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WIP - Very Slow Build of Jocasta Nu
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, without photos it's hard to judge, but pen length sounds about right.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are the ones I am copying:

https://goo.gl/images/yFKpUe

The originals are here:

https://goo.gl/images/qE5MJ3

I am only doing the smaller tools not the bulging clear one.

Please let me know how my friends prototype looks in relation to the winged tool. I shall tell him to make them pen length.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long pen length. Smile

The winged one looks close, but the wings appear to be turned upside down. Bit long below the wings, too.

Best of luck.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Thanks for the feedback, I have requested the maker to shave down the length to 16 cm. Also, I will pass these comments on about the wings.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All,
Jocasta's hair sticks arrived this week:

Jocasta Nu heir sticks by S. Doig, on Flickr

Cheers,

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An important part of the costume. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it has been a while since I posted anything. However, if you want to graduate from Library School at University you just have to put your course work first. Now that my last assignment is in there is time to work on the tabbards and obi. I am happy to say the templates are finished and ready to copy on to Solvy. Solvy is a water soluable plastic stabilizer that is just perfect for this project. Just imagine not having to use tissue paper and tweezers to remove the templates from the finished embroidery! It is very simple to remove stabilizer from your finished pieces. Just dunk in a tepid bucket of water and agitate for a few minutes. Then Presto! Hang up your tabbard and obi pieces to dry before sewing them together. My tabbard sections are 80cm long and 15cm wide.

Here's the tabbard and obi photos with my raw silk outer tunic. The outer tunic fabric has been dyed with Jacquard Acid Dye #604. I was lucky when I bought the fabric as it was already dyed for me! This is the best I could do with the colour range available at the time. As Australia has only ONE specialist silk supplier who sells raw silk retail.

J. Nu Jedi Librarian tabards by Archivist32 Traveller, on Flickr

J. Nu. Front Tabbards and Obi

J. Nu Jedi Librarian tabards by Archivist32 Traveller, on Flickr

J. Nu Back Tabbards and Obi

As I said in a previous post the tabbards and obi patterns are a combination of cannon photos from Dressing a Galaxy and from back of my friend Sair's. My aim was to be as accurate as possible but with some slight differences on the back. As there are no photos of what the back tabbards and obi look like.

If you got any comments please make them soon 'cause I am starting the copying process on to Solvy sheets today.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your pattern is looking great. Very Happy

Just noticed the pouch. Is it the final pouch? Because then it looks too light. Should be more a red-brown color. If it's just a placeholder then ignore my comment.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Laura,
I can understand your concern about the pouch colour but the photo's colour can be influenced by the lighting conditions on my camera's sensors.

However, I have now started the embroidery of the tabbards and obi of my costume. I struck a couple of snags literally! I tried doing double twin needle satin stitch with my sewing machine. A big fail --- lots of snags --- skipped stitches and so gave up on Plan A. On to Plan B just doing twin needle with straight stitches ---- no go here either -- same problems occurring. So my machine doesn't want to quilt using twin needle stitching at all. On to Plan C --- 3mm single row satin stitch -- my sewing machine is happy with doing this embroidery stitch and so sticking to this stitch only. This is the best I can do without paying $25.00 an hour for a commercial embroidery house to do it for me. I would be loathe to take this option because the single satin stitch embroidery is very slow..... Moral of the story the more layers you have in your quilting sandwich you need to use less complex embroidery stitches. The dark brown thread on the silk top will still have the visual pop the original costume had.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of luck with it, and good to hear about what your learned with the needles and stitching.
I can't wait to see the result of all that embroidery. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The machine embroidery could be revised back to the twin needle stitching. I have become very good friends with a sewing machine mechanic at present. I have some more consulting with him before I decide to stick to the satin stitching or continue to go with the twin needle.

Either way the costume is in slow progress mode.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A technical explanation of why my machine embroidery looks the way it does.

Okay since I really want to do my tabards with zigzag twin needle stitching a few changes had to be made. So that my tabard embroidery closely resembles that of Trisha Biggard's costume in Dressing a Galaxy.

So to get a pop in the design I have decided to use topstitch thread. Using a thicker thread on the facing fabric has meant a change in the embroidery setup. This has effected the density of stitching on the front of the tabard.

My machine can only do the topstitching to the density of 0.8mm with a stitch width of 2.5mm.

Very slow twin needle zigzag stitching by machine. by Archivist32 Traveller, on Flickr

Front of tabard

This is because when using a thicker topstitch thread it will pull more to the back of the work. Thus the stitch density on the reverse is higher than on the facing side. Therefore, it isn't possible to embroider the tabard design with a higher density stitch.

See back of tabard:

Back of quilted panel. by Archivist32 Traveller, on Flickr

So if you choose this method a word of advice:

Use a walking foot, adjust your topstitch thread tenstion -> + until the bobbin thread balance is achieved. Sew very slowly, leave long ends on your sections for tying in on the reverse.

That's why my tabard and obi will be slightly different from a satin stitch embroidery version.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I look forward to seeing the result you get with this. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found that my sewing machine doesn't like embroidering with top stitch thread. It caused the stitch tension to jump out of alignment and costing me money to repair. So after a long hard think about whether I want to wear out a perfectly good machine and have to purchase another. I decided that I had to change down a thread size to get the machine tension to work properly. This means I will have to unpick the work I have done already and begin again. However, if you look at the photo below you will see that all sew thread gives a nice dense and defined finish. Do you think the judges will be picky about it? I am more concerned with a quality finish rather eye popping colour. The left sample is with embroidery thread and the right sample is with sew all thread. At the moment the best stitch definision and tension is with sew all thread on the right. What is your opinion?

Second thread test. by Archivist32 Traveller, on Flickr

This photo is very close up but the embroidery finish is of high quality and looks like a single line to the eye. This was my original aim when doing this embroidery. Please post your comments below and I will look forward to reading them.

At any rate my sewing machine is very happy and works well doing the job I want to do.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it will work with your new thread, but it's sad that your machine couldn't work with the other thread. But don't ruin your machine doing this.
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