- Why, after years of doing Greek mythology/ stargazing storytelling programs, has my audience suddenly skewed to families with 3-5 year olds? Every third call this week was someone wanting to bring their preschooler to my program. My program consists of sitting outside, in the dark, in the cold, while listening to long complicated stories whose plots are primarily driven by murder and rape. We did not advertise this program any differently than any other time I've done it. Now we have to figure out what the hell to change in order to get the audience back in the proper demographic. >maybe an R rating?<
- I hate Giftmas shopping. I never have any money this time of year, and I can't tell what anyone needs. I'm dangerously close to just giving everyone a nice box of chocolates and calling it a day.
- My furoshiki workshop went swimmingly. Playing with fabric always amuses me.
- Found a new way to play with fabric- kanzashi tsumami. Little folded fabric flowers. Doesn't take much fabric, and doesn't require much skill beyond careful cutting and tiny stitching. I've made a bunch of these little things in the last 24 hours, and I'm noticing a steep learning curve. The most exquisite part is the interior stitching, which nobody will ever see. Alas. Here's a small timeline- first attempt to most recent, clockwise from top right.
#1: Misaligned stripes and weird stitching on back.
#2: Better stitching but imprecise starter squares, need to sew the top together before the bottom.
#3: Sewed the top before the back, better shape but still dealing with weirdness on the back.
#4: Stitching worked out, but there are exposed raw edges on the back.
#5: Stripes all aligned, stitching good, but imprecise starter squares. It's also upside-down.
#6: Stripes aligned, precise starter squares, nice stitching, fold still allowing raw edges on the back.
#7: Tried a different fold, still getting pesky raw edges, love the shape.
#8: New fold, super clean squares, the stitching on this one is swoonworthy, and no exposed raw edges. I think I've figured it out.
Now I need to add buttons or beads or whatever to finish the naked ones. The best part of this? All scrap fabric. I knew I was saving those little bits and snips for something. Hooray for the internet and it's vast treasure trove of tutorials.
- Sewing all these little things is probably going to give me carpal tunnel. Bah.