Pics from Rose of Tralee 2007

Finally have some pics of the Washington Rose of Tralee 2007 festivities.

Here is last year’s Rose, Carolyn Kirwin, at the Irish Embassy. I just loved it that she coordinated her outfit with her sash.
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The new Rose is Laura Olsen. She is here with 2005 Rose Kate Riley on the left, 2006 Rose Carolyn Kirwin, and 2004 Rose and Centre Director Meaghan Donovan.
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Laura and Carolyn.
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And again, the sash made by Feisdress: Susan Gowin and me.
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Rose of Tralee Gallery


Rose of Tralee 2007
Designer: Susan Gowin
Digitizer & Embroiderer: Me
Sashmaker: Susan
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Rose of Tralee 2006 winner: Carolyn Kerwin

Rose of Tralee 2006
Designer: Susan Gowin
Digitizer & Embroiderer: Me
Sashmaker: Susan


Rose and the hoop-it-all

That title sounds like it should be some wacko novel.

Forgot to add in my previous post about the Rose of Tralee sash that I used the Super Giant-Long hoop from Hoop-it-all to do the long embroidery.
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I also have the double wide, something I bought when I was under the illusion that it would make my life easier, but that one does not. I have yet to really figure out how to use both sides of it effectively. I can use the double wide the way I use the Super Giant long, but it is a bit unwieldy. I love the Super Giant long. It DOES make my life easier! The sash is a perfect example. I did, of course, have to split the design and add in reference stitches, but I only had to re-hoop once on the front of the sash and not at all on the back. Aahhh, heaven! And because it is so flat, re-hooping is so easy.

Stitching out panel dresses will be so much easier for me now…it will be a rare skirt that is longer than this sewing field.

Rose of Tralee 2007

Susan and I presented this year’s sash for the Washington Rose of Tralee at the Irish Embassy in DC last night. Always a good time.
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Susan, of course, did the design, and I did the digitizing and embroidery.
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She listens to me discuss what is difficult or annoying about stitching out certain shapes and so she tries other things. I love this flower and was happy to see larger applique areas.
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But all those curvy pointed things in the center of the flower design were…a challenge. Several tests sent me back to the digitizing “drawing” board several times to get it figured out just right.
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But once again, I am pleased.
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We also decided to make pins for last year’s Rose and this year’s. This was just fun.
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You can see last year’s winner in last year’s sash here. Last night, Carolyn had on an outfit to match the sash – red skirt, red cami, white blouse, and the coolest red patent leather pumps. I will post the pic when she sends it to me.

Now back to the dungeon…one more dress to finish for this week.

Rose of Tralee 2007

Susan and I have been asked to make another sash for the Washington DC Rose of Tralee! They said they were so pleased with what we did for them last year that they would like to have us do it every year. These are pics of the 2006 Washington Rose of Tralee, Carolyn Kerwin, in the sash.

She is such a lovely young lady.

So, off to the drawing board we go!

Rose of Tralee winner

We recieved pictures of the winner of the 2006 Washington Rose of Tralee in our sash yesterday. Isn’t she lovely?


We met the four contestants at the Irish Embassy last week and they were all so wonderful. But I have to admit, that this young woman, Carolyn Kirwin, was the most self-posessed, poised, and unselfconsciously articulate woman of ANY age that I have met in a very long time. She was particularly striking. I am sorry I could not go to the competition itself…I am sure it was great fun to see them all perform. Congratulations, Carolyn!

Rose of Tralee and one sock



FeisDress was asked to make the sash and be a sponsor for the 2006 Washington Rose of Tralee. We presented it at the Irish Embassy in Washington, D.C. on May 31st. We also got to meet this year’s candidates. Lovely, very confident young women. They said they would send a pic of the winner in the sash.

Susan and I had so much fun doing this! Susan of course designed the beautiful flowers on the sash using the idea of a celtic knot for the center flower. We decided on a font we liked, I changed it a bit, and then I got busy digitizing and embroidering the letters and the rose! I used my Bernina 200E. My Bernina software has an auto-applique function, but it did not like the knot in the middle of the rose and could not digitize it in the correct order. So I ended up digitizing it by myself. Then I changed the shape of some of the letters for a different look. Nothing like having to figure things out for yourself to expand your knowledge and skill base! Susan did the green knot/vine freehand on her machine. It turned out beautifully, if we do say so ourselves.

I did a tag for the inside of the sash using a font already in the Bernina software. I looked at the sashes worn at the International pageant last year…the sash sponsor’s name was on the front and was a bigger font than the Rose of Tralee! I find that odd, so we put ours on the inside.


I also finished one of Molly’s socks using Knitpicks Dancing. Feels great, but I would have to say that I was so worried about knitting too tightly that I did not knit tight enough. It has great stretch, but it could fit a bit more closely. So, I will do the other sock this way, but next time I will give in to my tendency to knit this yarn tighter.