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To Cap It All Off

In case anyone is unaware, I might have just a little, tiny comic crush on Captain America.

So, a couple of weeks ago, when Babe and I went shopping over at Kohl’s and found this shirt of awesomeness,ย I knew that I wanted to do something with it. (Hint: It had to do with little x’s.)

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It didn’t take me long to plug the picture into my program and create a chart from it. I went with a simple three color technique: a very pale yellow for the face, eyes, and wing, red, and gold and used a 14-count AIDA cloth in navy blue. So basically, a five dollar trip to Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby.

Unlike the never-ending Street Fighter x-stitch, I got this sucker done in a week — about 12-15 hours. I’m a sucker for the minimalist looks and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

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It’s already framed and ready to make my room o’ geekiness even more geeky, but really, getting a picture of a frame that doesn’t have a horrible reflection bouncing off of it is nearly impossible.

Wanna make your own? Of course you do. Here’s a chart for you over at DeviantArt.

I might try to do Spiderman or Iron Man some day, but for now I’m going back to my Dark World cross-stitch. (I always say that, now don’t I? LOL)

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Whoever wields this pattern, if he be worthy…

Shall have a cute, 8-bit finished cross-stitch of Thor.

My oldest came up to me and wanted me to make her a little pattern of Thor for her to cross-stitch. (Excuse me a moment while I shed a Crafting Mama tear that my young one wants to cross-stitch.) I went online and looked for Thor 8-bit pictures. She picked out this one, but wanted me to modify it a bit (mostly, that he has his mouth and beard).

So, I set to work and came up with this:

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Small and sweet — perfect for a little project for someone who lurves Thor. So, go, cross-stitch and have fun making awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Guardians of the (8-bit) Galaxy

So, in my latest attempt to stall from the Dark World cross-stitch (which will get finished some day, I promise), I decided to tackle yet another Destiny project. Absolutely shocking, I know!

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The Titan

A couple of weeks ago, @cgbarrett over on Twitter posted a picture of the Guardians in 8-bit form. And we all know how 8-bit awesomeness coverts to cross-stitching perfectly, right? So, yeah, resistance was futile. I knew I was going to make them as soon as I saw the picture.

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The Hunter

Making the charts were a breeze because, again, 8-bit anything is perfect for cross-stitching. Each little guy took about 2.5-3 hours to make and they actually ended up looking awesome and adorable and nothing like the cross-stitch of doom.

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The Warlock

So, go praise Oryx for his awesome work which inspired me to make something awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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Trio of Awesomeness

As usual when it comes to my Destiny projects, I am going to do another giveaway on Twitter. So, give me a follow over there. (I’mย @craftinggeek.) Details will be up by this afternoon.

*enter clever title here*

I wanted to come up with some clever title for this latest project I finished, but my mind is not quick with the wit today. Alas.

Anyway, I come with pictures (and a mild story of woe) from my latest project. It wasn’t the cross-stitch of doom, but it wasn’t necessarily my easiest project either, mostly because I have an inability to do math.

So, last month, my buddy contacted me about doing a commission piece from him based on this:

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Easy, right?

Well, it theory, it was. I opened the pic with my program and messed with the coloring, etc. After that was all said and done, I needed to figure out the dimensions so I would calculate how long it would take for me to finish it. So, I averaged the area that Ken took up — 30 x 100. (I’d have to double it to include Ryu, piece of cake.) So, I multiplied it in my mind — 30 x 100, well, that equals 300.

(Now at this point, any 3rd grader could tell you where I went horribly wrong.)

Let’s just say what I thought would take 5-7 hours ended up taking over 30.

So, over the course of a week and a half, this cross-stitch became a part of me.

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We watched Tangled together.

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And Night at the Museum.

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And Captain America.

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Twice.

Still, I couldn’t figure out where I had gone wrong if calculating my time. I blamed it on being tired, sick, the cycle of the moon — anything.

Vacation came and so did my newfound BFF.

It was my traffic buddy…

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helped keep seagulls away…

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and watched as children played.

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Finally, after dedicating six times the amount of time I thought I would, the end was near. And as I was finishing Ken’s foot, it hit me.

30 x 100 doesn’t equal 300. It equalsย 3,000.

Oh.

Yeah.

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But in the end, everything turned out rather well and now I’m turning my attention back to Hyrule.

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And the next time someone asks for a commission piece, I’m pulling out the calculator.

Ice Cream (with 100% less calories!)

So, I’ve been avoiding Hyrule as much as Link avoids those ReDeads in Ocarina of Time. It’s the clouds — I think I estimated that I have to stitch 1,500 squares of one color which is BOOOOORING, but I’m sort of at a point where I have to do them because I need to get to that bottom right corner already.

I’ve been doing a bunch of projects which I’ll blog about some day, but I finished a project today and wanted to share. It’s an adorable ice cream cone chart from cross-stitching.com (It’s free, but you do need to register with the site.). When I saw them, I knew that I wanted to make one for each of my girls.

20140129_135707I went ahead and stitched mine on a plastic canvas. I know there are fractionals, but I just poked a hole with a straight pin and everything was fine. (I did this a lot on the Destiny Christmas cards, so I knew it would work.)

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I followed the chart for A’s ice cream, but I know K loves her mint chocolate chip, so I raided my bins of thread and found some green and added the brown “chips” by backstitching in random directions.

Then, I just covered the back in felt and tied a string in a loop so I can attach it to their backpacks with a slip knot. It was fun and quick and the girls love it.

As for me? I’m going back to the clouds of dooooooom. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

All in a year’s work…

Looking back, I can say that this has been my most productive year cross-stitching/crafting ever. In fact, I’m sure I couldn’t list off all the projects that I finished if I tried. (Like most crafters I know, I tend to give away the things that I make.)

But, I do have my favorites. So here are my top five projects that I’ve finished this year. (WIPs need not apply for this list.)

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5. The Destiny Christmas Card

OK, I stitched this so many times that I started to memorize the chart towards the end. The card itself isn’t anything spectacular — I just made the design from various symbols from Bungie’s Destiny, but the reaction of the people who I sent these to? It was absolutely awesome.

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4. The Alice in Wonderland Trunk or Treat

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t about the card soldiers. Or the rose topiary. It was about that epic card display. I love, love, love it. The only downside is that gravity is a worthy opponent and it was pretty much ruined within a day or two, but for that 24-36 hours, it looked downright Wonderlandian.

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3. Beck

Yes, he’s from a video game that is slated to be out in 2015. Still, the adorable dude demanded to be cross-stitched. I finished him in record time (less than a month) and proved to myself that my cross-stitching program isn’t necessarily to be trusted in discerning colors (which would have been nice to know before I started the Destiny cross-stitch).

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2. NES Controller Pillow

I made this for my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding. They like all things geeky (They had a Legend of Zelda themed wedding.) and I knew I had to whip up something awesome for them.

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1. The Lighthouse Cross-stitch

There’s not much to talk about with this one. I made it for my grandparents’ birthday and it looked absolutely beautiful. I love the Gold Collection series and this finished cross-stitch shows exactly why.

I love cross-stitching.

However, this latest project I finished was like the troubled child that you love, but all they want to do is spite you and make you cry.

(Don’t want to read a bunch of complaining? Go ahead and watch the vid of the cross-stitch’s progress.)

Oh Guardians, why do you hate me?

The original plan was simple: I was going to whip up a quick cross-stitch with a Destiny theme and give it to DeeJ as a thank you for inviting me (and my hubby) over to E3/the Bungie after-hours party. I found a screencap (not hi-res which was my very first mistake), popped in into my cross-stitch pattern maker program. Boom! There was my chart waiting for me in all of its awesome glory. I started it on May 22 and thought, Dude, I so got this.

But, I was wrong. So, tragically wrong.

It was pretty clear that by the Friday before E3, there wasn’t a chance of me getting it finished. So, I modified my goal: I’ll have it finished by Bungie Day! That would give me another month. Piece of cake. I can do that in my sleep.
20130615_190204-1 (1)(At this point, I wish a future version of myself would have appeared, grabbed me by my shoulders and said, “You fool! This is no ordinary cross-stitch. It will haunt you. Every. Single. Day. Walk away while you still have your sanity.”)

So, I kept pushing through, making tiny squares that should have been working together to create something awesome. Instead, it was looking…not right. Follow the chart, I told myself. So I did.
30+ hours and over 10k squares later, I was done.
Or, maybe not.

I could see the respective characters, but they looked mediocre (at best). I’m used to my cross-stitches looking like complete awesomeness. This…did not.

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I told myself that backstitching was probably the answer. So, I set to do the part of cross-stitching that I absolutely loathe. A handful of more hours passed. Somehow, despite the fact I could make out details in the cross-stitch, it looked almost worse. (Not really.) and I pretty much convinced myself to throw the whole project in the trash.

Bungie Day came and went. And I still had this project looking at me accusingly.

I did the only thing I could; I put it away and turned my focus to other things. Instead, I worked on random things like Nintendo pillows, Traveler ornaments and Tricorn plushies. I even went back to my earlier x-stitch project that I had been working on before the Destiny cross-stitch took over my life.

Still, thoughts of the failed cross-stitch haunted me. ย I was plagued with nightmares of unfinished cross-stitched Guardians. Crafting is more psychologically traumatizing than one may think.

Convinced that the backstitching was the problem, I came up with a good plan. (Which, we all know based on how the rest of the project went, wasn’t a good plan after all.) I thought, ok, I’ll get a piece of plexiglass and I’ll go around the edges with very fine tipped Sharpies. Then, I’ll set the piece over the x-stitch. THAT WILL GIVE ME THE CURVED LINES AND IT WILL LOOK AMAZING.

No. No. No.

If anything, it screamed, “THIS PERSON COULDN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO BACKSTITCH ME!!!”

Being the ever-stubborn chick that I am, I tried three separate times before accepting that it wasn’t going to work. So, I went back to backstitching.
20130805_222431This time, before I started the backstitching, I decided to do something I hadn’t done which was add some stars in the background. According to Babe, that was what made it look better. I agreed and suddenly, it didn’t seem so horrible. Maybe, I thought with a glimmer of optimism, I can salvage this thing.

The plexiglass wasn’t a complete waste of time, either. I used the lines that I drew as a template of what needed to be backstitched. So, um, yay?

Finally, finally, finally, after a couple of hours of backstitching, I finished the sucker.

Is it as perfect as I wanted it? No. Is it as terrible as I thought it was? No.

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I did learn a few things from this project.

1. Plead, beg or scour the internet for a hi-res picture before uploading it to the program. (Though it didn’t make too much of a difference, those handful of different colors might have helped with the backstitching part.
2. Never try to fit an extremely detailed picture with a 5″ x 12″ dimension.
3. When there are so many curves, don’t bother with a 14 count AIDA cloth — the squares are just too big to make it look smooth and curvy.

Now it’s back to the secret project that I don’t think will be a secret much longer (If I actually work on it, the image will reveal itself soon.) and my Legend of Zelda Dark World cross-stitch.