Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I'm getting reacquainted with my sewing machine.

It's a big-ass ear on my shirt! It's to share the importance of listening, plus I have a fascination with anatomy. I've had a halfway-finished shirt with inner organ appliques on it for months now, but I really don't want to cut the pieces for the small intestine. The digestive system has to wait. Meanwhile, I've moved onto machine embroidery (I cheat by sewing over paper and ripping it off). I would have done an inner ear because they have those sweet logarithmic spirals, but no one would have known what it was.

Next up in the sewing world will be a bright floral sundress.

I'm not going to foolishly anticipate that it'll turn out even in the remote semblance of the original illustration, but it's nice to have a dream, isn't it?
The fabric's so nice. I think it's rayon, too. Breezy!

I've been listening to the Mountain Goats a lot lately. They've got Weakerthans-Neutral Milk Hotel-esque warbly-voice poetry, but there's also a bluegrassy, nature metaphor Fruit Bats taste to their music. Pretty.


At May 30, 2006 7:52 PM, Blogger Emily said...

That's a super bright fabric. I like it a lot.
Do you have a special feature on your machine for embroidering or do you just use a plain stitch? The shirt is really original and cool!

At June 01, 2006 2:29 PM, Blogger ysolda said...

I love the ear :). I've been playing with machine embroidery too, it's lots of fun. I haven't felt the need to use any stabiliser at all.
I was just reading a book about the tradition of knitted ganseys and a passage immediately made me think of you: "Despite the tourism and the income it brought, however, times could be hard and the fisherman remained thrifty. Even knitting needles were a needless expense if an old, steel ribbed umbrella could be found. Once in the cupboard it was easily at hand if a needle became bent or a new set was needed and it took only minutes to point up the tip and have them ready for work" (Compton, Rae. 'The Complete Book of Traditional Guernsey and Jersey Knitting).

At June 03, 2006 4:17 PM, Blogger keohinani said...

wow, i love your blog! i don't even remember how i stumbled upon it...you've made a lot of really great projects! your prom dress was really impressive :)


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