This is a great trick to have up your sleeve. I found it on the Threads magazine site when I was searching for my favorite article on sewing knits for you. Just as I was missing the magazine as I’d remembered it from the past, I found something really cool from Kenneth D. King. I didn’t realize he was a contributor. I took a class with him back in the 90s in Los Altos and later bought his book called Cool Tricks (recently updated with a new title, Cool Couture). I was so inspired when I saw these instructions here yesterday, that I decided to make my own flower last night (that’s it above). Since seeing Kenneth’s name takes me back to the 90s, I guess it’s fitting that I used some leftover silk dupioni from a skirt I made for a brother-in-law’s fancy Manhattan wedding in 1996.
I still have that skirt. I loved making it. I remember during the time when I was sewing it – maybe just falling asleep or waking up – I’d think about that skirt and it made me so happy. The only problem was that I really overdosed on the silk and pastel shades and with the skirt, top, and wrap together I looked like a rainbow sherbet ice cream cone.
That’s my first issue of Threads from December 1987/January 1988. Can you believe those gloves? What a great photo. Now Threads is devoted to sewing, but it used to cover a variety of textile arts from around the world. It’s still a high quality publication, though, and now that I know that it’s Kenneth’s work on the cover of the current issue I just might have to pick up a copy.