Tuesday, August 19, 2008

One Thing Leads to Another

My quilting olympics is going very well. Of course, I don't have funky, totally unfair tie-breaking rules to deal with. If two people get the same score they should share the medal or do a tie-breaking back flip or something.

Anyway, I've managed to do some needleturn every night since the olympics started. And I'm getting better at those outside points. I think I've figured out a way to turn the corner that works for me, and they aren't coming out lumpy or weird anymore. It has also given me a chance to experiment with different threads for applique. I'm loving the silk. I like it so much, I want to try quilting with silk thread. And I just happen to have some old silk remnants that would be perfect for such an experiment. I will never have to worry about running out of things to do as long as one project leads to another.

On an unrelated note, why oh why did the current issue of Craft magazine have to be about weaving? This is the kind of temptation I don't need. Now, when no one is looking, I sneak peaks at looms online. Somebody stop me. I actually had a loom when I was kid. My grandparents gave me a plastic table top loom and I would make squares of fabric. It was fun. I never turned them into anything. But when you are a kid people let you just make stuff without it having to be anything. Maybe that's what grabbed my attention. It takes me back to when process was more important than outcome. I wonder if my mom still has that loom?


Karoda said...

i just couldn't get motivated by the olympics this year...even tried hand stitching while watching and it just didn't work for me...glad to hear its been a skill development time for ya :)

maybe you can find someone with a loom that will allow you to play before you decide to make the leap and get your own.

Kyra said...

I did see the Crafts issue on weaving when at the bookstore on Friday. Can't start ANOTHER project. So, purchased, instead, Technology Review from MIT. It had a rather cool article on role technology has played in the presidential campaigns.