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Photos galore and a meme (image heavy)

I apologize for the lack of posting yesterday; I had the worst day I've had in a long time, and driving, typing, and even doing laundry was pretty much out of the question.  I spent most of the day lying on the sofa with a book propped up on pillows, because holding it was too uncomfortable.

Today is much better, thank you.  No need for sympathy comments; I know you feel my pain.  Unfortunately, some of you a little too literally. 

So I will distract you with Plimoth pictures - and commentary:

The first day started with learning to wrap worms - they're done in ceylon stitch GST (gilt silk twist; and I didn't do that part, just the centers), then the cross stitches are wrapped with the regular silk.  This looks awesome - as long as you fill the center enough.  After doing two (and becoming an "expert), I then went and filled in a couple that looked thin.  I also taught pinkleader  how to do them - she likes it too.  In fact, it's the same technique I've used on buttons for years.  I started with two blue ones on the shoulder wings (sorry, the other pic turned out blurry, but they look exactly the same).

Then, I did the detached buttonhole stitch butterfly wing on the collar:

(That's cathgrace 's finger, for scale.)  The GST is hard to get a tiny close stitch (for me, at least), resulting in a slightly lacy wing, but it looks awesome on the finished product.  This shot also shows off how the paillettes glitter in the light.

I spent the rest of the weekend working on the cuffs, starting with wrapping two more worms.  You can really see the sheen of the silk when you wrap them tightly:


And then filling in partial pansies:


GST detached buttonhole stitch petals, ceylon stitch leaves.  The second pansy had the large pink petals filled in by the awesome Jill Hall, btw, that's why they're so much tighter and nicer than mine.  :)  The GST is quite a bear to work with - if you pull too tight, it breaks, if you pull too loose, you get holes.  I work somewhere in the middle (remember, these are close-ups).  Of course, when the GST was brought out for sale, I bought $250 worth (each spool is $25).  I plan to make a nightcap for Bob.  A nightcap that will be the envy of everyone who sees it.

Me?  Modest?  Don't be silly.

Finally, I did the blue borage flowers, which finished out the entire frame for the colour:


These are done in a mix of detached buttonhole ("horseshoe" and petals), trellis (center, with backstitch for the stamens), and ceylon stitch (leaves).  Due to the super-tiny nature of the ceylon, I only (of course) managed to get the inset leaves to go perfectly on the second borage.  These were also done at the last minute on the last day - but I refused to leave until the frame was finished. 

The adrenaline rush was really something, I can tell you.

Since we're picture heavy anyway today, I thought I'd show you a couple of pics of garage progress.  There'll be more after this weekend, since we have people coming to help us get ready (I'll have pictures of the woods next week as well):


...That's the upstairs and downstairs.  These aren't even the most up to date photos, since I forgot the camera the last time I was down there.  But progress is ongoing. 

And now, memeage.  Because I can.

I actually found this meme through another meme (the personality defect test, which has been running around in one form or another for years), but this one is the funniest damn one I've taken in ages:

The Sublime Philosophical Crap Test

I'm afraid I have come to dislike posting the huge graphics, because they frequently break. What you want to know (or not), though, is my result, which is that I am an N-S-O, and sub-divided from that into a non-reductionist realist, a skeptical idealist, and an objectivist Kantian Deontologist. Not surprisingly, the "modern" philosopher I align with the most is Kant. And I have a soft spot for Aristotle, even though he was a blowhard.

I'm still really big on Camus.  I thought I should put that out there.  He's an existentialist (though he denied it), and very against nihilism, which fits in with my ethics.

It's not often you get to wring a bunch of humour out of a philosophy discussion, and this test was very amusing to read (though the results are more straightforward, assuming you can get through all the multi-syllabic words without glazing over). Most of the time, in my experience, people want to be deep and meaningful when they discuss philosophy, which translates as "show off how many really big words I know", and they react poorly to the "Descartes walks into a bar..." -type jokes (more's the pity; I love that one).

Personally, I think that if you cannot poke fun at philosophy, you're doing it wrong. And as for making fun of amateur philosphers, well, that's like dynamiting fish in a barrel.  Lots of flying fish bits, and good for an evening of laughs.

Make sure the fish are dead first, because otherwise it isn't ethical to dynamite them.  I think.  Depends on your philosophy.  I mean, if the fish are only a construct of your "reality", and reality is nothing more than an idea, and completely unprovable, then are the fish really feeling pain?  Or even there?  Here, smoke some more pot; it makes you think deep thoughts.  Mind the fish guts.


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Sep. 18th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for all the pictures from Plimoth! What beautiful work, and what a great collaboration.

Personally, I think that if you cannot poke fun at philosophy, you're doing it wrong.

My personal belief is that people need to have a good laugh every day. Therefore, I constantly poke fun at myself, philosophy, religion, myself, politics, my friends, work, the universe (carefully, I think it pokes back) ... you get the idea. ;)
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
The universe does indeed poke back. Usually harder and with a bigger poker.

Almost all aspects of life need more fun poked at them. Just pick your location carefully: the screening line at the airport is not a place to demonstrate the theatre of the absurd that is the TSA. It's a real shame that the thing that needs deconstruction through humour most is the one that responds most badly -- your tax dollars at work!
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
So I shouldn't strip to my underwear or less and just carry a magazine through the screening line?
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Well, not the magazine from an AK-47 for sure.

As for the underwear thing, *I* most certainly shouldn't strip to mine, but you on the otherhand...
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
LOL. Actually, the closest I will ever get to that idea, is writing about it. And the world heaves a sigh of relief.
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Yep. If I were to come down with a case of Insufficient Fabric Syndrome, it could be classified as a bioweapon of mass destruction. There would not be enough brain bleach in the world to cleanse the damage.
Sep. 19th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
You've been watching too much Bravo TV! ;)
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my! Thankyou for posting these wonderfull Elizabethan embroideries, you are a true master, it really looks like the old ones. Gosh!

Sep. 18th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's very sweet of you to say so - I actually had no experience of any embroidery other than blackwork (and a couple of basic stitches like couching and satin stitch) when I started this project. Because of the experience gained through the Plimoth work, I was able to create my frog purse (see icon). It's been fabulous! :)
Sep. 19th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Speaking of the frog purse, when are you going to put out a pattern for it?
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I cannot. The frog is the property of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and they really hold the right to put out a pattern for it - Unlike my embroidery patterns, nothing I did to make the frog is any different from the original, whereas the patterns are adapted for monochrome embroidery options.

It's really not difficult to do, though - make a mock-up in fabric, and then trace that out and make the detached buttonhole pieces in that size. You can make pretty much any animal in the same manner.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see. I was really wanting a pattern to give my daughter, who is just starting period embroidery and loves frogs. I can probably draft a pattern for her, I just thought if you were going to put one out I'd wait and not reinvent the wheel.
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Beautiful work. Thank you for the photos. And I see you peeking over your frame.
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Such beautiful work! Thank you for posting the pictures.
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Utterly gorgeous. And how very exciting to be part of such a project. I have really liked following the progress of the jacket through you and Gen. Thank you.
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how the collar pops with the gold work and spangles attached. Just wow!!! I am so envious that you get to participate on this project and just thrilled to watch the progress.

I hope to see it in person some day.
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh! Thanks for the pictures. I get to go to Plimouth at the end of the month. I can't wait. I love the worms!
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
I vote for kneecapping the girl who is supposed to model the finished product and making off with the goods...*grin*

Oh wait, since it is one-of-a-kind I guess that would be sort of hard to get away with once you were spotted wearing it.

Sep. 18th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
omigosh the wormies are sooooo cuuuuute!!!

the frames look so awesome. All those little flowers and critters!!!
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
wow, very pretty and inspiring on the embroidery.
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Sep. 18th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Two are wrapped and one left free, so it's worked in threes. :)
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
I like the Ceylon stitch and the worms. I thought it was bullion stitch at first, too. I would love to be able to visit and see the work/GST in person. Unfortunately I can't afford the trip or the GST thread.
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
The embroidery is gorgeous. I really want to try some some day, when I've the time you know *sigh*
Sep. 18th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
oh my lord, how gorgeous this project is. And it's supposed to come together and be a jacket when you're done? How awesome is it to be chosen to work on such an illustrious thing!

The pic of the 3 of you with the frames - it's funny, the other two ladies are smiling and happy, and you, look like you're up to no good! LOL

simply gorgeous work! I'm envious of ya'lls talent.
Sep. 18th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
LOL, you do look like you are about to bolt with the frame. You can see it in the eyes.....
Sep. 18th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Amazing embroidery. thanks for sharing
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
"From Yesterday">>p.s. "Exalted Feet?" Smurf, please. People burn and salt the ground I walk on, don'tcha know. 8)

Alas, your Excellency, but I must use these words estrange to you, that you are wrong. For the flames you see are the flames of envy and desire and the salt, the salt tis from the tears of denial, denial of their ability to even come so close to the farthest skies as to brush the hem of such a lovely and talented star that is thyself...

Did I say I was a Spanish courtier and fop? If not, well, then...

Thank you very much for the information you gave me on the flat-fell. I had actually thought that might be the case, but needed the reassurance that I wasn't going to screw up 10 yards of silk velvet and scarlett linen...which I'm still debating taking the extra time on hand-sewing even though I really need the outfit in 3 months...

In Servicio Siempre, a ese cuerpo celeste de oro como a ti mismo.

Pedro the Preposterously Pompously Poetic Popinjay
Sep. 19th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
*head spin* just unbelievable... I can't even begin to imagine the work going into that jacket... and I get all excited when I'm done the over-stitching on a Norse apron!

I have to admit that I've been a little chicken to start the embroidery piece I'm doing natural dyed silk for... but now I'm totally inspired by your photos! Thank you for that!
Sep. 19th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Man, Just wunderbar. I never thought I'd say I want worms, but I guess there's a first time for everything!
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