August 2011 Archives

WIP Wednesday: Extended Edition

So I found out that the deadline for my swap piece was 2 weeks later than I originally thought. That made me so freaking happy. Now I won't have to rush and stitch like a madwoman to try to finish it in time. I hate to be late for things, so I would've gone to insane lengths to make it on time if I needed to. But it won't be an issue now. I made quite a bit of progress last week before I found out about the deadline change, so I could end up mailing my piece a week before the deadline. I haven't been early for a swap since the very first one I joined.

Here's another progress picture that gives nothing away.


Also, the new site is so close to being ready it's scary. Within 2 weeks it'll be out in the wild. Eep!

Friday Five

Like the Police, the boyfriend and I have also been going through and listening to all the Bowie albums chronologically. He's a pretty big Bowie fan, but most of his albums I haven't heard. So basically the opposite of the Police. We just moved on to Aladdin Sane this week which means, 5 down, many more to go.

Ranking the first 5 Bowie albums

  1. Hunky Dory
  2. Ziggy Stardust
  3. The Man Who Sold the World
  4. Space Oddity
  5. David Bowie

WIP Wednesday: 4 Letter Word Edition

My swap piece is driving me nuts right now. Not because I don't like how it's turning out but because 28 count fabric can go to hell. I don't know what I did to it in a past life, but it does not like me. In the vision I had for the piece, it was on 22 count, because I knew that it was going to be a lot of stitches and I stitch faster on 22 than 28. Well, I ended up with 28 so it would look better once it's framed. Maybe that's the problem, the 28 count knows it was the second choice. I should probably stop giving inanimate objects thoughts and feelings.

Also, some of the problems I've been having are due to my inability to count. So there's that too.

I feel bad for complaining about the piece cause I know the issues I'm having are my fault. So far it hasn't been smooth sailing with my stitching. But what I've gotten done so far looks pretty good, it's just been a real labor of love so far.

Friday Five

5 Favorite Psychedelic Furs songs
  1. The Ghost in You
  2. Sister Europe
  3. No Easy Street
  4. Love My Way
  5. Only You and I

WIP Wednesday: Tiny Stitches Edition

Started on my swap piece. I've got a long way to go.


This is the first and probably the last picture I'll show of it until it arrives in its new home. I may be able to get another picture next week without revealing too much of the design.

Friday Five

Season 9 of 90210 done! Only one to go! Hooray! Sad to say that I think this season might have actually improved as it went along. The beginning of the season was so painful it made me rethink this whole stupid thing. Brandon got the most pathetic sendoff ever. Even Valerie's sendoff was better. I was actually a little sad when she left (don't judge).

Season 9 storylines I would've liked to have seen:

  1. Dylan comes back with Brenda: Imagine all the storylines that creates: Dylan-Brenda-Kelly triangle, Brenda's reaction to Brandon & Kelly's relationship, etc.
  2. Valerie stays, Dylan comes back, and they get together: This prevents Dylan and Gina from getting together which is fantastic because holy hell they are annoying together. Bonus, Kelly would hate it.
  3. Brandon and Kelly get married: I assume this didn't happen cause they knew Brandon was leaving, but it really would've eliminated a bunch of stupid fights and poor sad Kelly moments if they had.
  4. Gina doesn't exist: I get that she's the Valerie replacement, but does she really have to be the most annoying character on the show? Valerie may have been a bitch, but I didn't want to punch her every time she was on screen.
  5. Gina steals Noah from Donna: Just because the Noah/Donna relationship is a snoozefest and this would allow Donna and David to get back together quicker.

WIP Wednesday: Vision Edition

Figured out what I'm doing for the PQ food swap and have started working on the pattern. The vision I have in my head for what it's going to look like is really exciting. I've only been working on the pattern for a few days so it's too early to tell if I can make the vision become reality. The goal is to have it finished by the end of the week so I have over 2 weeks to stitch it up. It's probably going to have a lot of stitches, so I'd like to have as much time as possible.

Friday Five

Ranking the Police albums

1. Regatta de Blanc: Even after listening to all the albums, Regatta de Blanc is still my favorite. This is mainly because 2 of my top 3 favorite Police songs are on this album ("Does Everyone Stare" and "The Bed's Too Big Without You").

2. Synchronicity: Before this, I didn't quite understand why people loved this album so much. I get it now. There are some excellent songs on it. How come no one talks about how creepy "Tea in the Sahara" is?* I'd rather have Mr. Every Breath You Take Stalker watching me than being left in the middle of the desert TO DIE. Just saying.

3. Outlandos d'Amour: Overall, what I like best about this album is the raw quality to it. However, that's also its biggest downside. The songwriting (and production) improves so much after this. The band is not quite at their peak yet, but off to a great start.

4. Zenyatta Mondatta: I had the hardest time with this album, even though it's one of the ones I've listened to the most. I just couldn't get into it. I like all the songs but, compared to the other albums, there aren't as many really great songs.

5. Ghost in the Machine: Once my least favorite, always my least favorite. Now I've spent more time with it, I don't hate it anymore, but it's still the weakest of the 5 albums. They're clearly experimenting with a different sound and it's hit or miss here. On Synchronicity they get it right.

Side note: What do I have to do to get a copy of Regatta de Blanc on vinyl? I need to make this happen. Also, my copy of Synchronicity was one of my best finds, it's in good condition and only cost me 19 cents.

*Because it's not 1983, that's why

WIP Wednesday: Sketchy Edition

My next stitch is going to be my piece for the Phat Quarter food swap. I'm still in planning mode, so there's nothing to see at the moment. Instead, I thought I'd show some sketches for other pieces I've made.

Cellar Door

Sketches for Cellar Door

Cellar Door

Neko Case

Sketches for That Teenage Feeling

Lyric #5- Neko Case

Bitch pill (in these sketches I was mainly trying to decide on a layout for the piece)

Sketches for Bitch Pill

Bitch Pill

Stitch Story: Unfocused

After I did the uninspired piece, I had the idea to do a series of words that all start with the "un-" prefix. I started working on the pattern for the second word but just couldn't find the right border or layout that worked for what I wanted to do. So I scrapped that word and had the idea to stitch "unfocused" instead, since it happens to be pretty relevant at the moment. The pattern came together pretty easily but when it came to choosing colors, that's when I had the real "a-ha!" moment.

Quick heads up, this might hurt your eyeballs.


My original idea for the color scheme was inspired by 3D comic books (red, black, and blue). Then I wondered if there was a way to give the pattern a 3D effect (for the record, I generally think 3D is pretty stupid). Did some research and figured out that what I wanted to create was an anaglyph image. Then I broke out my crazy Photoshop skillz (I found a tutorial), and created the 3D image from the original pattern.

This one really will hurt your eyeballs (unless you're wearing 3D glasses)....


Then I used the Photoshop image as a guide to edit the original pattern in PC Stitch. The pattern is originally from the Antique Pattern Library. To get the 3D effect ideally, you have to use pure red and pure cyan. The red was no problem (I used 666) but the cyan was a bit tougher. None of the DMC colors match up to a pure cyan. 3846 is the closest but you really need something a shade or two lighter. Even so, with 3D glasses you still get the intended effect, so I'm happy about that.

Overall, I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Luckily when stitching you generally focus on a small area so the blurriness of the pattern didn't bother me. I did sometimes have a hard time looking at it from a distance though.