Canvasing the Area

I love me some water soluble canvas and made a video showing the world how to use it.

Bam.

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Where There’s Smoak, There’s Fire. (Or, a cross-stitch)

My name is Jessica Sw–

Oh wait, that’s not my line, is it?

For the past couple of months Babe has been binging on episodes of Arrow while I cross-stitch the night away. And while I don’t actively watch the show, (I would be hard-pressed to name a time that I have sat down and watched an episode of anything without having some kind of craft in my hand.) there is a character who has won me over with her sheer awesomeness.

That’s right, fangirls and fanboys, I’m talking about Felicity Smoak.

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And we know how I express my adoration for all things geeky and fandom-y. That’s right. With a cross-stitch.

I knew I didn’t want to do a huge project because after I’m done working on this current present for my mom, I have two majorly HUGE projects to work on. (We’re talking 24 months before I finish them both. Cross-stitching is like the marathon of embroidery.)

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So say hello to the Felicity Smoak sprite.  Look at her as she is focusing on her tablet to help Oliver get back quickly so he can work out on the salmon ladder while she totally notices.

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But you’re not interested in that, you want to make a craft.

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You should be able to get it done within a weekend. I probably spent the better part of 6 or 7 hours working on it. (Then again Tangled was playing in the background for part of the time so I can’t say I wasn’t distracted.)

As always, if you do decide to tackle this project let me know! I’m over on Twitter and Instagram like, ALL THE TIME, and I’m always excited to see the charts being put to good use.

The chart! 

A Link to the (Gaming) Past

550 hours.

That’s how long it took me to finish this enormously huge project (an 18″ square) of cross-stitching the overworld map of the Dark World. (It’s still less time than I spent on Majora’s Mask.)

Originally, I bought the chart for my sister and (now) brother-in-law’s wedding. But, it needed to be finished by August 15.

Of 2013.

…Yeah. It didn’t take me long to realize that wasn’t going to happen. (Don’t worry, I made them something awesome.)

After a rough start, I put it away for five months, only pulling it out when I wanted to avoid working on other projects. Then, in December, after I made ALL THE DESTINY CARDS, I decided to be brave and pull the Dark World out of its hibernation. And, outside of a two month break in Feb/Mar, I worked on it solidly throughout the year.

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It was like a child to me. I refused to leave it at home. When we went to a restaurant, I asked for a table for five. I was tempted to name it, but even I thought that was going to far. (OK, so I totally think of it as Stitch Stitchington.)

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It was a test of patience at times. I spent far too much time with DMC color 613 — nearly 14k squares out of the 65k on the chart — which resulted in me adding a new name to the map. Death Mountain, meet the Clouds of Doom.

Over these months, the support I have gotten from the people of Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr have been, well, amazing. So, thank you to all of you. You guys are totally awesome! ❤ The comments, likes, fav, RT, etc., helped push me through the days when I was convinced I would never be finished.
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But, I am.

And now I’m not sure what to do…

…but something tells me that I’ll find something crafty to make soon enough.