So, I reckon it's time to show you what I've been working on for the last couple of months. I'd have blogged about this sooner but it's an absolute pain to photograph and I had to do four or five different photo shoots before I got anything I could bear to publish.
Meet my sequin apron!
Yep, in my infinite wisdom, I am covering the whole of this apron in sequins.
It's part of a triptych of apron pieces about motherhood. I've had the three aprons for several years but it took me a while to decide exactly what to do with them. This one represents the 'yummy mummy' aspect of motherhood; all the good, precious and wonderful parts. The other two aprons will be much more conflicted and darker in tone.
The back of the apron: I'm being very good and sewing in all my ends as I go along.
This piece had a bit of a rocky start. In February I bought samples of different kinds in creams, white and translucent sequins and after some thought, I decided on the ones on the left.
Unfortunately, when I'd used up the small test amount I'd bought, I discovered to my horror that the shop where I'd bought them had replaced them with a very similar but slightly brighter version that Just Didn't Work. I then spent about two months trying to find the correct ones before finding the cream ones on the right and deciding to completely start over with them. As you can probably imagine, I bought lots of this replacement colour choice!
It was annoying at the time - especially since I had to unpick that large section on the left - but I think the cream ones are a better fit for the piece. They're a closer match to the colour of the apron whilst still being iridescent from certain angles, which is what I'd originally been aiming for. I wanted a subtle hint of bling but nothing too over the top.
Now that I've got over that bump, the apron is coming on well although it's a slow piece to make. I've been working on it for at least an hour most days for the last six weeks but I'm expecting it to take me at least another two months. A couple of days ago, I was feeling very pleased with myself for filling in an area of about 6 square inches over a period of three hours. Then I hung it up, held it out and realised just how much there was still to go and I just started laughing hysterically at how utterly mad I am.