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Thu, May. 5th, 2011, 01:53 pm
Of mice & men

Or, Rodents:1, Primate:0

So, I'm stitching along, in my studio (as I do) and I see some motion, out of the corner of my eye. I stop stitching and look. It's a little roly-poly mouse. I think to myself, "Self, why it's a little fieldmouse. How cute!"

Then, I think to myself,"Self, mice make nests in fabric and yarns, of which, you have great quantities."

So, I get up and shoo him out, and he dashes into a hole in the bathroom wall.
"Aha!" think I. "I will block up the hole, and problem solved."

So, down to the basement I go, cut wood to fit, get some screws, etc. I then patch the wall, and return to my stitching (as I do).

20 minutes later, there's the same roly-poly little mouse, in the middle of my studio. I look at him, he looks at me. And he proceeds to run up on my sneaker, and poop on it, before running off again.

This was not a Disney moment.

Back to the stitching!

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Wed, Apr. 13th, 2011, 03:22 pm

It's now official...
As of this morning, I'm now an officially Juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen!!!
*Happy dance*
*shake my booty*
*scare the dog*
*more booty shaking*
**feel free to be horrified by that image.
--I've been asked if I'd be willing to do demos. Yes. (so apparently I may be demonstrating what I do up at the League show in Sunappee this year. I'm sure that the people that get excited watching paint dry will find this thrilling, but hey, if it floats their boats)
And as always, a picture makes a post...
From Angkor Wat brooch

I finished the first Angkor Wat brooch (there will be three, maybe more)This one has been a lot of fun and I learned a lot from it.

Now it's time to go and scare the dog some more...
*booty shake*

Wed, Mar. 30th, 2011, 05:22 pm
Hour 53

It's coming along! I've been adding the vines and I'm having a ball. Though, I've figured out why my wrist has been hurting so much, it's the force of pushing/pulling the needle through so many layers of stitching. This effect is absolutely worth it.
(The 53 hours is a bit of an estimate, there may be a few more hours in there, but it's close enough)
From Angkor Wat brooch

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011, 09:27 pm
44 hours

From Angkor Wat brooch

An..n..n..d there's a problem. The petals are too big. They're a better fit for a different brooch. I realized that the center was much more sleek, almost Faberge egg-like, and really suits the background. The petals...well, not so much.
So, now I figure out how to remove them, intact, and use them in a different project, eventually.
I'm going to replace them with some pearls, and that should do the job nicely, and then I can move on to the next stage.

Fri, Mar. 25th, 2011, 01:48 am
40 hours of stitching

From Angkor Wat brooch

Here are the completed petals. That is, indeed, detached buttonhole stitch on the back.
I've had an interesting experience with these petals. They're so small, and the fabric under the wire is so thin (about 1 or 2 threads) that I have to work very deliberately and slow on them. I can't allow the needle to jerk, or pull, or else it will unravel. While working in this way, I found that my hands, needle, and thread were working as one. This thread likes to shred apart as you're stitching, it's rayon, and that's its natural inclination. (it's not really fraying, it's almost as if the fibers are de-laminating) so you have to keep from pulling too hard, or uncontrolled, if you want a good result. So, as a consequence, I was using my fingers in new ways, to keep the thread moving in flow. As a knot developed (as they are wont to do) I just moved my middle finger, gently along the edge, coaxing it out, gentling the thread. I'm not sure I'm really explaining this well, but it was what I think a Zen experience would feel like. Just the constant movement of the needle, the gentle bite of the tip against my finger, to tell me when it was through the fabric, then the push-pull of the needle through the fabric, brushing against the wire edge. It's a tactile experience as well as a visual one (visual, only thanks to my magnifying visors)
I suppose this is a long way of saying that this part of the project has been an absolute pleasure, and thoroughly engrossing. (I'm posting this at quarter of 2am, yup, I'm engrossed alright)

The next step is the center section of the background, this should be equally fun. (I think)

Wed, Mar. 23rd, 2011, 01:02 pm
The brooch is coming along nicely

The base layer is done
From Desktop

And the petals are coming along nicely as well.
From Desktop

I'll be updating through the day as stuff develops.
3:00 update. 30 total hours on this brooch so farCollapse )
4:15 updateCollapse )
5:30 updateCollapse )
Have fun out there everyone.

Fri, Mar. 18th, 2011, 02:09 pm
It's Spring!

Howdy folks, I saw the first sign of spring this afternoon...The first motorcycle of spring! Woot!
It was a Bugatti (Buggatti? Buggati? Bugbutti?) Gorgeous.
So, there'll be an Open Studio/Craft Night at the Kimball-Jenkins, here in concord, tonight. So if you're in the area, stop on by. It'll be from 6 to at least 9 pm.

I'm really enjoying the background on this piece. There's something soothing about the semi-random patterns, and the way that the gold is laying. I'll proably play with this some more on a different scale. It's a lot of fun.

And, as always, a picture makes a post
From Angkor Wat brooch

I'll be updating this post as the day goes on.


Thu, Mar. 17th, 2011, 02:07 pm
Day three of the Angkor Wat brooch

The gold and orange filling is coming along nicely, it's still slow, but I'm not surprised by this.
The new lines on the design are marking lines for stitch directions and color shifts (green is satin stitch direction, blue is color divisions) Hopefully, I'll have the fill finished today.
From Angkor Wat brooch

6 pm updateCollapse )

Wed, Mar. 16th, 2011, 12:09 pm
Well, that didn't exactly work as planned...

Well, I'm starting this piece over again, the couching, at least as wrought, wasn't working for what I wanted to see. So I'm starting over again, and complicating the couching pattern. (I know, most folks would try to simplify it, but that doesn't seem to be what this piece needs, so complicated it is.)
(And I already tried simplifying it, and well...no. Ick.)
So I'll be posting updates as they happen, and pictures of course.

Now it's on to re-tracing the pattern on to the cotton, putting on some music and some coffee.
1 pm update. In which our hero re-starts his journeyCollapse )
3pm, It's coming along nicely nowCollapse )
11pm and final update of the day.Collapse )

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