Monday, August 12, 2013

It's my specialty...I guess

Rajani "Reggie" Singh from CROSS STITCH BEFORE DYING by Amanda Lee

Marcy's mom, Beverly--the Hollywood costume designer--has signed on to do a movie based on the life of Bollywood film star Sonam Zakaria. Bev asked Marcy to gather some of her best "stitchers," and she asked for me specifically because I do chikankari.

Chikankari is a form of embroidery that originated in India. There are thirty-six stitches in chikankari which can be divided into flat stitches, embossed stitches, and Jali work. While it was originally a white-on-white embroidery technique, it has evolved to include  white thread on any color background, particularly pastel shades.

Beverly is hoping I can give her staff, Marcy, and the other Tallulah Falls stitchers a crash course in chikankari. I'm really nervous about that, though. Chikankari is intricate, specialized work. How can I possibly teach them enough to create costumes for the movie in a matter of days?

Even worse, I opened my big mouth in San Francisco, and now a remote area of Tallulah Falls has become a set for the movie...even though it's now a crime scene because a dead body was found there the day we visited with the scouting team! I know I shouldn't feel so nervous and overwhelmed, but I can't help it.

What stresses you out, and how do you handle it?

6 comments:

  1. sounds great, look forward to reading this

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  2. Sounds like a great cozy!
    Shopping can stress me out, I try not to go as often. =)

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  3. I hadn't heard of Chikankari before this, so thank you. Deadlines stress me out.

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  4. Wow that sounds complicated! Good luck with everything. In danger of running late for an appointment stresses me out, I hate being late.

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