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    Hamish Centennial Kilt Installment #3

    Hi all,

    I haven't had Internet for the past week or so, but I've been working on Hamish's kilt. Here's an update with a few pics:

    We took the ferry from Thorlakshofn in South Iceland to the town of Vestmannaeyjar on the island of Heimaey. The ferry trip lasts four hours, so I got quite a lot done on the kilt despite a stretch of really rough seas. In this first pic, I'm cutting out the pleats while we're still at the dock before we set sail.



    Doing the steeking:



    You can see the ocean out the window in this one:



    And, of course, Hamish's kilt got my standard American flag stabilizer:



    Below decks with the ship deck plan:



    Cutting out and basting the canvas:





    Shortly after the photo above, I had to take a break, because we were crashing up and down over big seas, and I had to hang onto the window frame with both hands to keep from sliding around!

    More in a second post below.
    Last edited by Barb T; 11th July 10 at 05:27 PM.
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    Arriving in Vestmannaeyjar on the MS Herjolfur. Kilt pleated, basted, and canvas in.



    And with the requisite volcano in the background (Eldfell, which erupted in 1973 and buried part of the town):



    Finishing the fringe edge in a park back in Reykjavik while Carolyn practiced her (well, actually, my) pipes:





    More later!
    Kiltmaker, piper, and geologist (one of the few, the proud, with brains for rocks....
    Member, Scottish Tartans Authority
    Geology stuff (mostly) at http://people.hamilton.edu/btewksbu
    The Art of Kiltmaking at http://theartofkiltmaking.com

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    This kilt will definitely come with one of the best stories! I have images of you sliding off whatever you were sitting on, in rough seas, holding onto the kilt. So, are you stitiches still invisible with all of this commotion?

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    You'd have to run me off with a flyswatter if I were there with you, Barb, because I'd be hovering around watching your every move. That's beautiful piece of art you're making.
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    Outstanding, fantastic images and what a great story as KiltedKnome said.
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    Barb,

    What a nice place to sit and sew. The kilt is indeed a nice work of art.

    The only discouraging thing is the graffiti on the wall behind you. It is bad here, and I wish it had not spread to there.

    Slainte,

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    This could be the start of a whole new thread, but I found myself wondering how many kilts out there have great stories behind them like this one?
    EPITAPH: Decades from now, no one will know what my bank balance looked like, it won't matter to anyone what kind of car I drove, nor will anyone care what sort of house I lived in. But the world will be a different place, because I did something so mind bafflingly eccentric that my ruins have become a tourist attraction.

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    Barb, these threads are lovely. It's fascinating to see the kilt come together and Hamish, you are ever so lucky. I am quite envious.

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    An amazing experience to see how much work goes into making the perfect kilt. I marvel at your skill to not only sew such a complex thing but to do it while at sea!

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    What a delightful play by play of the Hamish 100! Now for an encore, lets get Barb book on a flight to the space station. I'd love to see her sew a kilt in zero gravity!
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