Even though today is Halloween, and I know many people expect something pumpkin-ish, orange, or scary, I’m afraid I don’t really have anything to offer in that regard. So how about a splash of color, instead?
This past weekend, I had a blast at a local festival that featured booths and costumes and performances highlighting different countries and their cultural customs, costumes, foods, and so forth. Besides being fun, the festival is always a huge splash of color. I don’t often take photos at it (and I didn’t take very many this year, either), but I did snap a few shots of this Polish vest that’s covered with sequin and bead embroidery. The girl who wore it is my nieces’ friend, so I was able to cajole her into some shots and take a look at the vest’s construction.
When I first heard that Mary had found the vest on eBay and had bought it, I expected a vest heavily embroidered with thread. I don’t know much about Polish costume, but I pictured something that looked a bit more like Hungarian embroidery, with heavily padded satin stitching on a black background in bright colors. The sequins and beads on the vest, all hand-sewn, certainly demonstrate someone’s enthusiasm for creating a vivid costume. It’s very pretty! The vest is covered with sequins and beads in these large floral motifs, front and back. It’s lined with ric-rac and tied with a bright red ribbon. Sequins and seed beads make up the majority of the decoration, but a good quantity of bugle beads make up the smaller flowers, stems, and leaves.
The vest, made from what looks like a velvet or velveteen, is completely lined with muslin. The back is covered with sequins and beads as well – which is a tribute costume maker, too. It’s not just a front facade of a vest. I like the “wheat” stalks made from the bugle beads and sequins. This arrangement translates well into goldwork, too. Gold spangles and long bits of purl can be sewn in the same arrangement, to create a nice representation of wheat.
So that was the one thing I managed to take photos of while wandering the festival. Some day, I’ll remember to have my camera at the ready, rather than carrying it around like an after-thought!
It was a busy weekend, but I did manage some embroidery, too, and I also made a Monumental Decision on a current project – that would be, I changed my mind! So I’ll tell you a bit about that later and show you what I’ve done (which might surprise you – it surprised me!)