Monday, August 12, 2013
It's my specialty...I guess
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?
Submitted by Gayle