Sunday, October 31, 2010

samhain sunday + SWAP 2011

Crafternoon was well attended, and it was wonderful to see some of my friends again. C and L arrived first, and found me still hanging out laundry and washing up the prep dishes; their gift of some frozen homegrown quince will become part of the November Canjam. E arrived a bit later, and brought V's repaired Navajo hand spindle, and a thrifted vintage ball-winder for me, as well as frozen blackberries from her yard. My thrifted swift has found it's soul-mate. Truly I am blessed with wonderful friends! Next to show up was A, who had just bought a new serger; we spent a fair bit of time sorting out the threading. I hope that she is as happy with it as I with mine. She also brought the fabric and pattern for her adaptation of this lovely skirt; I much prefer the flannel that she chose. M brought some of the fabrics that she was working on for her OryCon garb. By midafternoon there was much happy talking, and nibbling of various sweet and savory tidbits. S, and her sweetie B, showed up after their trip to the giant antique show, with nifty relics they had found. The Chinese opera coat and vest were beautifully made, and the coat fits her so well, though I rather covet the empty pocket watch case more than the clothing. (If I'd found such a thing, I'd make a miniature diorama inside.) B had found a pocketwatch with all the insides functional, and a straight razor with the most beautiful iridescent green celluloid handle, and a handful of vintage cufflinks... All too soon everyone had to leave and Acorn Cottage had a moment of quiet before the Halloween hordes ( not as many as last year, seemed like) arrived.
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Trick-or-treaters are done for the evening. The rain held off till later at night, so the little ones had a lovely soft evening to gad about in, and only the bigger ones were dampened. The highlights of the evening: One, my former neighbors came by with their child, they had moved away to find a bigger house when they were pregnant, and now have a sweet little boy, dressed for the night in a Star Trek outfit, but still too young to talk. He was more interested in the crinkly wrapping than in the candy inside. Two: the dreadlocked papa who was fascinated by noticed the large spider that lives next to the front walkway, there is a magnificent new web, after having it all blown down in the windy weather last week, and made sure to point it out the the children with him who seemed equally fascinated. Real webs are better than draping the yard with wisps of plastic fluff... Three: the brother and sister who came by mid evening, dressed as some sort of anime, who saw the maneki-neko noren hanging in the living room and admired it so, telling me of their dream of someday go to Japan. I sighed and said "me too..."
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The guidelines for the 2011 SWAP are up, and I'm trying to decide if I want to participate:

Option # 3
5 dresses -single pieces consisting of top and bottom that can be worn alone.
4 tops - t-shirts, shirts, blouses, or camisoles
1 bottom - jeans, pants, shorts, skirt or kilt.
1 your choice (not an accesory)

3 garments may be purchased or previously sewn.
1 may be knitted or crocheted.

Now here's your twist:
Every garment should be made with a technique or feature that you haven't tried, or haven't mastered

Sewing will begin December 26th, and all garments must be finished by April 30th, 2010.

I can think of any number of sewing techniques that I have not really attempted, or that I have tried but done poorly, the challenge would be to come up with at least seven unfamiliar techniques that would work with the clothing that I like to wear.

The techniques that are my favorites get used over and over again. I love bias bound edges, and patch pockets, and simple embroidery, and rarely if ever use facings, or zippers. Reminds me of when taking the behind the wheel test in WA, (I'd been driving at that point for more than twenty years) and I flunked parallel parking. The testing officer was not amused by my comment that I normally simply drove further away to find an easier place to park, as walking was simpler than parallel parking GreenTiger, my old VW microbus. It is simpler to bind edges than to hem them, simpler to make patch pockets, simpler to get dressed when clothing can just drop over your head than needing zipped or buttoned...

Have been mulling this one over for the last two days, and will continue mulling for the next month or so. Some possibilities are:
zipper insertion, such as lapped zippers, invisible zippers, hand-picked zippers...
welt pockets, double and/or single
proper use of stay tape, on knits and for shoulders
rouleaux, as decoration
bound buttonholes
inset applique
lining/underlining
Alabama Chanin style applique/embellishment/construction
reverse-facings

Not sure what will be realistic, useful, and appropriate.
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big cat pumpkin fun

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