All work and no play was making Tien verrrry cranky, so when Bridal Couture by Susan Khalje arrived in my mailbox yesterday, I was thrilled at having an excuse to get away from the computer. It’s a wonderful book, with detailed instructions on how to construct the exterior and interior of a wedding-gown. So far I’ve just drooled over the photo gallery and read through the section on applying lace (useless to me since I am not covering my handwoven fabric with machine-made lace!!), but I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book.
Looking at those amazing dresses is almost making me wish I had chosen a more complicated pattern! but, I like the simplicity and elegance of the pattern I chose, and as I’m not planning an ultra-formal cathedral wedding, perhaps it’s better to stay away from the more ornate styles. It would look kind of silly to get married outdoors, surrounded by wilderness, in a pearl-encrusted, sequinned, bazillion layers of tulle, etc. dress.
Weavolution is cranking along, and I’m almost starting to get blase about our popularity. Another day, another 20,000 hits, ho-hum (!). (Actually yesterday we “only” had 19,412.) At the moment, measured by number of hits, we’re ALREADY the top weaving site on the WWW! unless Handweaving.net or Weavezine has gained massively in number of hits in the last few months. I am pleased, very pleased. I just hope we can keep up our numbers.
Back to the dress. I have gotten very little woven in the last week, as you may imagine – have been working 16 hour days between work and Weavolution. But I think that is tapering off (thank goodness!) so I have high hopes for the weekend. I plan to take some time off, relax, go for a bike ride, and all the other things I haven’t had time for this week or last. Then I plan to go back to weaving.
So I don’t get too bored while weaving 20 yards of very fine fabric over the course of 2 months, I’ll probably start sewing up muslins for the dress and the coat. Sometime in the next week or two, I imagine…