|A few of the pieces of the trade shirts. That's a lot of hemming! Underneath is the beginning of a translation of the Chen Tai chi Sword form posture list that is now "finished business".|
Part of the problem is that another couple of things came up. I have been learning the Chen Style 56 posture Taiji Sword form, and couldn't find a list of the postures in the form I am learning. I have been working with my wonderful Chinese Taiji teacher, Grand Master Ding Mingye, on a translation of the Chinese names. You can see a little bit of it under the first photo. I finally finished that yesterday. :) I have a new respect for translators.
I have also volunteered to be on the Prom committee for my friend R's 40th birthday party Prom. I am in charge of the table decor, and so have been making favors and gathering materials for that. The shopping trip with the rest of the prom committee was a blast since it involved balloons, shiny stuff and Chinese food. Fun!
There were also some alterations to do to my "Prom gown", which came from a local secondhand store and makes me feel like Cloris Leachman on Dancing With the Stars! Hahaha! Pictures to follow,so as not to pre-empt any prom party surprises.
There were also taxes, and other forms of paperwork; showers to shop for; some reading to get to: etc., etc., etc.. Yadda yadda yadda.
Some really lousy photos of the rolled hemming process follow. Where is my son, the photographer, when I need him?!
Thanks for reading,
|Showing the basic technique: you turn the edge over slightly and pick up one thread near the raw edge.|
|Then you pick up the folded edge; ideally just a thread or two. I don't see as well as I used to, so got a little too big a chunk here. Anyway, then you just pull the thread, and the edge rolls over.|
|Here is what the corner looks like.|
|Kathleen recommends a device called a sewing bird to hold the piece taut. I don't have one, so I use the couch and a large pin to hold the work as it lengthens.|
|Here is a sewing bird. It clamps onto a table, the bird holds the fabric in it's mouth and allows it to be held taut, even if it is long.|