One day, I went up to Frank’s booth to find him reading a book. He stopped to talk to me, and I noticed his book mark was just a piece of electrical tape, folded over. Unacceptable. I can make a bookmark.
So I asked what he’d want on it. And waited. And waited… And waaaaaiiiited. And then I found a pattern of Smaug, and decided for him that I would make him a bookmark with a small Smaug.
It’s the first time I made a bookmark from scratch, meaning not a premade bookmark. It’s on 18 ct aida.
I have seen quite a lot of vulgar cross stitch, and I’ve done a couple. Sometimes, it feels nice to juxtapose a nice, mild, old fashioned craft with “bad” words. It’s jarring, and funny.
Sometimes, it feels better to do it in a geeky way.
Last contract, Frank and I watched Battlestar Galactica (the new one) for the first time. Pretty much every time I watch/read/play a new series/movie/video game, I obsess until I cross stitch it. (Just a few examples, not to mention my entire Pokemon and Zelda tags.)
So, coupling frustration I was feeling at the time with my newfound love, I started a new project. Its almost-downfall was the fact that I started it on 22-count, over one with one strand of DMC. It got fiddly really fast. So, as the frustration (and therefore the drive to finish the project) ebbed, it became a project I worked on when I didn’t have any other projects to work on, until there were only about 200 stitches left.
I think the result is pretty glorious. I just need the right frame.
22 count navy, over one, finished yesterday afternoon.
I also came up with a much smaller version of this pattern, and I might make it into a necklace :)
A few weeks ago, a friend’s mom contacted me about doing a commission for her. Of course I was excited and even more so when she sent her requests.
She recently became ordained to perform weddings, and wanted me to stitch some things that would be attached to a minister’s stole for her to wear at weddings.
I really liked working on these, and my friends liked watching the progress. Because the designs are so simple and the colors are so different, it was easy for them to see how much I’d gotten done since the night before.
I forgot how much I hate metallic thread, but the effect is still beautiful.
They were done on 18ct aida and finished at 4.5×4.5 inches. I can’t wait to see the stole and some wedding pictures!
I decided to save something special for my 200th post. Holy goodness, it’s my 200th post!!
On September 6, Frank and I shared our one year wedding anniversary. The paper anniversary.
Around June, I started to look for viable paper options. Things like tickets to a show, while appropriate for us as people, were out because we’re onboard until December. I don’t do paper craft. What to do? I scoured the Internet for not-lame suggestions, and came up mostly empty.
But then I stumbled on a tutorial for bookbinding on deviantart. Bookbinding…I bet I could do that. So, I would go to the craft shop and glance at the items I would need, and decided that it might be a bit more trouble than it’s worth while onboard a cruise ship.
But then, my mother gave me a great idea! Surely they sell bookbinding kits! And they do! Off to amazon.com I went, and there it was. So now I have a kit…and a tiny room we both live in, and similar work hours.
What should have taken an afternoon, became a three week project as I glued tiny pieces and then pushed it all away really fast as soon as I heard the card key.
The only thing I didn’t like about the kit was that the cloth they give to cover the book is a camel tan color. I ditched that part and found a black cover and put some cross stitch on it.
Yes…a Zelda reference on our Anniversary Book
The plan is to write in it every anniversary about things we love about each other or things we’re proud of together. It’s going to be an awesome book.
So, for the moment, many of my projects are secret because of the SpriteStitch mini and mega swaps. The person who had me as a mini swap recipient was much more organized and decisive than me, and I got my package last home port!
Here’s everything all together:
There are three hand-stitched ornaments:
One framed stitch:
A lovely card and postcard from Wyoming:
A couple things from LootCrate:
And a Dalek magnet:
Pretty good haul for a mini swap, if I do say so!
Keep an eye out at this and my other spaces; some secret things don’t have to be secret anymore, so I’ll be posting them soon too!
So right now, my WIPs include: 2 swaps, 2 commission pieces, and a present for my husband for our first anniversary. All of them are secret for now, but I’m working furiously.
Instead, I will treat you to a series of experiments I tried when i was living in Florida for rehearsals.
I bought the shiny white paper, which I didn’t know was not the one I wanted, but it turned out alright in the end. I originally bought it because I came across this tutorial about Shrinky Dink Pinwheels. I wanted to try it out, but I figured I should do a few flat projects first. I can’t draw for anything, so I traced. Sorry, guys
Then I started my pinwheels
Then I started to get funky with colors…sometimes forgetting to add the hole to make it a charm…
This one is purple and gold for Frank. JMU DUUUUUKES
And then I made Harry potter ones. Huffepuff Pride e’eryday!
I still have a bunch of blank ones that I plan on nailpolish painting soon.
You know, after all that other stuff.
So first, I framed the StarWars mystery stitch:
Soon I’ll post a picture of all the cross stitch in my cabin.
So…everything else is pretty secret. We got a swap deadline coming up (have I mentioned how excited I am for this damn swap???) and my anniversary. It’s hard enough to keep that secret in our 12×7 cabin without posting that all over the internet, so that will have to stay secret as well. I did play around with some shrinky-dinks before I got on the boat though, and the results of that will be fun to post about.
I’m also thinking about putting together a page for the commissions I’ve done, specifically. That was people can see the types of things I have been asked to do vs. the kinds of things I make on my own. What do people think of that?
Anyway, stay tuned, folks!
The end is here! And this is what it looked like right after I finished it:
And then I washed it:
There were several phrases to choose from, including a few iterations of “home sweet home,” but I already have one of those that I really like. This one stood out to me and seems to go with my “Jinxes Always” piece. (We’re down to only one broken thing a day! Woooo.) I think I’ll hang this one backstage at my work station.
I asked Frank to pick up a frame at the store today, since I’m port-manning, but I think he forgot. It’s okay though, because he remembered yarn, and that was more important right now in my craft world.
I’m so stoked about these swap gifts!!
All the backstitching is done!!! All that’s left is the words!
I cannot wait to turn this project into a gif. :)
There are several phrases to choose from, and I think I’m going to have trouble choosing lol
From the next post on, I’ll be posting side projects, because my main focus for the next couple months will be the Sprite Stitch Swaps. I have to say that I am pretty proud of myself this time around.
Whew! Three-fourths done with this! I can’t wait to be finished!
The backstitching does help with the creepiness, as I predicted. This one was super easy, and I finished it in a day, but I couldn’t finish it earlier because work was crazy busy.
There’s another mystery stitchalong that’s happening right now, and I wish I could do it. It looks like it will be really good…maybe I’ll start it anyway. But I have two swaps I’m working on right now!!! I think I might do it anyway…what is wrong with me???
(OMG…one the things I’m working on for the swap I’m so proud of, I might just remake it so I can have one myself…I’m pretty impressed with myself :D)