25 February, 2009

somewhere there's a feather

i had mentioned this project a while ago; it's been in the works for quite a few weeks, but i've only just today gotten to finish up and photograph the pieces i was working on. a return to a past chez-sucre-chez motif: feathers...




feathers on handmade linen hand towels:



i had made the towels, oh, um, i guess about a year and a half ago. there is a great fabric store for fine fabrics -- mostly linens and wools and shirting cottons and such -- in my old neighborhood of greenpoint and that is where i picked up the yardage of linen. (i just looked it up, the store is called tip top fabric. it's on calyer street at mcguinness. it looks like a weird place, it is a little weird, maybe, but it is full of REALLY great fine fabrics at very reasonable prices -- check it out! {wow, that sounded like an advertisement.... i swear they didnt put me up to it...}) i made these towels and few others and then one little one that i embroidered with the feathers for my bathroom at the time. i've been using that towel ever since, but i completely forgot about the other ones. well i found them recently and i was so impressed with my use of the selvage for the front hem. i thought its feathery, wispy quality would pair perfectly with the delicate fringe of feathers. it does, right?


but before this project was the pillows:


first this one:


and then this one, which i just finished today:



(i had fun doing product shots at my friends molly and dave's house. look at their dog, dot, in the background; she's so funny!)
and now, the feather motif projects are complete. for now, at least, until the next time i come back to them. i really really do enjoy embroidering the feathers, but it just takes a while...
schwew! it feels really really good to finish projects. dang, i love that feeling! (and then there's the photographing, and posting, and listing, and blogging about them, but now that's all done, too! hooray!)
both the hand towels and the pillows are now in the shop. check them out, here.
now i'm off to finish some more projects....

6 comments:

Leila said...

Wow! I had no idea about that store and I live about 8 blocks from it! I know where I'm going on Saturday. (My husband actually told me, a long time ago, that he'd seen a fabric store there and I went to look for it. For some reason, could NOT find it -- I'll try again though!)

Skylark Studio said...

yea Dot!!

Anonymous said...

When I first saw this i thought that might be oscar in the photo.
The feathers are beautiful!

LP

Anonymous said...

... i wish i had a sliver of the motivation, inspiration, dedication and determination that you do ... sheesh, girl.
hezza

wireddesign said...

Loving these feathers!

chez-sucre-chez said...

thanks for the positive feedback on the feathers, friends! leila, you should definitely go there -- you probably never noticed it because it is on a weird block and it doesnt look at all like a fabric store until you actually look in the windows. it's a bit of a different kind of a shop, but the linen selection is AMAZING.