I’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-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 😀
I 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!
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!
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*
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!
Despite 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.
The 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!
I have finally stolen my Fate dice back from our Dresden GM (he has his own sets, anyway, so we’re not going to be short for those games). I have the Eldritch set – they glow in the dark! – but I’m also a fan of the Winter set, which is the other special one we play with. One of our players swears that any blue ones hate him, so…um…I may have just ruined his game by stealing the green ones. Oh well!
But anyway, I needed something to keep them in. Having a brief pause between skirts at Hackspace, I decided to make some dice bags.
The one on the left has drawstrings, and was my second effort. The one on the right is lined but was just a simple bag, and I’ve currently got that tied with ribbon. They were both done with rectangles of fabric, sewing the sides and top, and then turning inside out; nothing too complicated until I got to the drawstring top, which refused to co-operate! But I did get there eventually, and so far they’ve worked very well and mean I don’t lose twelve dice someplace in my bag every time I have to travel, which believe me is a real problem for gamers.
On a slightly related note (as in they’re currently in the dice bag as well), have I told you guys about my coins?
I chose coins from the first century AD; they had to be in use at the time of Jesus. It’s a Dresden Files thing; the Order of the Blackened Denarius are fallen angels, bound to the thirty denarii paid to Judas for betraying Jesus – so it had to be things that were already in circulation. I admit I got to geek out a little over my choices; Antony&Cleopatra wouldn’t have been in wide circulation, so I didn’t got with that, and the same with Antony&Caesar.
I also got to absolutely geek out over the coins themselves; although I partly wanted them for a project (which I’ll explain in a minute), I also wanted an excuse to get Roman coins – and from my period, too! Or at least as there aren’t many Republican coins in existence, I’ll take early Empire.
The project that I had originally intended them for was to try to mould them and create replicas, and then engrave or enamel them to get the sigils onto the obverse. However, we’ve been batting around ideas for doing it, and haven’t got any closer to working out what would actually work…so it’s in progress! Other projects have unfortunately got in the way, although I don’t particularly mind; the coins are awesome and I can still use them!
I’m just waiting for someone in a DFRPG to take a Coin, and then I can actually give them one…