Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Promoting a Class Project, Future Patterns, and My WIP Kit

Hello! Tonight I am writing here mostly because I am babysitting a class Twitter project and I want to make sure a couple more things work before I go and watch TV.

For the project, one of my grad history classes, on history and digital media, is live tweeting the assassination and funeral of US President Abraham Lincoln, for its 150th anniversary, on the account @AbesLastRide! I'm making sure that the tweets go out for the next week, which is way less stressful than I expected. (HootSuite's scheduling is saving me from getting up at 6:20 tomorrow morning, and I am grateful for that.) If any of you are interested in the project, though, you should follow it! Our class has been working on it all semester, occasionally as I sat in the back of the room wishing that Twitter had never been invented, so it's cool that it's finally underway.

With this blog, I'm about to start posting a lot of new sprite patterns, almost all of which have been requested. I am not sure what nonsense I will start doing when it comes down to it, but I've been working on a new requested set of Cardcaptor Sakura patterns, the rest of the Love Live School Idol patterns, and one that was requested quite a while back of the main character from Kill la Kill. (I don't watch the show and can't remember how her name is spelled, except that I suspect it is a different spelling of Ryoko than is used on Tenchi Muyo.)

For tonight, however, most of what I have is WIP photos of the cross stitch kit I was writing about a couple of weeks back. I've taken a picture every time I finish a color, so these are not very exciting, but here they are! I have five colors done, and it is gradually looking less and less weird.
Well, with that done, I was going to post some more, but computers are gradually losing all meaning for me. I am going offline now, but hope to be back and posting again soon! Until then, have a lovely day and good luck with whatever you are doing!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Showing Off a New Project, With Questions for Other Stitchers!

Hello! Today, I do not have a new pattern for you guys, though I am working pretty steadily on the Love Live! School Idol Project set of sprite patterns. They're coming out to be really cute, and since they just released some of the artwork for the new series, complete with new characters, I might end up making them, too. School has been busy and weird, so I will probably keep posting them slowly, but they shall eventually appear.

For today, I am posting to show off a new cross stitch kit that I got in the mail yesterday. I'd been looking at this on Amazon for a while, and, despite the fact that it was inexpensive, not ordering it. I had a really bad day earlier this week, though, complete with kitchen fires and the (completely, totally, non-threatening, but still annoying) promise of medical tests, so my mom sent me an early birthday gift in the form of some Amazon money. That seemed like a very good excuse to buy this cross stitch kit!

As you can tell, in my quest to do only serious and classy crafts, I bought a kit of an anime-style kimono girl, meaning this kit will be totally different from everything else I've ever made. I thought the design was really cute, but I also wanted it because it was a kit with 11-count Aida cloth, which is always fun to use.

What I am less sure about as I start this kit is the fact that it has pre-printed fabric. (The fabric itself is in the upper left corner of my photo set above.) It comes with a pattern, too, but the printing is clear and high quality enough, despite the weird colors, that I don't know if I'll need it. It makes it look even more fun and easy. I have not really done a project on printed Aida cloth before, though, so I'm not sure what to do in the end.

Have any of you stitched a pre-printed kit before? The thread is high quality, so I'm not worried about color bleeding from the thread, but when I wash the gridlines and stuff out, will that mess up what I've already stitched? I know it is a dumb question, but I am having trouble finding an answer, as many shopping sites as come up when I type in "pre-stamped cross stitch finishing help."

Regardless of how this needs to be finished, I'm going to start working on her later and, hopefully, post updates as I go! I don't think she'll take too long to stitch, but it should be fun and come out well. Hopefully, I'll be able to get some good photos of it, too!

I am done posting for today, but I hope to post again soon, whether it's about this or patterns! I just got done with a really big chunk of schoolwork, so I feel a lot less stressed than I did when I got up this morning. Anyway, I hope all of you have a good day, and good luck with all of your own craft projects!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A New Set of Patterns of Anime Pop Stars, So You Don't Forget What Blog This Is

Hello! I have not been blogging that much lately, though I am working on patterns. Tonight, though, I decided to change that by starting a new set of Love Live! School Idol Project sprite patterns. (This round of anime idol singers is acceptable because they were requested.) However, I am kind of sleepy, so I only got one character done. I mean, I made the pattern of Honoka, and since she's the main character, that could be a lot worse. I'm half done with Umi, too, so there will likely be another one very soon to make up for my slacking tonight. For now, though, enjoy this pattern! If you don't like it, that's too bad, because eight more that match her are coming!

Also, this is a question specifically for Hani- is this the outfit set you asked for? I left the reference picture I printed on my desk at school, so though this looks right, I may have picked the wrong one from the comfort of this couch.

With my own stitching, I don't have a photo tonight, but I will very soon! On Sunday, I found a giant piece of Aida cloth with a stack of Baccano cross stitch patterns in it, made on the software that I had two computers back. I was obviously ready to do some intense fan art based on an anime where someone gets punched in the face until it kills them, but for some reason, forgot all about it. I'm starting that, though, and am making good progress! I'll show that off with my next patterns of Love Live! School Idol characters, because the two shows match so very well.

I'm done posting for tonight, but am going to force myself to post more patterns in this set very soon! Until then, have a good week and best of luck with your crafts!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Look, I'm Still Alive, Yay

Hello! I have not been posting here as much as I should lately, so I'm posting today. Things have been really busy lately! I started a new semester last month, which is enough, usually, but on top of that, I spent a few weeks in charge of one of my school's student life building offices at the same time. I've been done with that for a while, but it was still a lot of stuff.

This morning, I am making a gigantic amount of applesauce for a potluck tomorrow morning and posting to this blog. My pattern for today, which is another portrait pattern of a bad guy from Sailor Moon, is one that I've had on reserve for a while because I am still pretty lazy. I'm working on some Love Live School Idol Project patterns right now, as I am a sophisticate who likes action packed anime filled with conspiracy and intrigue (and they were requested, which makes it even better!), but it will be a few more days before those start popping up. For now, though, enjoy this pattern of Ves Ves from Sailor Moon, because I'm so set on making minor characters that I couldn't even be bothered to do a pattern of Queen Beryl like a normal person who decided to undertake this project would have done. She looks quite evil, so I think that people should stitch her and place her in their doorways to admonish all who enter in a sassy fashion.

Okay, I am done for today, but I should be back with more patterns eventually. Have a good weekend, and enjoy your crafts!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Vague Participation in the January 2015 IHSW

Hello! Today is the last day for participation in the first International Hermit and Stitch Weekend of 2015, as hosted by Joysze of Random Ramblings! This is a really cool event where you can look at all the nifty things that a bunch of bloggers cross stitched this weekend. A lot of people have done beautiful and impressive things. I did this.

In case you guys aren't skilled at identifying what a project is by part of the hair and a couple of arm lines, this is stitched from the pattern of Mami from Madoka Magica that I posted yesterday. I started this on Friday, and proceeded to not work on it very hard for a few minutes at a time for the rest of the weekend. I did, however, read a lot, watch some nifty TV stuff, get an awesome Lego cat built, and panic about this week effectively this weekend, though, so it wasn't worthless!

I'm done for tonight, now that that stunning photo is posted, but will be back with another post soon! Until then, good luck stitching faster than I do!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Madoka Magica Stuff, Plus A Zero Suit Samus Sprite Pattern Correction

Hello! Tonight, I'm listening to my sister's radio show, drinking hot tea, and posting to this blog, because Sunday night is party time! I'm going to be skirting around spoilers for an anime that's a few years old tonight, so enjoy it!

Pretty soon, it is going to be time for the Academy Award nominee sprite patterns, and a possible set of Lego Movie sprite patterns done out of spite for it not getting nominated for Best Animated Picture. There are a few nominees that I am concerned about my ability to make look distinctive, but there are some others that I know will turn out pretty well. Those should start going up sometime towards the end of the week, though!

For tonight, I have a portrait pattern of Mami from Madoka Magica because I made this and would like to post it. I should probably be doing requested patterns, but instead, I am making patterns of anime characters that match the color scheme I would like to use. It's not that I don't like Mami, but I wanted to find a character that would look nice on light brown fabric, and she seemed like a good choice. Plus, I like her twirly hair and flower pin, so that was a big part of this, too.

This is pretty small for a portrait pattern, because I wanted her to fit an embroidery hoop that I have in my craft box. She has cute doodle-type eyes, though, so I like it. (In case you couldn't tell, this is one of my current projects.) Because of that, it's low intensity and easy to stitch. I hope you guys like this pattern!

With Mami posted, I would like to address a comment made yesterday, by reader Kathryn! As it turns out, I wasn't paying attention during Sprite Patterns December (woah, shocking!), and posted the wrong color key for Zero Suit Samus's pattern! Below is the proper color key, and the original post will be edited to include a link to this post. I think there is probably an easier way to do this, but I am not feeling so logical tonight, so this is what's going on.
This is it for tonight, but I'm participating in an IHSW held by Joysze of Random Ramblings this lovely three-day weekend, so tomorrow night, I should have some sort of photo of how little I have accomplished this weekend! It'll be great. Until then, though, have a nice night and good luck with your own crafts!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sprite Patterns December Day 31: Closing 2014 With Breaking Bad and Fargo

Hello! This year, I did not do very well with Sprite Patterns December, so I am glad to be done with it after this post. I like the patterns that I have for today, though! Last year, I posted a set of Breaking Bad patterns that was not quite complete, so tonight, I have a pattern of Lydia to go with the rest of them. I should have done this pattern in the first place, but I forgot it, so I did this during one of the AMC marathons from earlier this year. To stay on the theme of critically acclaimed cable dramas, I also have a pattern of Gus from Fargo! I posted Molly earlier this fall, so Gus has just been sitting on my desktop for a while. I'm glad to finally get him posted! Neither of these patterns are too fancy, but I hope to make them both sometime in the future. I hope you guys like them, too!


Well, that's it for Sprite Patterns December, but I still have a lot of cross stitch patterns to post and hope to have a lot of cool stuff for 2015! I hope that all of you have a nice end to this year and a good start to the next one! See you soon!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sprite Patterns December Day 30: Another Set Finished!

Hello! I'm not totally energetic today, but I'm ready to finish off the Big Hero 6 pattern set! Today I have the last two patterns, featuring Hiro and Baymax, both in their red and purple suits, and I think both of them came out pretty well. They ended up looking so much like characters from Gotcha Force, this Game Cube game about toy robots, though, that it's really odd. I like both of these and hope to make the set someday, since I think they'd make nice additions to my standee collection, so I hope you guys like them, too!


Tomorrow is the last day of Sprite Patterns December, and I don't know what I'm going to post yet. I'll have something, though, so I'll see you guys then! Have a lovely day!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sprite Patterns December Day 29: Over Half Done With the Big Hero 6 Set

Hello! This morning, while watching a lot of episodes of Parks and Recreation, I finished stitching Baymax! Look upon this wondrous piece of plastic canvas art and praise me! (I don't mean that, but I am very happy with how this came out. It ended up being a fine craft project.)

With that posted, I have two more patterns in the Big Hero 6 set to post today! Today, I have Fred in his kaiju suit, and I'm considering stitching a standee of this pattern to display next to my standee of Newt from Pacific Rim, because I think that they'd be great friends. I can hear my sister yelling "nerd!" about this already. I also have Go Go's pattern, though I think the wheels on her arms and legs make her look like she's from this PS2 game I played when I had chicken pox where it was a racing game, but the cars were people and everyone had their butts up in the air. I don't remember what that game was called, but I know that it existed. Both of these patterns are kind of oversized and have a lot of colors, so they might not be really easy to stitch, but they should come out well. Enjoy them!

Tomorrow, I'm going to finish this set up, and then only one day will be left in the month! It's been kind of a slog this year, so I'm glad I'm almost done. I hope you guys have liked some of the patterns, though! Have a good day!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sprite Patterns December Day 28: More Big Hero 6 Patterns

Hello! Last night, I was working very slowly, so I have not yet finished stitching Baymax. I am quite disappointed in myself, but no amount of suffering on my part will stop another day of sprite patterns.

I'm actually not very upset at all, and it looks like I'll finish my project tonight. Plus, I have two more spiffy Big Hero 6 patterns for you guys today. For today, I'm posting Wasabi and Honey Lemon, which are probably the two least impressive patterns in the set. I have nothing against them, but in terms of fanciness, they don't have kaiju suits or leg wheels, so tomorrow's post is definitely going to be more intense. These are pretty detailed patterns with piles of colors, though, so though they're not out of the ordinary in terms of size or style, they might be a little more difficult than normal. All of the pinks and purples in Honey Lemon's pattern seem like they'll be especially annoying to get right. I'm still happy with these patterns, though, and hope that you like them, too!


With those posted, I'm done for today and am going to go back to stitching for a while! I'm getting a Playstation TV in the mail tomorrow, so I at least want to get Baymax done before I get the shiny new game machine. Have a good night, and best of luck with all of your craft stuff!