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!