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Embroidery and Less Fun Things

Well, let's get the less fun things out of the way first.  Tomorrow I have an ultrasound to check on my thyroid, since I have gone and got myself a thyroid "goiter" (because I'm so authentic, even my medical conditions are documentable).  The Monday after that, I go and get a follow-up ultrasound on my boobs, because of "an area of non-symmetry on the left breast".  Apparently, I can't even have my issues one at a time - I'm just such an overachiever. 

I'm not freaking out yet, because I have nothing so far to freak out about, but I will admit to slight trepidation.

Anyway, on to more fun stuff!  In a marathon 9-hour session on Friday, I got the fourth sleeve piece GST done.  Yay me, though I'm paying for it today.  So, I took pictures:

embroidered jacket sleeves
That's the one with the gold on the far right.
embroidered jacket sleeve embroidered jacket sleeves
A slightly closer look.

Of course, it took me until the fourth piece to realize that if I stitched clockwise, the gilt thread on the rose hips would lay out in a nice circular pattern, thus:

But that's okay, I'm the only person that will really notice it, especially once all the spangles are on.

So, stats:  I got the last sleeve done in less than a month in calendar days, though it took the same in hours as all the rest - roughly 91-92 hours per piece to do the GST.  My total hours so far (whole thing) are 2349.5, and I've been working on this project for just over 2 years and 8 months.  I've used 12 spools of the GST so far.

Anyway, that's what I've been doing and thinking about.  We're judging at MTA (Jamestown) next weekend, so there's been quite a bit of reading up on that, too.


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Mar. 5th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)

What category are you judging?
Mar. 5th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Costume, pre-1860. Both Bob and I.
Mar. 5th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Excellent! See you there, then! :-D
Mar. 5th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
A goiter? What the heck, lady?! (I take it that some tune fish and/or sushi with seaweed in aren't solving anything.) How on earth...? I confess to some sincere curiosity as to how this has come to pass, given where you live.
Mar. 5th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Well, it doesn't show...
Mar. 5th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Beautiful work and progress.
Mar. 5th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
My mom had a goiter. She just takes thyroid every day.
Mar. 5th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
If that's all I need, I can totally add another medication. *grin*

I have dry skin that looks like I'm part crocodile, I'm tired all the time, and my hair snaps in a light breeze. If it's all the thyroid, I'll be actually happy. I'm just hoping it's not anything bad.
Mar. 5th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, I think you'll be pleased at what the thyroid should fix.
Mar. 5th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
The jacket is going to be spectacular!
Good luck with your ultrasounds. I hope the boob issue turns out to be nothing of concern and the goiter can be easily remedied.
Mar. 5th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thinking happy healthy thoughts you-wards!

(Jacket is awesome!!!)
Mar. 5th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Jaw-droppingly gorgeous! Such beauty is worth pain, right?

Hope you feel better soon. :(
Mar. 5th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thyroid problems suk - such a wide range of debilitating symptoms. But diagnosis means treatment, and they are very treatable. And you're taking the right approach (I can say as a veteran chronically ill person) at not freaking until the results are back. I did some entirely unnecessary freaking recently, and then felt very silly.

Embroidery - wow and wow!
Mar. 5th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
My mom had a goiter (that you could see!) and started on synthroid. Went away just fine. And yea, dry skin, brittle hair, tiredness, it's all part of the thyroid.

Mar. 5th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yeesh! I shall send happy thoughts your way about the ultrasounds!
And the jacket - just BEAUTIFUL.
Mar. 6th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
I am curious about the frames you use to keep your fabric taut while you work on the jacket pieces.

Obviously the fabric is rectangular, but do you keep the fabric taut? Or can you adjust the lacing tension somehow? I'd think changes in humidity could make this a pita. I've got an embroidery frame but it only tensions in one direction with rollers. Much better than a hoop but still not idea.
Mar. 6th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
My evil little secret is that I use regular embroidery hoops, I'm just gentle with them. I can't use large frames because I can't hold them, and they're too heavy for my floor stand (which is, however, just right for my hoops).

I've tried the roller frames, and will probably end up using them for the spangling, but until then, I need something that (as you guessed) keeps the fabric more taut.

I think people who do use the slate-style frames usually adjust the tension on the lacing around the edges as they go along - the fabric and the lacing thread will stretch over time, and you do need to keep a certain level of tension on the fabric, otherwise the stitching will "shrink" the base fabric. So, every now and then, you'd just work the lacing along to the end, re-tie it, and go on sewing.

In my case, I adjust the outer hoop until it's holding the fabric but not grating against the finished embroidery. I'm gentle with it, and it's held up well for me so far. Because of my hands, it's simply the easiest option. :)
Mar. 6th, 2012 05:41 am (UTC)
Wow. You ARE good! I've been thinking maybe there's some way to build corners so I could make a "roller" that can be tightened on the sides as well as top and bottom. I'm thinking some way to drill from both directions and use wingnuts and threaded rods. If I ever figure it out you'll be the second person to know.
Mar. 6th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the thyroid. My husband has Grave's Disease, and the fatigue has been probably the worst symptom for him, but his medication takes care of almost everything. Thyroid is super easy to treat, so while I wouldn't wish a thyroid problem on anyone, if you have to have a problem it's certainly not the worst you could have. Hope you feel better soon!
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