Fun with Shrinky Dinks!

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.

Shrinky Dinks!

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.

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Framed Finish, and an update

So first, I framed the StarWars mystery stitch:

HanChewy

Yaaaaaaaaay!

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!

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Steotchalong Finale: No Longer a Mystery!

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!!

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Mystery Steotchalong: Part 7

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.

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Mystery Steotchalong: Part 6

Whew! Three-fourths done with this! I can’t wait to be finished!IMG_1903

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)

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Mystery Steotchalong: Part 5

Well, we’re officially more than halfway done with this project.  

  
 I can only imagine that there is a banner and some back stitching left. The shading is quite clever, though these blended threads are making my eyes cross. I’m glad that I’ve left the grid on this long; it’s really helped with the quarter and three-quarter stitches. 

I’m also hard at work on some swap projects. I’m so excited about these. 

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Mystery Steotchalong: Part 4

Alternatively titled: “Getting Real Tired Of Your Shit, Quarter Stitches”

Starting to see more of the characters. It’s clear that this will be a stitch of the newer StarWars, as Han looks quite a bit older than he did in Jedi

 
I was falling a little behind on this because I’m working about 10 hours a day in the theatre. I stitch every second of downtime while in there, but there isn’t much. 

I’m also starting to work on swap gifts! I have some of them planned out already and I’m so excited to start working on them. I won’t be able to post them till October or so, but hopefully they’ll be worth the wait :)

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“Gaymerica!”

I was on the ship when the news broke on the Supreme Court decision about same sex marriage. I made this from a scrap from this commission, which is fitting considering who the piece was for. 

  
It was a quick stitch, but would have been loads quicker if I’d had more space around the stitching area. Because it was a scrap, though, I didn’t give myself that luxury. This piece features the most amount of French knots I’ve done in a row. No, they were not all perfect, and about half had to be redone. I finished it in time for July 4th, which I thought was also fitting :)

If you haven’t realized by now, I am a firm ally in the LGBT+ community and have many friends who have to fight the good fight, just to fill out the same forms Frank and I do. This was a good week for our country. 

The title came from when I showed this piece to my friend Thomas (Minger in the piece I made for him).

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Mystery Steotchalong: Part 3

Just this evening, I finished pattern 3, which is good because we were in our home port in New Orleans today, and I’m using the last of my service to post. 

I think we’ve officially figured it out now; pretty sure it’s Chewbacca and Han Solo. 

 
The picture’s a bit meh, but it’s clear enough. So excited for next weeks pattern. Plus, every new pattern means that I’m getting closer to the end of this show install… 

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Mystery Steotchalong: Part 2

My favorite thing about this project is this exchange:

“What are you making?”
“No idea.”

I finished stitching the second pattern yesterday during lighting focus for one of our new shows. 

 

I’m not sure what I even think it looks like. Maybe a dragon? Like, lying down?

I’m sad that I won’t be in the U.S. next Monday. It’ll be a miracle if I can get the next pattern before next Thursday. Maybe I can get someone on land to email it to my work email….

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