A passionate cross-stitch love affair

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by spockandawe, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    Head: pounding
    Eyes: blurry
    Hands: shaking

    I am forcibly removed from the embroidery frame

    I'm going to wait until the set is done to iron and stage photos in good light, but! LOOK!!! I'm so delighted with this project, oh my god. I'm bon physical pain and need to take a break (read: do other easier, but more urgent projects), but I'm really, really pleased with this.

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  2. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    Hokay, finished the Lord Libidan pokemon 3-d piece. The one where I eyeballed colors and was probably/definitely off starting from the dark grey and going onwards :V The one where I can't check my work because 3-d effects don't work on my eyes :VVVV The one done to double extra prove my nerd credentials at the craft fair where I'll be displaying hundreds of hours of work of lovingly cross-stitched eighties robots :VVVVVVVVVVVV

    pokemon 3-d (lord libidan) (small).png

    Among other ways to fail at planning ahead, I also totally ignored the dimensions of this even as I was counting the stitches out. It's 96 by 96, which means that if I'd stitched in that white space, it would have clocked in just under 10,000 stitches. My big pieces right now tend to come in a bit over 20,000. This ~quick little project~ was almost half the size of one of my monsters, only instead of having lots of colors and thinking to do to keep me engaged, it was TEN MILLION STITCHES (figuratively) of grey 196. I'm... such an idiot.......

    I watched jacksepticeye's God Of War, the podcast/vlog archives for a coworkers knitting vlog thing, dragonball z abridged (sans movies), three episodes of god of war starting again from the beginning, and the first two seasons worth of yugioh abridged. I have... made a tactical mistake. By the time I wrapped this up today, my hands were so numb and shaky that when I tried to hold a slice of pizza I was losing toppings :VVVV
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  3. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    [frustrated pterodactyl noises]

    I have F1, H1, and most of J1. But there's still so much more to go, and the event is Wednesday, and this isn't even the IMPORTANT project on a tight deadline that I should be doing, but if I don't do this now I'll never finish and also I'll have bought this shittily written, overpriced pattern for nothing :[

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  4. Verily

    Verily a very ineffective hitman

    I’m suddenly reminded of when my sister came along to a friend’s house. Friend was working hard to finish her cosplay for a convention. There were fabric and beads everywhere. My sister was wistfully thinking, wow, it must be so cool to have a hobby like this.

    Friend chose that moment to throw everything down and holler, “I hate this crap!” My sister reconsidered her interest in hobbies.

    (Then she decided to go to grad school. Maybe it’s for the best that she didn’t walk in on any people finishing up a thesis before her mind was made up.)

    Good luck finishing everything! That’s an intimidating amount of work, but I’m sure it will look incredible.
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  5. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    This is the most identifiable thing I've ever read ;u; (and that goes for stupid-ass hobbies i brought on myself and grad school. which i brought on myself)

    Here's where things stood as I collapsed into bed last night. Which was a heroic hecking effort and I bitterly regret the moment I googled 'cross-stitch is a technical craft' and stumbled onto this stupid blog. I'm mostly down to needing to do the blue parts (and wheels). I'm in the middle of doing the thighs, or C1/C2, and then it's down to lower legs, head, fingers, and wheels.


    After that, I need to cut everything out (aughhhhhhhhhh) and stitch things together and clean up remaining exposed edges. I'm actually genuinely pissed at the guy who wrote this pattern, because SOME of the black lines on this thing are seams between parts. But not ALL of them. The pictures are few enough and low res enough that I can't answer my questions about how this thing is pieces together, and it makes no mention of how sometimes the wrong side of my canvas will be exposed, which I'm pissed about. I'm not angry enough to leave a pissy review on his etsy, but I have lost all guilt about developing and sharing patterns in the future (maybe), and I will almost definitely go off when I post the end product.
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  6. Verily

    Verily a very ineffective hitman

    Winnest. Looks great! Would never have guessed it was giving you particular grief.
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  7. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

    I am feeling all of this as a craft-loving (?) grad student
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  8. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    I'm in pain and full of regrets, and have to be awake for work in a few hours. I don't recommend this pattern at all. The latest adventure: there are two things that look like feet, one of which is labeled as feet, and the other of which has dimensions that match the actual photos. Also, a cross-section of a leg should nominally be a rectangle, but if I followed the pattern, the rectangle would have sides of length 8, 9, 8, and 8. Is that intentional? Could be, but it would mean the sides of the hitch aren't square and will slant in. Which side do I change to fix it? Idk, but guessing wrong means the foot hole will be the wrong size.

    Oh, but! This should be all the pieces. Except the inside of the tires, but I need to cut the tires out and use those stitches to fasten them to the legs. The cutting out will be tedious, the stitching together will be fine, and the whip stitching unfinished edges will be tedious again. But by SIGNIFICANT measure, this is the worst of it done.


    I need to calculate that surface area before the stupid craft fair. This is a lot more than I realized I was signing on for.

    Anyways, this pattern is stupidly overpriced, incomprehensibly written, and probably plain wrong in a few places. If I had a little more time to think, I could have probably designed something better than this. I probably will start thinking about this, because designing 3d puzzles is my jam. Ratchet for a first try, probably, because boxy front end and design. And something with more exciting panels, oh my god. The sheer TEDIUM of all those huge-ass, monochrome rectangles just about murdered me.

    (also there is an alarming new dent in my finger from the floss. It is highly sore and had better go away on it's own >:T)
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  9. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    everything-hurts-an-d-i-m-dying-32024309.png I'd hoped to be done by tonight, but okay.


    I still have to do 1.5 arms, the torso, and the head. Elbow joints are okay, but doing and shoulders and hips will be tricky (i have to attach closed rectangular prisms to the center mass), and the head joint is still a mystery to me. The feet are attached to the legs at the back bottom edge, and I'm pretty proud of that.

    I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack for the first time, and A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder 1.5 times. For some reason, I'm really, really feeling a soundtrack that's a bunch of sequential deaths and murders. Wonder why.

    I'll probably be able to get through at least one arm at the craft lunchtime tomorrow, may fiddle with my hours to come home after lunch and push this forward more. I desperately want my life back. Craft fair is Wednesday. I'm mostly ready, but after how big a pain this has been, I'd BETTER have it done. I need to write Swindle shipping and draw my new revelations about Scorponok's head. It is critically important.
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  10. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science


    You're conquering this patterns but man does it look like a phyrric victory for your fingers/sanity.
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  11. coldstars

    coldstars get Jazzy on it


    A tribute.....we will never know her sacrifice...
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  12. Verily

    Verily a very ineffective hitman

    Oh dear, I didn't realize she was on fire and looming over our beds. Truly her sacrifice is beyond our understanding.
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  13. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    adsfasdfsd I'm dying, I didn't even notice that you added in Optimus pictures at first and now I can't breathe XDDD

    So! This is the pattern, which I strongly dis-recommend, because it balances being lazy, incomplete, and wrong, and I hate it and the author a LOT right now.

    But here's my baby! My beautiful baby boy :') I figured out to do full-coverage seams like.... three seams from the end, which doesn't help me now, but I've unlocked a lot of secrets through my blood, sweat, and tears, and I have a lot of canvas left, and presumably this pain in my heart will fade eventually and I'll be willing to go for this again (with soundwave) (my best boy)

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  14. Verily

    Verily a very ineffective hitman

    Oh no, it looks so good, and the allure of the best boy! Who could blame you if you continue to smolder over our beds?
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  15. shmeed

    shmeed plant me

    !!!! he folds into truck form!!! that's so cool! great work! it really sucks the pattern turned out to be such a crapshoot, but he looks awesome
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  16. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity



    edit: wow i sure am glad i can abuse my modly powers and move this thing to the correct venue when i'm so loopy i post cross-stitch to my music emotions thread. i even put a song on here. i need sleep.
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  17. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity

    FOUR DAYS. The next one is a little more complicated, but it should be interesting, at least once I get past the borders.

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  18. spockandawe

    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity


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    spockandawe soft and woolen and writhing with curiosity



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