Head On

In the wake of the frustration with the last piece I worked on, I am pleased to say that this commissioned piece is one I was excited to work on. 

In our line of work, on a ship or anywhere else, we create relationships quickly and fiercely. I think I’ve mentioned this before. First impressions are generally the only ones we allow to penetrate our judgement, and because we all work so closely together for such long periods of time, often those first impressions are a few days long. Several weeks ago (has it really only been weeks? All the daysweekshoursmonths run together), our new manager signed onboard, and we bonded pretty quickly…partly due to mutual hatreds of people things, but mostly because we’re the same in a lot of ways. 

Anyway, she commissioned a piece from me, and this is what I’ve come up with for her:

It kind of summed up my feelings for the past week, as well, so it was easy to get excited about this one. I also really like the yellow aida. I’ll have to use it more. 

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Carnival Commission

Recently, my Cruise Director approached me about making him a stitch. I thought he was kidding at first, and didn’t give much thought to it. I kept working on my own stuff. He asked me about it a few days later, and I casually mentioned payment, to which he replied “Oh, I’ll pay you.” Alright, commission born.

127 Skip

He recently got a promotion to a newly created position in the company, so we decided to celebrate that.

Such corporate. Very nameplate.

Update: He signed off the ship without paying me, despite multiple conversations, a price that was more than fair, and real-life invoices…Never again. New title: Unwilling Gift.

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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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