My health held me back from work once again and nothing has been updated in months. I am behind on all my projects, and I still haven't taken photos of my last pieces, I could go on and on. Right now I have been very busy getting my house back in order.
So, once again, I am starting anew with the Emporium.
I have been doing some important things. Such as, updating the business name and mailing address for the company. I also toyed around with a new website interface. I have been able to add a few new pieces to my kitsuke collection, a new bright red kimono and enough pieces to do a double set of kimono. (Mainly for the photo shoot I hope to do in the future with actual models, but I don't expect that to happen since I haven't been able to find anyone to model for me, much less someone to photograph me as the model)
But the good news is that I have landed a really nice commission!! A standard flower set, three medium sized kiku with rounded petals with purple white and red coloring, and a deluxe shidare and bira. But the main thing I am really excited about is that it is made to be fitted to a headband, which I have never done before. Normally this would hold me back but I think I am experienced enough by now that it shoudn't be a real adventure outside my comfort zone. It would involve a great deal of thread wrapping, but its really nothing I couldn't handle.
At this point I have so many projects and a very extensive "want to try" list, that if I worked every day for the rest of my life, I would still never get it all finished. I have learned a great deal along the way, and each new silk craft I try brings me closer and closer to being able to repair and resell good kimono. But it is becoming apparent that with my health needs, I will probably never really get to that point. I just don't have as much time as I would hope to get everything done with my sanity intact.
The gofundme for my friend Shanna Conde and her son Demitri, has gone completely dead. I haven't sold a decent piece in forever, and no help has come to Demitri, in situation, health, or circumstance. His chemo shots are incredibly expensive, and their insurance has a very high deductible. Not to mention the sewage system in their house backed up and they had raw sewage flood the house. This is not only an expensive cleanup, but forced them out of their new home once more.
In the back log of projects I have completed are:
2 kanzashi peices
3 chirimen necklaces with kits to make more
I have also been racking in supplies, like sheets of yuzen dyed chiyrogami washi paper. I am going to get around to my fan making project as well, eventually. I have a good 8-9 sheets now.
Anyway, I hope sometime after Christmas I can go back to my Silk Embroidery teacher in Oklahoma and get some real work done on my piece. I know it needs some work with re-framing, but I can live with that. I hope to get back on it as soon as this commission is done. I did manage to get a membership to the JEC (Japanese Embroidery Center), and have started receiving my first quarterly Nuido Journal. It is very exciting to see the full listing of pieces available. I really am in love with a few of the realy high end teacher level master pieces, but they are so involved, it turns into another one of those "I don't know if I will ever get there" things.
So there, I said it. I am coming back soon, and working a lot more than I was. Just not quite back to 100% yet.