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Sprite Stitch Challenges

I know, I’m terrible at blogging. I’ve gotten rather lazy about it (like many things) and if I wasn’t putting it off I was forgetting it. But here I am now with a small roundup of some of the things I’ve finished in the past few months.

I’m going to start with my Skyrim quilt square. I meant to post some progress on this for the IHSW recently but…eh. Anyway, I have since finished and sent it! So, here’s a picture. πŸ™‚

Shrine of Azura ~Skyrim~

It was the only square I could manage this year unfortunately (due to my illness among other things), but I made several patterns for other people to use.

Now, a collection of my recent Sprite Stitch challenge entries.

March – Minimalism

Ecco the Dolphin Minimalist

Super Metroid Minimalist

These are Ecco and Super Metroid. I went super minimalist with my two small entries. I really wanted to show how minimalist you could go – the Ecco one is the best example of that!

 

 
April – Sampler Stitch-A-Long

Sprite Stitch Band Sampler

Sampler Shot 2

We had so much fun with this. We all designed bands, which were voted on – the top ten were put into my Hat and three were selected with Random magic. The last band was our own choice out of all the ones entered. I think we actually ended up with over 100 designs!
The final bands were: Super Mario Kart, DDR and Journey. We stitched one per week, and used any extra time to add borders and things. In the last week I chose a Mystic Quest band designed by merrywether, finished up my border and stitched personal things in between the bands. They sort of ended up as bands themselves! One of my favourite projects to do and it turned out nicely. πŸ™‚

 

 
May – Black Mage Holiday

BMH on holiday

I left the challenge for May in the capable hands of my good friend starrley while I had a holiday, and the challenge was all about that. Where would a Black Mage go on holiday? What would s/he do? There were some awesome entries and I loved all of them. I wasn’t planning to enter but at the end of the challenge I got dressed up in my Black Mage outfit (that I made for the FF concert back in November) and snoozed under my Hat. So, this is me on holiday!

 

 

June/July – Colouring Book

Akatosh Sequin Art


The main reason I took a “holiday” was to set up this challenge. It wasn’t easy to get together a bunch of images and make them into outlines but I think I did alright. There were images from Zelda, Pokemon, Portal and more. I really wanted to do something different so I used the Akatosh symbol from Elder Scrolls and went mad with sequins. The result is what you see above. Over 2000 gloriously dazzling laser hologram sequins! Very fun to do, if somewhat fiddly when it comes to sewing them on, but I’d love to do more!

And that’s it so far. The current challenge for August is all about bling, so if I have time I may whip something up. I have plenty of UFOs to pick up too! I also have to prepare for next month, when it’s time again for the Mini Swap! πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading (if you made it this far) and hopefully it won’t be too long until my next post! πŸ™‚

 

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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˜€

Pattern Theft!

Hello friends! I will be posting about the IHSW tomorrow, but today I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to something that happened yesterday.

On Sprite Stitch, one of the members made a post about some of our patterns being sold on a website, “Los Angeles Needlework”. I’m not going to give it the luxury of having a link from me.
So on behalf of affected SS members, I emailed the person politely to inform her of the concerns and ask her to either seek permission for use or remove the patterns. I also made a small post on her Facebook page, which was promptly deleted and I was blocked from posting anymore comments. The same happened to several other people. It then turned out that every pattern she is selling has been taken from someone else. They have all been informed and everyone is doing their best to take legitimate courses of action. The Facebook page, Pinterest and Etsy shop have been closed, but as of the time of writing the main shop site is still up and running.

I cannot tell you how despicable I think this person is. To take other people’s work and pass them off as her own and take money from people who do not need to spend it on these patterns is low. But what really annoys me is the behaviour – the deleting and blocking. It says to me that she knows what she’s doing is wrong. That is the worst part of all of this.

This is not the first incident of free patterns being sold by people who should not be selling them, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. But I wanted to share this information with my friends and readers in the hopes that we can totally discredit this individual and stop her from taking any more money from people.

Here’s some links to other posts about this:
Pattern Theft Alert!!  Los Angeles Needlework is selling our free patterns! They've swiped patterns from quilt, knitting, crochet, and embroidery designers. Help spread the word!
http://jemimabean.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/counterfeit-dresden-petal-handbag.html
http://sewhooked.com/2013/02/17/pattern-theft-alert
http://artisania.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/pattern-theft
http://www.dorkstitch.com/stolen-content

Sorry for the nature of this post, but I felt it was important to make it. Normal service will be resumed shortly, so look out for my next post! πŸ˜€

UPDATE – 19/02/2013 00:59
Just wanted to update this post with the news that the offending website has now been suspended. Well done to the crafting community for chasing this person down through legitimate means – it just goes to show that people can pull together to do things properly and have a positive effect!

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˜€

The Plan.

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 startsΒ – 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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€

Everybody have a great weekend! πŸ˜€

If I ever try something like this again…

…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! πŸ˜€

IHSW August

How was everybody’s weekend? πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€
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) πŸ˜€

Sprite Stitch Swap 2012

Time for a report on the “big” swap we have had over at Sprite Stitch. This post is gonna be pretty image heavy!

I received my gifts a couple of weeks ago, from “msstitcher”. They are really awesome! πŸ˜€

She made me a Black Mage bag, a Phantasy Star Online biscornu and a hanging ornament with a forum “joke” stitched on the front (about me and my warp-speed stitching – something I will have to share here on the blog sometime!). Here’s some more pictures!

msstitcher also included some Mario Kart sweeties and a hand-drawn card! πŸ˜€

OK, on to what I’ve beenΒ dying to share with everyone for months…the gifts I made for “starrley”! Here’s the full set of stuff, first.

I made her a Harvest Moon farm set, a Pokemon stitching, a little pouch and a painted card. I also included some Earl Grey tea and Cadbury’s chocolate.
Time for more pictures!

The Harvest Moon set. The base, the 24 crops, the house and all the figures are fully cross stitched. The figures are double sided and glued on to British coins (which I spray painted black to look like the shadows of the sprites). The crops sit on right angled (sort of) stands made of wool mix felt stitched on to plastic canvas squares. The house is actually a box that holds the crops and stands when not in use. And finally the base is one full plastic canvas sheet completely stitched with a semi-custom tileset (that bit was the hardest, I think!)
Here’s another angle:

You can see the reverse sides of the farmer and animals, and also how the stands work πŸ™‚
Whole project is 30,600 stitches and I don’t really know how many colours! πŸ˜€

Next, starrley’s favourite Pokemon.

She made a list of her favourite Pokemon, but I couldn’t choose which one I wanted to stitch so I did all ten! They are on sparkly aida (it has lurex in the weave) and it’s stitched onto felt. Wasn’t quite sure what to do with it so left it at that, I’m sure starrley will do something with it! πŸ˜€

The pouch.

This was a last-minute thing I made (literally the night before posting). I got this idea in my head to do something Star Trek. I was watching TNG and Picard was getting his tea…I was going to send some anyway and so this tea pouch was born! I cross stitched the words on to some dark blue aida, stitched it on to some felt and did some blanket stitch up the sides. Then I stuffed it full of Twinings Earl Grey tea bags. Perfect for a TNG fan! πŸ˜€

And finally the card (plus some bonus artwork from Ivy).

On starrley’s deviantART profile it says that Alphonse Mucha is one of her favourite artists (one of mine too, as it happens) and she had said in her swap info that she liked Erika from Pokemon. So I drew this, based on a combination of her HeartGold / SoulSilver sprite and some artwork, chucked in a few Mucha-esque elements and painted it up. I probably could have done better, maybe if I hadn’t tried to go as fast as possible! And Ivy’s picture is a smiley starrley with her name written underneath (it’s supposed to say China, although she wobbled on the C)

And that was the swap for me! πŸ˜€

Next, moar stuff for the craft fair. Lots moar. Next week is IHSW July, so hopefully I will get lots done! And I need to, because I have…let’s call him a guest…staying with me for a few days next week, and it’d just beΒ rude to be stitching all the time when…other things could be going on. If you get my meaning. πŸ˜‰
ANYWAY…will definitely have some more stuff for you soon, and possibly BEFORE the IHSW! πŸ˜€