Monday, 22 September 2014

Around the world blog hop


Lovely Jan has tagged me for this little exercise... and it is probably just as well she has, or I might not post anything at all for a week or two...

I do enjoy my sewing, but as I work full time and also love my garden and would prefer a cleaner house than I possess...I do less of it than I would like.

She has posed me a few questions, I will do my best to answer them.

1. What am I working on? 

Those who know me well, know the answer to this one! Tutus.

I have thirty two tutus to produce by mid October. I have a friend who has a dance school, and when needed I help out with costumes. And this time it is tutus. They will be super pretty.
I have not one finished yet, but I have made a solid start.




 Cutting all the pieces out in all three layers is hard work... I have a callous on my knuckle...













 And the bin is overflowing with the offcuts....














But the first six bodices are ready to have shoulder straps and skirts attached.. I have 8 yet to even be started.

I cannot show more just yet... you will have to return in November to see more!

and yes, I have several other projects lurking in one state or another... but these are top priority.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I am not quite sure what my genre is! I seldom stick to a pattern, I always have to do something different, and take shortcuts... though not always shorter, if you follow that... and I always think I know a better way to achieve a result...

I am not always right about that though...

3. Why do I create/write what I do?

I started this more as a record for me, than for anything else.. and so, I just do it!
And I create for a need, or a wish to experiment, but I do like the end result to be useful.

 Something that just ends up as godwottery,  I am not that keen on... You know the word, godwottery?? Those items you see where your instant gut response is.... '  .....what is that about?' That is it! 

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

That depends. Usually there is a request, or an inspiration, but sometimes it is a slow working out of a niggle. I tend to say, I do 90% of the task in my head in the week or two before I start, and then it all happens in a rush when the brain part has happened.  I am a great believer in sleeping on a problem, and also in a sense of 'the time is right' . When the time is right, the thing will happen!

I also like to put stuff down on paper. Just roughly perhaps, but it gives me something to look back at, when I lose track of where I am! and then, I play. With the most fun play stuff in the world...



And I am happy to look at a thing and say, I can probably do that! Or, no, I could not do that!














And now, I pass the baton on!

So many folk have already been involved in this, that I think you need someone special at this point!

Please go and visit my lovely friend Janine, who does all sorts of wonderful things, not just sewing but woolly stuff as well,  Go on, have a look see!




8 comments:

mumasu said...

Gosh, I imagine tutus would be quite difficult to make :)

Lynz said...

I am desperate to see those tutus! So pretty and takes me back to a certain little someone's ballet days - before horses got in the way! *g* And I learned a new word, too!

Janine said...

I enjoyed learning more about your process. I love the way you manage to combine creativity with practicality and your costume making always amazes me. They always end up looking spectacular and you always seem to make about 100 at a time! Thank you very much for inviting me to the hop and thanks for the word 'godwottery'. I find that a lot and I've never had a word for it before :D

Isisjem said...

I do not envy you the tutu sewing because that material does not look fun to sew. I found some organza I bought a while back. Can't even remember why but folding it up neatly to pack away I thought I bet this will be a right pain to sew!

Thanks for playing along with the blog hop and sharing some insights into how you work.

Katrina said...

Lovely stuff, I appreciate that even with your level of experience, shortcuts don't always end up shorter...not a mistake as much but perhaps a wanderer's detour...

the running hare said...

Love the tutu's Rachel, but don't envy you making so many! I'm really enjoying all the blog hop posts;0)

Hilacha (loose strand) said...

I do coincide with you about creating, experimenting and useful results. Also about doing most of the work in your head, and then carrying it out at the "right time". Thank you for putting my thoughts into words. I have mever made tutus, but lots of cheerleaders pom-poms...

FireHorse3 said...

Good luck with the tutus. You look as if you are making good progress with them. An enjoyable read about your 'need' to create ... and thanks for the new word 'godwottery'. That will come in very handy! :)

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