Thanks for all your lovely comments on the last post :)
I thought I'd show you the finished article!
This longline corset is made from fair trade vietnamese silk which is a beautiful lime/pea green colour shot with yellow - it gives a kind of 'beetlewing' effect .. although together with the weave of the fabric, close up, it reminds me of flies eyeballs (!) - it has the most amazing array of colour depending on the light.
The silk comes from a small co-operative business in Vietnam .. it's a bit of a long story as to how I came to have some so I'll give you the short version:- A lady who was a journalist, visited some out of the way places in Thailand and Vietnam. While there she discovered independent co-operatives weaving silk and fell in love with the beautiful fabrics they were producing, so much so that she decided to leave journalism, buy a ton of silk direct from the makers, and open a shop here in Oxfordshire, which she ran quite successfully for some years. The shop was aptly called "Silken Dalliance". Well about 18 months ago, she had to close her shop and has been selling her left over stock via various other channels in Oxford.
My next project will use some silk from the same source but blue shot with grey, silver trims and more intricate flossing. I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, my next post will mostly be about thimbles.