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CHA Summer 2012: Crafty Couture

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Lindsay Obermeyer's Snow Queen Gown

"Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable." -- Donna Karan

Ta da!  After several weeks of knitting, crocheting, cutting and embellishing, I unveiled The Snow Queen at the Craft and Hobby Association(CHA) 2012 Summer Trade Show.  Wow!  I am really pleased with it.  Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, the dress is a play of textures, cool colors, and lots of sparkle.

The knit and crocheted shell is made with Vanna's Glamour® from Lion Brand Yarn.  They generously supported my entry by sending the yarn I needed.  Thank you!   The yarn's shimmer is perfect for the frosty look I wanted.  And before you ask, yep, I will be making the pattern available for purchase!  

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Obermeyer's Snow Queen detail   ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer The Snow Queen detail   ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Snow Queen Gown detail   ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Shoes for Snow Queen

I bought a die cut machine earlier this year.  I admit it, I'm now a die cut addict.  So much fun!  I lost count after 50 snowflakes.  While each is cut the same, the embellishments are unique to each.  I stamped, collaged and even did some lacing with Kreinik threads.

The shoes are embellished with white and silver  sequins using Aleene's® Leather and Suede Glue™. I was skeptical, but gave the product a try.   Those sequins stayed put!  Not one flipped off despite packing and unpacking.  Yeah!  Simple white mules turned into evening bling!  Can't wait to embellish a pair of flats for the fall.  

There were 20 enteries in the Crafty Couture exhibition.  Each made by a member designer of CHA. Six designs were selected to be featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors.  Check out these gorgeous dresses!

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Kathy Cano-Murillo (Crafty Chica)
Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka Crafty Chica) pulls out all the stops with her winning entry.  You have to see the mix of surface applications  - tie dye, stenciling, drawing and a bit of embroidery.  Too fab!

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Jennifer Priest
I adore the soft transition of color in this dress by Jennifer Priest of Hydrangea Hippo.  The paper is pages torn from a book and rolled to give that lovely texture.

I also loved the entry by Alexa Westerfield.  Her play with text, texture and color is lots of fun.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Alexa Westerfield
No, my dress won't be featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors, but for me, the best part was all that I learned.  I've been working in textiles for 25 years, so moving into paper crafts is opening up a whole new world for me.  


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