Friday, May 10, 2013

Pin Cushion

A length of antique satin, snipped from the bolt, is fastened in slithering folds around fiberglass-pins gliding easily into visions of my genius.

Fake flesh, pricked.

“OUCH!”

This mannequin is much too realistic.

 

Ah, apparel design classes.  Those poor mannequins suffered many brutish attempts on my part to make lengths of fabric do my bidding.  I hope mannequins have forgiving natures.

The weekend challenge This weekend we want you to give us 33 words (exactly) that include among them at least one example of onomatopoeia.  When looking for a good page to link to in order to help describe the device, we stumbled upon our very own Apoplectic Apostrophes' post on literary devices.  Check it out if you need help remembering how onomatopoeia work.

Picture source.

35 comments:

  1. I loved the title, it was perfect.

    "Snipped from the bolt" was my favorite line, it brought to mind the idea that a dress in the making..and I love that image.

    TGIF my friend, have a great weekend

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    1. Thanks Kir! I love that image too, though I probably made more scraps than anything else when I was a design student;)

      You have a great weekend, as well! :)

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  2. I've worked with satin, and it does slither! It's like working with a living thing, I swear. Hope that mannequin didn't bleed all over the fabric!

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    1. Nenna-I always hated sewing with slippery fabric-it's exactly like a living thing. One that I never was able to tame;) Hopefully there were some mannequin band-aids on hand:)

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  3. I loved this, but to my embarrassment, I had to look up "onomatopoeia." I had no clue what it meant. I like slithering. It rolls off my tongue.

    Your humor also delighted me. It's nice to read a post that makes me smile.

    Have a great weekend:~)

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    1. Sara, since I've started writing I've learned so many new words! ($%^@@#$#! and *^&&#$##@) You know, those kinds of words;)

      Thank you, my friend-and I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  4. Hopefully not realistic enough to ruin the slithering sating with sticky blood drops!

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    1. Jennifer, I don't think mannequin blood stains like human blood....;)

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  5. I am eerily attracted to photos of old mannequins. Great response to the prompt!

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    1. Maggie-me too! There is something very creepy about them! Thanks for reading this:)

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  6. "Slithering folds" - love that! Beautiful work.

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    1. Thanks you so much! And slithering is a great word, isn't it!

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  7. I like the contrast of sensuous to stiff in the piece.

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    1. Ann-what a great observation of this piece! Thanks!

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  8. Oh I rather like "snipped from the bolt" myself:)Happy Mother's Day Valerie. Hug B

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    1. Thanks B! And hugs, and Happy Mother's Day to you too, my dear friend! xx

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    1. Thanks Megan! I almost deleted this one, but decided to rewrite it-three times, instead!!

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  10. You should behead the mannequin. Just in case.

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    1. Draug. Definitely. Because I've heard mannequins carry grudges-for a long, long time...

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  11. I love it! I think mannequins do have forgiving natures :) But I don't know about Dolores...haha!

    Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. Tammy, I can't let Dolores see this! ;)

      And thank you, my friend! I hope you have a great weekend with all of your babies too:)

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  12. I smiled through this whole piece. Love the lightness feel and the darkness of slither and fake flesh. Made me rethink whether we were really talking about a mannequin.

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  13. Thanks Gina! I think the line between mannequin, and us, is very thin sometimes...

    I'm so glad you read this, and I appreciate your comment!

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  14. I suspect this post is preapproved by Dolores?

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  15. I love all the descriptive words. I could see it all happening and it was a lovely picture indeed. :)

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  16. I like the image of slithering folds. If a mannequin yelped when stuck, I'd be out of there so fast :)

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  17. Oh how good this is. Especially the slithering folds. YOu need to go on Project Runway!:D

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  18. I could feel that slithering satin surrounding me - would readily leave it behind if a mannequin said ouch to me though! haha

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  19. really nice descriptive language

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  20. Yowch! Love the slithering. Thanks for linking up!

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  21. Haunted mannequin,am sure Valerie;-)Great take on the prompt:-)

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  22. great.. those mannequins are on their way.. I'll be careful when checking the labels on a display next time.

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  23. Love this Valerie! I love the slithering too. Great use of onomatopoeia — and what a great piece! I think I'd jump out of my skin if a mannequin yelled like that!

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  24. The slithering folds brought it to life just enough for the yelp. Made me laugh imagining a story as mannequin - being pricked by an overly zealous writer... Great piece, Valerie!

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