My hip was hurting worse and worse, so I wound up going to the doctor this afternoon. She thinks it’s likely one of two things: early arthritis (aackpfft!), or a pulled muscle. X-ray results and more tests tomorrow. Cross your fingers for me!
In any event, she prescribed industrial-strength ibuprofen and told me to lay off weaving for at least a week. You can guess how enthusiastic I was at that prospect, but it makes sense. So I think I will delay threading the loom until this time next week, because a fully-dressed, ready-to-weave loom is just WAY too much temptation. (I have willpower, but not where fiber arts is involved!) It will delay me a week, but once I get going I think I can weave it off pretty quickly, and the pattern is simple (no complicated sewing), so I think that will still be OK.
And meanwhile I can work on pattern drafting! I spent some time studying dart manipulation this evening and think I more or less understand what is going on. I understand the “slash” method and the “pivot” method for moving darts. I am now “graduating” to graduated darts, radial darts, and other exotica. Once I finish the darts section I think I will set myself some design challenges and then sew up some of the designs in muslin, just to make sure I got it right. Expect some real “Frankenstein” muslins soon!
Sheila asked what fabric I use for my muslins. It’s just plain old cheap muslin, 44″ wide, that I buy on sale from JoAnn Fabrics. Costs me $1.50/yd with a 50% off coupon – I typically buy an entire bolt at a time. 25 yards of muslin sounds like a lot, but it sure goes fast when you’re having fun!
If I have time after all that – which is pretty unlikely since I am spending all day Saturday in a project manager’s training workshop – I think I will start playing with some of the techniques in Colette Wolff’s book. I have this crazy dream (but don’t we all have crazy dreams?) of combining her techniques and methods with the flat pattern drafting I’ve been studying. So as soon as I think I have a decent understanding of pattern drafting, I will start trying to combine it with Wolff’s concoctions. Once I understand how to merge pattern drafting and fabric manipulation, of course, it will be time to merge them with handwoven fabrics.
One last route to temptation – my friend who works at Adobe handed me CS5 Design Premium today. Whoopee! Gotta go try out the latest in seductive software.
If it is injured muscle, don’t jump on to the loom too quickly – slow and steady will get you good results faster than leaping back into the fray. 🙂
hope everything went okay with the medical tests…