Thursday, October 22, 2020

New One of a Kind Wearable Art Shawl from Sew Bee Mine

 I was planning to return to the Phoenixville Farmer's Market with Sew Bee Mine booth next month but due to the surge in Covid cases going to just hunker back down for awhile and emerge in the spring. My husband is still working on the extreme makeover of my studio and in addition to sewing have been busy painting again! (Visit for art adventures). Items are available for purchase. Just send an email to

Here is the latest one of a kind wearable art shawl, great for fall, winter and spring. 

Vintage Crewel Embroidery Flowers
with vintage cottons, crushed velvet lining and rayon fringe

Ta Da! $250
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Saturday, September 26, 2020

One of a Kind Wearable Art Shawls from Sew Bee Mine

 The idea for one of a kind wearable art shawls using vintage embroideries and needlepoints has been germinating for awhile, and just now bringing it to fruition. I have made some one of a kind wearable art coats but they are limited as to who they will fit. Shawls are one size fits all.

 Every creative endeavor consists of coming up with an idea in the first place, then solving one problem after another: including what size/shape? assembling and figuring out how to integrate the  different components together, how to line it and what to line it with, what kind of fringe, etc. Each one presents it's own challenges depending on the image and accompanying fabrics.

 Here are a couple of firsts of the series.  (There were many throw it in the trash moments trying to figure this all out.) The final pattern is 66" long and 30" wide. Add a couple of inches to this one with the pom pom fringe. The focal point here in this folkloric shawl is a huge vintage needlepoint piece found in a shoppe out in Lancaster PA, coupled with fabulous folk art bark cloth.

vintage silk lining

Ta Da! $250
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Here is another one. 
with a vintage embroidery of two cats in a basket and pieced  vintage linen. Soft crushed velvet lining and two toned cotton trim. 

Ta Da! $225
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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Christmas Cat Angels from Sew Bee Mine

 I expect to have the Sew Bee Mine booth at the Phoenixville Farmer's Market in Nov or December, and busy getting ready for Holiday Markets there. Last year all the cats were gone in minutes, so this year making way more. You can also buy them now.

Click on CATS page for more info. 

Here are some of the Christmas Cat Angels created primarily with vintage tablecloths. They are 13" high. The photos above were pre wings.

Here they are with wings and some holiday berries.

Christmas Cats are $29 each.
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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Frida Kahlos with Butterfly Wings and Parrots

13" Flying Frida Kahlo Doll 
Original Art Printed on Fabric. 
Hand embroidered legs.
Purple Butterfly Wings, Parrots $65
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13" Frida Kahlo Doll 
Original Art Printed on Fabric. 
Blue Butterfly Wings, Parrot, Embroidered Skirt w/Tassle Fringe $65 
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Friday, September 4, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Psychedelic Tie Dye Cats with Peace Charm Necklaces from Sew Bee Mine

Yay! The little charms arrived for necklaces for the Psychedelic Tie Dye Peace Cats series. Sooo cute!

These cool cats are 13" tall created with quality 100% cottons
$25 each plus shipping. Email to order

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Frida Kahlo Sirena Mermaid Doll from Sew Bee Mine

This one of a kind colorful hanging 3D Frida Kahlo Sirena Mermaid Doll was created from my original collage/drawing, professionally printed on 100% cotton, hand and machine embellished with sequins, glass beads and various trims.
Frida has a stuffed parrot on her shoulder. 
 20 of these images were printed. The first attempt went into the trash. This is the second one, a success! 
I will be making more, 
 each a one of a kind
She is 16" high. she is sold
I spent some time traveling in Mexico and Central America when I was in my 20’s (the seventies!) and was mesmerized by the spectacular embroidery and weaving from village to village.

I used to dress exactly as Frida did, although at the time I did not know anything about her. I've always worn my hair in a bun with flowers, even as a teenager which is why my father used to call me "Orchid Head".
I loved to wear huipils (traditional Mexican blouses), big skirts, flowers in my hair, wild earrings, big necklaces, and lots of silver and turquoise rings. (Actually, all these laters I still pretty much dress and adorn in a similar way!) My hair is always in a bun with flowers unless a hat is on my head.
I drew Fridas huipil from my own huipil that I got in Oaxaca Mexico, which I still have after all these years. 

Also while in those parts of the world I learned how to carry things on my head, wash my clothes in the river, and vowed when I had my own children I would carry them on my back, which I eventually did with all three of them. 

                                “Hooray for Frida!” “Hooray for Art”