I’m not getting anything done on my new SCA garb.
OK, that’s not true, I did finish making the pattern for part of it, but I haven’t SEWN anything yet, and the event I need it for is in a few weeks and now I’m starting to panic (“Panic now and avoid the rush!”) that I won’t have enough time to finish this outfit AND my husband’s AND to help other people who WILL wait until the last possible minute to say they need help making their own garb because they seem to think “the best garb EVER” can be made in a Saturday afternoon with no fittings, no pattern, and only ten dollars for fabric.
(Sorry, I needed to rant a little bit, I LOVE helping people with garb but I hate having to hurry and do less than my best because there’s NO TIME.)
Some of that gold velveteen will be used for someone else’s garb, too, but I can’t tell you about that because I promised not to — he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s attending that SCA event, and I’m not gonna even TRY to understand what goes on in his head that he’s so obsessed with maintaining anonymity or whatever he calls it. (I married the SANE one and the other one is not my responsibility even though he is my friend, OK?)
Part of the problem with MY garb is that I want to use a little bit of the dark blue-green velveteen I have in my stash, and THAT fabric “doesn’t play well” with sewing machines. I don’t know why but even though I can sew it by hand with no trouble, I CAN’T get my sewing machine to sew it, the needle won’t go through two layers of the fabric! The color is PERFECT to go with the gold, though, so I’ll try to figure something out. I could sew everything by hand, I actually prefer to do that when I can, but there’s no time… My garb, my husband’s garb, and one other person’s garb all have to be done before the end of October, plus I may be asked to help more people with theirs.
I DID get part of my latest embroidery project done, though – 4 “populace ensigns” for the Kingdom of the Outlands stitched on 25-count fabric, and I’ll sew these onto ribbon (green or gold, I haven’t decided yet) to make bookmarks. My husband thought we should give something to people who have especially nice garb/masks at the November event, and this is what I came up with. (NOT those “nail swords” made by another member of the shire, which is what has been used in the past. They’re cool but they’re also DANGEROUS and we DON’T want little kids running around stabbing people with flattened nails.)
I think it’s funny that when I Googled “SCA” and “Outlands” and “cross stitch” looking for a chart for the Outlands badge, my blog came up in the search. I didn’t think I got that much traffic/readers. (People on Pinterest seem to really like my mini-tutorial about changing the colors for a chart but I don’t know if they re-pin for the tutorial or just for the chart I use as an example.) I need to write another tutorial of some kind, maybe on how to make a needle book with more than a couple of “pages.” (MINE have 10 pages EACH, and they even have titles – Book of Pointy Things and Book of Sharp Objects, and when I make another one like I need to, it will be called STABBY! A True Story. 🙂 )