the beauty of autumn

Well I can hardly post here from my new virtual home without giving recognition to the fact that I now have trees around me. Coming here from the very flat and treeless landscape of the north of Lewis has me delighting in the autumn colour and "crunchiness". I had to get myself out into the forest behind the house to grab some of it on camera before the winds come and more devastatingly the rain to turn everything soggy brown!





















The cherry trees have and orange/pink glow and the birch below a brilliant yellow. Mostly though things are still hanging on to their green... as yet.





















I'm back to working hard on the textiles and painting but before I delve into all that I must first let you catch up on the project of the year... well my life really!! lol. Below is the creation of my wedding dress. Well to be honest its the wedding dress finished as I didn't take step by step photies. Firstly the sleeve as I showed in the last post now in the dress...





















Then there's some detail on the front in the form of a collar, where I layered the shantung silk with organza over pale blue/green leaf shapes and then FMEd about them to link them all up. After that I added the wee cushions of hand-dyed silk haboti and set the pieces of unpolished turquoise on them with gold thread. The final touch was to couch the gold embroidery silk thread around the cushions and do the knot-work.





















This is the back of the collar, and LOOK! I managed an invisible zip for the first time!!





















Do you want to see the full thing on??
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oh first... the rings. I made them from Precious Metal Silver Clay and then overlaid 22 carrots of gold into the dimples. So much fun and a bit nerve wracking to get the sizing (which worked out perfectly at 10% like they said on the bit of paper).


What else did I make... hmmm
ah yes... Mr Helen's waistcoat... that's what the dark merino felting was for in the last post. I'll have to take a pic of it for next time!





















To finish off... here we are cutting the cake :) :) :) (delicious light chocolate cake layered with a fine italian chocolate and butter cream icing like you've never tasted before.... none of that crystaline crunchy stuff here, lol!)... Now I need to lose at least a stone and a half!!!!!

19 comments:

Deb H said...

Oh Helen Suzann, I'm so happy for you dear heart! What wonderful news, & what a beautiful couple The rings & the dress are spectacular! I'd been wondering what you had been up to!

Joy to you dear girl!

The Happy Apple said...

Many congratulations...you look and sound very happy :)) I loved the details on your dress and think you very clever to make the rings as well! I have updated my feed and will now go across the the website for a gander.

Gill said...

So intereseting to see all the details at last, having only imagined how things were progressing. The rings are fantastic - Bravo!

Clare Wassermann said...

whey hey what a wonderful day. Beautiful dress. Lovely couple. I love a man in a kilt.

Heather said...

Congratulations and many years of happiness ahead for you both. The rings are beautiful and your dress is stunning.

Gina said...

Congratulations to you both. Your rings and your dress are fabulous. (Rather liked the sound of your cake too!)

Joan Kirton said...

How lovely! You really made your wedding your own in every way. The detail in the dress and rings is exquisite. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations. All the best.
Cheers
Joan

Annica said...

Congratulations! The dress is absolutely beautiful! The rings too!

Valeri said...

Hey Many Congratulations! Having joined up with a Scot myself I'm feeling very sentimental about all things Scottish! And after a terrible year I'm back to blogging myself! The rings are ace! Val

ER said...

Congratulations to you and your beloved, Helen! Oh wow, that dress! so lovely and like no other. What a beautiful bride you made. Your rings are exquisite, too. Many years of happiness in your new home. :) Lizzy

T said...

Congratulations Helen and your man.

What a wonderful surprise, and you two look so happy together.

Your dress is spectacular, and the vest is gorgeous.

This would have been such a special day.

xt

T said...

OOOhhh, I forgot to say how beautiful those rings are, you have so much talent to make all this.

xt

smarcoux said...

ahh hence why you have been a bit quiet ... fantastic dress and love the rings .. been meaning to have a go on the PMC myself ... linking to your new blog.cheers
Sandy

Julie said...

How did I miss this?! Congratulations to you both, I am grinning like a cheshire cat here at your news :))) Your dress is so beautiful and Mr Helen looks very distinguished too. How special to make your own rings. May you have a long and happy future in your new homex

sharon young said...

Finally caught up with the new blog/website, Helen, and what a surprise/treat. Your dress and the rings are absolutely stunning, congratulations to you both. I'm in total awe of your many talents.
Love the new look of the website and blog.

Judy Scott said...

Congratulations :) how lovely to see you - you look so very happy, your rings, dress, cake, flowers.... just gorgeous x

Beate Knappe said...

I'm late!
Finally caught up with the new Blog - and surprise surprise- You you look so very happy and I wish you to be happy in this new Year

Sheila Knight said...

congratulations and well done!

AnneJeu said...

I'm late...i missed the blog and now I found it and see how lucky
you are...
Congratulations!!
The dress and rings are fabulous!