Hello friends! Long time no post 🙂
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:
And here’s how it was on Monday:
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! 😀
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!
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Tagged azura, charity, cross stitch, daedra, elder scrolls, ihsw, phantasy star, quilt, rika, sega, skyrim, sprite stitch, video game
IHSW TIME! Here’s what I plan to be working on over the weekend:
WIPs – Nei’s the most likely candidate for the most work, but I might cycle a few pieces such as mother’s leafy thing, Daedric lettering, Prishe and the new pieces I started the other day from Halo Zero.
New starts – I got a few patterns languishing in the depths of my hard disks that I really would like to make a start on and now seems like a good time! I also have a few mini kits I’d like to make use of too 🙂
Not much of a plan, I know. I’ll try and do as much as I can, with pics to follow of course!
Oh, and before I forget, one of the Sprite Stitch quilts is up for auction on Ebay! We’d really appreciate it if as many people as possible could share the link in their various places! 😀
Everybody have a great weekend! 😀
…you all have my permission to do whatever it takes to stop me! What was I thinking? 245 colours! And that was AFTER I reduced them as best I could! I thought the Great Fairy piece last year was nuts, but this was just insane.
Oh, I’m talking about the Ivy piece for the Sprite Stitch quilt, that I spent my entire IHSW on. I finished it at 2:45am this morning!
Here she is:
Still looks pink on my phone camera (although to be honest, everything does!) Looks better the further back you stand from it, hehe. Despite hating it most of the way through, in that way that we do when only some of the pieces are in the puzzle, I’m really happy with how it came together. Also, pretty sure it can stand up by itself, there’s that much thread in the back. Kinda bulky in some places, but I knew that would happen because of the stupid amount of colours! It should be fine with another wash, though. (Which it will be getting when it gets to Toni, the quilter.)
I am most happy with the sword, actually – I was afraid it wasn’t going to stand out from the armour but it seems fine!
Here’s a picture I snapped of both my pieces before they left earlier today:
I feel a certain sense of relief that they are gone now. But the work for this Black Mage never stops, as I’m sure some of you know! I have (as usual) a bazillion more projects to finish, and indeed start! 😀
How was everybody’s weekend? 😀
This IHSW I put all my stitching time into one project, my second square for the Sprite Stitch quilt – Ivy from Soulcalibur (Dreamcast version – her best incarnation in my opinion.)
It’s a really, really complicated piece, with LOTS of colour changes!
I did a lot of the colours at the weekend, as well as unpicking 900+ stitches of DMC 902 and replacing it with DMC 814 (because it made the 814 next to the 902 looked really weird…like there was a dark ring around Ivy’s head.) All fixed though.
Here’s what it looked like when I picked it up again last Monday (after the swap and craft fair projects):
And here’s where I’m at now with it:
Feel like I got a lot done, but like it’s never going to end! 😀
Ugh, my phone camera makes it look really pink. It’s not as bad as that in daylight, although it is quite pink looking in places. I have about half the colours done (I know – there’s a lot of 2s and 1s all over!) and hopefully will be finished today or tomorrow. At which point it’ll get washed, stretched and ironed and sent straight off to be added to the quilt! (Also must get a better picture of it, too) 😀
OK, a lot later. I didn’t mean to forget about posting, I’ve just been up to my neck in all kinds of projects! Very, very busy, as ever.
This post has quite a few images! 😀
This was a commission for a lovely, lovely guy on deviantART called Greg aka “TheChairSlayer”. He does the perler beads but found he couldn’t match the colours for this piece and requested it as a stitching instead! It is a Tarot card from Ogre Battle on the SNES, a long time favourite of his.
It is stitched on 16 ct hand dyed aida in “Barely Lime” (although it seems impossible to capture it in ANY photo) and was 3346 stitches in 14 colours. A very fun piece to work on!
Ahh, this. The elusive Ecco II square for the Sprite Stitch 2012 quilt. I took WIPs of this and kept forgetting to upload them to places…when I finally decided to get around to it the piece was finished!
This piece gave me some real trouble, as the stitching programs couldn’t seem to accept that there were more blues in the sea than they claimed. So I had to hand-draw quite a lot of the pattern! But I think it turned out quite nice.
9216 stitches in 22 colours on 16ct aida.
This is Axel Stone, my favourite character from Streets of Rage. He’s currently taped to my wall above my desk to remind me that he needs to be finished! (Of course, I can’t take the hint – he’s been there since February ^^;)
He’s on 14ct plastic canvas, and needs cutting out and backing…because I have a plan for this dude. When I get around to doing that, I’ll post him here 😀
This is a very small old-school style sprite of Prishe from FFXI. Nick showed me the sprite and told me to stitch it. He was joking, but I did it anyway, because I thought it was cute!
I don’t know who made the sprite, so I can’t give the appropriate credit, but if you are out there – thanks and good job! 😀
277 stitches in 22 colours on 16ct aida.
A lovely sprite of Young Ryu and Nina from Breath of Fire III. I love that game and it’s probably my favourite in the BoF series. I was looking for something brightly coloured and quick to do (as a break from Ecco!) so decided on this.
1060 stitches in 51 colours on 14ct pale lemon (I know, you can’t tell, but trust me it is!) aida.
Finally, here is a bunch of stuff that I gave to my sister Dolly for her birthday on March 10th. There is:
- Lilac crocheted headband
- Skyrim Dark Brotherhood birthday card
- Can of “Old Fashioned Moustache Elixir”
- Cross stitched Silent Hill 2 “9 save points” coaster
- Cross stitched Faerie from Breath of Fire III
- Cross stitched badge of my 8 bit version of “Azura’s Star” from Skyrim
I also gave her a bottled Nirnroot that I bought from a wonderful Etsy shop, PortalandPortkey. Please check out her items!
Well, I must get back to the stitching – currently working on my gifts for the Sprite Stitch “big” swap. I won’t be able to post anything about that until my partner receives the stuff. But I have a few other things I’m working on as well that I will be able to share. And it won’t be so long until the next post! 😀
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Tagged axel, azura, bare knuckle, breath of fire, charity, commission, crochet, cross stitch, dark brotherhood, dolphin, ecco, faerie, final fantasy, nina, ogre battle, plastic canvas, prishe, quilt, ryu, silent hill, skyrim, sprite stitch, streets of rage, video game
tnitnetny really pulled out all the stops on this one. It only took her a couple of days to complete our quilt, and here it is:
She also embroidered the Sprite Stitch and Child’s Play squares!
I love how it turned out, and I want to thank everyone who got involved 🙂
Our plan now is to get organised and send it to the Penny Arcade / Child’s Play dinner where it will be auctioned off. Hopefully someone there will love it as much as we do, and give lots of money! 😀
Some other news now.
I haven’t been posting anything I’ve made lately because I’m working on a set of gifts in the current Sprite Stitch mini-swap. When my partner receives them, I’ll be able to post about them here. What I can say is the first one (that I’m working on now) is turning out really nice!
Also, someone on deviantArt told me that Game Arts tweeted about my Justin and Feena stitchings on their Twitter! I have thanked GA, of course, and they told me they were “very impressed” ! That made me happy 😀
Many thanks go to all the people who found me because of that tweet, fav’d my work, and added my stuff to their dA group, #Icarians!
Back soon with more stuff! 🙂
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Tagged alis landale, charity, child's play, cross stitch, final fantasy, game arts, phantasy star, quilt, rinoa, shining force, shiva, sprite stitch, video game, zelda
It’s been a little while since I sent my pieces off to tnitnetny. She has been busy gathering up squares and preparing to make the quilt!
She uploaded a photo on the Sprite Stitch forums, showing what she’s got so far:
They are washed, ironed and trimmed…and awaiting some fabric for the borders/sashing/backing/other quilt stuff. We have been chatting on the forums about what kind of fabric would look best, and tnitnetny says she has “an idea for the borders” – personally I’m excited to see what she means!
More pics on this soon~!
Alliteration aside, those of you who follow what I do here will already know that I’ve completed five squares for the Sprite Stitch charity project.
Today, I cleaned and stretched them all and got a few snaps of them before I send them off to tnitnetny!
Here they are, almost dry, on a bath towel 🙂
People keep asking me if I’m sad to see them go…and in a way I am, because I put a lot of work into these squares. But I’m also happy that they are going off to be part of something special 🙂
Also, I tried to come up with patterns that I liked but wouldn’t necessarily make for myself – for example I love Shiva, but if I was making one for myself, I would choose a different image of her. Same for the rest of the images I used. Also, I have ideas for similar projects but different enough that these squares are all one of a kind items (or I hope they are, anyway!)
I hope that whoever ends up with our finished project takes good care of it, remembers all the hard work we put into it, and ultimately what we did it for 🙂
Lots of thanks go to:
my best friend Nick – for his encouragement and all-round awesomeness
my crazy family – for their support and help with the little things
everyone who commented here on the blog and on deviantArt – your feedback means a great deal to me
and the awesome people of Sprite Stitch!
Well, almost at the end of this project…but of course I have many more lined up, as always 😀
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Tagged alis landale, charity, cross stitch, fairy, final fantasy, phantasy star, quilt, retro, rinoa, shining force, shiva, sprite stitch, video game
And here she is!
Photo is appalling, I know – the light wasn’t great. But I’ll be taking photos of all my charity squares once they are washed and straightened out 😀
Turned out better than I initially thought it would. It was hard work though – this baby has 195 colours! 😀
As usual, comments are welcome!
Heh, forgot to post the second WIP photo that I took on the 28th, so here it is, along with today’s shot:
I’ve had a couple of days of really going at this one, hopefully I can keep it up! 😀