Latgalský kroj (Lotyšsko) / Folk costume of Latgale (Latvia)

15. ledna 2011 v 12:55 | Marmota |  Oblečení pro panenky / Clothes for dolls
Našla jsem tenhle zapomenutý, dosud nepublikovaný článek... V souteži Miss Latoya jsem nakonec skončila před koncem, protože jsem to nestíhala. Ale bylo zajímavé zkusit zas něco trochu jiného!

Další disciplína v soutěži Miss Latoya byla volná a všichni soutěžící se pořádně rozjeli... Já jsem si docela naběhla, protože kroj, který jsem si vybrala k výrobě, má docela dost jednotlivých součástí, takže to trvalo dlouho a dodělávala jsem ho téměř na poslední chvíli.

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16/07/2013: Zpětné zamyšlení: příště sukni z tenčího materiálu a víc nabrat/naskládat. Kdyby bylo víc času, zástěře by slušelo lepší zavazování než řídce tkaný tkaloun. V živůtku nevyztužovat ty ohnuté růžky - už tak je to dost tlusté, strašně těžko se do obracelo do lícu. A líp vymyslet výšivku na popruhu kokle... to je ten hudební nástroj. Lotyšsky kokles, čte se kuokles. Jinak jsem stále dost spokojená.
Stálo by za to konečně vyrobit tu správnější variantu sukně, světlou s kraječkou a výšivkou dole, kterou jsem tehdy zavrhla, protože krajka byla moc tuhá a aby to vypadalo dobře, sukně musela být dost úzká. Teď už mám k dispozici drobnější krajku, takže by to možná šlo...
 


Postup na středověkých šatech - rukávy

20. září 2010 v 11:00 | Marmota |  Rozdělané / In progress
International readers, please follow my progress on my English blog - it would be too long to translate, sorry.

Před dávnými a dávnými časy (nikoli asi tak minulý pátek, jak by napsal A.A. Milne, nýbrž asi tak minulý rok) jsem začala tvořit středověké šaty. A uvízla jsem. (Medvídek Pú taky uvízl, ale z úplně jiného důvodu a úplně jinak.)

Před nějakou dobou jsem je zase vyndala, pustila se do nich a konečně dospěla ke konečnému výsledku, ze kterého jsem mohla vyrobit střih.

I když tedy ještě mi to chvíli trvalo. Ne a ne se trefit do správného tvaru rukávů.

Tohle vůbec nebylo správně:

Aspoň ne pro mé vypasované šaty. Dělaly se tam hrozné záhyby, táhlo to a bylo to těsné, a vůbec.

Stará fotka

10. července 2010 v 8:55 | Marmota |  Inspirace / Inspiration
Je načase tenhle ubohý blog zase trochu oživit...

Tak vám předkládám k obdivování starou fotku, kterou jsem ve čtvrtek koupila v antikvariátu na Masaryčce.

It's time this poor blog was revived again.

So I'm laying in front of you for admiring an old photo I bought in a secondhand bookshop on Thursday.


No dobře... / Oh, well...

19. května 2010 v 17:42 | Marmota |  O mně / About me
Asi nebude česká verze předchozího příspěvku.

Založila jsem si nový blog:
marmota-b.blogspot.com
Píšu ho anglicky.
Což taky nejspíš znamená, že tady budu víc psát česky. Sem budu dávat hotové věci. Tam budu psát o těch rozdělaných. V angličtině se mi snáz kecá o těch rozdělaných, česky se radši chlubím těmi hotovými.
Dává to smysl?


There probably won't be a Czech version of the previous post.

I started a new blog:
marmota-b.blogspot.com
I write it in English.
Which also probably means there will be more Czech here. I'm going to put finished projects here. I will write about the works-in-progress over there. I find it easier to dabble on about unfinished projects in English, I like bragging about the finished ones in Czech.
Does it make sense?

Honest Scrap

26. února 2010 v 19:23 | Marmota |  O mně / About me
Omlouvám se Čechům za angličtinu. Časem, co nejdřív, sem hodím i českou verzi tohohle příspěvku. Ale jelikož to začalo jako reakce na anglickojazyčné "šťouchnutí", začala jsem to psát anglicky a nějak se mi to vymklo z rukou, co se týče délky.

Oona awarded me. Or you could also say tagged me; it works both ways.
And not just with one blog award, but two! Now that's interesting.
It's interesting because the rules for the awards are similar - they ask you to write some things about you that your readers may not know - but each of them asks for a different number of things.
Oona was clever and approached it in a mathematical fashion. She ended up with 8 ½ things. I like that approach, so I'll stick to it. Thanks, Oona.
This is English version. I'll post a Czech one as well, later, but probably in a seperate post. It got long. And much more honest than I originally intended it to be.

1. I have a deviantART account. For photos, pictures and stories, and something of the rest in between. http://marmota-b.deviantart.com/

2. My stories, mostly unwritten as of now, are part of an immense and evolving set of stories, all or most of them somehow linked to one another. Think J.R.R. Tolkien, without all the things that make it specifically Tolkien. It started out long, long time ago, when I was five or so, as a mess of a fantastic crossover between things I liked, from biblical stories and fairy tales to Karl May. It tends to be much more civil and behaved recently.

3. Before I started making up stories about people (people not necessarily being human), I made up two fantastic beings, čtyřiska (a made up word that has to do with the number four) and maloun (a completely made up word, that however seems to have something in common with melon - at least in my mind). The question is, though, whether I really made them up, because the whole point of them was that they were.
Čtyřiska is "a blue bug with four legs that has little-line-stomach". Maloun "looks like a polar bear without arms". Poor maloun, with only hind legs.

4. It's quite obvious from the title of my blog that my favourite animals are marmots. But there are others, like pandas - both giant and red, bears in general, llamas, cats (you've got to love them when you have six of them... and one purring in my lap as I type this, being my favourite animal at the moment), rabbits, otters... I have a soft spot for bats and ravens/rooks/crows, too. And it has nothing to do with night and darkness, as you might suspect. OK, so it has partly to do with night in the case of the bats. The warm nights of summer with skies full of stars, when you feel small and a bit sad and yet happy just that way. And don't tell me you don't know the feeling. I either won't believe you or feel sorry for you.

5. Pandas are important because of my favourite plushie. My aunt made it - him, I mean! I used to write stories about my plushies, who were actually my characters, of course. I still tend to ascribe personalities to my plushies, even though now they mostly serve just as something fluffy to clutch when I feel a bit down before sleeping. It's good to have plushies for that purpose, even when you're 22. Believe me.

6. The first story I ever finished (at least one that was long enough to really count as a story and not just a drabble) was still in the line of the fantastic mess of a crossover, although there was already much more of me and my own characters in it, thankfully. Otherwise it was quite badly written, with many clichés, but I was very young, so in light of that it's not such a bad story after all. I had some really good ideas for some moments of it (some of which I'm still fond of) and struggled hard to fill in the rest. The good thing to say for it is that I knew how it would end when I started writing it. That seems to be my personal rule for good storywriting now. Even this doesn't always work, but it seems it never works when I don't know the ending.

7. The next story I finished - or almost finished, because there are some little unfinished bits here and there - was much longer and took me several years to complete. I filled nine A5 exercise books with it (some of them thin, though) and missed it a lot when I came to the ending I had foreseen when I started writing it. Over the course of writing it, many things had changed, including the particular circumstances of the foreseen ending and my writing style - and my main character, Vladyka. Which was the point of the story, so it was a good thing. He's now, still, my favourite character ever, I believe. He started out, both as a person in the story and as a character, as a teenager with the usual bunch of teenaged problems, except that he lived in an unusual neighbourhood... Stínadla. Still a bit of a crossover there - I'll probably never fully grow out from that. But I managed to implement my own points of view into the story. Vladyka grew into something much more than just a teenager with teenaged problems during the course of the story, and as a character, too. He was the first character whom I was able to imagine older and grown up, and that certainly marks him as special.
I wrote the story for my sister, because she asked for a story for her birthday. I finished it long after that particular birthday. If I ever, hypothetically, get it published (which isn't very likely to happen, considering the setting), it will be dedicated to her. Period.

8. If you want to know what Vladyka is like now that he's grown up, read this story: http://marmota-b.deviantart.com/art/Beyond-98454428 - he's not the main character there, but he's nonetheless very important. I'm rather proud of this story - while feeling as if I hadn't written it myself, because it sort of grew under my fingers as I typed - I started it just as an exercise in writing in English, playing with an idea I got from a strangely realistic dream, and it grew to be 12 pages long, more than I had expected it to. And it threw a new character at me. Stories behave like that sometimes.

And the half: The story that's currently lurking in my head is, again, in the line of fantastic mess of a crossover - this time I want to make it a sensible fantastic mess of a crossover, where the "crossover" part would be part of the point, not just a surfacing randomness. I don't know when it will be done - probably still long after I get more sense of it. And, surprise, it will have a totally new set of characters. It will deal with...


I award Celtic Fairie of Total Procrastination. Because I can, and I want to.

And Becky of Sew and So. Because, among other things, the title of her blog finally taught me how to pronounce "sew".

And Janul. Consider it a birthday gift of sorts.

Neither of you has to do this kind of post. I know I'm breaking the rules, but I don't want to spoil the joy of being awarded by forcing you into something.

Plavky na Miss Latoya / Swimsuit for Miss Latoya competition

29. října 2009 v 18:07 | Marmota |  Oblečení pro panenky / Clothes for dolls
Miss Latoya je panenkářská soutěž krásy a její stránka se nachází zde: http://misslatoya.wz.cz
Miss Latoya is a beauty pageant for dolls and the link above is the site - only in Czech.

Přihlásila jsem se tam s Miladou... první disciplína byly plavky. Nejsou nic převratného, ale mně se líbí, chtěla jsem Miladě tak jako tak nějaké takové ušít...

I joined the competition with one of my dolls, whom I call Milada. The first thing we had to make was a swimsuit. It's nothing special, my swimsuit, but I had wanted to make something like that for Milada anyway, I quite like it...

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Šité jsou z tenké látky pružné v jednom směru, stejnou látkou jsou i podšité, protože je trochu průsvitná - původně to byla halenka ze sekáče. Ramínka jsou z obyčejné tafotvé stužky a tou je i olemován rozparek vzadu v pase, který jsem musela přidat, protože jsem přecenila pružnost té látky. Kdybyste ho chtěli vidět, fotku dodám později.

It's sewn from a thin, one-way stretchy fabric, and lined in the same, because it was a bit transparent. Originally it was a thrifted blouse. The straps are made from a ribbon, and I also used it for finishing a slit in the back - I had to add it, because the fabric is less stretchy than I expected. If you wanted to see the slit, I'll add a photo later.

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Zapínají se na nitěné očko a korálek.

It closes with a loop and a bead.

Měla jsem na mysli 50.-60. léta, proto taky ta čelenka ve vlasech - ovšem porotci mi vytkli, že jsem se toho moc přesně nedržela, takže to berte jen jako mírnou inspiraci...

I had 50s-60s in mind, that's why there's the headband - but the judges pointed out it's not exact, so consider it just a slight inspiration...

Háčkované čapky / Crocheted caps

21. srpna 2009 v 15:27 | Marmota |  Doplňky pro panenky / Accessories for dolls
Já a háčkování, to moc nejde dohromady, protože já a háčkování = zničené prsty. (Jak to děláte, vy jiné šikulky?) Jenže mám doma slušnou zásobu umělé socialistické příze Kordonet, kterou jsem dostala od babičky, jíž ji někdo dal na paličkování, na které se příze nehodila. Já s ní zkusila vyšívat, což sice šlo, ale příze se odporně kroutí a roztřepuje, což taky není žádná zábava. Nejlíp se hodí právě na háčkování, háček po ní hezky klouže a nemá šanci se roztřepit. :-)

Me and crocheting, that doesn't go very well together, because me and crocheting = damaged fingers. (How do you, other crafty people, do it?) But I have at home a rather big stash of synthetic communist-era yarn/floss, which I got from grandma, somebody gave it to her with the intention for it to be used for bobbin lace, which it wasn't suited for. I tried to embroider with it, which can be done, but it isn't much fun either, the floss twists and unravels a lot. It is best for crocheting, the hook slides on it smoothly and it gets no chance to unravel. :-)

Tak jsem uháčkovala dvě čapky pro svoje panenky a určitě přibydou další. Možná i nějaké kabelky nebo tak, až vymyslím, jak budou nejlíp vypadat...

So I crocheted two caps for my dolls and there'll surely be more to come. Maybe also some bags or so, when I figure out which way they'd look best...

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Tímto se zároveň představuje jedna z mých nových panenek (už jsem se asi definitivně zbláznila), momentálně ve fázi předělávání. Chci ji zbavit zubů a potřebuje přidat vlasy...

Modrobílý patchworkový polštář / Blue and white patchwork pillow

24. července 2009 v 20:41 | Marmota |  "Domáctnost" / Home decor
Nějak jsem se tady na blogu zapomněla pochlubit hotovým patchworkovým polštářem, který jsem tu před časem zveřejnila rozdělaný... Je hotový už dávno a už dávno na něm spím a byl už několikrát vyprán.

Somehow I forgot to boast about my finished patchwork pillow, which I posted about when it was in progress, here on the blog... It's been finished for quite some time, and I've been sleeping on it for quite some time, and it's been washed several times already.

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Zapíná se vzadu na zip, na jehož úhledné všití jsem velice hrdá, i když na té fotce to není tak vidět.
Samozřejmě, začátečníci v šití obvykle začínají jednoduchými obaly na polštář. Já jsem začala středověkými šaty... a první povlak na polštář, který jsem ušila, musel být patchworkový. Asi bych to ani nebyla já, kdybych začínala jednoduše. :-)

It closes on the back with a zipper, and I'm proud of the clean zipper insert I managed, although it isn't so well seen on the photo.
Of course, sewing beginners usually begin sewing with simple pillowcases. I started with a medieval dress... and the first pillowcase I made had to be patchwork. It probably wouldn't be me if I started simply. :-)

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