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weekend recap

This weekend, I:

  • got hit on by mpeg2tom's sycophant, a piece in the Catapult: Lobbing the Smile Electric exhibition.

  • watched How to Be a Gardener and was inspired to visit Behnkes, coming home with a spade and pitchfork, a birdfeeder (yeah, I know the squirrels will get to it), a seed-starting tray kit, a load of garden manure, and a bunch of different seeds. I'm forgoing the vegetables this year, so I got all flower seeds except for some catnip. I'm frustrated that I can't seem to find the little bags of seeds for some Japanese herbs that I ordered, received, and labeled, and which used to be sitting on my mess of a coffee table. I went to a lot of trouble to figure out where to buy them, and I waited months for them to arrive from overseas. :/

  • sewed a belt for tea ceremony practice as well as a microwavable bedwarmer to stick at the foot of the bed, under the covers, to keep my toes warm. Making a bedwarmer makes no sense given that the weather here is just now warming up to spring-like temperatures, not to mention that I own an electric blanket, but I just saw the tutorial and thought it'd be a fun thing to make. This was the first time I'd ever:

    • used a tea rinse, which I did to mute the originally too-bright pink piping on the footwarmer.
    • sewed piping (on the footwarmer). I used my machine's zipper foot to sew close to the "pipe-y" part of the piping.
    • used fusible interfacing (in the belt). I used a package of single-sided interfacing that didn't specify which was the "treated" side and which was the non-fusing side. Figuring the fuzzy side must be the fusible side, I promptly ruined my pressing cloth finding out otherwise.

    aitai and jmsa will recognize the fabrics from items I sewed for them recently. Having leftover fabric is great.

  • am watching Le Grand Bleu.


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Mar. 12th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
sounds like a good time XD
i did exactly the same thing with my first fusible interfacing, too!
Mar. 12th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
I love fusible interfacing. :)

But yeah, that's easy to do!
Mar. 12th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I'm itching to start planting stuff. We don't have a good spot to start stuff inside, so I still have to wait a few weeks. I did cave and get some pansies for the planter out front though.
Mar. 12th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Lucky you used a pressing cloth :) - the first time my mother and I tried it, we forgot that part and ended up buying a new iron :(
Mar. 12th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Ack! :(
Mar. 14th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
belt for tea ceremony practice
I like the material you used for the belt. I don't do much sewing but I have used fusible interfacing a few times and remember having to figure out which side was which. I was making one of those old Heian era samurai hats and I wanted it to stand up a little by itself, the stuff worked pretty well. I even used it once to mount rice paper to silk paper, it worked pretty well then too. Can we see the belt on you with a fukusa/kobukusa/kaishi stuck in it? I'm never sure what to recommend women to wear for practice, does the belt work well? Some girls I've seen wear a part of their obi (I don't know what it is called, maybe it is plastic and stiff). I think your belt seems like it might work similarly without looking like a plastic band.
Mar. 14th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: belt for tea ceremony practice
Sure, I'll make a note to take a picture of myself wearing the belt. I'll see how well it works in okeiko this upcoming Saturday. Up until now I'd just been using a spare scrap of stretchy, soft white fabric and tying it in the back, but besides having a tendency to curl up, it looks pretty ad hoc.

One of my senpai made a belted vest for okeiko some years ago, and the neat thing about it is that it has a little side-opening pocket to replicate the place under the top kimono layer where women (men too?) tuck the kaishi/kobukusa/fukusa. The belt I made doesn't accommodate that—it'll just be for tucking in a corner of the triangle-folded fukusa—but it's an improvement on what I had been using, and the vest pattern used by my senpai is long gone.
Mar. 15th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: belt for tea ceremony practice
One of the ladies here is wearing something interesting, maybe like the vest you spoke of, maybe more like a samue. You know samue? Maybe you could make a pattern off of one of them. Mine closes like a kimono, left over right and has a pocket inside where the stuff should go, kaichu. Samue are monk/priest work clothes, they look a lot like martial arts uniforms but nicer fabrics and colors.
I don't know, some say samue are for working not for Tea. I guess we just have to all wear our kimono.
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say thank you for the vgift! I love Rosie the Riveter. ^_^
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
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