Thursday, March 16, 2006
The replacement wrap is finished; here it is with the top, skirt and handbag. The skirt is ankle-length (and so you get more greeny colour on view), but sewing hangers on it is beyond me at the moment so you get the general effect... The Symphony wrap pressed out very nicely and the drape is way better than it would be as a coat - I used 8mm needles which would probably be the equivalent of someone with "normal" tension knitting on a 9.5mm with this yarn. I also remembered the blackberry-coloured handbag I didn't sell at Textiles in Focus which turns out to be a good match.
I realised last week that these colours meant I had an Occasion to wear the necklace I made in silversmithing years ago (1992, at an adult ed. centre in Camden/Kentish Town), so here's a pic of that too. The main piece measures 9cm from fastening to fastening, the stones are garnets and malachite, and there's a brooch-pin on the back so it's dual-purpose. Obviously it's a deliberately Art Nouveau design; not as symmetrical or delicate as a professional would have got it, but I was only in London for a year. Buying the silver and the stones in Hatton Garden was a wonderful experience; there were people buying literally thousands of pounds' worth of gold, and precious stones, at the same places.