Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thru aug 12

Susan Perrine
PO Box 22, Woolwich, ME 04579

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Coffee Coat 

Sewed this up because I had to but now getting a costume ready for Altered Couture, May 25th for my model, Leah Cross. She may become a chic

                                                           

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Coffee Coat

Sewed this up because I had to but now getting a costume ready for Altered Couture, May 25th for my model, Leah Cross. She may become a chicken but that is subject to change. The event will be at the Farmers' Market in Ft Andross. Frontier Cafe will have tickets soon.

Haven't heard from you in a while, so hope this finds you all well! 

Susy

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Seed Bag/Feed Bag/Grocery Bag Directions

Notes on sewing woven plastic:
Stitch with a long-ish stitch: 10 st./inch. You may have to urge the fabric through the feed dogs. Heavy duty plastic has a mind of it's own. A regular needle is fine. If you have the option, set the needle to always end in the down position when you end sewing. There is a lot of stop and start and this will keep your line straighter. You may have to forgo beautiful straight stitch lines on your first session w this stuff.

For a feed bag about 20 inches wide you'll need 20" tall.
Before you cut, figure out what portion of the design you want to feature. Plan on 15 inches to show on the finished bag. 1 1/2" will be lost to the top fold and 3 1/2" will be on the bottom of the bag.
Handles cut two pieces 3 1/2" x 15" or use strapping if you prefer.
Directions:
~ Fold top edge over 1 1/2". Crease well w your fingers or use bull dog clips or pins (if your fingers and pins are strong enough)..
~ Fold handles in half the long way and then fold in half again, essentially tucking the cut edges inside. Stitch down center.
~With bag folded in half, probably as you found it, center the design. Check both front and back so you are happy.
~Measure in 7" from each edge and mark an X inside the rope edge w pencil. Place end of each handle 2" below the top fold.
~Stitch each handle at each X, securely.
~Fold the bag inside out.
~Stitch 1/2" seam across bottom. Open and flatten seam with fingers.
~Corners: Line up the bottom seam with the edge fold of the bag, making a triangle of the bottom corner.
~Measure 2 1/2" on either side of fold line. This will be 2 1/2" from point of triangle to center of the seam line. Draw a line across the triangle. Stitch along this line. Do the same to the other corner.
~Turn right side out and enjoy your creation! Carry to the grocery store and accept compliments!
~Share a pic of your finished Feed Bag on my Facebook or email susanperrine@gmail.com



Susan Perrine
PO Box 22, Woolwich, ME 04579

What are you making today?

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Weaving at MECA Continuing Ed


Susan Perrine
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On Jul 25, 2013, at 2:03 PM, Susy Perrine wrote:

Hi Nik,

Pics of students' work and Tyvek 'paper' weaving images for class I am working on. Students said they enjoyed the class and would like to take next level... which I am not sure what that is exactly, more on tapestry technique perhaps. I did show tapestry example and a knotting technique, that would be more 3-D, I had a sample of rug 'ghiordes' knot. None produced in the class though. Tapestry technique was used in the pinkish piece with found beach objects, pictured below. This woman had no weaving experience at all and perhaps was the most technical piece!

Class was a lot of fun.

Susy
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Coyote Off the Back Porch - Altered Couture Fashion Show Fundraiser 2015

Leah Cross and I work together again creating a very special creature for an annual fundraiser in Brunswick, ME. The costume: I made a paper mache coyote mask, with small holes and inserted small battery operated tea lights so the eyes would glow. A skirt and shirt from Goodwill were sort of rough bark-y looking and I painted a tree trunk and branches, front and back. I cut a half dozen, red osier dogwood branches, about 5 feet long, from my front yard and wired these into a small backpack. I made 7 small paper cylinder paper lamps that would each hold a tea light, and these I tied into the branches. Leah strew some 'silk' leaves about and I tacked them to her hair, shoulder, hip and boot top. Dark tights and boots pulled everything together.

I had the MC read a text about a lovely, warm spring evening in Maine when you get that first chance to enjoy being on the back porch with friends who gather for drinks to celebrate the coming mild days. When what do you hear but the howl of a coyote. I asked two friends in the audience, "If you heard a coyote call, would you call back?" Of course, they said. At the MCs last word and just as our music cued, I howled and heard a few resounding howls in return. More than I expected, I think.

Our music was "Coyote" by Modest Mouse. It is a stately waltz on rock and roll instruments. I thought that would offer a good way for Leah to move as she recreated a lovely tree. She carried boughs of cedar and red osier dogwood in each hand.

Here is a video of Leah with the lights on at the end of the event having a little walk around for the camera https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx5I3KjU5ikweTNpWTJTZzdHM00/view

Susan Perrine
PO Box 22, Woolwich, ME 04579

What are you making today?

Website - susanperrine.com
Blog - susanjohnsonperrine.com
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Etsy - Susysusy

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bat Wings

Leah Cross in bat costume, fundraising for Long Way Home in Newburyport, MA






Paper Beaded Dress - Altered Couture 2014

Pictured here shows how I set up and stitched rolled paper beads together to create a necklace and netting  that I used to embellish the chenille chemise. This was worn by my wonderful model, Leah Cross, at an annual fashion show fundraiser organized by Christine DeTroy.



Below is the introduction I submitted to the Master of Ceremonies for Altered Couture which explains the concept for the piece.

Residents replacing a culvert, on River Road in Woolwich, uncovered human remains. Maine Historic Preservation Commission was contacted to investigate. Archaeologists performed excavations and unearthed a cache of artifacts including a large amount of seashells, a fine bone drill and stone spindle weight.
Scientists are baffled by the skull which seems to be of Asian origin. This rare find upends our thinking about the origins of the human race in North America. Samples of the shells were sent to the Geology Department of Bowdoin College and ascertained to be an extinct species of razor clam: A-Leah-Cross Sarosotensis. Radio carbon dating determined the finds to be at least 55,000 years old. The age was surprising, even shocking, for it suddenly made MidCoast Maine one of the earliest places in America with evidence of human habitation. Artifacts were catalogued and moved to the Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum for safekeeping.


After closer inspection, the shells seemed to have been fashioned into a net-like dress. The shells were painstakingly restrung by Susan Perrine of Woolwich and the resulting dress is modeled tonight by Leah Cross of Unity.