Friday, May 11, 2012

Apron Challenge: May

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!


  1. Love the circles! I have fallen off the apron wagon, yikes!

  2. You always make such charming aprons.

  3. lovely apron! You make me want to start wearing one! Happy mothers day

  4. Beautiful as always, love the hair, is it lighter?, happy mamasita day to you and your mom!

  5. Beautiful. I hoard asians so maybe this will motivate me to use some for a change. I really like it.


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