Tuesday, February 22, 2011

today's post is brought to you by the number 18

1. stitching is fun.
2. i should stitch more.
3. i'm so far removed from the world of stitching that, I don't really know my head from my whatsit.
4. embroidery thread comes in various fibers.
5. if you walk into a quilt shop that has a wool folk art wing, and you ask for "orange thread for topstitching" they're going to give you wool, and wool is not what you need for a cotton quilt.
6. the only way to get perle cotton is to ask for perle cotton.
7. not everyone carries orange perle cotton. at least not in the greater Indianapolis area.
8. if you act like you know what you need, people think you know what you need. therefore, you have less  chance of getting what you need.
9. perle cotton comes in various sizes, which are numbered.
10. the smaller the number, the wider the thread.
11. the bulkier the thread, the larger the needle eye.
12. the larger the needle eye, the more difficult said needle is to find. 
13. perle 5 is what I bought.
14. For perle 5, the only needle available on the north side of Indianapolis that A) is sharp, and B) has a large enough eye, is John James # 18 Chenille.
15. I know this, because I have purchased every needle with a smaller eye. And I found this one at my FIFTH stop.
16. I am an excellent backstitcher. See article A.
Scrappy Mug Rug Swap 3 - home stretch
17. the best part about backstitching is the, um, back.
Scrappy Mug Rug Swap 3 - the back (in progress)
18. especially when you use perle 5.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

you're welcome

Saturday night I went to the Lyle Lovett/John Hiatt acoustic concert. I've been stewing since then about how best to handle this, and today I finally bit the bullet. So, as a sane representative of Lyle Lovett fans everywhere, I have sent the following plea suggestion to Heather Ross:


Hi, 
I'm Lindsay. Long time listener, first time caller. I've followed you for a while, and I really like your style. Anyway, I'm writing today b/c i have a fabric idea for you. I'm sure you get these all of the time and are groaning at another, but this one is EXCELLENT, I promise. 


As you well know, inspiration hits at the oddest times. For example, Saturday night I went to the Lyle Lovett concert and he closed the show with his much loved song, If I Had a Boat. And all I could think about on the way home was that you need to design fabric inspired by this song. If I could draw, I'd do it, but I can't, so the task falls to you. 


Anyway, do you know this song? I think you don't, because if you did, there'd already be a fabric line. 


Here's a link to the video on YouTube: 




and the lyrics

If I had a boat

I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat



If I were Roy Rogers
I'd sure enough be single
I couldn't bring myself to marrying old Dale
It'd just be me and trigger
We'd go riding through them movies
Then we'd buy a boat and on the sea we'd sail



And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat



The mystery masked man was smart
He got himself a Tonto
'Cause Tonto did the dirty work for free
But Tonto he was smarter
And one day said kemo sabe
Kiss my ass I bought a boat
I'm going out to sea



And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat



And if I were like lightning
I wouldn't need no sneakers
I'd come and go wherever I would please
And I'd scare 'em by the shade tree
And I'd scare 'em by the light pole
But I would not scare my pony on my boat out on the sea



And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat



[And now that you've heard this song and read the lyrics, I imagine you're running over to your drafting table and sketching while you listen to the song on repeat. you're wearing a caftan. and a cowboy hat.]


Okay, so I have the whole collection planned out in my head. If you want to talk it through, I'm here. Or, you can just run with it and I'll just keep an eye out for it to hit stores this time next year. 


So glad you're on board!  
Lindsay 


ps - in all honesty, this would be a super-cute fabric line. ponies, boats, oceans, cowboys, masked men, roy rodgers, trees, bare feet...lots of good imagery. and your illustration style would be perfect for it. Also, the world needs more boy-appropriate fabrics, I think. 

This would be awesome, right? Of course, right.* 

(*I also watched Fiddler On the Roof over the weekend.)

you're welcome.