Last year my path crossed multiple times with Gail Yellen at several Original Sewing & Quilt Expo shows. What first caught my eye was this wonderful tone-on-tone jacket on display in Gail's booth.
It's sophisticated, subtle color blocks and textures drew me to Gail's booth. The jacket is so cozy - although I refrained from hugging the sample - and made from her Mother's sweaters. Gail excels in designing comfortable and flattering jackets from sweaters and sweatshirts then adds her own distinctive details.
Twin needle work is frequently found in her samples such as on this sleeve cuff.
Here's the back view of the jacket with the inverted pleat and you can see how snazzy the twin needle work on the cuff edges adds subtle attention to the jacket.
Gail's work with beads is intriguing especially on the back of this jacket,
but this close-up of the bead work on the front shoulder blew me away when Gail said it was done on a serger. One of her favorite tools is the Edge Perfect Blade to perforate the fabric. I really need to take one of Gail's classes and get a hands-on experience on how to do this beautiful bead work.
Gail wearing the beaded Counterpoints Jacket
Gail's teaching schedule is posted on her website. I'll see her next at the fabulous Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. Sign up for her classes now and make sure you drop by her booth to see her Counterpoint Jacket and other patterns perfect for embellishing.