Sunday, March 27, 2011

Henrietta III Riverboat

Over the last 3 weeks I have been diligently sewing up a storm......34 jabots & swags for a riverboat located just 3 blocks from my shop in Wilmington, NC. I literally walked some of them to the boat. These were made out of an embroidered sheer fabric lined in a sheer batiste. They turned out gorgeous. The riverboat was purchased in the mid 80's in St. Louis, MO. They brought her to Wilmington, cut her in half and lengthened her. Originally a casino boat, Henrietta III is now a cruising riverboat that serves lunch, dinner and offers lots of themed cruises too. Narrated cruises are available with Captain Daren and First Mate Dustin.....both great guys. Captain Carl Marshburn (Daren's dad) owns this beautiful boat. I worked with Helen on this project. She wanted the window treatments updated so more weddings would get booked. They also replaced the carpet, painted a bit and bought new seating chairs. Helen wanted jabots & swags and wanted a sheer so the light could come through. The angle irons were already there but too low and mounted into steel. No moving Daren & Dustin built small 2 1/2" blocks to sit on the angle irons.....voila! 68 blocks of wood later and they are raised to the ceiling. A gal came by the workroom a couple of weeks ago and said they looked like wedding dresses. Mission accomplished!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

More Sailbags--Colorful Ones Too!

I'm still at it.....using up some old sails and upcycling them into duffel bags and such. Great fun cutting around windows and words, jib hanks, luff & leech lines. I have already sold the orange duffel shown here. More to come's almost sailing season in N.C.