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Oh brother do I have a list! Put one together earlier this week, then kept thinking of things to add, and add, and add. You see, I am a handicraft junkie, especially historic handicrafts. Nothing I like better than trolling through books, craft shows or the internet looking for a really cool project someone has done or a new historical tidbit about some (probably) very esoteric bit of textile history. I always have a new technique or project I want to do, lots of them, to many of them.

Cut 'cause this may get long and I'm polite......

Then I realized that what works for me is not so much having a list, as having some priorities to the list. I will always have things for the list, just need a reminder that they don't all have to been done right now, but some do and they need to be highlighted. Especially at this time of the year!

Another thing I am finding, with my advancing years, is I need to spread the type of projects out. Scratched the knitting itch the last couple of weeks, and found new tendonitis tendencies in my hands. Note to self; spread out the next knitting project. Already know I can't do the costume sewing pushes like I used too, especially for the type of costuming I tend to do there is to much grab/pulling/holding of the fabric and there go the hands. Note to self2: remember this for the current play.

So, the list earlier this week helped in that it started sorting out the priorities. Putting all the distractions aside I was able to finish off both the tabards in just a little over two nights and they are on their way to the event this weekend for delivery even as I type. Woot! two things off the list :).

Priorities for this weekend: the EGA class and seminar.
Several months ago I volunteered to do a little class at the monthly EGA meeting on making a penny rug christmas ornaments. This is not as fancy as it sounds, just doing blanket stitch around a felt shape :). Was introduced to the penny rug technique several years ago at another class during an EGA meeting and PR turned out to be one of those techniques that really spoke to me. Did a green man hanging banner for a friend, and discovered all the lovely hand-dyed wools out there for the rug hooking enthusiasts. Oh yeah, twist my arm and make me play with fabric. Along the way I got the idea to 'rescue' old wool suit coats from thrift stores, age them with a little brown dye and hot water (takes the modern edge of the colors), and use these wools for the ornments. Had the rescued wool but hadn't done much with it so the idea was that if I committed to the class, it would make me get this project going. And it has worked! Did the dyeing over the last couple of weeks and have several lovely pieces of wool to cut and piece.
So for the class I have prepped patterns and instructions for two ornaments (cardinal and dove) and kits of craft felt, needles, beads and ribbon for hanging. PRIORITY #1 for this weekends to-do list is to lay all this out and be absolutely sure everything is there, make a list of anything I need to pick up/finish this week, and get it all in one bag ready for the class. Very doable, especially over a weekend.

PRIORITY #2 is to make a few calls to some of the EGA folks to finalize a few committee heads. Getting that done this weekend means I can then have time to photocopy and assemble any materials I would need to take to them at the meeting next thursday.

Those are the two MUST DO items on this weekends list. I may have a costume meeting for the play but that is not scheduled yet and not urgent. On the secondary priority list, again in no particular order:

Clean/sort out sweat shop (in prep for a lot of things, and just because it's that time of year.....)

Get ETtY's patterns entered into PC Stitch

Check Himself's doublet pattern to be sure it is still working

Make myself a new every-day bag (current one is getting overloaded, have to make myself streamline)

Finish design for blackwork coif (while avoiding pretty pictures, going to be hard)

Sorting through the sweat-shop and playing with PC Stitch are the most likely to happen as both are flexible and actually can be very relaxing.

So I have a plan for the weekend, hope it goes smoothly!

Date: 2009-08-21 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had to go look up what penny rugs adorable! :D I'd love to see photos of what you end up making!

Date: 2009-08-21 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All sounds like fun. Have always planned to do a penny rug, ain't got there yet...

Well, maybe I don't wanna do all the "committee" stuff...

Date: 2009-08-21 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Did a green man hanging banner for a friend
And she loves it. It is hanging over her dressing table.

Date: 2009-08-24 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I knew it was there a few years ago, glad she is still enjoying it. It was a lot of fun to make :).

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