Life is indeed a stitch!
Berryhill Heirlooms and Susie Gay present techniques, heirloom sewing, hand embroidery and other musings that you will enjoy and appreciate. Come and join in the fun with Susie, a Home Economist, and savor a little rest from your hectic day...and yes, it's a Degree she uses every day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Yves Saint Laurent at the VMFA!

I just got back from seeing the Yves Saint Laurent The Perfection of Style exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. It was well worth the ticket price and the drive. Oh my goodness, a chance to see over 100 of his works of art (and they are art) from his haute couture collections and his Rive Gauche, the ready-to-wear line that started in 1966.

What was particularly fascinating are the Collection Boards, which are records for each collection with information about each garment. Only two per collection are shown at the exhibition...which is fantastic! The drawings are Yves St Laurent's own sketches, and some have notes about which company (house) was doing the specialty embroidery, furs, etc. The name of the model who will wear the design is on the Board and the large red number is the reference number for that particular garment within the particular collection. Here's an example of one.

I noticed this Collection Board right away because of the silk ribbons in so many colors on the right hand side.
And here is the dress that matches the ribbons on the the board: it's a wedding dress from the Autumn-Winter 1970 haute couture collection (Number 12 in the Runway Checklist that your receive when you take the tour). It's a multicolored silk velvet coat with applique letters forming the words LOVE ME FOREVER on the front. and OR NEVER on the back with heart, stars and cloud in multicolored silk satin. Quite a statement for a wedding gown!
The exhibition opened on 6 May and will continue until Aug 27, 2017, at the Museum. Tickets are available online at the VMFA website and are "timed" tickets (you select what time you want to start). Allow at least two hours at the exhibit, then plan to have a meal on the 3rd floor at the Amuse Restaurant. Be sure to make reservations at the restaurant as it is very popular. More to come in later posts....

Friday, May 12, 2017

More Sewing Boutique

I taught two silk ribbon classes at The Sewing Boutique in Vicksburg, MS this past weekend: the Silk Ribbon Sampler Class and the Silk Ribbon Roll-Up Class.

The Sewing Boutique has a wonderful selection of fabrics, notions, trims, patterns and other goodies. And they also sell Pfaff sewing machines (my personal favorite). There's also a room filled with Heirloom fabrics, laces and trims, as you can see below.
The tall wood wardrobe has more heirloom laces in the blue boxes, and in front of it (in the wood and glass cabinet that's barely visible) are more laces and specialty trims. I bought some gorgeous paisley Liberty lawn that was on a roll in the bin next to the wardrobe that will make a lovely blouse.

 And let's not forget the many colors of floche, DMC Coloris ( a variegated cotton thread), silk embroidery ribbon and other specialty threads that are in the notions room. Oh my, just too many pretty things!
We had a good time in the classroom surrounded by all of the wonderful (and tempting) merchandise in the store. Here's a snapshot of some of the ladies stitching away.
Stop in to The Sewing Boutique if you are in, or driving through, Vicksburg. It's right off of I-20 on the South Frontage Road. It's a great place to shop!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Sewing Boutique

I just got back from teaching two classes for the Magnolia Stitchers, a SAGA chapter, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The classes were held in The Sewing Boutique, whose owner, Linda Patterson, is a member of the chapter. What a wonderful place (and tempting place) to have a class!

There are bolts of wonderful fabric in a few rooms.
And lots of trims.
And really great notions....I bought a few, too!
If you're in the area, please stop in a see the merchandise in the store...there's something everywhere you look and then some! The store is located right off of I-20 at 1982 South Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180. The phone number is 601-630-3303. I'm sure they would love to see you stop in! More photos in my next post.