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Tardis and Creativity Part 2

Posted in Art, Holiday, Life, Uncategorized, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by urbannight

That’s right, this will be a multi-part thread.  I didn’t know that would happen either.  I was drawing my outline of the TARDIS on graph paper with the intent of only doing two versions of it.  Ironically, the easiest and the hardest. 

As I was working on it, I started to see the stitches for the other methods and realized I would still be using the exact same outline.  Most of it was creating itself and I realized doing 4 different types would be easy.  Then I realized it was 5. I could do simple counted cross stitch and fancy counted cross stitch, using some other stitches. 

On the way home, I noticed I left something out.  Beading.  Since I was nearing Hobby Lobby, I ran in and picked up the last items, 5 tubes of beads.  So I will now being doing SIX versions.

16 count white aida w/ czech beads.

This is obviously the beaded version. I even know that I am going to call it the Crystal Tardis. I’ve already done three rows. But I’m kind of wishing I had alternated cross stitch with beading. Oh well. I’m still going to be happy with it. It may be quite stiff when completed.

18 ct black mono-canvas and blue silk splendor

This will be the canvas work piece. The silk fiber will be what I match the other fibers too. I will want to use some perle cotton, the silk, maybe some metallic even. I want a variety of fiber types to give it that little something something.

28 ct joblan in midnight blue with light blue silk

This is going to be the blackwork version. I decided I wanted the more dramatic color difference so it really popped. I found my New Anchor Book of Blackwork to help with fill patterns. Blackwork uses the Holbein stitch. Also known as the Double Running stitch. This makes it reversable. I will not worry about it being perfect enough to be reversed. I intend to back it with crushed velvet.

28ct blue belfast linen with near matching overdyed cotton floss

This is going to be one of the two cross stitched versions. I don’t know if I will do this one as a simple cross stitch with some other colors or if I will do this in fancy cross stitch where I will use some other stitches as well and just do it all in one color with black back stitching to outline it.

28ct denim colored linen with midnight blue silk

This is the other cross stitch piece. Again, will this be a simple, straight forward cross stitch or will it be the one to also use some of the fancy stitches? I will say that it is the most expensive of the silks I bought for the fiber.

Light blue silk on crushed black velvet.

This one will be the simplest. Or it will be once I decide the best way to get the drawing onto the fabric. Since it will be outlining with embroidery, most likely stem stitch, I may put the outline on the back and work from the reverse side. I will be using a pricking wheel on the pattern and then going over it with a fabric crayon. I am just not sure if it will work on the right side of the velvet.

I also got a lot of extra velvet for backing. I will make this last one into a throw pillow. The others will be smaller than I hoped. I doubled the size but that means most of them are about 2.5 wide by 5 high. Well, slightly under that. With margins, they will be a little bit wider, but not throw pillow size. So I will probably do small wall hangings or ornaments. Hey, I could do a bunch of ornaments. I could make a whole Doctor Who ornament collection and do a Doctor Who Christmas Tree next Christmas. Or maybe I’ll make panels out of the three 28 ct fabrics and make a single wall hanging.

The Monday Blahs

Posted in Art, Books, Education, Gaming, Life, Movies and Theatre, Tea, Uncategorized, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2012 by urbannight

I’m feeling particularly Blahish today.  I was up too late playing SW’TOR.  I hoped to get my Sith Inquisitor up to lvl 16 and on her ship.  Her first companion would be a freaky looking, non-romanceble monster.  But that is my Dark Path character and he is a good guide for convo options that lead farther down the dark path.  I plan to play a Light Path Sith and a Dark Path Jedi as well to see what happens. 

Shadowrun is on hiatus for 6 weeks.  The GM’s creative writing course is ‘kicking him in the ass’ and he feels he can’t do both right now.  He is up to still getting together on Mondays, just so long as it isn’t a game he has to run and put time, effort, and energy into.  I know I shouldn’t end a sentence that way, but my brain just isn’t up to rewriting the sentence.  I think it goes back to staying up way to late on a Sunday night. 

But there will be NO Monday meeting tonight.  I do have a dinner tonight with my stitching group.  Petrow’s.  Yummy food.  Reasonable prices.  Good conversation.  And I get to give a scarf away.  If I finish it at lunch.  I should.  There is only a small amount of yarn left and then I just have to stitch up the tails.

I also got a Tardis all drawn out.  I may stop at the fabric store and try to pick something out.  I think I’ll make it up into a throw pillow.  I’ve pretty much decided on two forms right now.  A bluework piece on black and a blackwork piece.  The advantage is that I can use the same basic outline.  I’ll do the easier one first.  I’m leaning towards doing it on black silk, black velvet, or black crushed velvet.  Not sure yet.  I’ll have to take a look at the fabric first.

The morning is passing in extreme tedium and I’m dying here.  I’ve planned, plotted, and toyed with all sorts of ideas.  I re-organized all the desk top icons.  I read an article last week on why John Carter tanked at the box office and am thinking about writing a blog discussing those points and explaining why it was actually a good movie and people really ought to go see it.  But then my brain reminds me that it won’t be properly awake for a while longer and that is too much work right now. 

I would be so much happier if the phone were ringing off the hook with new claim calls.  I love busy days.  Well, sometimes I hate them.  But I always love how fast they make the day pass.

I’m trying to work out my plans for Saturday.  I have a wedding shower to attend and an Austinian tea party to attend.  Thankfully, it is not on Sunday.  I have a stitching group that day.  It would have been too much to juggle.  I don’t have appropriate period dress, but that is okay.  If I have fun, I can always make something up.  The hostess is short and large chested as well and has patterns she figured out for dealing with that issue.  I mean Austinian as in a Jane Austin recreationist group.  Just in case people didn’t figure that one out.

I’ve known for years that I have too many hobbies.  I wish days were longer but people still only needed the same amount of sleep.  Then I might find time to do more of them.  Or keep them all caught up at the same time.  I suppose I better focus.  Maybe some serious caffeine will help.