Creating a Division (cross-stitch)

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Lately, the burnout has been real. The Light World seems never-ending and the commission piece I’m working on is a large project, so you know that my brain was scrambling to come up with something else to do.

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Cue this project.

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I’ve been wanting to make this for several months, but I wanted a smaller version than what I had planned — I had originally thought making it a 6″ circle — I cut it down to 4″ which was perfect because I was able to whip up this sucker in about two days — a perfect distraction from the bigger project.

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Wanna make your own? Of course you do.

What you’ll need:

14 count black aida cloth
DMC colors: 3865 (or you can use white) and 971
The chart!

As I mentioned, this project is super quick to make — 3 or 4 hours (since the fabric is already black, we save SO much time). Have fun if you decide to tackle this project and as always, happy crafting!❤

Tetrimino Theory

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For years, I wanted to make a cross-stitched bracelet themed around Tetris. I tried making one years ago with…not so good results. So, I tucked the idea away, but never really forgot about it. Then, yesterday, when I was in Hobby Lobby, I saw this wall of awesomeness.

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I stood there for five minutes, wondering which delightful item I would bring home, but I already had made my choice as soon as I saw it on the wall.

As for the pattern, I just winged it. I started with the dropping pieces (I wanted one of each style) then moved down to the bottom, placing a random piece and building it off there.

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Not bad, I think that kind of playing would get me to level 9 in no time, LOL

One thing that was great about the project is that it’s suuuuuper quick — maybe about three hours or so.

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that Hobby Lobby has this brand — Cross-Stitch Style — up on their site yet, but if you have a store close to you, at least you can use the app and save 40% off which brings the bracelet down to 5.40.

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Doesn’t it look so stylish? Babe and I were talking about all the geeky designs I could make while in line, but of course, the possibilities are endless!😀

It’s Dangerous to Stitch Alone, Take This!

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by my buddy Kari to see if I’d be interested in making a quilt square for the Pixel Stitch group over on Twitch. (This, despite the fact, that my old computer practically makes it impossible for me to stream on Twitch Creative.) I told her yes — the requirement for the square were simple, cross-stitch something that ties back to you and/or your channel.

You know where I went, right?

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I know, predictable. But, hey, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

If you happen to be going to TwitchCon, you will be able to see this is person, along with a bunch of other extremely awesome squares made by the rest of the team, as part of that quilt I mentioned earlier.

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(I cannot wait to see the pictures of the completed project!)

The response over on IG and Twitter has been awesome, so I figured some of you might like to try to make this for yourself. The world always needs more cross-stitching Links, I say.

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What you’ll need:
14 count aida cloth
DMC colors: 701, 904, 3865, 825, 752, 444, 762 and gold (I used Kreinik 002HL) but you could use a yellow for the triforce and the string
The chart (just ignore the name part, lol)

As always, if you do decide to make this, I’d love to know. Happy crafting!

 

 

Practicing those knife skills

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Another month, another Destiny craft.

I’ve been wanting to make something for Cozmo for a while now and to avoid the inevitable burnout of the Light World, I decided to take a weekend to work on this sucker.

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I was SO tempted to stitch it with glow in the dark thread, but I didn’t have Kreinik thread (which is magical), but rather the DMC thread (which is not). So, I went with the iridescent floss which, despite numerous attempts, would not pick up on my camera, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

I don’t know how I finished it in two days, but I guess if you’re really determined (like I apparently was), you can get it done in a weekend.

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I picked up navy blue aida cloth to save me boatloads of time. If you feel like stitching a ton of navy blue squares or can’t find that color aida cloth, then you can easily double your expected time to finish.

If you decide to tackle the project, you’ll need the chart, white thread and navy blue thread or aida cloth. And as always, happy crafting!

I’m sensing a pattern here…

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One of the most commonly asked questions I get asked is, “What program do you use to make your patterns?” so I figure it’s well past time for me to actually, you know, write a blog post about it.

The simple answer is, I use STOIK Stitch Creator 4.

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The question that should come after that is, is it worth getting? My answer is…meh. I’ve had the same program for the better part of three years, so I have learned how to deal with its shortcomings and have no desire to drop another $50 on a different stitching program (though I have heard delightful things about PC Stitch, which, if I HAD to get another stitching program, I’d try.)

So, why the meh? Well, one of the biggest issues is that you can’t save the file in pdf format. This, well, sucks. I have gotten into the habit of dropping pdf files on my tablet and taking that with me wherever I stitch — that’s a no-go when I’m making patterns on my program.

Secondly, I still have yet to figure out how to copy and paste part of a pattern and put it in a different file. From what I can tell, you can’t do it. Now, I haven’t contacted the people who made it and asked them, so maybe it’s possible, but I can’t figure it out and I’ve tried.

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Now, the good — it works. LOL, I know that sounds silly, but I have never had it crash on me ever. And I have a pattern that is over 5 feet (not the picture above), which is a LOOOOOT of squares and the program was able to keep up, no problem.

I like the fact it has just about every stitch imaginable that you can use and they make it relatively easy to add them to your project. And though I don’t use Anchor threads, it does switch back and forth between DMC and Anchor colors easily.

The other thing that is good is that on the color key it tells you how much thread you need in length rather than how many squares which makes it super easy to make sure I have enough of a color before I start a project.

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So, yeah, that’s my take on it after using it for a while. They do a have a free download to try to the program on their site (it’s version 4.5, so it’ll be different than mine, but I don’t know by how much). I believe you can try any feature, but you can’t save the file until you buy the program so, test it out before you drop $50 on it.

Happy Little Engram

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This month’s TSNEM (Try Something New Every Month) theme is painting. While it’s not something I particularly enjoy — especially after painting the entire house last year — there was a project that I had been considering doing since I saw TahoeAnime’s tweet last year.

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Bam. A planter the Cryptarch would love.

If you have ten bucks and want to add that Destiny flair to your garden, go run to your local Target. You’ll need the planter, paint, a small brush or mini paint roller and, for those of you who want to cheat like I did,  a chalkboard paint marker (I found mine in the dollar section).

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Then, paint (I used three coats, being sure to let it dry completely before adding the next coat or you’ll just pull up the paint.) your little engram.

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You’ll have to wait about 24 hours to do the next part which is adding the details. Now look, if you want to get white paint and  a little paintbrush and paint the lines on, you have my complete respect. I just pulled up an image of the engrams Bungie sells and set to work with my paint marker.

Then, pop in an adorable plant and you’ve got yourself a very geeky planter.

Like taking (Crimson) candy from a baby

 

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Another day, another Destiny craft.

Really, it’s not my fault that Bungie makes things that call to my cross-stitching soul.

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But, if you want to be subtly geeky on Valentine’s Day, this pattern works because to the average person, it’ll look like a heart with a design on it. To the Destiny playing person, they will know Crimson Days are here.

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It’s a fairly quick pattern — I got it finished in two days. I know I haven’t used that much pink, well, ever.

What you’ll need:

The chart
Colors: 355, 761, 3803
aida cloth (I used 14 count)

If you tackle this, I’d love to see it. If you tackle Crimson Days, good luck, Guardian. And as always, happy crafting.❤

Oh, a Stitcher’s Life is a life for me

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I have a jacket that I love more than any other article of clothing I own (which, with the amount of geeky clothes I own, is saying something). Unfortunately for me, its life is slowly coming to an end.

The reason why I love this jacket so much is because of this graphic right here.

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So, seeing an end to my awesome jacket, I decided to do the only thing I could do: cross-stitch the design so that I can always look upon its awesomeness.

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I finished this in six days, which is really fast for me, but I love it and I might be willing to let my jacket move on (heh).

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I know there are people wanting the pattern — I look at my patterns on my tablet so all the black wasn’t an issue for me, but I did invert the colors on the second version of the pattern, in case someone wants to print it out (I honestly have no idea how big/small the squares will be if you go that route, sorry.)

I used Ecru for the main part and 726 with a strand of gold for the mushroom, but really, choose whatever colors you’d like.

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Pattern 2

If you tackle this, let me know. And as always, happy crafting!❤

Rock on!

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So, I decided last month that I was going to do try to participate in every TSNEM (Try Something New Every Month). This month’s challenge was quilting.  And while I have made quilts before, there was something I hadn’t yet tackled: hand quilting.

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I didn’t set off knowing what I was going to make, but when I went to Jo-Ann and saw the Mario fabric, I knew I had to make something with it.

A full size quilt wasn’t going to happen, but a small project, like a pillowcase was certainly manageable. I did piece the fabric together with a sewing machine because I was NOT going to sit there for hours and hours doing that.

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Once it was pieced together, I really didn’t know what to expect. The instructions for the rocking stitch looked easy enough, but I have done enough crafts to know that just because it looks easy doesn’t mean it actually IS easy.

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But I’m happy to say that it went VERY smoothly. I can’t stand the feel of a thimble, so by the time I was doing quilting this piece, the tip of my finger hated me, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t manage, LOL.

So, I would have to call this project a success and hope that the other projects I tackle have awesome results like this.

The Holidays Have Consumed You

So let’s sum up the past few months, shall we?

Crafting. Lots of it.

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I’m going to go through and post everything once the craziness of the holidays calms down (hopefully). But, for now, I want to drop off a few patterns that I know a few of you have asked for.

First of all is this little Guardian armed with a Candy Cane, ready to take down any Grinches. I actually made this on stream. (Yes, people cross-stitch on Twitch which is an amazing reality.) It’s a take on Christopher Barrett’s design (which should sound familiar).

Use the colors that you want. I went for a more subtle maroon than Santa Red, but let those holiday colors free!

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Also, I made three ornaments to attach to the Christmas cards I am going to send out. (41 of them. Hold me.)

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So, you have your choice between a Triforce tree, Santa Chief, or Santa Traveler. Or make all three! Spread the geeky Christmas spirit!

The charts!

Candy Cane Guardian
Santa Traveler
Santa Chief
Triforce Tree

I hope you all enjoy the patterns! Happy crafting!❤❤

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