F***! A crafty update from August

Fuck finishedI finished it! It has gone to the recipient, and she officially has a Fuck That She Will Not Give. I love it!

It’s actually been quite a dull project; the letters were great fun, but then the background was all black! I did a huge chunk of it while watching Dune with friends, and finished the rest at the weekend while watching Death Note, so…I suppose that was sort of productive?

I’ve still got a couple of crafty things ongoing; a dress for my work colleague and new curtains for the house are the major ones. However, I also now have a new project…another alphabet!

Ella & Edd sampler

I’ve previously cross-stitched geeky alphabets for friends (see the picture), and I offered to make one for a friend’s one-year-old. The request that came back was “dinosaurs, superheros and comic books”, and I had a wonderful morning looking up dinosaurs and then working out what superheros fit. I’m having issues with “U” and, weirdly, “E” – and “T” is still a point of contention, as a T-Rex may look too much like a Velociraptor when done in small squares. There was also a debate about whether “Pterodactyl” under “P” was unfair…

So I’ve started that; I’ve laid out the squares by marking up the backing with permanent marker (as it’ll get covered anyway) and then, as I have 30 boxes, deciding what I want to put where. In this case, D is a double (Diplodocus!), as is Groot, Pterodactyl and T-Rex. I’ve just started to stitch the boundary, and then can start with the actual images. I’m loving it so far!Cross-1 Cross-3

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.