Phew! I feel like this month is just flying by! What with goslings, lambs and my daughter's First Communion party, I was happy to find an afternoon to finally get my May apron done.
I wanted to do a flower theme for this month and so went searching for my beautiful Oriental fabrics that I had stashed away for a wall hanging. I did find flowers in that box, but these Geisha Girls really drew my attention. I have been saving this piece for something special. Translation: it's sooo special that it will never get used. So I bravely took the scissors to it!
I wanted a traditional Oriental style so I opted to do a simple cafe apron out of muslin. Rows of ruffles and rick rack is not appropriate here. Simple and uncluttered was what I was after.
All of the applied fabrics are done using a raw edge applique method. I simply cut out the shapes I wanted and free-motioned them on. No edges to finish or turn under. Although this technique is not new, I had never tried it before. I tend to like my finished projects clean and top-stitched. Raw edge methods are just too "devil may care" for me. But I have to admit that it was easy! I hope it wears well though.
I also embroidered two circles to balance the black floral and bring out the pink color. This technique of using a large running stitch is called sashiko. Traditionally, it is done with white thread on a navy background for purely decorative reasons.
The wide waistband is a light grey floral fusion by Robert Kaufman.
While this is not my typical style, I do feel like it will get some wear. Cotton is so serviceable, after all. Thank you to everyone who has posted in the photobucket album. Do stop over there to take a look at all the other beautiful creations.
PS. I promise I'll get some lamb pictures up soon, and Happy Mother's Day to you all!