Sunday, July 7, 2013

update ... and a rant


Apologies for the crappy blog post title ... I'm not particularly inspired to blog at the moment!  No, nothing bad happening - quite the opposite!  I love my new job, and have been weaving like a maniac - I haven't been on the computer as much as I usually am.

Before I start ranting - here's a cute picture of Frankie:


I have just UNfollowed a whole pile of blogs, mainly because I was getting bored of the same old stuff being posted - the blogiverse is pretty cliquey ... I notice the more outspoken I am, the less people comment here, confirming my opinion that a lot of people suck up to some bloggers in order to attract more followers.  That sort of popularity contest has never interested me before, and certainly doesn't now.  In fact, many blogs with lots of followers are the ones that are very 'safe', not saying much at all ...

OK, rant over - I promise!

I have been weaving ... to the point that my tapestry homework is falling by the wayside.  I only have 3 subjects this year, and only one of them is actual tapestry weaving.  The other 2 are theoretical - a sustainability topic (now completed, albeit rushed), and a Business subject.  I *love* tapestry weaving, but am champing at the bit to do my own Goth Deathrock Art Project work rather than boring samplers ... I know I have so much more to learn, but what I really need is practice, practice and more practice.

So this is what I've been weaving - just finished these two, already sold:


Close-up of the purple:


And just off the loom:


This afternoon I'll be warping up again - making a geometric-style scarf for Anita's dad ;)

Thanks to my new job, I get to weave for about 1/2 hour before work, and at least 1 hour after work - it's so great working closer to home - I can't believe how much time I used to waste travelling!

Oh, and I almost forgot, got my hair done yesterday ... this is me being an anti-fashion blog, LOL!





20 comments:

  1. Interesting, I haven't really noticed that, but maybe I just follow mostly different blogs to those you unfollowed. What do you mean by safe? I am not sure what that means. Opinion-wise? In the Goth-blogosphere or the blogosphere in general?

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    1. 'Safe' as in 'normal', 'mainstream' ... "I'm a misfit but I don't like to stand out too much or have too many strong opinions", LOL!!

      Weirdly, it's mainly the so-called Goth-blogosphere - I'm not into labels generally, but there are too many bloggers who use that label, who aren't really interested in the music (which is the whole point). I think the internet has made it too easy for younger kids to think they're 'experts', whereas when I was young I spent all my time finding and listening to second-hand records and cassettes ;) I'm not sure what the Steampunk blog scene is like - is it similar??

      Textile art blogs I follow are generally more creative and less pretentious - the people are (generally) older, therefore have less to 'prove'.

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    2. Hmm, the main thing I have noticed is a lot of things online telling people what they have to like and not like (often from people who were born years after me) and not accepting difference, which I find frustrating. Definitely in that way I see a push for sameness and perhaps safeness in complete conformity. I am not sure if you have seen that. The Goth blogs I follow are all very openly Goth and happy with themselves, which is good. I definitely wouldn't follow people who dislike me for my difference from other Goths.

      The Steampunk blog world is still fairly small, there is a push for more connection, which is nice. All the people that bother to blog seem very nice but of course on forums etc there is always someone who will snipe at others and tell them they are not Steampunk, just like in the Goth world. It is definitely interesting to be involved in both, with a foot in each and friends in each, although a large amount of my Gothic friends are also interested in Steampunk too.

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    3. Haaha, yes - '10 things you have to wear to be a XXX' (substitute subculture of your choice) ;)

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  2. Michelle, I don't know how you can stand to be doing a tapestry course with very little actual weaving! I suppose that is a consequence of doing a part-time course, in a full-time one you would be doing both - not something devoutly to be wished for!
    I, as one of the older, textile people, don't go into the blogosphere much and have no knowledge of some of the streams. I have tried reading some Steampunk fantasy and liked some, not others. I suppose it is being older that makes you realise you might not have all that much time to waste on things that don't really interest you (not that I am THAT old!). I am also amazed at how free people feel to put others down, to criticise, especially if they can stay anonymous.
    As an added bit of randomness, I have recently met a young man who is very much into the My Little Pony scene - how amazing is that???? A whole lot of older adolescents and young adults, many of them male, who have a whole world based on My Little Pony!!! I didn't go too deeply into what it is actually about, it just seems to me that they are having fun, being creative and it is based on something that a lot of other people think is weird. But each to his/her own.

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    1. Mary, Anita just informed me that they call themselves a 'Brony' - I've never heard of it before!!

      Having fun and being creative is what *your* blog is all about, which is why I love it ;) xx

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  3. I'm a stylist, I love fashion, but I like reading people's blogs to see what they are doing with their lives.
    PS-Your hair looks rad!

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    1. Thanks gorgeous!

      Actually, I think yours is the only 'fashion blog' I read - I learn so many styling tips from you. And not once are you condescending to anyone, or tell people what they should wear ;)

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    2. Thank you, that means a lot =D I just like to talk fashion not "what is this" or "what is that", I ain't here to preach ;)

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  4. Amen ... But you already know my opinion on certain blogs and bloggers. ;) now for the good stuff: holy crap! That's some amazing weaving. I really love the patterns, particularly the fan pattern. I've just about finished knitting the blanket for my Mom (perhaps a little too late), and I'll probably start a hooded scarf soon. I'm itching to get back to sewing and knitting, but taking care of Mom and my garden have required all of my attention. Soon.

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    1. Yes, we had this discussion on Facebook, heh :P

      Thanks! That fan pattern is from an old German weaving draft from 1895 - but it looks so 1930s!! I can't wait to read some crafty updates from you - sorry you're going through such a hard time at the moment :( *hugs*

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  5. My expectation for some blogs is a little higher than others... perhaps I skim the latter, but for the most part I like to have a look. I'm always hoping for the creative people to post more of their work, because that's something I really relish in reading anytime. I can't identify with even a handful when it comes to real life matters, so that makes it quite difficult not to sound trite with simplistic responses =/

    I can identify with kitties, however! Frankie is adorable! Heh. ;P

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    1. Yes, that's my favourite too - creative people posting creative work - that's the reason I started following most of the blogs I enjoy in the first place. I think I fell into the trap of following people who follow me for politeness sake, then following others the have been recommended, so on and so on ... and they're all the same!

      And yes ... I certainly have a weakness for cute animals pics, haa!! ;)

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    2. Unfortunately that is what makes up the bulk of my reading list currently =S
      People who I follow because it's polite to... perhaps I too should re-evaluate my reading list. Keep it to those I really love reading.

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  6. I absolutely agree with you. Sometimes I get sick of the endless rows of selfie pics and posts, maybe because I don't have the time to play gothic barbiedoll myself and have lot more important things to do.
    My blog sucks right now. Haven't got lust for writing or editing photos for a long time. Sun is shinining, it's the middle of summer and I have lots of work in my garden to do.
    Your infinity scarves are so lovely! I specially like the weaving patterns of the ones above. When the autumn arrives, I will buy a purple one to warm my neck :)

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    1. I know, sometimes you feel inspired to blog, sometimes not ... but too many people worry about what their 'followers' will think if they don't update - aarrgh, self created stress!!

      It's still cold here in Australia (well, by our standards, anyway!), so lots of southerners buying my scarves. I'm hoping to catch up soon so I have lots of stock for when it becomes colder on your side of the world! ;)

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  7. Sustainability and Business - I don't think I could concentrate on anything that sounds that difficult anymore! I AM getting old! LOL

    I'm very behind on my blog reading these days, but that's almost good - I just go through the list of updates and only read the ones I'm really interested in... it's saving a lot of time, actually.

    Jeez, I hope I wasn't one of the ones you unfollowed... should I go check? ;o)

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    1. Haaa, of *course* I'm still following you!!! ;)

      You're right ... Sustainability and Business are boring subjects - I just wanna WEAVE!!

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  8. Nothing wrong with a bit of a rant and some anger sometimes, Michelle!

    Weaving tho - maybe you are more drawn to the patterns in harness weaving (which as you have demonstrated can be gorgeously complex).

    Still not finished the sampler? Ah well - five months left till end of TAFE year...

    Enjoy.

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    1. Oh, I've done all my samplers on time ... I just don't enjoy doing them!!

      No, my handweaving and tapestry weaving are quite separate - the handweaving I love for the repetitiveness of the craft, whereby my artistic sensibilities prefer the tapestry weaving - I need them both in my life!!

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