I haven't accomplished much in the past week or so. Honestly I am taking a little time off to play some Final Fantasy 14. I got it as part of my upgraded computer Christmas present, and it has been very distracting to say the least.
I am making plans for the new year, however.
I am holding off on ornaments until July. I'm just exhausted after Christmas.
There will be more of a focus on hand embroidery this year. I need to build up my stitching skills so I can take a class to learn Japanese flat silk embroidery. It been a major goal of mine, and I think by this summer I will be prepared to take the time away from my family to attend a class in Houston taught by a certified teacher.
I want to attempt some sashiko pieces. I got a great book on it, and I haven't even had the chance to open it up yet.
I want to start a Ustream channel. I would literally be streaming my glueboard as I work and fold petals, make arrangements, wiring and wrapping, recording every step of the way. Its really a neat way to start making some tutorials to add to the blog.
I want to buy a few old, nasty kimono. This sounds odd, but I actually want to start restoring kimono, replacing linings, repairing stitches. I am going to have to start somewhere on learning how to take them apart and putting in replacement pieces, or scrapping them altogether and making a new product. I have a few books on up-cycling that scrap kimono fabric would be perfect for. And if nothing else more kanzashi or kimekomi fabric. Truthfully I could start on my own black formal tomesode kimono, the lining looks terrible and is staind and brown and yellow in places. (But hey, I got it cheap on Ebay). I have less formal, better conditioned kimono now, but I am very attached to the first kimono I ever bought and wore.
As for current matters, I have two pieces I have made waiting to be photographed. They are smaller pieces, but hey, I have a lot of big pieces already.
Ok, I'm Out. Ya'll have a great new year!