So there’s this belt. I finished it last week.
However I was deciding how I wanted to write about it here.
Because, you see, this belt is kind of the story of my life.
Not the life you would see in the papers or in a yearbook, but of my life in hobbies and interests. Some of this is old, some new, some recurring.
It was more of a “things that I can draw and represent me at the same time.” Which I kept running out of.
So first up are a spool of thread, a broadsword, and a Celtic knot.
You may have gathered from this blog that I know how to sew. I first fell in love with sewing in sixth grade, when I learned how to quilt. I had loved embroidery before, and still enjoy it occasionally, but sewing took hold early on, and I love it.
As a child I loved the fantasy genre. And a lot of my favorites involve really big swords. Not as metaphors, mind you, just for hacking and slashing and play.
I began drawing Celtic knots around seventh grade, after checking a book out of the library on it. I’ve never been able to find that book again, since that first time, but I thank it. These can make the best doodles.
I like to think of myself as an amateur novelist. Lots of people share this title. I also like to think I’m good at it. Maybe one day.
Then comes a gear, which in hindsight kind of looks like a movie reel. So I’ve recently discovered the steampunk trend, though I wish I had found it ahead of the curve. I love the appeal to Victorian times, and the power of steam. I did a project on Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, which was a fancy mechanical calculator, in the time before calculators, and found it fascinating. In terms of the film reel, I like movies. Not the most, but certainly not the least.
Finally the trees and the bolt. I was in a creative writing group as a kid, and there was this book we used to look to for advice. It was called something like “Asking Why,” but I’m really not sure what it was. You might sense a theme. But one of my fondest memories of this book is that it mentioned that the difference between science fiction and fantasy is nuts and bolts. I thought it was clever, and this is my ode to it.
So even though the new craze nowadays is archery, I’ve always been fascinated. I think it dates back to yet another book I can’t remember the title of, about a Welsh girl finding out that she is in fact a Welsh princess with a side of magic.
The phone box should be self explanatory. We’re getting close to the fiftieth.
Then a bow. A hairbow. Or a bowtie. Take your pick. I love them.
And now for my majors. I may have told you that I’m a science major. Let me clarify, which may clarify this… I’m a physics major…
Then I drew a swivel knife in honor of my leatherscapades.
And some musical stuff. I’ve been a musician since third grade, and even though I haven’t been playing much recently, I still love it.
And a teacup. I love tea. I really should have been born British. Or Irish.
Then the candle. I like drawing, though I’ve never taken classes. The first time I seriously tried to draw a still life in a non-manga format was a candle. I still have and love this first one.
I told you a minute ago that I used to draw in the manga style. I still love drawing the eyes, even if it can be a bit creepy.
Then there is a rough design for one of my favorite necklace patterns.
Remember in grade school when you were required to make Valentines for the entire class? I used to make paper cranes. For at least four years in a row. I started after I read “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.” See, I can remember book titles!
And there is another spool of thread.
And I knew the next bit was going to be mostly covered by the edge tip. So I made some swirls. They turned out rather pretty!