Sunday, 31 July 2016

Steven Universe mini cross-stitch: Amethyst

 "I will fight for the world I was made in! The Earth is everything I've ever known!"

Yo, how's about that new Steven Universe season, huh?! Here's a finished pattern of Amethyst to celebrate! This chart is simple in colours, but a lot of fun in backstitch - you can always mash it uuuup by adding some silver metallics to the Gem backstitch in the corners. She measures around 1.75" x 1.75" on 14-count Aida, so she's similar in size to Peridot. You can omit the French knot 'glint' in her eye if you like; I think it looks great either way but I chose to leave it out in the example stitching.

Click on the chart below, if you need for it to be bigger:

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Steven Universe mini cross-stitch: Peridot

 "You may have won the war, but the battle isn't over, Crystal Clods!"

I'm sorry these are taking a while - I've had quite a lot of projects on the go (and I've sworn to myself that I'll get them all done). Here is Peridot - I don't think she'd be big into sewing, but there's some fun fractional stitches and backstitch in different colours to keep even the pickiest Gem interested.

A bit bigger than Steven, Peri measures just under 1.8" x 1.8" on 14-count Aida (including her pointy hairdo). If you want to really give her a boost, replace the 3823 (her hair, the backstitch on the background) with a couple of strands of DMC's glow in the dark thread!

Happy stitching ... clods. Nyeheheh ...

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Steven Universe mini cross stitch: Steven

"I will fight to be everything that everybody wants me to be when I'm grown!"

Here's the first little SU cross stitch design I've been beavering away on! I just need to finish test-stitching my Peridot, Amethyst and Pearl designs - and then I'll get out the graph pad for a Garnet pattern (Garnet is my favourite Gem in the series, so I want to do her justice!)

 Steven measures just under 1.5" x 1.5" on 14-count Aida, making him perfect for mini projects like a patch on a greetings card, a fridge magnet, or even a keyring if you've got some plastic canvas and felt spare.

The photograph of the finished stitching does show the DMC colours written on the chart, but if you have similar colours from another brand, go for it.

There are some fractional stitches and French knots in the pattern, but this chart can be easily done in whole stitches. If you have any small white beads, they'd also work for Steven's eye-sparkles if you're not a fan of French knots.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Pretty Embroidery

Happy Easter Sunday, everyone!

A month or so ago,  I came across a wonderful speed-painting (cookie-decorating) video by a lady who goes by the online alias of Mezesmanna (her Instagram is here) - she paints with royal icing onto gingerbread 'canvasses', and her traditional Hungarian-inspired ones are simply incredible! These days, a lot of my creative output is needlework-based, so I was inspired to do some studies of Hungarian embroidery using watercolour paint on card. I still had a bunch of flowers in a vase on the dining room table from my birthday, so I did some studies from those, too. I'd love to get out some graph paper and turn some of the paintings into cross-stitch patterns.

The embroidery uses lovely bright colours, but they look really sweet toned-down, too. The shapes used are so simple but fit together so well, the overall pattern is detailed and intricate - I could sit and Google-search these embroideries all day!

Mezesmanna's Instagram is here, and her YouTube channel is here - you can also follow her on Facebook. A really interesting site on Hungarian embroidery is Folk Art Hungary - take a look!

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Mum's Sampler

I designed my very first sampler this year for my Mum's 50th birthday earlier this month! This book was a great help for layouts, and many of the motifs inside are also really useful for your general stitching needs. My favourite one on the sampler has to be the Welsh flag (which I drew out myself on the graph paper), although getting the dragon to look just right was a bit of a challenge!

The full sampler was around 8 by 5 inches, so it fit perfectly into a 8x10 frame. Even though the sampler was so colourful I did want a touch of folksiness to it, so I used ecru aida and a wooden frame to complement the autumnal border - I think it worked really well and my Mum thinks it's top too (which is the main thing).

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Yarn Along: Spring is here!

... well, maybe that's a bit optimistic. It's still very cold here although there's just a hint of sunset on my way home from work.

Here's a blanket I'm working on.

I'm using the 'join as you go' method for these mini crochet-squares - it's fun to learn a new technique and thankfully I don't have to stitch them all together!

Joining in with Ginny.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Journals From Last Summer

Hooray - I now have a device that can access the internet, and an easier way of getting photographs from my camera! I'm now back in business, although I spent a lot of tonight going through all the shots I've taken in the past year or so.

I'll start with some Embodiment Journal shots. Sadly Embodiment has fallen by the wayside since The Wonderful Smaz and I moved here - there's just been so much going on that I've rarely found time to sit and journal. I need to get back into the habit of taking it with me wherever I go, so I can snatch a few minutes here and there. Logging back into Flickr - although a pain as I've not done it in such a long time that my brain needs refreshing on logins and passwords - was very inspiring. I can't believe how much I got done in the earlier days of the challenge, and how crammed my notebooks were ...

(click photos to enlarge)

Embodiment Journal - Flowers
Embodiment Journal - Camping

The above two were a prompt I received over Facebook (I think?). I've never been camping before so I idealised the heck out of it - in reality we'd probably be in a damp tent huddling around a hot water bottle!! It might be fun to try one day, though.
Embodiment Journal - Memories of NanaSadly, my Nana passed away in August last year, after a very long struggle with vascular dementia. This journal page was done after the last time I visited her in the home - she was asleep for most of the visit, and I was in the room alone with her. She looked so peaceful but so different from the Nana I knew growing up - the journal page shows some of my favourite and most vivid memories of her.

Embodiment Journal - Intentional

Embodiment Journal - Itami

Some designs I quickly sketched out for Smaz's video game, Dark Matter Hudokai. Itami, the character shown, appears in one of the story arcs and is part of a cat-like alien race - and I tried to get across her cutesiness without making her look 'catgirlish' especially as the character description called for pink hair.

Embodiment Journal - Next Door

And finally ... a quick watercolour of next door's garden. I was stunned when I first looked out of our hobby-room window - their garden really is lovely!