Random Stuff

1. If I were making this for myself, I’d just fudge it.  Since I’m actually being paid, however, I went and bought a circular needle and will be swatching.  Again.

2. You’d think I’d learn, but no; instead I get sick from insufficient food with the pills twice in less than 16 hours.  The only good thing about it is that it’s generally over quickly, and once I’ve been sick I feel better and can eat without worry.

3. Hi, sellers on Etsy?  All those random descriptors of your piece?  Those should go in the tags, not in the name of the piece.

4. The plastic bag Boreas has been living in is starting to come apart, and I think I’m actually risking losing bits through the holes.  It was never big enough to fit the hoop in anyway.  Perhaps I have detected a use for the yard of quilting print I bought soley because I couldn’t resist it.

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What To Do?

I have some lovely wool felt that I bought from Three Sheep Studios on Etsy, and I have no idea what to do with it.  The colors, naturally, are what got me; they’re the kind of deep, nuanced jewel tones that I can’t resist.  I’ve got a 6×8 inch piece of each of seven colors; each piece is about half the size of a sheet of paper.

I don’t know what to do!  I mean, wall hangings and embroidery and the like are great, but it’s not as if my house is precisely a showplace for such things.  I guess I could make something to put on Etsy myself; I’m just a little discouraged by the lack of any interest at all in anything I’ve had up in the last six months, and I admit at the moment the pickings are rather slim.

It feels wrong to just leave the fabric where I can pet it occasionally.  Meanwhile I am being tempted by this bundle, with even more gorgeous colors.  But if having some fabric I don’t know what to do with is bad, clearly having more would be worse…

Projects

When I was little, my best friend had a doll.  I no longer remember whether the doll was cloth or porcelain; what I do remember is that she had clothes.  I recall at least five outfits, but there might have been more.  She was kept in a basket, and I don’t remember playing with her much–I just remember the clothes.  I always wanted a doll with clothes.

As a teenager, I found a doll pattern with patterns for several outfits–a party dress, a day dress, a coat.  I don’t think she had any pants outfits, being a rather Victorian girl.  I made the doll, and several dresses for her, but I don’t know where she and her patterns ended up.  These days, none of the pattern manufacturers I have easy access to seem to have patterns for dolls with more than one dress.

Thus, I have begun my quest: I’m searching the web for a nice doll pattern, with at minimum patterns for a dress, a blouse, and a skirt and pants.  I can make one for myself, and maybe also for others.

There’s Some Whelming

This morning as I packed my saddlebags to head to work, I had a dilemma: what to bring with me to work on at lunch?  My brain did not want to pick.  Socks! it said, immediately followed by Thermal! and then Hex quilt!  I actually ended up staring at things for a good half minute while Liam stood there wondering what in the name of all that’s holy I was doing.

This is why I try to only have one project going at a time, barring epic things like Boreas and the Neverending Tablecloth.

I ended up with the socks.

Playing Around

This is something I’ve been working on today:

I know this isn’t the best picture, for which I apologize, but my attempts to crop and edit it met with little success, so you get what came out of the camera.

The pattern’s called “cathedral windows”, and it’s made by doing some origami with the base fabric and then sewing the diamonds over the top.  Traditionally, the base fabric is white muslin and the diamonds are the colorful bits; I wanted to see what it would look like if I reversed that.  So far I think it’s coming out rather interesting.

The two diamonds that have their tips cut off aren’t actually in place yet; they’re only basted in.  And there are all sorts of little bits of white thread tacking things in place, and I have to fill in the half-diamonds on the sides at some point.  (Also, contrary to appearances, the diamonds aren’t the same color as the background; the flash washed them out and they’re actually cream with a tan vine pattern.)

I think this is going to be a pillow cover when I’m done, not that it matches anything in my house–but what else is new?

Making Stuff

My dad and I had dinner Thursday night, and he mentioned an idea for a birthday present–his birthday is on the 22nd, a date I could never remember until (and this is rather sad) I realized it was the same as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

Seems my dad hardly ever wears a tie anymore, but he does wear hats.  So I’m going to take a number of his ties and make them into hatbands.  Should be an interesting project.