And Then I Made It Weird….

I finally finished Ye Olde Denim tutu and bodice. It's in a display of faculty work at the college (upstairs in the library).

I finally finished Ye Olde Denim tutu and bodice. It’s in a display of faculty work at the college (upstairs in the library).

Aaaaaactually, it’s been on display since November, which brings me to the only resolution I wrote down for 2016: blog more.  I mean, I could hardly write less than I did last year, so it seemed like a more realistic expectation than anything about diet, exercise, experiencing the magical joy of tidying up, or finishing all the projects.  Grad school and teaching have sort of been destroying my confidence that I still know how to write in my own voice – the festively inappropriate one that occasionally plays fast and loose with with the laws of language.  (In my defense, that approach worked for Shakespeare.)  So 2016 is the year that I start taking back my own voice, and start taking back some of my time from Other People’s Usefullness(tm), and start doing my stuff and writing about it.  At least, that’s the plan.  It’s January 9, and I’m already 100% above last year.

The bodice and the mannequin are clearly not the same size and shape, but that’s ok.

The bodice and the mannequin are clearly not the same size and shape, but that’s ok.

The fringe on top is made by fraying out one side of the bias tape from the piping. I've heard people do this with combs, but I find it faster to use a pin. It seems like it should take forever and a day, but it goes pretty quick.

The fringe on top is made by fraying out one side of the bias tape from the piping. I’ve heard people do this with combs, but I find it faster to use a pin. It seems like it should take forever and a day, but it goes pretty quick.

Also, I embroidered a gag gift.

Also, I embroidered a gag gift.

Let me break that down:

I.  Embroidered.

I can stop right there, can’t I?  My relationship with embroidery is not exactly friendly.  It’s not even polite.  But lets go further:

I. Embroidered. A … gag gift?

I.  Embroidered? A …. gag gift?!?

This what happens when I give a class too much studio/work time, people.

The back even looks pretty good, and demonstrates that I have finally accepted the blackwork challenge. Although I did totally give up on the idea of starting and stopping for each letter. Word, yes, ok. The words are all separate runs. The individual letters? Let’s just say the front is in single stroke roman and the back is in cursive.

The back even looks pretty good, and demonstrates that I have finally accepted the blackwork challenge. Although I did totally give up on the idea of starting and stopping for each letter. Word, yes, ok. The words are all separate runs. The individual letters? Let’s just say the front is in single stroke roman and the back is in cursive.

That is my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!

6 thoughts on “And Then I Made It Weird….

  1. Anna-Carin says:

    That’s wonderful news – I hope you’ll fulfill your resolution, because I’ve always enjoyed your style of writing, and wished you’d resume posting. :-)

    2 years ago | Reply

  2. natfullbeam says:

    Have just stumbled upon your blog, whilst looking for ways to create costumes for fullbeamproductions.net upcoming tour – a brilliant find, you are now bookmarked and I hope you continue to blog! Thank you!

    2 years ago | Reply

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