Vine Stitch 4: RUN

I think this might be the last one for a while, but I’m basically stitching my Vine compilation. This video is so stupid, but it makes me laugh every time.

Run Umbrella

I modeled the umbrella off of a Parasol Lady sprite from one of the Pokémon games.

Based on this Vine:

Stitched on 14 count with DMC threads.

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Vine Stitch 3: Definitely Not Weed

Carrying on with the current theme, I’ve made another Vine stitch. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who thinks this stitch is funny, though.

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A mix of classic surrealism and modern absurdism that I find just delightful.

Based on this Vine:

Stitched on 14 count with DMC threads.

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Vine Stitch 2: Road Work

So a while back I did a Vine stitch for Frank, based on his favorite Vine. Lately, late at night when we want to watch something, but we don’t want to commit to a movie or tv show, we put on vine compilations. We’ve watched so many. So. Many. There are some that always, always make us laugh, so I did what I do: cross stitch it!

Literally one of my favorites:

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So simple.

Based on this Vine:

Stitched on 14 count with DMC threads.

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Meme Stitch 2

I haven’t been posting much, and that mostly because of work. We get SUPER busy near the end of the year because everyone wants to squish their last performance in before finals, and then we host a few graduations. I had 4 weeks in a row where I worked every day with no day off. That’s child’s play in ship time, but I haven’t been on a ship in almost 2 years now! So I was tired. And I wasn’t doing much stitching to be honest.

It’s been a while since I stitched a meme. Well, not that long, if you count the Vine stitch

Anyway, I’ve been working on something pretty heavy for a while (that will be in a show, so I don’t want to post it before then), and after I finished it, I really wanted to do something just…ridiculous. So, I came up with a ridiculous pattern, and stitched it over the long weekend.

Mocking Spongebob

I know this meme is old, but I came across it again recently, and really wanted to connect it to cross stitch. We’re not all grandmas! I’m not even 30 yet! I fretted a bit about some of the colors and experimented with fractional stitches before I remembered that I was doing a ridiculous project. And after all that, I think it turned out okay, whole stitches and all!

There’s another silly project in the pipeline before I have to get back to the Avatar piece (I’m only like 10,000 stitches in!), and I’m sure the Steotch-a-long is coming up.

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Exposure don’t pay the bills

Update 5/1: DMC officially changed its contest policy! We did it! They are now offering a $500 prize and looking into better ways to link to artists’ portfolios.

Update 4/30: My designs were featured on the Craft Industry Alliance blog!

So work has gotten crazy busy. We’re getting into the end of the semester, so there’s an event every day, and we’re gearing up for graduation. Also, I’m working on a project that I don’t really want to post until it’s finished.

Something came up, though, in one of my facebook groups that hits a bit close to home. This article describes a contest by the large embroidery company DMC. They ask designers to turn in patterns, for which they will receive minimal credit, and no compensation. Artists on Instagram are responding accordingly:

In solidarity, I’m bringing back this piece:

Credit for the phrase to Q2Q Comics!

I have 4 free patterns in this vein here. Go forth, and create. Share your finished work with me on tumblr or instagram!

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IHSW: March 2018

I had the WHOLE weekend off of work!

And….

I made…

…this circle.

Saturday was “Adventure Day” for the dogs (Vet and then training class), and then Sunday I made that circle. Frank’s not feeling super well, so we spent the day watching Netflix/Hulu/Prime/Youtube.

Also, why didn’t I start watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend before?

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Bag Badges!

Last month, I wrote a couple of times about some bag badges I was making. Well, they’re done, and have been in the wild for about a week!

The first ones I made (and have been wanting to make for a looooong time) were the Kanto Badges:

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I LOVE how they came out!! (Don’t tell the others, but these are my favorites 🙂 ) They’re directly based on the badge sprites from the original Pokemon Red/Blue.

Since I had two packs of Velcro dots, I made a couple more for me. One was Annoying Dog, from Undertale (if you haven’t played that game yet…get on it. If you’ve only played it once, play it again!):

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He makes a great guardian for my bag.

Next was an obvious choice. I’ve made this little pattern before. Harry Potter is one of my favorite series of all time!

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Next, I made some for Frank, as he also has a Velcro bag, but from BlizzCon. His request was for the Spiritual Stones from Ocarina of Time:

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The patterns are ones I found ages ago on SpriteStitch.

I had a few Velcro dots left, so I decided to make a couple more badges for us. What better companion than a Companion Cube?

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So we each got one of those.

All of the badges we backed with felt via ModPodge, and then sealed with ModPodge. I left the center of the felt backing unsealed to attach the Velcro. The Velcro I used were some ovals with sticky backs especially for fabric.

Here’s his bag with all his badges! (The WoW one came with the bag lol)

And my ThinkGeek Bag of Holding!

This isn’t an advert for them, but I seriously LOVE this bag. I carry my Surface and current project EVERYWHERE in it. It’s well loved.

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Chrismakkah Presents Part 10: One for us, and two for the dogs

This is the last one from last year!

That Joann sale was really too good to pass up in any respect, so I got materials for another blanket for us too. It’s a silly little pattern, but we like games and thought it was cute. Frank chose the plaid again with a good eye for coordinating patterns.

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Now, I don’t think I’ve shown a picture of our pups yet, but they do have their own Instagram @maddieandtidus. I love taking pics of my pups.

I got them matching sweaters, but Tidus (the white one with a very thick coat) doesn’t really like wearing it.

Anyway, Tidus kept taking all the scrap pieces I cut off the fabric, so Frank and I gathered them and braided them into two dog toys

They liked them a lot. They didn’t last more than three months or so, but I keep finding pieces that they’re playing with.

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Chrismakkah Presents Part 9: A Silly Zelda Pun

Almost done with the gifts from last year lol

Frank saw me stitching most of the gifts for this last year (we just bought a house, we’re on a budget!), and asked what I was making him. I told him it was something silly. And it was

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It’s Link, sitting on a park bench. Link in Park, see?

Ahahahahaha….

Anyway, the fabric was hand dyed by the lovely MadXStitcher.

Link-in-park, geddit?…

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February Round Up 2018

This past week has been just…Not Good for crafting. First it was super busy, and I had no time for anything, and then I caught *dun dun duuunnnnnn* The Flu. As a newly salaried Millennial™, I had to be told not to come in this weekend. I technically had a show, but my boss took over. Coming from ships, and hourly work, I’ve for sure worked under worse weather, so to speak. I’m running at about 80% at the time of writing, but Friday, I had no use of my nose to speak of, and the day before the only thing I could think about was my skin being sore, so it’s an improvement to just have a hacking cough, to be sure.

So, I posted about…nothing in that time. And I’m pretty sure for one of those days, I just read AskReddit literally all day. I have some posts to catch up on, so this will count (again…) for WIPocalypse, Smalls SAL, and my ORT, ah, jar.

The last two months:

I worked on A;tLA a bit:

I’d hoped to finish this boat by the end of the month. It’s about half done.

I finished a scarf to go with my wrist and ear warmers, and a hat for my husband. We can match!

The second half of this month was focused on these little patches for my bag (these count as my Smalls):

Obviously still working on the Zelda OOT ones. I’m sealing the ones that are finished today, and hopefully I can have patches tomorrow when I go back to work 🙂

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