Friday, June 20, 2008

Not just a jacket anymore

Do you remember my dusky pink jacket that I bought in a charity shop some months back? Well, it's been adorning Chi'iana for far too long and last night I decided that enough was enough, so I stripped it off her and got to work with some shisha mirrors and embroidery thread. Shisha mirrors are those lovely Indian embroidered ringed mirrors that you see on their textiles. I couldn't decide on a colour theme, so I decided to go with all the colours of the rainbow and quite a random pattern. I decided to keep the embroidery towards the bottom of the jacket and sleeves so that I could wear a brooch on the lapels if I wanted to and so it didn't look too cluttered. Also, I thought that bag straps might wear the embroidery if there was any on the shoulders.
It's still a work in progress as you can see by the unfinished motif on the sleeve there but I'm really liking it. I didn't want it to be too symmetrical or patterned so at the moment each motif is slightly different with the shisha mirrors pulling it all together. I'll get more pictures as I go along.

I've been slowly but surely knitting away at my PBT hoodie and I'm a bit further along with it. I think I have the cable pattern repeats in my head now, and I think it's a top down, all in one go, raglan, so we'll see how it works out when it comes to making arm holes. I may even finish it for next winter!

I've been immersed in swap sign-ups recently - I'm organising the Hippy Swap over on Craftster and I have about 12 swappers signed up already and another week to go till sign-ups close. I'm a little stuck at the moment though as we re-installed Windows on the main PC last night and none of the Office programs are up and running yet, so I can't access the info on my memory stick *pah* M was determined to re-install as none of his games would play and he was getting annoyed with it all.

I only have a few more days of college left and then I'm finished for the summer. If the b******s actually paid me for the summer, I'd be quite happy at the prospect of 2 months holiday, but as things stand, I'm hourly paid, so I'm going to have to try and find some temp work for the summer. I have to save up the rest of the money for my TESOL course which starts in September and I have bills to pay and festivals I want to go to over the summer. The Hafla is next week which I was debating on going to, but I think I'm just going to go for it. V says I can stay with her for the night because she lives near to where the bus drops us off in town, otherwise we won't get back till 12 o'clock at night. I don't think M will want to pick me up at that time, and if I'm going to get up on stage and dance in front of people, I can't do that stone cold sober. Dutch courage is definately the order of the night!


The Holistic Knitter said...

Love the jacket ;0)

Littlelou said...

Nice stitching..way out my league!
I have tagged you on my knit blog, hope you dont mind and will perhaps take part with the meme I got involved with!! take care

tasket basket said...

The jacket looks great! I have an old khaki colored jacket in a similar style (from when I needed to have a more serious approach to dressing, lol), and I've been wanting to embellish it. I love how you have beautified yours!

kasiaiscarly said...

The embroidered Jacket looks great!!



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