Trading Stitch Game Part 2

I did an Eevee card for Frank, so I did my favorite Pokémon for myself: Growlithe!


Obligatory comparisons:

I actually kind of like the color limits on both of these babies. There are other versions of at least the Growlithe card where the background has blue sky and whatnot, but I enjoyed a four color palette for a change. I changed a lot of colors in my original pattern for the Cubone I just did to try and simplify it, and it was still like 9 colors!

Also, I completed the outlines of both this and the Eevee card during a class called SCC, Survival Craft Course. I thought I would get in trouble at first, but they didn’t care as long as I seemed to be paying attention and I could answer the questions correctly. (One day, I’ll get around to posting about that on Backstage Travels…)

Ideally, I’d like to frame these along with an actual Pokémon card that matches. That won’t happen until I get home, at least, but it’ll be a nice project.

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Trading Stitch Game

So, I said in one of my last posts that I was on a Pokémon kick. It’s true. I did three in a row. It may or may not have something to do with ORAS coming out….(it did). Frank had actually never played the third gen before, so I was excited to have him play. However, like most weeks this contract, something needed our attention at work, and our 3DSs went uncharged and unplayed…until recently when Majora’s Mask came out, lol. Still, Poké-inspired and needing a project, I looked around at some of the recent this people have been stitching, and came up with the idea to stitch Pokémon cards based on our favorites :) So, that meant an Eevee for Frank.


I really wanted an old school feel, so I went for the original TCG GameBoy game.

How does it compare to the real thing?

I think it turned out pretty good.

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PokéPuns! (or, Tickling Your Funny Cubone)

Lately I’ve been looking around my life and the internet for stitchable puns. They are surprisingly hard to find, as I don’t just want to stitch a bunch of words as a pun…

But this pun is one of my all-time favorites, as it is both a pun and more nerdy than usual. The addition of a Pokémon makes it that much better.

124 Cubone Pun


Isn’t that hilarious? Trick question. It is hilarious. Every day.

Update: The pattern is now available in my Free Patterns section!

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IHSW February 2015

Ahhhhh….. It has been more than a whole month since I posted last. It’s unfortunate, because I’ve actually finished a couple things and have a few more on the horizon. I won’t post the finished things just yet, because I didn’t technically finish them during IHSW. I did start a new little piece because I’m on a pokemon kick lately, as you’ll see when I post the other finished ones :)

I’ve started a little Cubone.


It will have a caption later. But this ship is pretty busy, so I’ve had little time to hermit and stitch. In fact, some of my “hermitting” is sneaking in a couple stitches between shows.

Next post will be a little more exciting :)

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Fredericksburg’s Highs (…in fahrenheit)

A working title for when I enter my latest finish into the fair. “Finish” is used loosely here, because I haven’t really decided how I want it to look in the end…framed? In a scroll? Bell pull? the possibilities are nearly endless. (Those are the only ones I could think of…)

Anyway here is the finished product!


Each line is a day from 2014, and the colors represent different temperature ranges for that day’s highest temperature.

Still needs to be washed again, I think, and ironed obviously, but the stitching is done! It’s so cool to see the year laid out like this :)

I’m not sad about how long this took (I started in October), because it would have taken a year even if I started at the beginning of last year lol

I’m not sure what to do for 2015…or even if I should do something for it. I was thinking maybe stitch the flags of all the countries I visit this year, but it’s literally going to be Mexico, Bahamas, and Cayman all year. We’re only going to be home for about 6 weeks this year, so it seems silly to do the weather for someplace I “live” but never go to… Ah well. I’ll think of something.

Also, due to work and me breaking things (which causes more work) I haven’t been keeping up with WIPocalypse. I missed this month’s, but I will be doing the rest of the year!

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Real Love

The weather stitch just needs a few more stitches and then a good washing, but then it’ll be finished! I’m really excited about how this turned out.

While I was…erm, taking a break from that one, I made a small thing for myself :)

122 VerisimilitudeVerisimilitude is, according to Merriam-Webster, a noun meaning the quality of seeming real. It’s stitched on 14 ct Aida in a 3 inch hoop. The original pattern (which can be bought here) initially said “I [heart] you”, but meh. I feel that this fits better, in a lot of ways.

Also, I’m getting better at French knots.

Next post will be last year’s weather!

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Advice for the New Year

Truly, I stitched this in 2014, and it will go in that archive, but I’ve only now gotten around to posting it. 121 Swanson

Solid advice.

I’d like to make a series of Ron Swanson quotes. Also, I don’t think I’m very good at embroidering letters…

Speaking of topic changes…

I was going to post an update of the weather piece I’m working on. However, I’m really close to being finished, and since I didn’t work on it all year with monthly updates or anything, I think I’ll just keep the progress pics and post everything at the end.

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White Elephant

Now I’m not a huge fan of White Elephant gift exchanges (and only now do I realize the huge missed opportunity of cross stitching an actual white elephant…), but we participated in our entertainment one on Christmas, and it was fun. There were certain rules that I didn’t know were part of it, and opening all the gifts at the end was fun. Many of the gifts we booze.

We were at a loss, and gave a bunch of candy. That wasn’t enough for me, so I made a little something to go with it.

120 Christmas Ornament

I meant it to be Christmassy, but I forgot that two of our ports are in Mexico, and so it kind of looks Mexican. :/ Ah well. These spirographs make nice ornaments. I’d like to make a purple and gold one for Frank (JMU colors).

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Tolkien Gifts

There was a theme for Frank’s gifts this year. I admit I’m not the best at gift-giving. Frank is though…


A special edition NES 3DSXL :D

Meanwhile, I made something for him again.

119 Tolkein

It’s his favorite quote, and I think it’s fitting anyway given our current (get it? we live on water HAHAHAHAHA) situation.

I originally wanted it to be able to fit it into a 6 inch round hoop, but once it was complete, it was a bit too big. The other one I had available was an 8 inch round hoop, but that was much too big. Another option was to get a square frame, but I was on duty, and could not leave the ship. So what to do? Luckily, I know (kind of) how to bend wood, so I just took the 6 inch round hoop I was going to use and soaked it for a bit in warm water and bent it into the oval you see in the picture. It’s not perfect, but I was glad it worked.

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Tiny Birthday Gift

So, the holiday season is here…and all I’ve done is work! I nearly forgot about Frank’s birthday as well (it was the 9th).

I didn’t though, and I managed only a tiny little thing this year :/

The Tree of Gondor in a 4 inch hoop


There was only one thing about this that disappointed him, and that was that I didn’t make it glow in the dark…I think he’s already over it lol

I think I’ll make a theme of it this year…and his Chrismakkah present will be related :)

We’re finally out of rehearsals, so I can start working on my big projects again. I’m excited, and there will be more posts!

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