Maneki Neko  


BALUCHI VEST (click image)
Baluchi Vest

I found a child’s or very small woman’s coat at a thrift store and recog- nized it as being Baluchi tribal embroidery from Iran. The base fabric is a coarse brown wool home- spun completely covered with needlework.

I carefully disassembled the pieces, and made a vest out of it, trying to maintain the integrity of the original design. The lining is navy blue linen from an old skirt with patch pockets. Wish I’d thought to take a picture of the original garment!

DARUMA VEST (click image)
Daruma Vest

The exterior fabric is silk haori lining. The olive green lining and collar are a luscious spongy silk crepe, the red bias trim and frog are from the same type of fabric. By matching the pattern with a scrap of silk, I was able to make invisible patch pockets on the outside. Sold.

MatsubawaBishi Vest  

New Pieces quilt shop in Berkeley did a “challenge” requiring the use of certain fabrics, probably the tropical print in the photos. (It was a long time ago) The main fabric is an eggplant silk noile, with light purple and dark green silk noile accents, and some taupe silk shibori. Almost invisible diagonal pockets. The lining is dupioni. The Matsukawa bishi (“pine bark lozenge”) pattern was from Eastwind Arts, now defunct. Vest pattern was my own design, basically a Japanese sode-nashi. Sold.

MING VEST (click image)
Ming Vest  

Main fabric is a dark teal silk from a haori with some complementary silk shibori. The red silk bands with gold flecks are from an under-kimono. The embroidered pieces were from a child’s garment; lining is a light aqua blue rinzu (damask) silk. The lower dark triangles are pockets. I think the pattern was based on a D’ates Design. Sold.

SAKI ORI WEAVING (click images)
Saki Ori Weaving  

This was a fun project. My friend, Beryl Moody, is a weaver. We thought it would be fun to do some saki-ori and make some vests. I scrounged old jeans from everybody, and cut what seemed like millions of strips of denim, sewing the ends together and rolling them in a big ball to send to Beryl. Several big balls all together. In the meantime, she dyed her warp yarn and set up her loom, eventually weaving 4 panels each about 5 ft long. When I got them, I made a vest for her out of two of them, using a nice cotton ikat for the lining and binding. She looks happy with it, right?

Detail 1 of Saki Ori Vest   Detail 2 of Saki Ori Vest  
Saki Ori Vest Detail 1   Saki Ori Vest Detail 2  

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  Detail of Ming Vest 2
Ming Vest 2  

All black silk from a man’s haori (notice mon on center back) and red- white-black silk shibori (supplied by client). The red silk bands with gold flecks are from an under-kimono; floral silk from lady’s haori. I don’t remember what the lining was, maybe just plain black. Once again, hidden pockets on the diagonal. Custom order.

  Ming Vest 2 Detail 2

WINE VEST (or WINO VEST as I like to call it!)
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Wine Vest  

This was a special present for my dad, a real oenophile. Not a complete surprise, as I fitted the muslin on him. Great wine bottle tapestry fabric—what you can’t see, even in the close-up, is the shiny Sulky thread highlighting the highlights and edges of the bottles—sandwashed silk quilted lining. Black silk binding, WELT pockets with trim (never again!), button loops instead of buttonholes, and the coolest real cork buttons (hard to see, I know) It fit perfectly, and I think he was pretty proud of it.

Detail of fabric, buttons, button
loops, and pocket.
  Detail of WINE silk lining, also buttons and binding.
Wine Vest Detail 1   Wine Vest Detail 2

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