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FFV Phoenix

I didn’t get around to making my IHSW report, but I kept working on Phoenix and it’s now finished! Here it is, before washing.

FFV Phoenix

I will upload better pictures of this and the other FFV sprites when they are washed, ironed and framed. It won’t be too long, because they are coming with me on Oct 12th to Durham’s first ever geek/nerd/comic convention, KingCon! I’ve been working on stuff for it for a while and hope to post about it very soon. πŸ™‚

 

Late reports (again!) – WIPocalypse and IHSW April

Yep, late with my WIPocalypse and IHSW reports again. Couldn’t be helped though! Anyway, I thought I’d better update you all with what I did.

I combined a goal from my WIPocalypse list with April’s IHSW and worked like crazy on Rika. Here she is before the IHSW:

Rika WIP 14

 

And here she is after it:

Rika WIP 15

 

But I didn’t stop there, oh no. Here is what she looks like now:

Rika Finished

 

ALL DONE! Well, I’m not sure if I should add a small black border around her or not, but I’ll think about that for a while. It’ll be ages before the whole project is completed! But for now, I can cross this one off my WIP List!

And it’s May now, so the next WIPocalypse post and IHSW weekend aren’t far off at all. I am going to keep the promise I made to myself from now on – I will blog regularly!
On the project front, I have Nei and Arena to work on, as well as the pile of thank you gifts I need to make. My charity squares as well. Oh, and the Sonic Bedroom too. I also have to get started on a wedding gift for my neighbour and organise the Sprite Stitch swap…the list is pretty much endless. πŸ™‚

Toodles!

February IHSW Report

Has it already been a month since the last one? Eh, I have trouble remembering it’s February and it’s almost March!
Anyway, another month (almost) down and another IHSW too. I didn’t do a lot, on account of having a stomach illness and then some kind of throat infection (I get a lot of these). I was going to stitch Rika as I had wanted it completed by the end of Feb but…well, she has gone missing. I have been moving a lot of stuff around now that Ivy has her own bedroom and so it’s probably under or inside something that I can’t get to right now. So I did a little work on my Arena project (little being the key word here) instead:

Arena_3

Arena_3b

And that has been pretty much it for this IHSW! Perhaps next month I won’t be so unwell and can do more!

Toodles!

 

IHSW January (and other things)

2013 was a difficult year for me. I had so many personal and health problems that I was completely overwhelmed. But I found that I had true friends who helped me when I needed it, and that gave me hope. So now I’m trying to improve my situation, health and life – I will include some of what I do in my blog, hopefully to help or inspire others. I’ll be losing weight (or rather, fat), getting fitter, learning new crafts and stuff, playing video games again and of course I’ll be stitching more!

And what better way to kick things off than a report on January’s IHSW? πŸ˜€
Over the weekend, I worked on my current commission forΒ TheChairSlayer. He asked me to stitch the Empress Tarot Card from Ogre Battle, to match the Emperor he already has.

Here it is before the IHSW:

Empress WIP 1

And here it is after the IHSW!

Empress WIP 4

There’ll be more on this piece very soon, and many other things!

 

IHSW August!

Here’s my report for August’s IHSW! πŸ˜€

First, I did some work on a new piece (yeah, I know…another one!):

Arena_1

This is going to be one of the opening images from The Elder Scrolls: Arena, when it’s done. More on this soon!

I also took some time to work on Rika:

Rika WIP 13

I filled in the lightest part of her face, ears and arm, with a little bit of skin left to finish.

I also did a little bit of work on a dragon, which I don’t have a picture of but since it’s part of a set, I’ll save it to show them together.

So, not a huge amount of work done, but I’m glad I actually did something. And even posted within a week! Go me~! πŸ˜€

 

IHSW May – reporting!

Hello friends! Long time no post πŸ™‚
I hope you are all well and crafting, and that you enjoyed your IHSWs!

And on that note, let’s get down to it, shall we?

This weekend, I mostly worked on my quilt square for Sprite Stitch. It’s the Shrine of Azura from Skyr– crap, it’s raining and I have washing out…must go get it! — ahem, from Skyrim.
Here’s how it looked on Friday:

Azura WIP 1

And here’s how it was on Monday:

Azura WIP 2
Lots of blues in this piece. Not as many colours as I normally go for, but should be nice anyway. Better order some supplies to get it finished!

Oh, it stopped raining. How annoying! *shakes fist at clouds*

I also did a little work on Rika. I have been forgetting to take photos when I do work on her, so I don’t have a before and after for you this time. So I’ll just show you what she looks like right now! πŸ˜€

Rika WIP 12

I added most of the pink a couple of weeks ago, so at the weekend I was really finishing that off and working on the skin tones.

And that was pretty much my weekend, except there were a few orcs and quite a lot of falling asleep.

I’m going to do a catch up post very soon, because I do have a bunch of stuff to upload and talk about. I really need to motivate myself to post more often, but I just seem to forget a lot!

Anyway, thank you for looking and see you again soon!

IHSW March

Late again…but you should all expect that from me by now!

I’ve been rather tired lately (more than usual) so I didn’t do a lot for the IHSW, but what I did do was work on my Nei piece a little more. I really want to get it finished soon.

Here’s where I’m at with it:

Nei WIP 14

As you may be able to see, I’ve started to add in the mid-purple tone of the hair. My phone’s camera doesn’t distinguish between the darker purple and the blue aida very well, so hopefully once the rest of the purples are in it’ll look a bit better photo-wise. It’s already looking much better in real life!

So, yes. Not a lot of progress, but some is better than none, right? πŸ˜€

I plan to do some stitching this week, some entries for the latest Sprite Stitch challenge, “minimalism” – they should be really quick to make! I will also be grabbing some other pics of recent things to post at the weekend. πŸ™‚

Hope everyone enjoyed their IHSWs, I’ll be touring your blogs shortly to see what you’ve been up to! πŸ˜€

Oops! :)

This is totally the tomorrow I meant. πŸ˜€
I’m really sorry! I’ll be honest, I haven’t much felt like posting, or doing a lot of anything recently. But I did promise a report on February’s IHSW, so let me start with that!

I spent most of the IHSW weekend working on my second entry for the Portrait challenge over at Sprite Stitch. I kind of neglected to take photos at the right times over the IHSW to show my progress…but I’m happy to say the portrait is now finished so let me show you that instead! πŸ˜€

Valena ~Skyrim~

This is my Skyrim character, Valena. Or as I’m now calling her, Creepyface. Her face has been watching me for several days as she’s been coming together and has given me a few scares in the night!
Ahem…anyway, she’s 14,411 (I think) stitches and 38 colours. She’s in an 8×10″ frame which I have painted black with red trim, for those of you that are in the know regarding Elder Scrolls it was meant to look sort of Daedric-y πŸ™‚
I’m very pleased it’s finally finished though. I wanted to do something unusual for the challenge.

I also worked on something else unusual. My brother got an idea in his head to customise a mouse for a friend and wanted me to stitch the top piece. He did a design and I gave him plastic canvas, which he cut to shape. So I stitched the design for him, here it is:

LOZ Mouse

It says “Loz”, which is some kind of nickname and absolutely NOT Legend of Zelda, or lozenge, or anything else I tried to think of to get on my brother’s nerves. πŸ˜€
The blue star-like thing will have a blue LED under it and the small blue parts (mouse buttons) will have white LEDs. The mouse itself is a Razer DeathAdder that had somehow lost its top. It’s still being constructed very carefully, but my bro says I can take pictures when it’s all finished!

So that was pretty much what I did for the IHSW. Since then I’ve been able to make some progress on Rika and also finish up some secret gifts. I’ll show the gifts as soon as they are received, so for now here’s Rika.

Rika WIP 7

I’ve finished up on the black and started on some grey. More on this project soon.

Oh! Just realised there’s a couple of projects I haven’t posted about here yet! One is my first entry for the portrait challenge (can’t believe I forgot about that one!)

Black Mage Portrait

It’s a portrait of Black Mage…from the front. Bit of a cheeky entry! I hoped to make people laugh at it. It made me chuckle when I was stitching it!

Next, something my baba Ivy asked me for. She saw a picture of the Ice Climbers while I was browsing through my images looking for something to stitch and asked me to make it “into a tiny cushion”. So I did!

Ice Climbers

While she saw me stitching most of it, I finished it in secret and gave it to her for Christmas!

I have some other ideas cooking up at the minute, when I get some more time and more energy I’ll plan ’em all out and try to get started. Should be quite interesting. πŸ˜€

IHSW January and Stuff

Hello again everyone! How are you all?
I’m sorry I haven’t been posting (again) – those of you that know me will know about my health problems of late and my lack of mojo. I am trying to do more, though and what better way to get back in to your craft than the IHSW? πŸ˜€

I can’t actually remember what I did on Friday, so I’ll go straight to Saturday!

First of all, I worked on Nei. Because she hasn’t been out in a while and I felt like she deserved some attention.

Before IHSW:

Nei WIP 12

After IHSW:

Nei WIP 13

It’s kind of hard to see but I did a good amount of the dark purple-ish colour in her hair.

Next, Rika from PSIV. I actually started this over a week ago, when I received my new fabby from DoveStitch. But I used a couple of hours in the IHSW to do a little bit more to her.

Before IHSW:

Rika WIP 3

After IHSW:

Rika WIP 4

Didn’t do a lot, but it was mostly just to have something else to work on. I have a WIP thread at Sprite Stitch following this project, with my new buddy Lileya, who is doing somethingΒ extremely similar! Please check it out at http://www.spritestitch.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10797Β and follow our progress! πŸ˜€

And finally, Sunday’s work – a piece for the latest Sprite Stitch challenge, Portraits! It’ll be my second entry, the first being a mini-portrait of Black Mage (which I’ll add to a later post, but for now you can see it here). I’ll let you guess what/who it might be!

Before IHSW:

SR_Val_1

And after IHSW:

SR_Val_2

This is proving to be an interesting piece to work on, and I’ve done more since this photo was taken! Will keep you all up to date on this project and the others.

I am also working on some make-up gifts for people who missed out in the last swap on Sprite Stitch. They are small, so I hope they’ll be done and sent out shortly. I’ll be able to show those soon, along with all the other little bits I’ve done recently (not much before this month, I grant you, but worth showing anyway :D)

So I think I had a pretty good start to the stitchy year. As always, please feel free to leave comments, good or bad! πŸ˜€

Lazy woman is lazy. Also IHSW and stuff.

So…not exactly when I said I’d post but close enough, right? Right? πŸ˜€
I’ll be honest, my motivation level is still pretty low, but I have been doing stuff and I did do some stitching for the last IHSW like I said. Not much, but it was more than I had been doing. Anyway, have some pictures! πŸ˜€

Nei WIP 12

This is the Nei project. Before the IHSW her skin tones weren’t fully done, so during the weekend I finished that and made a start on the hair.

Also during the IHSW I made a start on the Blaze from Streets of Rage, I think she was finished by the next Thursday, so I made Adam too! Here they are:

Blaze Fielding ~Streets of Rage / Bare Knuckle~

Adam Hunter ~Streets of Rage / Bare Knuckle~

And with the Axel I made a while back:

Streets of Rage / Bare Knuckle

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. They need backs and then a purpose…although I have this image in my head. You ever seen a set of three ducks on a wall? Like that. In case you don’t know what I’m on about, I mean ducks like:

Ducks

Pic of wall ducks I “borrowed” from amazon.co.uk

Only Streets of Rage characters. Don’t ask me why, I have no idea! πŸ˜€

I started an Ice Climbers piece for Ivy, she kept asking for me to make it. She chose some ice blue aida. I’m working on it now and it’s not far from being done so will have a picture of that soon.
I was supposed to start making a fabric advent calendar on 1st – the idea was for me to make a number pocket every day. Thought it might help with the motivation! So far…zero pockets. But it’s only the 4th so maybe I can catch up. When I’ve done all the numbers I’ll attach them to a piece of fabric and put it away to use next year (will put treats in the pockets!)

I have been doing other stuff, although right now I can’t think what they might be. Morph balls, possibly…maybe a Black Mage too? When I find out I’ll do another post with pics and stuff. πŸ™‚
Really need to bash my sis around the head for some good pictures of my cosplay too.

Anyway, hope everyone is well and keeping busy! πŸ˜€