Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Academy Award Nominees Have Finally Been Stitched!

Hello! I currently don't have much to say, but I'm really excited about having finally finished my Academy Award nominee sprite cross stitches, so here are some photos of them! First of all, here are my ten cross stitched nominees in the leading categories. Conveniently enough, the winners- Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day Lewis- are in the front of their rows. The actresses are on the top row, and the actors are on the bottom row.
The next photo that I have for you guys features the nominees in the supporting categories! The top row features the nominees for Best Supporting Actor, minus Alan Arkin and plus Sally Field, since the Mary Todd Lincoln dress required some extra space that her own category wouldn't allow. However, the row before it has all of the nominees for Best Supporting Actress except for Sally Field, with Alan Arkin having joined them. The reasons for this are mysterious indeed.
When I finished this project, I felt a brief sense of accomplishment, but, after that, I laid out all the other standees that I still need to cut out and felt slightly less like I'd gotten something done. Adding 20 more cross stitches to the pile depicted in this incredibly blurry photo does not seem like a step in the right direction for me. However, it will be really nice when I get all of them cut out, even though by then, I'll probably have made several dozen more of these!
The next time that I post, I will actually have new pattern stuff, so you guys can sort of look forward to that. I can't guarantee that anyone else will care about the patterns, but they will be here! Until then, have a nice week, and good luck with your craft stuff!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well, I Didn't Quite Meet My Goal.

Hello! I mentioned this last night, but since the Academy Awards just ended for this year, I wanted to post how many of the acting nominees I actually managed to cross stitch! My goal was to finish all 20, but, as it turns out, stitching 20 sprites in 14 days may have been a bit of an ambitious goal, even though my sprite patterns are relatively small. As a whole, though, I don't think that I did too badly! I got 8 of them totally finished, and am almost done with several more of them. Within the next few days, I think that I'll have the whole set done! When that happens, I'll post nice, clear, close-to-the-real-colors scans of these, but for now, here are some blurry photos of my Oscar nominee cross stitches!
Here are the actors from the leading categories, in all of their half stitched glory! On the top row, Jennifer Lawrence (first from the left) and Quevenzhane Wallis (last on the right) are finished, and on the bottom row, Denzel Washington (second from the left) and Joaquim Phoenix (fourth from the left) are both done, too! I'm not too close to being done with Daniel Day Lewis, in his Lincoln outfit, but the rest should only take a little bit to finish. I even have some black glitter floss to stitch Bradley Cooper's garbage bag.
Here is an inexplicably yellow-ish photo of my stitching of the actors in the supporting categories! In the top row, I finished up Sally Field and Christoph Waltz, who are the last two towards the right, and on the bottom row, I finished Alan Arkin, the first from the left, and Anne Hathaway, who is fourth from the left. I don't think any of these will cause too much trouble to finish up, but I do think that these will benefit from being scanned rather than posted from a bad photo that I took on my DSi.

I am now finished for tonight, but I'll be back with more patterns and a final update once I finish stitching this set of sprites! Until then, I hope that you have nice starts to all of your weeks!

The 2013 Nominees for Best Supporting Actor

Hello! My eyeballs are really, really sore, and I'm not sure why, so this is not going to be a long post. I do, however, have the sprite patterns for the nominees for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards tonight! I haven't posted any of these before now, so there are five brand new patterns for you guys today, featuring Alan Arkin (nominated for Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), and the super-cool Christoph Waltz (from the less cool than he is Django Unchained). Of course, I have no particular liking for any of the nominees in this category, as you can tell.

Anyway, here are tiny cross stitch patterns of the 2013 Oscar nominees for Best Supporting Actor! Those of you have been waiting patiently for the final charts in the sets for Silver Linings Playbook and The Master finally have your wish.

Now that those are up, here is my latest progress picture on my stitching of all 20 acting nominees! I got some stitching done last night and this morning, but not as much as I would have liked. Deadline Hollywood is saying that the actual Academy Awards will be at least three and a half hours, though, so who knows what I'll get done by the end of the show? 

I am done for now, but hope to stitch a lot tonight! Until then, have a nice Sunday!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Nominees for Best Supporting Actress!

Hello! Today has been a really long day, so I am not going to post for very long tonight. This weekend, though, I'm posting my sprite patterns for the supporting acting nominees at the Academy Awards this year! Tonight, because I'm tired and already had one of them charted, I have the nominees for Best Supporting Actress. I think that, of the four subsets of my Academy Awards sprite pattern sets, this is probably the niftiest one to work on, since there are some really detailed outfits involved. For a nomination for a role where she's famously not wearing clothes for a lot of the movie, Helen Hunt (The Sessions) had a nifty floral dress and sweater combination that I did my best to replicate, and Amy Adams' post-World War II dress and gray shawl in The Master were even more difficult to put on a sprite. Anne Hathaway's Les Miserables clothes were pretty easy to replicate, as far as floor/rain and dirt soaked street length dresses go (it looks really cool if you use DMC Light Effects 4150 on it), and, since Jacki Weaver wore a dress shirt and slacks in Silver Linings Playbook, that was even easier. I'd say something about Sally Field's Mary Todd Lincoln dress, but I posted that patterns in December and probably yapped about it quite a bit then.

Anyway, here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Academy Awards! I'm starting with Sally Field's pattern, since that's just a link, but after that, they'll be in alphabetical order.

Sally Field, as she appears in Lincoln

Now that I have those posted, I have a blurry, largely indiscernible image of how far I've gotten stitching all of these Oscar nominees for myself! I'm going to stitch more tonight, so I'll have another progress picture for the Best Supporting Actor post tomorrow, then, once the Oscars are over tomorrow night, I'll have a picture of how close (or far) I got to the end of the project by then. I don't think I'll finish, but I'm doing better than I expected! Here is what I have done now!
I'm off to stitch some more and watch The Independent Spirit Awards, but will be back with a post or two more tomorrow! Have a nice weekend, and enjoy whatever craft time you have!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

IHSW February and the Best Actress Nominee Sprite Patterns

Hello! As far as posts here go, this is going to have a lot of information and not a lot of text, seeing as my brain has been totally fried by all of the stuff that I've done today. I do have new patterns and my progress from International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, as hosted by Joyzse at Random Ramblings, to show off, though, so I'm going to start with the IHSW photos! I worked on my Academy Award nominee sprite patterns this weekend, and, as of 7:00pm on Friday, I'd finished a little over half of the outlines, as pictured here.
By the end of the weekend, however, which was 10:30pm on Monday (a holiday in the US), I'd finished all of the outlines, and, though you can't see it very well here, the white stitches on all of them! I'm still not sure that I'll get these done by the end of the awards on Sunday, but I'm going to try my best to get there.
For tonight's patterns, I'm going to be posting the sprite patterns of the Best Actress Oscar nominees, which are outlined on the top row of this photo! I haven't seen all of the movies, so in the case of Emmanuelle Riva, from Amour, Naomi Watts, from The Impossible, and Jessica Chastain, from Zero Dark Thirty, I made up what their shoes, or lack thereof, looked like. I think that I made Emmanuelle Riva's pattern look a little too much like my pattern of Mackenzie McHale, from Newsroom, that I posted a few months ago, but maybe you can make up some weird Newsroom/Amour crossover fanfic and say that they're secretly mother and daughter. I'm also not sure how flattering the pattern of Naomi Watts is, but almost all of the promo photos from The Impossible showed her right after the tsunami hit, so that was the look I went with. The other two nominees, Jennifer Lawrence (for Silver Linings Playbook), and Quvenzhan√© Wallis (from Beasts of the Southern Wild), were from movies I'd seen, but were the two easiest patterns, too, so it didn't much matter. Quvenzhan√© Wallis has some really impressive hair, though, which makes up for the fact that otherwise, she's  one of the smallest patterns, thanks to the fact that she was six when she made the movie.

Now that I'm done with all of that typing, here are the patterns for the Best Actress nominees, presented in alphabetical order.

I am done for today, but will be back this week with posts for both the Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor nominees! Until then, have a nice day, and good luck with your crafting!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Post Postponement

Hello! I was going to do a really cool and fancy post tonight, with my IHSW progress after a three-day weekend and five new sprite patterns, featuring the Academy Award Best Actress nominees. However, tonight, there are brownouts and stuff here, so I am doing an HTML post from my Kindle (the compose field doesn't work with my magical keyboard) in order to avoid any trouble from power surges, or, if I worked on battery, working on the post for an hour and then not being able to post it until tomorrow, anyway. Tomorrow, though, I'm going to have an even better post that will basically be exactly what I would have posted tonight! Good night, and have a nice tomorrow!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sprite Patterns of the Oscar Nominees for Best Actor

Hello! I have been having trouble with Blogger lately, which happens about once a year, but was able to get in for posting yesterday! Of course, I didn't post yesterday, because I was working on the patterns for today, but I did put up a warning on Facebook that this was coming. It got so many likes, though, that I feel like I have to apologize for what my new sprite patterns I was talking about actually are. It seemed to me like it would be a fun idea to make sprite patterns for all of the nominees in the acting categories at the 2013 Academy Awards. Last night, I got to ten finished patterns out of the twenty that I needed, with the best actor and actress in a leading role nominees all finished. I still need to make the supporting actor and actress nominees before the awards are on, but I figured that this was enough progress that I could start posting them!

For today, I've decided to start the 2013 Academy Awards sprite pattern set with the nominees for Best Actor. I don't really like these patterns any better than the ones for the Best Actress nominees, but since I did two of these during Sprite Patterns December, it seemed like a good place to start. Before I post the three new patterns, here are the links to the two old ones! The formatting is a little different, but that shouldn't matter.

Daniel Day Lewis: Lincoln (Sprite Patterns December: Day 13)

Denzel Washington: Flight (Sprite Patterns December: Day 3)

With those links posted, here are the new patterns for today, in alphabetical order! Now, I know very well that there are dozens of you out there who are okay with this blog, but have been really upset with me over the fact that I have never before posted a pattern of Bradley Cooper wearing a garbage bag. I am glad to say that, as he was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Silver Linings Playbook, in which he wears a garbage bag, we can now resolve our differences. This is going to be true of all three of these patterns, but KG Stitch makes the floss color 3799 look lighter in preview images than in real life, so the aforementioned bag should come out a bit better when its actually stitched, or at least have more contrast with the sweatsuit.

The next nominee is Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables, which I get the feeling will be the most popular of my patterns for today. I did not see Les Miserables, since I felt like, at least for me, watching it would be similar to strapping a needle to a Q-Tip and jamming it into my ear, so I am not sure if the outfit that I put him in for this pattern has any actual significance to the movie itself. (I would like to note that if you liked Les Mis, I have no argument with you, but also really do not want to see it myself.) I was getting tired of making sprites in gray clothes, though, so I thought that the green jacket would be nice. Plus, I saw him wearing it in some of the trailers. I'm pretty pleased with how his hair came out, too, though I'm worried that it could look a bit odd when it's actually stitched. 
The reason why I brought up that I hadn't seen Les Miserables before the last pattern is because, if I hadn't seen The Master, for which Joaquim Phoenix got his Best Actor nomination, I don't think that this pattern would be any good at all. All through the movie, he had strange posture and squinty eyes, so I had to change the pose a little and give him the same eyebrows I used on the sprites of Tekken characters to get the pattern to work at all. The outfit is pretty basic, so I don't think that would have done much to make the pattern look distinctive. The T-shirt and jeans are so normal, though, that when paired with the big eyebrows, if you edited the hair just a little bit, this could easily be made into a sassy version of Wolverine. I do, however, know for an absolute fact, that as a pattern for The Master, this is easily going to get made more often than any of my Final Fantasy VII sprite patterns, so I'm pretty excited about that.
With those three patterns posted, I'm done for today, but will be back with patterns of the nominees for Best Actress within the next few days! I've already started stitching those, since my goal is to make standees of all twenty acting nominees before the Academy Awards air, and they seem to be working pretty well so far. I'll have a photo of my progress on this set in my next post, though! Until then, have a nice Sunday evening!