Saturday, November 15, 2008

Tweaking hell.

Hmmmmm....

So the newest selvedge project is not exactly what I had hoped for. The chorus of angels have been sent home and the band have packed up and left.

It is not a total disaster, obviously it has a certain parasol-ness about it. I mean, it really couldn't be mistaken for anything else and it opens and shuts and does everything a parasol should.

and I do love how it looks from underneath with the sun shining through the selvedges

But it is essentially wonky...... far wonkier than these photos would have you think

I have tweaked and unpicked and re-tweaked for days, but (with a resigned sigh) wonky it shall remain.


I am all tweaked out.

96 comments:

  1. I think it looks fab, wonky or not!

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  2. Wow, wish my wonky wonders looked as fab as this. No doubt there are some of us that would feel no shame raiding your wheelie bin next collection night if we got wind that was in the offing.

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  3. Wow, wish my wonky wonders looked as fab as this. No doubt there are some of us that would feel no shame raiding your wheelie bin next collection night if we got wind that was in the offing.

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  4. it looks lovely. not wonky at all. we are always our own worst critiques.

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  5. I Love the way it looks! What a project! Hard to believe it is wonky at all and... What a cool talent you have!
    ~Tam :D

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  6. Parasols are wonky-ish. It's great Jodie!

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  7. Maybe your words "far wonkier than these photos would have you think" mean that now that you get a new perspective in the photos it is better than you first thought? I love it.

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  8. Wonk should be celebrated. I love the way it looks with the sun shining through too.

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  9. Jodie,
    you are being far too harsh on yourself, this wonky is fabulous.

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  10. I don't care, I think it looks fab anyway!

    I can't believe that you did it!!

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  11. Never mind, on you wonky looks great! ;-)

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  12. I think it looks great.. and perfection is flawed anyway... I much prefer imperfect things.. or so I tell myself because everything I make is always wonky in some way or other.

    if only my wonky was on a scale with your wonky, as your wonky is better than mine!

    though perhaps its jsut my logic that is wonky.

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  13. The crazy selvedge woman once did sew
    A parasol, wouldn't you know!?
    To her, wonky it seemed
    But, ah, how all of us dreamed,
    That our wonkiness was as good as young Jo's.

    I had a little guess that it might have been an umbrella/parasol concoction. It was the little ruffle at the top photo from your previous post that gave it away to me. Brilliant. Now I want to see the parasol in a photo shoot with The Dress.

    LMAO my word verification is blerp.

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  14. Oh my goodness...that is absolutely amazing! I'm still spinning out...

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  15. I too, think this amazing crafting feat needs a photo shoot with the dress!!.. awesome..Maybe you should decoupage your front door in selvedge, or perhaps the mailbox!that would be cool, perhaps drag the resin out and make a mailbox, yep, that would be a one of a kind thing.. The post office would talk about it for years!!!!..

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  16. I too, think this amazing crafting feat needs a photo shoot with the dress!!.. awesome..Maybe you should decoupage your front door in selvedge, or perhaps the mailbox!that would be cool, perhaps drag the resin out and make a mailbox, yep, that would be a one of a kind thing.. The post office would talk about it for years!!!!..

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  17. oh love it...
    i can understand how by trying to get it to sit right across the frame it stretches etc... it reminds me of covering lamp shades...when i did millinary you could buy a fabric stifner that you painted on and it did not stain the fabric,felt etc...but unfortunetly was quiet toxic and smelt horrid but it did work well...
    anyhoo it's divine...

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  18. Jodie, it is glorious!! I would never have imagined making a parasol - I like the way your brain works. My first thought every time I see your work is; how? In this case, how do you get the frame - can you just buy a parasol frame? How hard is it to attach the fabric? And I wish my brain worked like yours!! I've actually been looking for a parasol, but I didn't know you could MAKE one - especially from selvedges! Do please post a photo with the dress. The calendar people will wish they had waited for this.

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  19. Don't be so hard on yourself- it looks incredible and fabulous! Talk about an imagination...I would never have ever thought of doing something like that- well done! It's absolutely brilliant! I love it!

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  20. Amazing!! Wonderful!! Weird!! Quirky!! Tremendous!! and thats all about you..lol, the umbrella is Terrific...love the ruffly bit on top....so touchable!!

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  21. Jodie, you're just so creative! Who'd even think of turning selvedges into a parasol, where do you dream up these ideas. I wish I could get into you're brain!!
    P.S. I think the Selvedge title is sticking, might be your spot after all:-)

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  22. I guessed right! It's gorgeous and I'm sure parasols are supposed to be soft and bendy not like machine made umbrellas. Can't wait for the photo of the dress and the parasol dancing around the garden. What talent and what patience you have!

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  23. Jodie, you're such a crack up. Imagine calling that gorgeous piece of work, wonky. How I wish I could be even the teensiest bit wonky like you!

    Call the chorus of angels back, I say!

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  24. It's gorgeous and your imagination is unbelieveable. Love your sense of humor.

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  25. Wow...what a fantastic parasol! As for the wonkyiness...I wonder if the position of the bias is important.. as selvages are as straight as grain as you could get....
    Just been looking at an umbrella I have here (don't worry I didn't open it fully in the house :o) and the grain is parallel with the edge of the edge of the umbrella...
    Would love to know how you when about this and where you got an umbrella frame from..it is so unique!

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  26. Absolutely totally amazing!! What more can it say!

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  27. That's amazing! I think you should be very proud of yourself for making this. Is it your first parasol? It looks great :)

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  28. Firstly, madam, you made a PARASOL. Now if that's not an achievement in itself I will eat my legs, secondly you made it out of SELVEDGE. You are a frikkin' genius.

    I shall say no more.

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  29. This is so amazing! I want to quit my studies, and just sit (quietly, I promise) in your sewing room watching you work. Ok that sounds a little freakish, I know.....but seriously...HOW??? How did you get the idea?? How did you make it??? How how how?! I bough to you, oh queen of craftiness!

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  30. But then sunlight and even rain are usually fairly wonky, so it all works. so long as it does as it should that is what matters. By the way 'wonky'... you're getting technical now, aren't you?!

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  31. Wonky or not, it has obviously been alot of work and is still really original and shows alot of skill!

    x hel x

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  32. I say embrace the Wonk! because it is a thing of beauty!!

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  33. I guess I'm missing the wonk-i-tude, but it is brilliant and fabulous regardless of any wonkiness. Wonk=Unique I want to see a picture of parasol + dress!!

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  34. I can understand how you could call something so awesome looking wonky, but only since I'm a crazy perfectionist, too.

    I was going to suggest trying out different kinds of interfacing if you haven't already, but the comment about the bias seems like a lot better of a technical solution.

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  35. i would like to get into your head...how do you come up with ideas like this? simply amazing.

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  36. You continue to amaze me... it's fabulous, wonky or not!

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  37. Well it is cute. Wonky or not! I love it and it is such a good idea. I don't know how you come up with these ideas.

    I wore my scarf last night to a big quilting event where I was a presenter. I had SO many comments on my selvedge scarf. It was a huge hit. I had to tell everyone about your projects.

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  38. Wonky or not wonky, it looks wonderful. Wonky has a certain charm and appeal to it and if you didn't tell people it was wonky they wouldn't bat an eyelid! Go selvedge Queen!

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  39. Wow! That's amazing. I love it.

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  40. I'm with everyone else... it looks awesome! And yes, everyone knows what it is! At least we don't have to carefully ask "what is it??" !!!! It's always good to walk away when frustrated! What's the next selvedge project going to be?!

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  41. Oh my word....not wonky ....AMAZING! You are so creative!!

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  42. Well I for one aplaude you for even try to make an umbrella! It's simply beautiful and one of a kind

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  43. I love it! I would not even being to know how to make an umbrella?

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  44. WOW!! OMG!! This one REALLY blows me away Jodie!! How incredible!! so brilliant :)

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  45. Well, the pics sure make it look FABULOUS!!! Huge kudos to you for even attempting such a huge project!

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  47. Beautiful! Wonky and all. Such a clever idea.

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  48. tweakin' hell? more like FREAKIN Hell jodie.. you are MAD..

    I can't see the wonkiness, and to be honest, perfection is seriously over rated...


    Lissa
    far far FAR from perfect!

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  49. Amazing Jodie!!! Whatever will you think of next ??

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  50. Amazing and it doesn't look wonky from my seat

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  51. WOW! WOW! Oh... ...and did I say WOW! Jodie, its just so beautiful - and yes we need to see a shot of it with "The Frock".

    And I'm still waiting for the matching Tux, well at least a Jacket with Selvedge Lapels, matching Bow Tie, Cumberbund or waistcoat :-)

    Great job!!!

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  52. One woman's wonky is another woman's wow!

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  53. Jodie that is pure brilliance! Absolutely fabulous and I don't believe it's wonky for a minute! You are incredible!

    Locket xxx

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  54. Who cares about a bit of wonkiness - you are amazingly talented!

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  55. Another work of art!! I think it is absolutely wonderful but if you want to fine tune it why don't you ask the hat/bag lady extraordinaire Nikki Mallilieu?!

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  56. Looks amazing and not at all wonky!!!

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  57. It can be a parasol, I am sure the rules for parasols allow ample wonkiness!! Wow. Anyway, one always sees one's parasol from the underneath anyway!!!

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  58. Get out! That's insane! (You're making me talk like a teenager with your ).

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  59. Don't know what happened there - that should say "marvellous makery" or another suitable compliment!

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  60. wonky or not, you are amazing.

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  61. Wonky?? Nah, it just has character! And really, it is awesome. Seriously cool.

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  62. Jodie it's fantastic!! The perfect addition to the selvedge dress..

    Jodie :)

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  63. OMG!!! Jodie that is so rocking good..... your work is truly inspiring.

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  64. well I like it, wonky or not!
    I'd love to see it with the dress.

    Monda
    x

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  65. sew create it-jane got it right.
    You need to cut 8 individual sections with the straight grain horizontal.
    Years ago, my kids made painted umbrellas in art class at school.
    As for buying umbrella frames, haven't they heard of pulling apart one they already have, or buying an old one from the op shop?
    Nice to see you went ahead and posted even thought you weren't totally happy with result.
    A perfect accessory for the outfit,
    are selvedge shoes next?
    Cheers Jan

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  66. That rocks. Wonky or not, that is a FABULOUS project!! :D

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  67. embrace the wonk dear friend! the freaks done it again:)

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  68. Wonky sure is wonderful! I am looking forward to buying the new Ric Rac calendar in 2010-each month an amazing selvedge creation!!!What do you think?

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  69. From where I'm sittin' that is cool as all get out. How cool that you made an umbrella!

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  70. Hey. If it's not the best selvedge parasol in the world (wonky or no) then I'll eat my hat!

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  71. All of this creativity with selvedges is making me think about doing an Elizabethan Ren Fest costume out of selvedges....

    Love the parasol.

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  72. OH MY GOSH - I am speechless. The dress and now this - what can she possibly come up with next!

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  73. It looks fabulous! I was asking the other day if it was going to be an umbrella - but Parasol is the word. My english vocabulary is improving with the crafblogland.

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  74. Jodie you are AWESOME!!!

    Your parasol is stunning and I love it wonky or not!

    xxx

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  75. What fantastic wonkiness! Your parasol is great. We are all our own harshest critics. To us it is fantastic. I bow to the Queen of Selvedge.

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  76. all wonkiness aside.... that freakin' rocks! first of all, just an incredible IDEA and i am totally amazed at your ability to carry it out.

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  77. Sigh... if only I was as wonky as you. Blimey, my good stuff is way wonkier than your wonky stuff. :)

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  78. Who says umbrellas need to be practical!

    You do know it still looks fantastic! I love it.

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  79. Brilliant Jods! You are certainly the creative selvedge freak woman! Can't wait to see what's next! Seat covers for the car?! Hehehe

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  80. WOW! What a great mind you have to think of making a umbrella out of selvedges. Very creative.

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  81. What could I possibly add that hasn't already been said - it is marvelous! Your creativity is amazing...

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  82. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!! I WANT THIS UMMBRELLA!!

    It's beautiful and amazing!! By any chance would it ever end up for sale??

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  83. Whatever you would have us believe, it looks fabulous! The work! Extraordinary!

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  84. wow~ I think wonky or not.. its quite amazing!!
    glad I stumbled upon your quite humorous blog!
    hugs
    vivian

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  85. Oh please let me take off the filter and convince you that this parasol is truly superb!

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  86. It's completely amazing! Wonky or not!

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Hellloooooo !!!!