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It's not chiggers, and it's not bedbugs (thankyouthnakyouthankyou); I haven't had any new bites appear.  I'm guessing a biting fly got a little too enthusiastic and flew up my skirt by accident (bastard).  Whatever it was, the bites aren't itching too much, though they look like plague lesions due to my allergies. 

Stupid sensitive skin.

I was drawing last night while watching TV, and I found myself feeling bored - and I never feel bored when I'm drawing.  I think I'm in that annoying transitional phase between one set of projects and the next, where I'm waiting for inspiration to strike and my mojo to spark.  I can't start anything when I'm in this phase, because I'll just end up hating it, and since I'm supposed to be making clothes for Bob, I really shouldn't do that to him.  I've tried knitting, but I just rip out everything I start.  Over the years, I've experienced these lulls, and I've learned it's best not to push it.

Speaking of ripping things apart, I'm using part of this uninspired time to rip out and take apart some of the partially-completed projects that just went wrong at some point, and are cluttering up my tiny sewing room - the mohair (oh, and it's gorgeous, but delicate, and a beautiful peach colour) shawl that ran out of wool (hand-dyed, can't find more), the doublet that I decided I didn't like, half-sleeves, etc.  This is, I suppose, a good time to patch and sew on buttons (though it's terribly hard to find the motivation for such a boring task at any time). 

I'm reluctant to do an entire overhaul of the sewing room, as this week (technically, when the boxes arrive, which is uncertain) I have to pack up my office in preparation for new furniture I didn't ask for and don't want (other people do; I was voted down), and doing the same thing at home as I am doing at work seems a bit much in my current mood.  I am not happy about the work overhaul - I will fill boxes when they ask, but I'm not shifting them one inch (they want to whinge about liability, I can introduce them to the concept of worker's comp).  *sigh* At least at home, I can control what my environment looks like - I have no idea what my office will look like, since admin and research aren't always on the best of terms (they're exchanging snippy e-mails as I write this).

I'm pretending it's happening to someone else so I don't have to care about it too much.  What the hell, I can always quit.

This uninspired phase always gets me down - usually I'm working hard on something, because working hard makes me happy (except when it makes me a bit manic, as happened with the embroidered jacket - but I was still happy), and I feel vaguely wrong sitting on the sofa with nothing to do.  But the down time passes, and soon enough I will be working away on something.  In the meantime, I'm sketching embroidery ideas and collecting images for inspiration.

I just wish the insipiration would hurry up and get here.  The waiting is giving me more time to realize my bites are itching.


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Feb. 11th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Wow. And I thought I was feeling uninspired because I just got home from RF5 and am experiencing a low. Could it be the seasons? We're stuck in between winter and spring in that ucky muddy spot and it's hard to get inspired about anything?
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Possibly - 12th Night/insert New Year's event of choice is over, and it's a while until pretty spring clothes can come out.
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Feb. 11th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
I too go through those lulls. I call them "recharging". Generally that's when I make most of my "slow but steady" progress. I spend my time on little chores that I would never look at otherwise and browsing looking for inspiration. I cleaned out my bathroom cabinet a couple of days ago, that felt good.

And then.... Last night I found an image of a painting by the "Master of the Female Half Lengths" that has been in private hands for a long time. I had never seen the image before. It's so exciting.

Good things come.
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Heading way off point - is your default picture the new hairstyle? I like the bangs!

(Not that I didn't like the hair before, mind you.)
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yup, new me. :)
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm....betcha your employers are already familiar with the concept of worker's comp.
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
You'd be surprised.
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Feb. 11th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I hear ya. I've been in a slump myself lately. It seems like it's all I can do to make it to the gym and then veg at night. I'm kinda with Kass since I've been wondering if it had something to do with the season too. The jacket I was working on is sitting in my sewing room basically just waiting for sleeves but I haven't had the drive to do anything with it. I'm sure it will pass soon. My tulips and daffodils are telling me spring is nearly here and I can't wait to see them bloom. Spring always makes me want to work on projects. And declutter, which is good b/c I need to do that too. ;)
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
You've got tulips? I'm soooo jealous. It was so cold here that even some of my violas gave up.
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Feb. 11th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I am so happy to hear the bites are not what we were discussing yesterday. Hopefully they will heal quickly and be forgotton. I think the uninspired feeling is what most people are going through right now. There seems to be an epidemic of uninspiredness. Maybe it's just the February blahs!
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Ripping back mohair is a nightmare. Is there anything you can do with what you've knit?
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Stick it in the freezer for a few hours. Makes it much less sticky and easier to rip.
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Feb. 11th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
I dyed some fuschia linen with navy blue dye, and it came out a lovely purple... :)
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Feb. 11th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to know it's not just me. I'm almost depressed -- very melancholic and my hands (thumbs actually) hurt like hell today. :-(
Feb. 11th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Is there something in the stars? I've gotten halfway through 2 Phygerian caps this week before I realized they look awful, I have a coat sitting in pieces waiting for me to finish embellishing the neckline, and sew it together. Not to mention the script bag I cut out and haven't sewn yet. I seem to have a bad case of the Meh's.
Feb. 11th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Having just been to a nice little 'mid winter symposium', I am finding that my batteries are recharged for projects in the upcoming year. Now I just have to poke hubby with a stick long enough for him to pick the outfit he would like for me to make for him (for our April outing).
Feb. 12th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh, SO no mojo. And I have two award docs (aka scrolls, cringe) to do for an event this weekend.

I think I shall be utterly, totally obnoxious and do one on the Artist Trading Card bristol that just came in the mail. (2 1/2 x 3 1/2"). Which serves me right for surfing the Pierpont library site - current digital version of the hours of Claude de France, which was more like 2 x 2 3/4". Think I'll do a leaf from Anne of Bretagne's instead, as I like it better.

Must finish painting basement.... retile entryway.... new outfit for husband.... Dutch gown.... clothes for the chilluns..... energy fading....no will to move........
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Extreme Costuming Website Question
Since you are the most knowledgeable person I can think of on the topic of Elizabethan embroidery,I was hoping you could answer this for me.

Were any stitches besides back, running, Holbein and buttonhole used? More specifically, I would like to know if chain, French knots or stem stitches were ever used.

Thank you for your time.
Feb. 12th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Extreme Costuming Website Question
As far as I can tell, evidence has been found for all three - a quick Google search on historical embroidey could probably give you a lot more information.
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