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Sound Girls: Review of Recording Unhinged

January 25, 2021

2021 Recording Unhinged Review

Frankenbass/Basstogne

November 18, 2020

In which I upgrade the pickups of an unusual bass. https://soundgirls.org/frankenbass/

Soundgirls: What is a Crossover?

September 23, 2020

Why are crossovers used? Where are they used? What makes up a crossover? On Soundgirls.org https://soundgirls.org/what-is-a-crossover/

Day Lily Basket

September 4, 2020

With Day Lily stems & leaves I made a little basket. Everything was dried then soaked beforehand. The stems make up the ribs (skeleton or structure of the basket), and the tops are then woven around each other for the rim to finish. The leaves are the weavers (woven through the ribs) using the twining method (two leaves at once twisting between each rib).

Rough around the edges as I was figuring the techniques out, and left the tops uncut.

Basketry doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make something with the materials from your garden. Start small then work your way up to bigger baskets, this one was perfect for harvesting cherry tomatoes.

Soundgirls.org: Coloring Pages

July 29, 2020

Who’s up for some coloring pages? Inspired by my daughter and by Sylvia Massy’s Recording Unhinged collection.

Click here to download from Soundgirls.org

Corn Husk Crafts

July 25, 2020

Corn husk cordage! This was an experiment to learn & make mistakes. I will use it for basketry, like sea grass. I used the husks of 5 ears of sweet corn (approx 1 dinner), dried them, then soaked them as I worked.

I twist them into two strands, then twist those into a 2 ply rope.

The inner husk is easier to work with, and trimming the base of the husks makes for a more consistent cord. Same with staggering the addition of new husks. Splitting the husks to a consistent width gives you control of how thick you want the cordage to be. I used the weight of the soaking bucket to anchor while I twisted, and finished the ends with an overhand knot.

I would have to research its historical uses, but in the interest of efficient use of corn, I would recommend making your own corn husk cordage.

5 ears worth of cordage

In addition, corn husk dolls are an adorable and kid friendly craft. They are more freeform in technique, and you can get creative with corn silk, knobby irregular husk pieces, and string. Oneida Nation Museum has a great resource on the cultural significance of corn husk dolls.

Corn husk dolls

SoundGirls: Little Chip

June 5, 2020

Here’s a piece I wrote earlier this month in honor of one of the best selling integrated chips of all time.

Ode to 555 Timer

The Perfect Bedtime Story – SoundGirls.org

April 3, 2020

https://soundgirls.org/the-perfect-bedtime-story/

My review of the first section of Leslie Gaston-Bird’s Women in Audio.

Soundgirls: Solving the Gender Bias in Wikipedia

February 14, 2020

Review of Pink Noises

Wikipedia does have bias when it comes to what articles are published and what is first on the chopping block.  In this article of SoundGirls.org, I suggest some solutions while reviewing an example of someone fighting the bias.

Introducing Poppy Dee

February 13, 2020

Introducing Poppy Dee

After the recent batch of hats I made, I was left with a pile of hat making materials, and a few abandoned designs.  This time I was going to make a full blown wide brim hat, not just a fascinator.  I had purchased a cotton gauze and fabric flower thinking that I was going to make a cloche, after seeing one worn by Princess Diana.  Instead I decided to create an Edwardian Era inspired suffragette hat for the 19th Amendment’s centennial.  The mesh netting’s colors of white, purple, and green are the official colors of Women’s Suffrage and mean purity, loyalty, and hope.  Once again PVA glue mixed with water was used for stiffening the crown and brim, but this time I added a wire to keep the brim in place.