Sewing tip a wise woman once taught me: when gathering heavy fabric (like this damask used in Red’s cloak), sew a zig-zag over a line of dental floss, then pull the dental floss up to create gathers. No worries about thread breakage! I’ve been doing this method for years and it works GREAT.
80% GDI THE THREAD PICKER/PEN/BOBBIN HAS ROLLED UNDER THE DESK AGAIN D< D<
It seems I spend most of my life on the floor looking for various sharp and cylindrical items that have rolled away.
If you wondering where the space for sleep is, that’s it. That’s my life. I haven’t slept a full night in over a week. I’m tired, grumpy, AND my bobbin pot just fell off the desk and threw 64 bobbins across the floor.
I managed to do it! At the beginning of the month I wasn’t so sure I would be able to reach my goal of finishing my current pattern piece of my cross stitch of @rynezion‘s beautiful Vin poster. A lot of late nights were involved in the completion of the above section. Below you can see all that I’ve done so far.
My greatest frustration is always at the end of the pattern piece when I’ve got about 25 different colors left to do and they each need between 5 and 15 stitches scattered all over; it’s beyond annoying and makes the back of the piece look an absolute mess. But when I hold it up and look at it from a distance, it makes all the difference having all the various shades in there. I WAS very close to not using the two different whites in Vin’s face, but as you can obviously tell, I stuck with the pattern and did white AND snow white. :P
Today we’re joined by Haley. Haley is a phenomenal visual artist and crafter, who is also a seamstress. She absolutely loves to create, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I am a visual artist, and I draw mainly figures and
portraits in ink and marker but also sometimes watercolor. Not only am I a
visual artist I am a crafter and seamstress too. I like to create pieces that
are trendy at the moment for much cheaper.
What inspires you?
The diversity in the world around me. Everyone is beautiful
and different in their own way. Also the internet is a huge inspiration as well
I love seeing everyone else’s creations.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I always thought it was amazing how people can just create
anything from nothing. My aunt got me interested in sewing she taught me to sew
when i was about eight years old.
you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you
include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
In my signature on my artwork, the H in my name is somewhat
shaped like a star.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Don’t give up on yourself. There will be artists who are
better at what you do than you. You might look up to them or you might despise
them because they’re younger than you and better than them. You need to
remember there’s someone out there who feels that way about you.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I am panromantic asexual.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have had many people who ask me why don’t you make it
sexier? Why don’t you make that dress shorter or the neckline deeper? You’ll
get more followers if you design that character with bigger boobs and a bigger
butt. I realize sex is all over in the media but that’s just not how I am. I
tell them that I don’t want to and that it doesn’t fit my personality or just
plain ignore it. Most often when someone is sending you hate or “suggestions”
they just want attention.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The worst one I’ve encountered is that we are cold
emotionless beings who love no one else, and that we have no feelings or
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
I struggled with my sexuality for years… I thought I wasn’t
gay enough or maybe I wasn’t actually asexual and I’m just pretending. I
actually still struggle with my identity, and I probably will for a long time
and that’s okay, take your time to figure it all out and don’t feel like you
have to come out to anyone. Also, most importantly, don’t forget it’s okay to
talk to someone about it all. I have a really close and amazing best friend who
I talked to about my whole mess.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?