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The Snow Queen

Added Feb 8, 2014

by marie-michelle

Le Croisic, France






Short mandarin collar jacket, helmet hat and long dress entirely hand-stitched and hand-embroidered with 56 500 galvanized silver Japanese glass beads and 10 grams of real silver thread spangles on pale blue organic cotton jersey fabric. The ensemble has used 8 yards of fabric, countless working hours, some 25 000 stitches and more than 900 meters of thread. It is at once a feat of patience, a humble nod to Slow Design and due homage to time-honoured North American craftsmanship.

Material Notes

Pale blue organic cotton jersey, Miyuki glass beads, real silver thread spangles.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic
Cotton, Lace/Sequins

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    Feb 10, 2014, 05.23 PMby aficionada

    Stunningly beautiful!

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    Feb 9, 2014, 10.47 PMby byVA

    Its MAGIC! Breathtaking magic!

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    Feb 9, 2014, 07.10 PMby tessi

    You are an amazing person and seamstress! You look absolutely stunning in your Snow Queen outfit. I can only begin to imagine the hours it took to do this…..plus all of the times an errant bead tumbled across the floor…….WOW!

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      Feb 10, 2014, 09.07 PMby marie-michelle

      Oh my! Thank you! Truly! I am now constructing a beading pad so that I will no longer have to dread the terrifying plink! of beads falling on the floor!!!!

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    Feb 9, 2014, 02.24 PMby kisses

    Totally stunning….the fabric is beautiful

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    Feb 9, 2014, 12.09 PMby mokosha

    that’s one breathtaking ansamble! so so beautiful

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    Feb 9, 2014, 11.19 AMby SassyT

    Gosh, I bow down to ya. Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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    Feb 9, 2014, 10.34 AMby Mary Athey

    Marie-michelle you have created a fabulous outfit. All three pieces are wonderfully crafted and look so good on you. Bravo for all your hard work It paid of in the end x

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    Feb 9, 2014, 10.17 AMby martinK

    you did an amazing job!!!

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    Feb 9, 2014, 07.32 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Congrats – it’s Beautiful!!

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    Feb 9, 2014, 05.18 AMby max

    All I can say is “WOW!”

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    Feb 9, 2014, 04.32 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Beautiful! And so much patience. Very nice!

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    Feb 9, 2014, 12.18 AMby smallone

    wowza!! there is more patience contained here in this one out fit than I think I’ve posses in my 40 something years of a lifetime…its also beautiful!

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      Feb 9, 2014, 05.21 AMby marie-michelle

      Thank you! ’Tis a strange place between abnegation and self-indulgence! ;)

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