Things are moving so swiftly that my whole head is awhirl!
I finished weaving the fabric for Autumn Splendor yesterday, and dyed it today. Â I’m going to rinse it out in an hour or so, after which it will need a good, solid hard press. Â Then I’ll be ready to start cutting and sewing!
Towards this, I’m currently printing out all the pattern pieces. Â The pile of paper on the floor below the printer is about fifteen inches high right now, and I’m only about halfway through printing! Â I have to babysit the printer for another hour or so, until it’s done.
Then, tomorrow, I will lay out all the pattern pieces. Â Some of the panels have minor flaws, so I’ll match them with pattern pieces to minimize flaws in Â of the finished garment. Â Then I will need to match up the color sequence for all the light-colored panels, matching first at the waist and then checking again at the shoulder. Â After I’ve got those placed, then I’ll lay out the dark panels. Â It’s going to be a fairly complicated layout, and I want to make sure I’ve thought things through. Â So I’m going to lay out and pin all 10 pattern pieces before cutting into anything. Â Measure twice, cut once!
Oddly, I’m more nervous about cutting into the panels than I was about cutting into the wedding-dress fabric. Â The panels are more time-consuming and fussy to weave than the wedding dress fabric was; each panel takes about 10-12 hours to knit, dye, unravel, weave, and overdye. Â And the pattern layout is far trickier: the color sequences need to match as perfectly as possible. Â Finally, I don’t have any extra yardage, so I had better get it right the first time!
So the ritual first cut will happen tomorrow, in all likelihood. Â I’m totally amped.
Meanwhile, two other things are cranking the excitement level to a fever pitch:
- We are now preapproved for a loan on our putative first house. Â Meeting with a realtor tomorrow evening. Â I’ve spent part of today looking at house listings, and am getting really excited!
- I’ve started planning for a Handwoven Garment Challenge project. Â I already know what I want to do, but I will need to refine and fit several muslins before I can start. Â So the design process will need to start soon!
I’m also engaged in some interesting discussions about other venues where I can write (paid) weaving-related content….that’s all I can say about it right now, but it’s sounding like a WONDERFUL opportunity!
This is all so exciting I hope I can get Â to sleep!