Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sewing It Up

You have seen a good bit of my weaving lately, but the sewing posts have been sparse.  Today I have combined the two passions (three if you count artistic creation with color.)
Some of the cloth I have woven is now a piece of art that I can wear.

Two of my woven works were ruthlessly cut and chopped to make a vest.  We did a quick photo shoot to show you the results.


 Don't you love the play of the colors and textures in this?  They certainly make me happy.

As for the back, I used a pair of discarded khaki pants that I cut and pieced.  I also added the fringes from the other two ends of the weavings to add a woven band with fringe across the bottom of the back.

I think it has a delightful bohemian look that goes great with jeans.  But I will be wearing it to church tomorrow with dress pants too.  Ha ha.  Artists are allowed to dress in a weird fashion. Aren't we?
Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible unless otherwise stated.

22 comments:

Linda J said...

Your creation looks way cool, Gene. I think that artists are indeed allowed to dress in their art if they so chose. I bet you get a lot of compliments tomorrow at church!

Barbara said...

This turned out great! I know your hesitance to "ruthlessly cut and chop", but once past the first cut, I bet it was all downhill as you envisioned the outcome. If you have a tip for keeping the cut woven piece from unraveling while working with it, please share with me. I *really* love this, and I can see others who know you wove and sewed it wanting one. Be ready for the requests!

Dot said...

Nice work, Gene. Colors are nice combination.

Connie said...

Great job Gene!! Wonderful colors and what a neat cut and chop project!

Sue said...

I love your vest Gene. Yes artists can dress flamboyantly and the older they get the quirkier they can become. Just think what you can wear when you get to middle age?

suemac said...

Your vest turned out great. Very colorful.

Beth said...

What a great way to use your woven pieces. It looks great. And yes, artists are supposed to be a bit quirky. ;)

Sonia said...

Awesome blog! :)

Vicki W said...

Cool!

Teresa Nance said...

Gene, that looks awesome! You did a great job. I really like it. It looks a little Native American to me, too.

Micki said...

Love your vest, and you did a great job of sewing it together....the colours are beautiful? You look great in it!
Micki

Kathy said...

I LIKE IT!!!!

Rhonda said...

Great vest Gene and I love the use of the jeans back. You are so creative!!

Barb said...

You are quite the model...ever think about doing it professionally????

The vest is to die for....just amazing.

KatieQ said...

I'm not nearly as brave as you are. I probably would have had to be sedated before I would cut into the woven piece. I'm glad your bravery was rewarded. The vest looks wonderful. The idea to use your old slacks for the back was inspired.

Lisa said...

That is beautiful you handsome man! Can I just say I love it! So jealous I wish I could weave like that! You are a very talented man!

Cheryl said...

Very nice vest, great colors

Lorna McMahon said...

Oh my goodness! This is kinda like deja vu, man! I love your new vest, Gene!!! And especially the fringes. This is a really cool piece. I love it! And yes, artists can dress in style. Not weird at all!

Royce said...

Wasn't cutting into your weaving a scary thing!? I remember the first time I did that I was a mess wondering if it was going to all fall apart. The vest is just gorgeous. Love the pattern and colors. Amazing job!

Sarah said...

This is the BOMB! You look great in it!

Sarah said...

This is the BOMB! You look great in it!

Unknown said...

Interesting color selections. It' turned out very nice! And that''s very brave- cutting into all your hard work.