Tuesday was a big day for me. I dropped off 15 jackets at the Mount Sunapee Lodge in Newbury, New Hampshire for the upcoming Craftwear Exhibit that is part of the 79th Annual Craftsmen Fair. Four of the jackets will go into the judged exhibit and the other 11 will be in the retail section.
Sunday night I finished up the last jacket I needed for the show. I called this one My Secret.
I used an African hand-dyed damask that I'd purchased last summer at QSDS from Becky Hancock of St. Theresa Textile Trove. I love the complexity of the design with the drama of the tie-dyed design combined with the subtlety of the woven pattern. It's a softer cotton than many of the African damasks with a lovely hand. I added a bit of drama myself with the bright fuchsia lining - and subtlety through couched threads that hint at the lining color.
Here's the back.
This is my first really big show - tens of thousands of people attend each year - so I'm anxious to see how people respond. I've done all I can to make the jackets beautiful, easy to wear and care for, and durable enough to look good for a lifetime. Now I just have to wait to see if others think so too.