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zee mind, it eez numb!
What is it about handsewing eyelets that is so incredibly mind-numbing?

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isabelladangelo From: isabelladangelo Date: August 11th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC) (link)
Eyelets are evil. I think our ancestors put them in just to annoy us now. They didn't really serve any functional purpose; we are just told they did so we'd re-create them and have our ancestors laugh at us.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 11th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC) (link)
Oh a costuming conspiracy theory... I like it! :P
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: August 11th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC) (link)
I recommend audiobooks, the mind still get numb, you just don't mind it so much. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 11th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC) (link)
Agreed - audiobooks all the way, even better than a movie! Tonight's audiobook of choice has been Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. *sigh* I love Harry Potter books. Is it sad I never get tired of listening to them? :P
trystbat From: trystbat Date: August 11th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC) (link)
Everything! Altho, compared to some hand-sewn stuff, I kinda sorta can wrap my brain around doing them. Maybe. I supposed...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 11th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC) (link)
LOL! Yeah, I don't find them difficult, just mind numbing!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: August 11th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC) (link)
I usually don't mind them, but the ones I just did on the kirtle? They were brutal. Completely and totally brutal.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 11th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC) (link)
Why was that do you think? The fabric, your mood?
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: August 11th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC) (link)
Both, I think. I'm not going to wear it for a year, so I didn't have that usual deadline pressure, and the silk wanted to pull and make icky looking bits, so I dreaded each hole. I can usually do them quickly, but these were 3 or 4 days :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 11th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh 3 or fours days, that is rough. Eyelets are like ripping off band-aids - faster is less painful! :P
unclrashid From: unclrashid Date: August 11th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC) (link)
I find them more hand-numbing than mind-numbing. Audio books are good. Movies that are mostly dialogue are good. Movies that have plots that turn on longing, heartfelt stares (Onegin, for example) are hard to follow when looking at eyelets.

I did one set for a corset that didn't bother me at all. I think that it was in a lovely, co-operative cotton drill was the reason.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 11th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC) (link)
The fabric definitely has a lot to do with it...
myladyswardrobe From: myladyswardrobe Date: August 11th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC) (link)
I'm sorry - I'm going to say how much I love them. I can go into a nice trance working them and be thinking of anything else or watch a film.

But then, I love the routine of working buttonhole stitch which is probably why I love needlelace.

The only problem is I rarely get enough TIME to work eyelets properly as there's always a million other things that need doing on a gown which seems to be a never ending list!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 11th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC) (link)
I feel that way about binding. It's time consuming but I really don't mind doing it. The love the sense of accomplishment when I finish binding. I like buttonhole stitching too but usually use a whipstich on eyelets, I've found it holds up a bit better.
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