That's exactly what I yelled this morning when I put on the last bead. Because holy moly, I was tired of this project. Tired beyond tired. It had gone on for far, far too long, with bead after bead and sequin after sequin, and no matter how you tell yourself that, oh! it will be soooo much fun to wear! there comes a point where you just want it to be the hell over. You know? And that point came many, many days ago. But, yay, me: I plowed on through it, and here's my proof.
This is the bolero before, back when I thought this was all I was going to do to it. I told you about that whole mental process last time, about how these little things are, in truth, kind of jewelry garments: they're not that functional in a whole keeping-you-warm kind of way, and about the only reason to wear them is to add some bling. So here's what it looked like:
so here it is now:
Now I'm working on this, below, which you might remember from last year. It was a Lucky Brand scarf I got on clearance somewhere when we were traveling, in a Lucky Brand store. I don't even know where or when it was. Anyway, I loved the chambray fabric, but it wasn't very functional: too thick to be just a scarf and not thick/warm enough to be useful.
I love this kind of stitching, these long rows of running stitch. They're easy on the hands (mostly) and easy to do while talking or watching a movie or riding in a car, and they're very satisfying, mentally: my brain seems to come up with all kinds of ideas when it's not having to coordinate the chasing of tiny glass beads around in a saucer. It's relaxing to me. Soothing. I look forward to odd moments when I can pick it up and do a row (I almost typed "do a line or two" and thought, whoa! that sounds way more exciting than pulling thread through cloth!) or two. But, you know, maybe it is my drug: calming, addictive, an obsession. Maybe doing rows is like doing lines, not that I would know. Maybe my various obsessions have kept me from ever needing a drug habit. Who knows?
Anyway, boring. What else is fun is that I've got various kinds of floss I can play with while doing this stitch. I've got some wonderfully soft silk floss, and I've never done kantha stitching with it and have no idea how it will hold up on repeated trips through the fabric, but I'm going to find out. I've got some #3 perle cotton in variegated denim-y blues, and I'll see how that looks. I could try some couching, maybe, although the lines are getting kind of close together for that. Anyway, it's wonderful: I get to experiment and stitch and try out stuff I haven't used yet and use fibers people have given me, and it's all very, very satisfying.
I'm really happy this morning, stitching and thinking about what I want to do next, about which garment needs some attention. I have two tiny scraps of silk velvet from the pinafore my mother made me when I was 2, and I want to stitch those onto two garments, somewhere where I can pet them when I'm wearing the clothes until there's nothing left and they fall off. While I've been working on the orange and pink bolero, I've also gone into the closet and pulled out aprons that needed to have the pockets moved. I want pockets to be functional, not just funky, and lots of Cynthia Ashby pockets are just silly: down by the hem or on the back or tilted at a weird angle. So I've been carefully ripping off and moving those. I've been doing a lot of Test Wearing, where I pull out something I haven't worn a lot and put it on and wear it all day. Does it bind anywhere? Does it stay in place, or does it move around? Do the pockets work well? Does it need another pocket? Most important, though: do I love it? I actually do say, out loud and loudly, "I love my clothes!" when I put on something that's wonderful.
I'm reading some books and have ordered a couple more (all used, of course) about clothes and garments and what we wear and why we wear it and how we feel about it. I love reading these and hope to have some recommendations for anyone else who's similarly fascinated.
It's all in a really good place right now, and my closets have space enough where I can see things and think about them. I've got ideas for things I want to try, and that's always fun.
Time for a walk, then food, then more stitching. Thanks for coming by~~XO