Friday, February 29, 2008

Craft Diaries: Part 2

Dear Diary,

After my first dalliance with sewing, I didn't do much more for a while. My mom would sew stuff for me here and there, and I usually helped out to an extent, but not enough to advance my skills much.

Sure, I enjoyed craft related stuff, and liked to assist my mom with her various projects around the house (she has pretty much done everything in our house - paint, refinish, tile, embroider anything from cornices to throw pillows, make curtains, the list goes on) but I was way preoccupied with competitive swimming. I spent all my free time from about age 10 until 21 starring at the black line on the bottom on a swimming pool, and I was fairly blind to everything else (except boys - want to know who I had a crush on when I was 10, and then at 12, or how about at 16? I could list them all).

I never gave much formal thought to making stuff until college when I discovered a lovely little bead store adjacent to an upscale fabric store in the same strip mall as Harris Teeter. I might have tried to make some jewelry - I don't really remember - but I definitely decided to make a purse in the style of a way overpriced one I had seen in a nearby gift shop, and embellish it with some beads.

It actually came out pretty well, but I NEVER used it. The strap came out way too long, and I don't know, it was just never the purse I wanted to use when heading out for the evening. I finally got rid of it a few years ago. Too bad, I wish I could share a picture with you.

And then I made a mermaid costume for Halloween my senior year. It came out ok, just ok. Like that skirt back in fourth grade, I still didn't have much of a concept for how clothing should be constructed, nor did I bother with a pattern. But it was just a costume after all.

Til next time,
Ilana

1 comment:

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