Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Back to stitching




I felt a sudden urge to stitch after all that crochet I've been doing. So the tansy fairy is back...

I suppose I've been working on it for nearly 15 years now !

But it's close to the end now...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Rice milk

Rice milk is the kind of food your mom certainly made when you were a child. I read this week it was good for your health, the milk fixing the rice zinc or something... So I decided to give it a try, it seemed so easy to make...

This first batch was a bit of a deception. It burned over in a minute of innattention,and the caster sugar makes it taste a bit funny.

But it's still good...

Friday, 24 March 2017

Nearly one year....

Since I came this way ! I had started a loooooong message 6 mois or so ago. But I will spare you too much text.

So what changed?

- I lost my grandma after a long stay in hospital, and that really got to me.
- I started playing Bass Guitar to join DBF's band (a way to compensate the loss above)
- I started a computer coding course. Back to school for 9 month, and hope for a change of career.

So as going to class every day and try to stick loads of data in my brain is a bit tiring (and time consuming), crafting was completely abandonned. I don't think doing a bit of origami with a classmate counts much.

But now I'm doing an internship before getting my degree, and I'm back to cross stitching. DBF thinks that there is a link between having a job and stitching somehow. It sure feels like "before".

For the moment I' working on old projects, but the ultimate question will rise soon : what to do with all those finished pieces? Especially when you are a techno geek like me?

And what kind of app could I develop for stitchers?

An idea.... you know where to find me...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Stormtrooper stitch

I made this Star Wars Stormtrooper keyring for DBF. Stitched on 16 count aida and using pva white glue to prevent fraying and stick the felt at the back.

 This method is a good alternative to plastic canvas that I can't find over here. And it offers more flexibility for backstitching and fractionals...

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Animal Crossing Stitch

As I have a whole folder of medium and big stitched pieces, I want to stitch something more portable. Like charms or keyfobs.

So here is Marie from the Animal Crossing game (3DS). I used 16 count aida. I found the pattern in the numerous Hama beads patterns on Pinterest.

Originally I wanted to make a mini cushion, but I'm not really satisfied of the little Totoro I made a year ago, the character gets all out of shape.

So I cut the fabric around very close to the stitches like plastic canvas, and put some glue all around so it doesn't fray.

Now I need to add a back. I think I will put some felt, but will I stitch or glue it on?

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Mouse in a salad

We were waiting at the cashier at the supermarket and I was browsing this cooking magazine for kids, full of good ideas.

Including the mouse made with an half egg, radishes and pepper.

And I put it on top of my usual mixed salad.

The guests liked it a lot !

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Forever Friends Nightmare

Second freebie stitched this month. But different story. This is an Anchor kit, instead of DMC. And two (ok, three) problems occured.

First, just looking at the pattern, I could only brace myself for an arduous backstitching, out of the holes with a pointy needle. It reminded me of the old days when that lady from Anchor got mad at me for warning people of this difficulty in Anchor kits I reviewed. At least I knew what I was getting into.

Second, error in the colour chart calling for a brown backstitching on the flowers instead of pink, but never mind.

Then this is where we uncounter the real big problem : not enough threads. This NEVER EVER happened with a freebie, from any UK magazine. They usually provide more than enough. Here, at first I was stitching the teddy, and I was having just enough. Just enough is already rare. But it became desperate when I had to make the pink background. I ran out. And I had to use DMC threads to finish the project. And we stitchers know that the colours equivalence is never exact.

 So what happened ? Was it yet another mistake int he colour chart? Should have it been "stitch in one strand" instead of two?

It didn't discourage me, I started another Forever Friends freebie...