Steotchalong 2016:Pattern 5

I finished this one pretty quickly, actually, and worked on some other stuff this week. And that was before I got the day off for being in a semi-serious accident! (I’m fine.)

Anyway, my first though was “Man, I have never been chastised by a cross stitch pattern before”:

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It’s not hard to not play Pokemon Go on the ship due to no internet.

Here’s last week’s progress!

There’s a lot more gold this week…

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Poké-earrings

A quick post for a quick stitch!

Inspired by PokémonGo (even though I can only play it like once a week…booo), I stitched up a couple things and made them into earrings!

I’m going to list them on etsy when I get a better picture:)

Don’t worry, I’m still working on the Steotchalong!

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Mystery Steotchalong 2016: Pattern 4

I have people at work that are pretty invested in my progress of this piece. We have a kids show every 4 or 5 days (depending on the cruise) and one of the people n the show watches my progress pretty passionately.

So here’s pattern 4 finished:

And here’s how I’m pretty sure it’s meant to be:

Giving us a mystery pattern upside down? Tricksy bastards. So with the finish of this pattern, I’m going to agree with the forums and say that it’s Tyrion and the Lannister sigil. I can’t wait for the quotes😀

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Mystery Steotchalong 2016

I’m finally caught up with the patterns!
This is what I have so far, just having finished pattern 3:


Pattern 4 looks like it’ll be nice and easy (besides the gold…why did I opt for the metallic again??), which is good because I actually have a lot of real work to do this week. (Why do props keep breaking??)

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Steotchalong 2016: The Beginning

It’s that time again! Time to stitch something for 2 months that I have absolutely no idea how it’s supposed to look at the end. 

It actually started like 2 1/2 weeks ago, but I just signed on a new ship and I’ve been a little busy with a handover. I fell a wee bit behind. 

So like last year, I decided a grid would be the best way to start out:


And then I got to work. This was when I thought I’d finished pattern 1:


About a quarter through pattern 2, I realized that the brown blob was ten stitches too low…boo. So I ripped it all out…and then in a fit of tired frustration, I thought I’d made a mistake in ripping all the stitches out, restitched them, and then realized again that I was wrong in the first place. 

Ugh. 

So, finally last night I finished pattern 2:


I’m hoping to be finished with pattern 3 this weekend so on Monday I can get started straight away with pattern 4. 

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Spooky Trees

The first thing I built for my internship in Alaska was for a Young Performers Theatre production of Wizard of Oz. I was tasked to design and build trees for the Haunted Forest.

My first designs:

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They were nixed for being too complicated to jigsaw out of luan. Fair enough. I liked them, though, so I started embroidering one:

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I might do the others some time.

Here are my approved drawings:

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Simple. So now, the building of the trees and their wheeled bases:

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Then we had to paint them. My TD has a foam paint roller that he carved for a bark effect.

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And I took a terrible picture of them in use:

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And that was the first carpentry job I had in my internship:)

 

 

 

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Seasons of Virginia

This was a project that was pretty long in the works. I found one variegated thread color that I thought would look perfect as a fall season stitch, and then I was on a mission to match threads with the rest of the seasons. I found them, and then needed to find them again when I was the victim of a strange robbery. I left my apartment door unlocked, and some kids that were staying in the building (at least I think it was the kids…it makes the most sense…) came in while I was sleeping and took…only the threads I had laid out. Not any money, not the aida fabric, not any electronics…just those four skeins of thread.

Anyway, when I finally got the replacements (big thanks to 123stitch.com for their fast shipping, even to Alaska!), I got started.

The end result:

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I think they turned out pretty well:)

I’m entering them into the fair this year.

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Brighten up the room!

In a previous post, I wrote about the “Open When” package I sent out. I made a second set of things for this package.

For this, I made some faux stained glass out of some note cards and lighting gel that had been put in the throw away pile.

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The cuts aren’t the best because I only had a dull exacto knife, and a crappy plywood board to cut on. I don’t think they look that bad at a distance:)

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30for30crafting May

So, I’m finally finished with my internship, and I have a couple days before I go back to a ship.

At the beginning of last month, I was very ambitious with my stitching plan, and tried to do the 30for30crafting, which is promising yourself that you will craft for 30 minutes a day for 30 days in a row. It was okay…for the first half of the month, and then shit hit the fan a little bit. So I let it fall by the wayside for the last two weeks because it wasn’t a priority.

But I did get a few good ones in. I got quite a bit of work done in the LOTR piece.

So, apparently this is the last update I posted about this:

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And look at it now:

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That’s Gimli started there!

I also did some other things when I was otherwise inspired.

This was when I tried to embroider a dandelion head:

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I feel pretty solidly “meh” about that piece.

And this one was for an internet friend who caught a lot of internet flak accidentally:

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She’s into finger guns.

This one was my Star Wars Day contribution:

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I’ll iron that at some point.

And my contribution to Towel Day:

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I know it’s not a towel…the sentiment is there, plus I’ve started a towel which I’ll post later.

Later next week, I’m going to start posting some of the stuff I built while I was in Alaska. I might even post on my travel blog lol

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Perfume Pillow

Frank and I have been apart for a couple months now. He did come to visit, but it makes me sad to be apart from him. So I made him an “Open When” package. That’s when you send a big box full of small packages and letters for the other person to open when they fit a certain criteria. For example: “Open when you’re feeling sad” with an uplifting note and a chocolate bar or “Open when you have a sweet tooth” full of his favorite candy.

I didn’t post this before because he hadn’t opened that box yet, and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise!

So, I made a couple things for this box, and the first thing I made was this little pillow:

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This was the first stuffed thing I’ve ever made, and I sprayed the stuffing with my perfume. I really need to work on closing stuffed things, but I think it was okay for my fist time.

Also, I’ve been using variegated floss quite a bit lately (as will be seen in later posts). This off-brand thread has color changes that are a little too sudden for my taste usually, but I kinda like the semi-symmetrical look here.

The pattern is from Daily Cross Stitch. The backing is purple felt. I would have made a bigger pillow, but as I mentioned in the last post, the busy-ness has been consuming me.

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