Friday, April 20, 2012

out of focus


i didn't make this.  i spied it on a vintage shopping break with sister beast on my trip back home, and  snapped a picture thinking one of you lovely peeps could tell me HOW THE HELL THEY DID THAT.  but, lo and behold, upon download it is out of focus.

much like this week has been.  a lot of expectations with completely unexpected results.  coachella being one; though on the scale of things really just a blip... the parties were quite boring for Stunner and she only wore one of the dresses.  i had a feeling it might turn out that way; it sounded like a 48 hour long Scene, although it was hella fun to daydream.  but, then!  lots of people going out of focus, or rather maybe my view of them was always, i don't know... photoshopped.  when they snapped back into straight-out-of-camera it was a shock. revert to original, baby.  the perfect pictures i thought i had were a blurry mess.

better in the end to get those files out of the camera and see what you've really got, get rid of the poorer images, even if it's scary to forever delete, and make room on the memory card for sharpness and clarity and color.  i've done just that.  I WON.  and now the weekend lies before me like a prize.

of course a proper prize includes sewing time.  interestingly enough i've been craving more clarity in my sewing as well.  i want to make things that are as pretty on the inside as on the out.  no concealed ugliness.  

I LIKE THAT.  No.  Concealed.  Ugliness.  in sewing and in people.   

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  1. i know that kind of embroidery can be done on a regular machine by hand. i know someone who does and teaches it. it's quite painstaking but gorgeous when complete.

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    1. it was only 30 dollars, i'm kicking myself for not saving it for posterity... they had used bcbg dresses there with nowhere near as much work for 100 bucks.

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  2. Sorry to hear that Coachella was a little bit of a bummer. So funny that you say you've been craving quality sewing. The dress that I just made for my friends wedding was finished about 2 weeks ago but I went back to it over the past couple of days to add a lace binding. I just couldn't stand that the seams allowances and zipper were exposed on the hanger. I even made a pledge (I wrote it down too) that all my projects going forward must be made to the most superior quality, even if that means it takes an extra day to sew :)

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    1. i'm about to do the same to stunner's dress! i'll take that pledge with you :)

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  3. off topic, but i enjoyed your writing today even more than usual. something appropriately meditative and friday-ish about your musings.

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    1. my dear puu, i had a feeling you would like it. i always love your musings.

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  4. That is lovely fabric, I don't know much about embroidery I'm afraid. It is stunningly beautiful.

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    1. i really should have bought it. just to hang it on a wall and gaze at it.

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  5. totally off topic: "i'm out of focus" is one of the best woody allen moments ever.. maybe good all woody can cheer you up a bit this weekend, ha?

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    1. guess what i got instead of woody allen?

      LAS VEGAS.

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  6. Sounds as if you are needing to perform either a big ol' spring cleaning, have a 3-day juice fast, or go to a religious meditation retreat: "as clean on the inside as on the outside," "no concealed ugliness." I'd leave that beautiful embroidery and/or crochet to someone who is already expert at it for my own garments -- my embroidery efforts lately reveal only too well how ham-handed I have become. I used to tat with sewing thread, sigh.

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    1. looks like a good way to lose eyesight, too. i think i shall abstain.

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  7. Drawn-work embroidery achieves similar (better in my mind because of the hand done nature of it) results by pulling fibres away from each other (you can see it in Indian chikan-worked fabrics) but this looks like machine embroidery so beangirl's guess is probably closest. Sounds like you need more happy stuff http://heroandsound.com/store/ahappyday.html Also you might wanna have a look at Tad Carpenter and Dan Stiles' artwork. Those colours always make me happy. Also, when interacting with human beings expect nothing. Mwahaha that's probably harder to do but also gives spectacular results (as opposed to when interacting with dogs: expect unconditional love and slobber XD) Have a great weekend.

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  8. Yes, I have been feeling convicted about my insides as well. It makes me sad to see those little threads everywhere...let's do it!

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    1. i'm doing it even on projects i HATE... i think you know which one i'm talking about ;)

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  9. I see someone got in before me witht he washaway stabiliser answer. It's great fun.

    So yes - here's to reality and clarity and quality... in all things, but mostly in people.

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  10. I've been enjoying your blog for a while now. As a fellow sewer with flair (as my husband calls it) I enjoy looking at your creations. But I have also come to see you are similar to me in other ways as well! In fact, it seems you had a week very similar to mine, and I have come to the same conclusion. Except I didn't word it quite so delightfully! Your words help me move forward with strengh and courage. Thank you.

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    1. ruth, you're welcome, and thank YOU so much for saying that.

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  11. Gorgeous! Even through the fuzz.
    I can't DO music festivals. Even the one-day affairs. It's hipster camping... awful. My sister's bad at them too but gets dragged along by her fella and the rest of our bunch. She sits at the tents with a book and waits it out. She's stoked that once her baby is born she'll have to stay home with it no matter how anyone cajoles her.

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    1. sometimes i think it's the best reason to have A Child.

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  12. Wow. Um. That's a killer metaphor. Hugs! Hoping for focus and beauty in all aspects of your life. :(

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  13. Oona...excellent, thought provoking post. We've all been there, but it never fails to take me by surprise when I've been duped by someone that I thought was cool. All I can say is pay attention to the voice(s) in your head. ;)

    I'm a firm believer in the fact that sometimes, people just should NOT be in my life. It isn't always, "the more the merrier," and that's perfectly ok since it's my life, I'm an adult, and I can do what I want.

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  14. From what I have seen of your sewing the inside always looks good, but i can be the worst about that myself. It is a noble effort to make the inside look good!

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    1. that's because i only show you the good guts :)

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