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A Mechanical Ruse:
This dress created by Chanel in 1922 was the cause of controversy: the
intricate embroidery was not done by hand but by machine.

A Mechanical Ruse: This dress created by Chanel in 1922 was the cause of controversy: the intricate embroidery was not done by hand but by machine.

Photo: Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Blog Mode
When I'm at home in Connecticut, I often rummage around the Internet looking for creative inspiration, and I discovered a blog on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Web site called Blog Mode: addressing fashion. One of the entries: A Mechanical Ruse, really interested me. It told the story of an embroidered dress created by Chanel in 1922 during a period in which Gabrielle Chanel was working with the Kitmir embroidery Firm of Grand Duchess Maria of Russia. I love that there was some controversy regarding the intricate chainstitch embroidery. Apparently, it was thought to be the skilled handwork of the Kitmir, but in fact, it was machine embroidery! Check it out (www.metmuseum.com), and while you’re there, be sure to take in all the fashion. This blog runs now through April 13, 2008.


My Fashion Watch at CHA
I’m just back from attending the exciting launch party for CraftStylish.com at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Convention in Anaheim, California, and it was fantastic! I had the opportunity to meet all of my fellow bloggers, the Web editor, art director, and others who are working on Craft Stylish. They are all wonderful and wonderfully talented. The Craft Stylish booth at the convention was filled with eye-candy for knitters, sewers, jewelry-makers, paper-crafters as well as embroiderers. There was such a buzz in the air, I came back inspired and ready to go.


While I was there, I had some time to partake in one of my favorite activities—fashion watching. Whenever I travel to another part of the country, I love to see what people are wearing. It gets even more interesting when a bunch of crafters, quilters, or sewers get together. There was a certain flare that you only see at a big show like this. I saw one of the coolest pairs of embroidered jeans I’d ever seen. They were scattered with flowers and leaves—very hip. (I couldn’t help but tell the lady who was wearing them that I thought they were fantastic!)


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