything....
See you soon,
Margaret #29

Chrysalis said...

What a lovely idea, to use the wedding dress fabric - and it looks just perfect, too. I must say, I'd love to have a go at vestment-making, too, if my church used them. I would love to swap atc's with you - just email me your address, and I'll reply with mine. Have a lovely week, Chris # 47

KatzElbows said...

I'll just say what everyone else has said, the idea of the wedding dress being used to make the stole for weddings is beautiful. Even if no one at a particular wedding knows, the symbolism will be there. Just fabulous really.

Happy WOYWW,
KatzElbows #92

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Chris - happy WOYWW. Congrats to your daughter and the idea to reuse her wedding dress for the stole is wonderful and the piece is really beautiful - be sure to show us a finished photo. HA HA I as so pleased that my ATCs are finished and in the mail to Julia, kept a few for swapping on the day...your peeks look interestingly like they may have butterflies. Cheers and have a great week RobynO#67

Nan G said...

Beautiful fabric. Love the way you're using the negative die cut on your cards. I would love to swap ATCs with you. My email is froggydesigns3 at .... Send your snail mail address and I'll send mine to you. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for the earlier visit! Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #8

Twiglet said...

Thanks for the mention! Great idea for a stole - it will be really special. x Jo

Shoshi said...

That is going to be a beautiful stole, Chris, and what a great idea to use her wedding dress material, and how appropriate to wear it for weddings! I hope her ordination goes well and that she will be very happy in her ministry.

Thanks for your visit and your nice comment - so glad you like my mirror! I painted several at the same time, including several with poppies on them. I got the idea from Sheena Douglass' method but I don't use a stamp for the design as I prefer to paint my own from scratch.

The teabag art has taken a bit of a back seat for the moment while I finish the album I'm working on, not that you would think so as my whole ARTHaven seems taken up with drying teabags!!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #24

Neet said...

What a wonderful idea to make her stole from her wedding dress fabric. I hope we get to see a photograph of her in her vestments.
Thank you for visiting me - sorry I am so late. Hugs, Neet 25 x

Andrea said...

the stole is going to be stunning what beautiful fabric and a truly wonderful idea it will be so special and perfect for conducting weddings...I hope it the ordination is a great day for everyone. your ATCS look Fab ...Ii have already swapped my extras ;-(....I only made 5 in total ...big improvemnet on last years 1 !....maybe next year or if i make some more i will get in touch.
sorry im' so late in getting back to you i am doing an online watercolour course thats seems to have made me loose some days !!!..have a good weekend and week ahead crafty hugs andrea #26

Eliza said...

Sorry I am getting around so late this week, gosh you are brave cutting up the wedding dress but that is not going to be worn again is it. As for the stole wow it is looking brilliant for her vestment, it holds such love and meaning just in the material and the sacrifice of the dress, so fitting, well that is my thinking. Can wait to see it finished now.

Onto the card it was $10 worth not $19 as for Yoda he is a demanding cuddly boy and cries and howls if you don't cuddle him, he can't survive without them. He is such a bliss to have in our lives. Thanks for dropping by and saying hello too.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda
Belated WOYWW

BJ said...

Gosh I seem to be knee deep these days. Adore the fabric, can't seem to get past that as it brings memories back of our vicar's one at our wedding. All I can remember is that is was red - just had to get wedding album out!! Yes it was plain red with white doves at the ends. I think I remember my DH noting the black beaded eyes of the doves when we were kneeling. So all I can say is the ends are very important. BJ even later replying #47

Nicky said...

Sorry I am so late visiting not sure where the week had gone so having a quick fly round the desks before we start again, thanks for sharing - Nicky 11