Jess Hutch.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

in progress

george in progress
I like to make things - and I have tended only to show them on this blog in their completed form. I realized recently, though, that showing things in progress might be fun - I get to show how my toys are made, and I get to post more often about them. Rad.

Here are some recent projects, taken in the midst of making them. You may recognize George - he's in pieces here, since I took this one night last week - and you can also get a glimpse of my special SpongeBob pencil, and my weird pattern-writing notation.

doll in progress
The second image is of an embroidered doll I'm working on. Embroidery is really my first crafting love - as Jenny Hart said, it's like drawing in slow-motion. I find it incredibly meditative and such a pleasant way to wile away the hours (especially if Law & Order: Criminal Intent is on too). However, I don't do it often enough to really perfect my skills, so I'm always frustrated for the first few hours of a new project - I really want that get that perfect rope-like stem stitch and it always eludes me. Ah, well, perfection is overrated. I'm going to go fire up the TiVo and embroider away.


At 11:48 PM , rebecca said...

I think your embroider stitches look beautiful! So, I'm not the only one who spends her crafting time with one eye on Law & Order CI. It's on in the other room as I type!

At 5:46 AM , sarah said...

Jess - Your pattern-writing notation looks about as weird as mine, haha! I gave up on perfect embroidery stitches a loooooooooong time ago. . .yours looks very even, though. Good job!


At 6:29 AM , aja said...

I love to see works in progress, I think its interesting, but also inspiring. I am not hugely talented with the needle, but I am up for anything that lets me watch a good crime show (CSI for me!)

At 7:21 AM , Adriana said...

I really like the colour combinations of your projects. Thanks for sharing.

At 11:02 AM , laura r. said...

oh my gosh, i just started knitting odd fellow!! i haven't knitted in a year & i decided to try it. it is so, so sweet. i should take an in progress pic...thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
embroidery is my favorite.
meditative drawing indeed.

At 1:18 PM , LLA said...

Yay! I am excited to get to see some of your works in progress. Thanks for sharing them with us...

Your post also got me smiling, because I have noticed that I enjoy knitting, etc. even more with the advent of TiVo! How did we ever knit without it????

At 7:37 PM , natasha said...

i totally agree! i love things that let you just shut down your brain and let your hands do their thing.

and, yarn coming your way soon. i swear it. i have a bunch of promised yarn to send, so it is coming. sooon.

i wish i could go to the make fair. it will rock!

At 1:16 AM , Emma said...

Thanks for sharing! I love seeing in-the-making photos :)

At 5:48 PM , carrie said...

i think there really must be some connection between craftiness and "Law and Order." an insane amount of us seem to knit, crochet and otherwise craft during that show.


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