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[Peacock Dress] A mystery solved?

  • Mar. 11th, 2014 at 2:59 PM
Another embroidery sample arrived from India on Friday. As I compared it to the photos of the original dress in the museum, something began to dawn on me.

Isn't it funny how you can look at a thing for years and assume it was done one way, but when you put it away for a while and get it out again, a lightbulb goes on and the answer suddenly becomes clear...MoreCollapse )


Earlier in the week, we reached a moment of truth that I’ve been anticipating ever since September 2012, when I realised that India was my best bet for realising my Peacock Dress dream.

The quote for the embroidery, by far the most expensive and complex part of the project, arrived in my inbox.

Facebook followers guessed that the project might take from three weeks to eight months, and cost anything from $1400 to $25,000. My own wild guess just about correlates with the average of all the Facebook guesses - I anticipated 3-6 months and $8000.

Ready for the real quote?

[Peacock Dress] New sample, and pink feathers

  • Jan. 10th, 2014 at 11:15 AM
The new sample from India


Photos of the sample have arrived from Indian Embroiderer mkII, and it's near-as-dammit perfect! I love that not only do the two photos above represent a very, very good approximation of the Peacock Dress itself, but that they also look like pictures I could have taken of my own version of the embroidery. When the email arrived, I screamed maniacally at a stormy, lightning filled sky, "MWAHAHAHAHA!! I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CLONED MYSELF!!! IT LIIIIIVES!!!" And of course it looks like both the original dress and my embroidery because I provided pictures of both for reference, as well as an actual sample of my embroidery that I sent to India in the mail. (The difference, of course, is that they will have done this in about ten minutes flat, whereas I would have taken days.)

The next step is materials; Sweta is having trouble tracking down just the right bits and pieces, and doesn't yet know where to find beetle wings. Ebay is your friend, I shall tell her....

Pink feathers

Meanwhile, there is also progress on solving the mystery of the pink feathers...Collapse )

[Peacock Dress] Renewal

  • Jan. 4th, 2014 at 7:02 PM


This post also appears on my shiny Wordpress blog.

The reason that the Peacock Dress was always a joke, and the reason I pledged to go ahead and do it anyway if you sent me to Haiti, was because it was obviously a maddeningly complex project. It teased me from inside the glass case: "Betcha can't make me." It has lived up to its reputation: we are now approaching the three year mark since I first pledged to do this.

A quick recap, this week's progress, and the current state of playCollapse )

[Oak Leaf Lodge] Week One

  • Nov. 11th, 2013 at 3:23 PM


I've been in the woods a week, and it still feels not quite real. I never received the phone call saying that it's all a big mistake and I need to take all my crap back to Demi's. I think the awesome police have forgotten about me - or maybe it's just the crappy cellphone signal and they can't get through. :D

So Much AwesomeCollapse )

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