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Yup, another rough day, but stuff gets done. Redyed the silk - RIT takes better than you might think, though the exhaust bath is weirdly navy blue (from the dark green). Went out and ran some errands/got some food, which is better than being stuck in my apartment. Tried Yet Another Vietnamese Restaurant. Fairly good, though I am not 100% certain my tofu dish was completely vegetarian. It didn't have the heavy greasiness I usually associate with meat-spiked food, but there was a murky, smoky flavor that did not seem entirely vegetable in origin. Not enough to be really awful or make me sick, however, so I declare it a win. Had world's most apologetic waitress.

Drew some things )
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I'm having an assortment of issues at the moment, notably fall depression coming on strong and my big computer monitor being on the fritz. So art has stalled a little and I haven't replied to a number of you in email. I'm sorry about that - I'll respond again as soon as I'm up to it.

In other news, I'm boiling wool and walnuts, and I had a good dinner with people. Work tomorrow sounds exhausting.
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A few days ago, we found a walnut tree on a walk through the park. However, it was growing on the bank, so the walnuts had all fallen to the path below. Today, I went down there and gathered an ammo bag full. I'll probably go back again. Brown will now be an optional fabric color, as well. I still have last year's bottle of ink, because I haven't been using it much.

I also found out where the lower bike path goes, or at least part of the way. You can climb a stairway back up the bank at Ogden and Farwell. People seem to run up and down it a bit. I am not so good - just going up once at a steady walk had me panting and miserable at the top. This is a sign that I need to do it again, ideally daily, until I no longer want to die. The prospect of gathering walnut hulls on the way may help me manage. There's also a huge amount of catnip planted alongside the road. It makes me wish I had a kitty to drug.

In other news, I am going to enact Mandatory Drawing time. I realized the other day that I've come to spend more time sewing than I do working on art. Some of this is because sewing requires very little brainpower when I do it by hand. However, some of it is because I've developed a series of art related neuroses that prevent me from just sitting down and do it. To the point that right before I was going to draw today, I felt an unbelievably strong urge to scour the apartment top to bottom. The cat waxeth.

The combination of thinking anything I make has to be good and increased standards for "good" mean that I have art paralysis. Today: one Blind Guardian album, two pages of sketches, including one picture of my hand, one poorly drawn sparrow, a rat, and a conventionally attractive black guy. I seriously need to work on my anatomy, though. I really don't know how men's upper bodies go together, and I'm pretty sketchy on the legs, too.

Err...I'm not sure where I was going. Ah, well. Once I've recovered from walkies, we shall have dinner, and then perhaps sewing and comics again.
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Done:
bodice pattern revised and tested
Orange silk twill skirt made
Blue circle skirt guarded and finished
Red cotton twill skirt cut out
Skeleton of Griffin's Needle documentation made
Hook and eye and needles for event purchased

Still to do:
Find safflower (probably requires full apartment clean)
find silk thread (ditto)
buy linen thread? (will the seller ever get back to me?)
Sew red skirt
Dip red and orange skirts to dull color (maybe - depends on whether I want to spend the winter stop sign red or not)
Cut out and sew new tops
Put away laundry
Much dyeing, documentation writing, and pattern testing
Make winter coat
Clean apartment very much
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Bar of accidentally purchased Zote (laundry soap) converted to liquid
Beige silk mordanted (alum)
Light yellow wool mordanted (also alum)
Fabric layouts for Griffin's Needle in October finished (white linen, mushroom linen, silk)
Many reference images for above collected
Cloth hose pattern created
1 pair electric grape wool flannel hose made and finished
Gored skirt pattern made
1880s bodice pattern revised
Revision tested (in progress)
Red twill and orange silk for winter skirts washed and shrunk

additional sewing and reenactment related maunderings )

SCA musings

Jun. 6th, 2009 06:52 pm
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Yellow onion skins in vinegar (with possible iron contamination - the enamel is chipping off my dyepot) turn silk the precise shade I think of as Steampunk Brown. I must consider this for the future.

Turmeric is also the only thing I have that dyes linen. My underskirt is now a fabulous shade of dandelion. I am pleased.

Pavilion has been hemmed and the sides taken in. It will probably have to go to the next event as the (probably) tremendously unperiod spoked wheel type, however, since I have not yet figured out how to make the leather grommets shown here (http://www.greydragon.org/pavilions/basel.html) to attach rope hooks.

Much to be done! Ack!

The Colors

Dec. 3rd, 2008 12:39 am
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color musings )

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