Shutter Flutter

I’ve spent all this time learning how to take clear, crisp photos and in doing so I took hundreds and hundreds of blurry photos. Now I’m learning how to blur the photo on purpose. This requires a low ISO, a slow shutter speed, and manipulating the zoom as the camera takes the shot. I take a lot of photographs to get just one acceptable clear one and, as it turns out, I do the same when I’m trying to blur the photo. Lots and lots of photos.

This is a piece of Japanese embroidery that my grandmother created. The embroidery technique has a name, but I’ve forgotten it. In any case, here is my artistically blurred photo.



Circular Embroidery Attachment

In the last sewing class I took, I learned how to use the circular embroidery attachment. I had owned the attachment for years without using it (eek!), but I had it when I needed it for class!
After the practice piece, this is the first class sample I made. As far as I can tell, the circular embroidery attachment is magic. I can’t really see how it works as it is covered up by the fabric, but somehow it makes the fabric move in a circle. You have to be careful not to tug on the fabric as the machine is sewing or the ends of the stitch circle won’t match up. Ask me how I know.

Class Sample 1

This is the second sample I sewed in class.
Class Sample 2

When I got home and unpacked all my sewing gear, I set up my machine and practiced a bit more just like I’m supposed to do, to help internalize what I learned in class. I’m pretty happy with the results. I’m not sure what I will do with these samples but now I know how to use the attachment.

Circles on my own