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« on: May 10, 2015, 02:17:48 PM »

I made this smoking cap last year for a friend - better a late brag than never? Wink

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2015, 02:30:40 PM »

Oh, lovey! The shape and scrolling braidwork are wonderful, Betsy!
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 04:07:31 PM »

Sharp! I love the wild color combination.

What's the material?
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 05:32:17 PM »

The soutache is, I think, cotton over a rayon core (or vice versa). It was the type that handled all those curves best.

The fabric is raspberry colored cotton velveteen...the leftovers are going to make that raspberry bonnet  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015, 06:05:52 PM »

A-ha! Now I can really picture it!
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015, 11:48:10 AM »

Gorgeous, as always.  I sort of want a group picture of all of the lucky recipients wearing their Betsy Connolly embroidered smoking caps.
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2015, 05:14:45 PM »

Gorgeous, as always.  I sort of want a group picture of all of the lucky recipients wearing their Betsy Connolly embroidered smoking caps.

I've requested that they do so, the next time they're all in the same room together. I'd love to add it to my portfolio. This one is number four Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2015, 06:09:46 PM »

I love this one!  The color combination is so striking.  Someday I want to make one.  Or, maybe I'll just commission one from you.   Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2015, 08:53:13 PM »

Stunning work!  How long did the project take?
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2015, 09:05:13 PM »

I love this one!  The color combination is so striking.  Someday I want to make one.  Or, maybe I'll just commission one from you.   Wink
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Smoking caps have kind of become a specialty of mine, and I'm always willing to farm out my skills Smiley Send me a message if you're ever interested. /Shameless plug


Stunning work!  How long did the project take?

People always ask how long it took, and I never have a good answer. That one took about four months of working on it on and off. The shaped pattern was really difficult to fit, and it took several in-person fittings to get it to a good shape. I don't really keep track of the hours, because I do a little bit here and a little bit there.
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2015, 09:20:51 AM »

Lovely work! Is the application of the soutache tedious?
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2015, 12:58:03 PM »

Lovely work! Is the application of the soutache tedious?

Yes Cheesy

In all seriousness, its quite fussy especially around those curves. You have to work to make it curve and bend the way you want to and you have to work on each eensy weensy inch at a time. But I quite like fussy and if people are willing to hire me to do their fussies, we all win! Smiley
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