Not sure if you remember seeing my Northern Solitudes hanger on the Oriental like bamboo hanger I purchased from Ten Thousand Villages, but she's always been hinting at my making a "fancy" Kimono to hang from it. Nah, not my thing, but then wait is she hinting that she'd like that for herself? Hmmmmm??? That got me thinking and as those who know me well - that could be a mistake - LOL! So promptly I started to research what they look like, how I'd make a pattern for a small hanging and after many hours and a first rejected attempt I finally got the Kimono together and ready for the embellishing. Ohhhh I had such high expectations for this baby - yes majority of them materialized - BUT heck I didn't realize it would take me like 46 hours in the next two weeks after the Quilt Show to actually get it finished!!!
Yeppers at 1:30 am Thursday morning of her retirement party it was wrapped and my short and sweet speech prepared! I was even going to sign it so John (deaf co-worker) would know what I was talking about but he said "NAH, I'd be too nervous", so I let him read it before the party! When I was called up for my small presentation I did a lead in which I signed and John chuckled and everyone laughed. Kinda relaxed me but still did not help when it came to actually expressing my Thank You and Good Bye to Darlene.
|Closeup of 1st Goldwork attempt and silk floss embroidery|
|Appliqued fans and silk fabric Obi|
I LOVE this picture of Darlene but have to explain that she was having difficulty expressing herself during her Thank You speech with thoughts of our past ADM and friend Lorne, who retired a year ago and passed away a few months later.