Inspired by ...

It was almost exactly 25 years ago that I started weaving.  Even though I was struggling with the onset of rheumatoid arthritis that was no where near under control, I knew that weaving was something I had to do.

I went to the Handweavers' Guild Annual Weaving and Fiber Festival and watched the fashion show with my good friend - and brilliant costume designer - Mela Hoyt-Heydon.  We each came away from the show with different visions - it was almost as if we were at different fashion shows.  Mela was imagining innovative wearable art pieces.  I was dreaming of handwoven Chanel-inspired suits.

Chanel Suits on display / Gemeente Museum den Haag

Chanel Suits on display / Gemeente Museum den Haag

Coco Chanel revolutionized the woman's suit - it was no longer just an imitation of menswear.  She abandoned the drab gray, blues and browns of mens' suiting and introduced color, texture and pattern in her suits for women - big houndstooth checks, bouclé instead of gabardine, and bright pastel tweeds.  These innovations are perfectly "suited" for handwoven fabrics.  

Chanel-Inspired Scarf

In this scarf, I try to capture the feeling of those suit fabrics.  I imagine it paired with a winter white coat, but it could just as easily go with jeans and a nice t-shirt. (It is also, incidentally, the most viewed item in my Etsy shop.  People searching for Chanel - but forgetting to filter for "vintage"  stumble upon it by accident.  I imagine they are pretty annoyed.)