Crafty update: Tardis!

I’ve now given the cushion to its recipient (aka. it’s probably being sat on by a cat…) so I can show pictures of the finished thing!

This is what it was intended to look like; it’s a cross-stitch pattern from GlueyBluey on Etsy.  I admit that even when I’ve got a pattern to follow, I still play fast and loose with everything; I chose different blues, changed the template wording, did it in my own time…

But hey ho, what’s the fun of crafting if you just follow the pattern? (It drives my partner mad when I’m cooking, I admit…)

So these were the in-progress shots:

And this is finished!

I used some of my space fabric for the sides and back, and just did a simple overlap for the back pocket. It’s worked really well!

I think the cats approve, but it’s always hard to tell. They sniffed it, anyhow.

A Crafty Update: Spring 2019

I otterley adore you samplerI’ve completed a few crafty things recently;  a birthday present for my partner consisting of a series of puns (sheep and ducks were involved; a tea-cat was considered and rejected, as was a bread pun.) My favourite of the three was this “I otterly adore you” design from RingCat – yes, I know it’s cheesy, but they liked it! (I did reject an owl pun too. Cute, but predictable.)

I’ve also managed to fix my leather satchel, which was a fun exercise in finger-pricking until I remembered my awl… and I have mended a sock. GO ME! (Seriously. Any mending is good mending.)

In 900 years of space and time, I've never met anyone who wasn't importantIn-progress, I’ve got a sampler for a friend’s toddler who loves bears and trains – so I’m doing his name with boxes surrounding it, which are going to be filled with Paddington, Pooh, two other bears (currently undecided) and a selection of trains. I’m also working on a Dr Who cushion cover – I got the design from GlueyBluey – which I really love.

And I have an idea in the works; I recently used the “Behold the field in which I sow my fucks; for it is barren” line on Otter, who promptly cracked up – therefore I think a sarky cross-stitch sampler is next on the list! Possibly a design from A Curious Twist or Basic Bitch Stitch – both NSFW – or maybe just something out of my brain, because that’s usually a sarcastic winner 😀

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

Crafting: Totoro, curses!

It’s finished!

The in-progress…





And the finished!


I ran out of off-white, which was annoying, but considering I was doing it just as a “I have grey wool and a frame to use”, I think it’s turned out pretty well.

My current in-progress is a little less cute…you can see where I sketched out the letters, and then went over in the colours. The entire background is going to be black, giving it quite an effect – I did check it with the recipient first! I’m still really enjoying this *happy*

Fuck sampler

On all the crafty things: February 2016

Misses' dress
B6090 Butterick Pattern

I just realised I haven’t done a crafty post for a while. So, what am I up to?

I haven’t been doing Hackspace evenings for a few months, unfortunately, which has cut into the time I spend crafting. They were starting to feel like something I should do rather than something I wanted to do, which was frustrating; I was having to find projects and then not wanting to work on them, so I have opted out for a bit. However, it does mean I get some extra time to read, so that’s definitely helped my TBR pile!

Fox_fabricDespite the lack of formal time, I’ve got a few things in progress at the moment. The first is a Butterick pattern dress for one of my work colleagues and friends, which was intended for Christmas 2015 (whoops) and at this rate will be Christmas 2016! I’ve cut it out but it’s in pieces at the moment, waiting to be stitched. The fabric is the wonderful foxy fabric that I used for a skirt a while back, so that’s great fun to work with and always makes me smile when I sew it.

Couch beastThe second project is some patient couch beasts for work. We wanted something that could travel around with the Library staff, and be something fun to take pictures of. My friend Non sent me the image a while back, but as I can’t knit for toffee, I hadn’t even tried one like the picture! But I’ve got some squares of tartan, and I wondered about using those…so they’re in progress, half-stitched and with pieces everywhere! I want to make it smaller and possibly without the goggle eyes, but I thought it was fun.

I’ve also got a wonderful sampler on the go. A friend was chatting about the samplers that have profanities in beautiful font and stitching, and suggested I make a “Fuck” one for her. Hell yes! So I am currently cross-stitching a very colourful, very large, very curly “Fuck”. It makes me grin. A lot.

And a fourth crafty project is related to the Dresden Files game we’ve been playing for the past two years. I’m not going to say much about it as the GM reads this occasionally, but I’ve been playing around with something to do with that, and that’s been satisfying my crafty urge. If it’s successful then I’ll post something about it here, but I’ve got a while to go yet!