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?


  1. sounds great, look forward to reading this

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

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

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