Steotchalong Week 2

Last night, I finished Pattern 2!

The jury’s still out on the letters. Are they really letters? Or are they just tricking us, and they’re other designs? If they are letters, what are they going to say? Usually for the steotchalong, words are at the end, and you can choose what the sampler says.

I’m also interested in what the bottom of this piece will be.

 

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End of June and Beginning of Steotchalong 2017

Last month was fairly productive, and I’ll be posting a pic of my Last Airbender progress soon. In the mean time, my ORTs don’t look like much, but I’ve been stitching with single threads.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Steotchalong has begun! It’s so great to be able to get the patterns as soon as they come out lol. I gridded last night and got all ready for the midnight release of the pattern.

I had all the stuff so far in my stash, which was nice.

Then the pattern came out…and I immediately went to sleep. I’m boring now.

But when I woke up, I realized that the gridding was off because it’s vertical. I didn’t want all my gridding to go to waste, so I added some to make it all even, and finished the first pattern.

Some people are saying it’s going to be political, but I hope not. I also hope there are less blended threads than last year, because damn.

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For the love of dogs

In April, I participated in a couple Reddit Gift Exchanges, and one of them was for dog lovers. The person I received as a giftee had been shafted on their last exchange, so I wanted to do something special for her. She mentioned in her profile that she’d just lost her favorite dog who had saved her life at one point. I asked for pictures, because I really wanted to come up with something really nice memorializing the good pup.

I really tried to get the coloring and ears just right. Because of the time constraint, it had to be simple, but once she got it, she loved it.

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I really want to do one for our dog now.

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Demons and Angels

One of my favorite books of all time is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It is a phenomenally witty piece of literature, and I reread it at least once a year. I always recommend the real paper version for first time readers rather than the E-books or Audiobook, because the E-books sometimes don’t get the formatting right, and the audio version doesn’t really portray the foot-notes well for the first time experiencing the story. Also the audio version that I have is 10 CDs, and announces it at the beginning and end of each disc.

Anyway, I’ve always really wanted to do a Good Omens stitch for a while, and a woman on a snarky facebook group I belong to designed one. I commented on the pattern, not realizing I was entering myself into a raffle to be a model stitcher for the sale of the pattern. But I was one of the people chosen!

The pattern is presented on white aida, but I chose to do it on black because of the way the books are sold.

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So there will be a model (I’ve seen the WIP pics) on white, and mine, which is on black.

It took a long time, but it’s finally finished!

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The border took FOREVER, and at one point (pretty much all of April) I kind of gave up on stitching, because I didn’t want to do the tedium, but I would feel way guilty if I worked on something else because this was for someone else, and the pattern was basically a gift. May, I buckled down and did the thing. On tumblr, I did the #30for30crafting, so you can see how the process was.

Also, here’s proof that this was the only thing I worked on for all of May:

I have a HUGE project that I just started for Frank, and if I fall into another funk…that one will take literally years lol…

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you look fine

Almost a year ago, I was pretty severely injured at work. A theatre drop landed on me, pulling my ear from my scalp a bit, perforating my ear drum, and hitting my head. Obviously, in the moment, getting my ear back on was priority #1, and we sort of did that.

Later, I kept having problems that seemed related to the injury, but unrelated to my ear. I asked the doctors on several occasions if it was possible that I had sustained a concussion, and 3 ship doctors told me no, it was not possible, because I didn’t lose consciousness. I was told it was all in my head, put on antidepressants for a short time (that did much more harm than good), and sent to a psychiatrist (who was appalled that 1) I’d been put on antidepressants¬†before being sent to a mental health specialist and 2) that they didn’t immediately send me to a neurologist after a blow to the head). I didn’t have insurance to cover a specialist’s visit unless I was referred by a ship doctor.

Four months later, I did see a specialist who confirmed my suspicions with a concussion diagnosis, and I had to leave the ship.

I get a very minimal exam before I leave, and the doctor explains that he still doesn’t think I have a concussion; he’s seen much worst injuries at home.

His parting words to me were “Well, you look fine.”

I’ve been in physical therapy for 3 months.

So for this piece, everything was leftover; the fabric, the thread, all were from other projects originally. I have this baggie that I put pieces of thread in that I forgot what number they were or they were too short or they were from an old kit that I’ve finished.

thread bag

I did almost none of the background intentionally. I hardly looked at the fabric and I was nearly always distracted doing or watching something else. Whenever I “lost” a thread, I lost it for good, and just left the end where it lay. I never took out any knots, and I never separated individual threads.

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While being “proud” of the finished piece is not really an emotion I’m feeling, it was cathartic. I’m still a bit bitter about everything that happened (and the above is the most abridged version I’ve ever told), but I feel that I released a teeny tiny bit of it with this.

 

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30 for 30…take two…

So April was not a particularly…productive month in terms of crafting. I felt pretty blah the entire month, preferring to lie in bed doing nothing on my off hours instead of even playing a video game or watching a show near the end of the month. I’m not super sure what my deal is at the moment, but I’m trying to force myself out of this slump with an actual 30for30 over on tumblr, and on Sprite Stitch there will be a Stitch-a-long soon I’m pretty sure.

I’ve also started working on something off to the side that’s been helping me sort of work out feelings that I’ve been having about an injury I sustained last year and am still dealing with doctors over. My main project is still the Good Omens piece. I really want this done this month, and I want to continue working on some of my own designs again.

So anyway. This is a pretty good indication of how little stitching I did last month:

April 2016

Mmhmmm.

And now, head over to my Tumblr to follow my 30for30 stitching this month (along with more random thoughts than make it onto this blog lol).

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March ORT and 30 for 30 in April

So this won’t be a huge update, as I haven’t finished anything…but I keep making new starts!!!

First, last year I started keeping my ORTs when I went to Alaska. It’s a no-effort semi-SAL, and it probably wasn’t great that I was leaving all my tiny threads all over the place anyway. Because I travel a lot, I needed a non-breakable container for my threads. One of the most convenient tiny containers I’ve ever come across is the plastic cases that electrical tape comes in, so I’ve been using that on a month by month basis.

This was last year:

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And because I carried around the whole year’s worth of ORTs in the case, they mushed together to make a semi-dense thread puck:

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Of course, I did go get a semi-nicer jar for the end of the year:

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So that’s last year in ORTs.

Then this year, I’m only keeping the month’s worth of ORTs in the travel case, and then putting it in the final jar.

January:

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February:

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And last month, March:

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So this is the year so far:

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Super exciting, I know lol.

In addition to this, I’m doing a 30 for 30 (30 minutes of crafting a day for 30 days) in April because I’ve a little bit lost my mojo, and I have a deadline on a project that I didn’t know I was volunteering for, but I like the project ūüôā The 30 for 30 will be happening over on my Tumblr, and maybe on my Instagram, so check it out there if you’d like.

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Video Game Adverts

Well, that was the Sprite Stitch challenge, anyway. I think they intended to receive submissions that were advertising items you’d find in video games like potions, pok√©balls, weapons, etc. I, however, thought about what kind of other things my guy be advertised in video games I’ve played. I had an idea for one, but needed to order fabric, so to ensure I got at least one entry in, I made this in an afternoon:

A cute little Team Rocket propaganda advert, from pretty much my favorite game of all time. 

My main entry was from another one of my favorites, Portal 2, back when Aperture Science Innovations was in its prime:


The DMC marbled aida is a bit less marbled than I would have hoped, but in the photo you can see it pretty well which I think gives it the aged look I was going for.  

At the time of posting, as far as I know, I’m the only person who’s actually submitted anything to this month’s Sprite Stitch challenge….so fingers crossed! Lol

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Nevertheless, she persisted…

I was quite…emotional about the election. I have personal and professional reasons for feeling certain ways about what has happened, what is happening, and what I’m concerned will come.

My first thought was that I should rise back up after this, which inspired this piece at first. I was inspired to finish it after “nevertheless, she persisted.”

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I created the pattern based on a clipart image I found. The fabric and thread were both hand dyed by MadXStitcher. They don’t have dyed fabric in their shop anymore, but their threads are amazing and high quality. I love working with the variegated floss.

I know there is more to it than just the soundbite that is circulating, but it’s a rallying cry that works, and illustrates the attitudes that have affected women and other “minorities” for years and years.

We can rise up!

 

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Hyrule Commission

A few weeks ago, a friend from the ship commissioned something from me. It was a quick design, as it was basically a mash-up of things I’d done before, and I was quite excited to do this one. I have done a lot of Legend of Zelda pieces in my time. Including ones for my wedding and anniversaries.

So here’s my latest:

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I’m going to be doing a lot more work on colored aida, I think. Not only because I now have so much of it………

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