The most common thing I hear when talking to people about my counted thread embroidery obsession is "I can't do that, there's too much counting and looking at charts". And they do have a point-- if you are a person who hates looking up from your work, finding your place in a chart, and looking down again, counted thread might drive you a bit mad. But, there are a number of tricks you can use to make the whole process easier.
I was really extraordinarily surprised when my last post (cough RANT cough) about the history of colored sheep, a topic that is normally considered to be esoteric beyond belief, conjured a lot of interest in a follow-up. So Jason, Ari, and Randall, wherever you are, this is for you. It's pretty common knowledge that a [...]
(Roughly equivalent to Love in the time of Cholera but with less death, steamboats, and letter-writing) (Yes I have not read that book in years, and yes, those are apparently the details my brain has retained) Hi everyone. It's been a while. There is a lot going on in the world. I've had a rough [...]
Hopefully some of you remember the Avoiding Heatstroke Dress from a while back, which was intentionally designed and built to keep one (1) tiny human who is bad at homeostasis from developing heatstroke at events in the 95-105 ºF range. It was....moderately successful, I survived June Crown 2018 but Purgatorio 2019 killed me. It [...]
Just wanted to insert a notice apologizing, I am still mostly alive I swear but likely won't be posting anything until after all of my assignments are due for the semester. I'm not sewing on much and I tried to write a post on TORM and just... couldn't make it happen. My 3000 word technical [...]
You ever start out doing something that's supposed to be simple and you end up in waaaaay over your head? Yeah. Welcome to my last couple days. I have 2 yards of a lovely changeable apricot/olive green silk that I bought at Discount Fabrics before I moved-- technically it's a shantung/dupioni silk with slubs, but [...]
.....that joke might not actually work. Whoops. A while back I stumbled across a list of the classes to be offered at Known World Costume and Fiber Arts Symposium (hereafter known as KWCAFAS because that is a name of unnecessary length) and I was filled with much longing. Problem is that KWCAFAS was near Atlanta, [...]
Yesterday was West Kingdom Collegium, and for some reason I decided to teach a class. Actually, I know the reason, and that was that I like teaching! I asked William what he thought I should teach-- my History of Lace class seemed like a bad idea, since there isn't much interest in late 16th C [...]