Summer Love Sets In...

Two of the many ways Dom plans to keep busy. via Instagram.

We’ve all seen it before:  Dom says he’s going to do something, plays around with it, gets busy or upset, then abandons said project for whatever reasons and ends up playing video games all day.  Like this blog (sigh).  Well, that’s going to change starting now, because of one major life-requirement:  art direction.  The ability to learn was there.  The need to create was there.  The motivation and drive were there, at times, faltering because I had no way within myself to combine technique, creativity and raw goods–no vision, no signature.  I had nothing that would stamp the combination with something that stated, for all the world to know, DOM HAS GRACED THESE GOODS WITH HIS OWN HANDS AND HAS CRAFTED THEM INTO SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD WITNESS AND MAYBE FEEL THAT MUCH BETTER FOR HAVING EXPERIENCED HIS CREATION.

Well, I have such vision, and I have the tools I need to do things this summer.  And, thanks to the Air Force, I’ll have time away from home and distractions to realize my goals.  I got some shiny new toys, and I plan to make full use of them.

My plans this summer include:

  • Russian Punchneedle embroidery.  I’ve always wanted to embellish my designs with embroidery, and when I went to the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Del Mar, California, my eyes fell on exactly what I wanted my style to look and feel like.  Russian Punchneedle is made with thread loops, which gives it a napped texture in feel and appearance.  And it’s even more versatile than that.  I’ve planned out motifs I want to do and have great colors of embroidery floss to choose from.
  • Crochet/knit projects.  I started yarn-work just a couple of days ago.  I crocheted a washcloth.  I am very, very proud of that washcloth, and my sister is jealous that it isn’t lopsided like her projects are.  That’s motivation enough for me, tacky as it is to say, but it’s praise in it’s own way, and a blessing omen that I’m can be good at something.  I bought some “teach yourself” kits with needles and hooks, and, while at The Grove shoppe searching for embroidery floss, met a teacher, a wonderful woman, who, without realizing it, told me my gear could be improved and set me on the right path to yarn bliss.  I like yarn-work over cloth-work because you create the fabric, as opposed to cutting into cloth.  You can’t undo a scissor bite.  I can’t wait to actually make the projects I have now swimming in my head.  I love that yarn-work makes me feel that much more connected to my family, particularly my father’s mother, who continues to make useful and beautiful creations with cloth and yarn.
  • Flat patternmaking.  My initial project for this summer was to go through my patternmaking book and go through the lessons again, and play with the patterns on the accompanying DVD.  I have yet to open it and unlock mysteries.  This plan hasn’t changed; in fact, I started early, before my trip.  I’ve been tutoring a lady in patternmaking because she’s retaking it in the fall, and we’ve been meeting to work on projects.  My goal is to create, in half-scale, a portfolio of my skills as a résumé builder, so while I’m teaching her, I work to hone my technical and sewing skills.  So far, I’ve been underwhelming in my sewing technique, but I wasn’t planning on sewing much until I return from my trip.  I am going to specifically miss my new-to-me Kenmore 1802 machine this summer.
  • Exalted RPG campaign development.  I’ll be running a pen-and-paper game when I come back!  It’ll be my first, and I want it to feel just right.  My storyline is specifically loose until I get to know the characters that will be playing in it (adding an organic feel, as if the characters belong to the story).  But I can still plan global events and people the world with NPCs and artifacts and such.  Then I have to teach others to play, cuz no one I know does, and it’ll be new for us all~  But, I’ve read the books for years, so I have a good grasp on the world, and look forward to sharing it with others.
  • Blogging.  You’ve heard this one before, I know, and over the summer, of course, but this time, I know what I want to write about.  I have things to say, and I don’t intend to be whiny.  Weird, most certainly, but not depressive or tedious.  And I really do like the way my blog looks, with the themes offered on WordPress.  Maybe I’ll have it customized later, but who knows.

I didn’t put sewing, or cooking/baking, or mixology on my list because I won’t be near any of the equipment/materials needed for such pursuits.  I could hand sew, yes, and I likely should, and I could buy a small liquor cabinet or sample bottles of booze to play around with, but I think the above is more than enough for six weeks of after-schooltime.  Besides, ambition aside, I’m horrible at gauging time, so I can’t really say how much I’ll get done.  But every effort will be made, no excuses.

Oh! I almost forgot!  Look for me on Pinterest!  And if you crochet/knit, find me on Ravelry!  They’re my new favorite (online) things–besides Ponies.  And goats.  They’re like my new favorite animal.

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