Gen Con starts this week and we are super excited to be there again! I don’t know about you but I always have some kind of projects I am working on and many of them are small enough to tote along with me. The problem I often have, however, is how to best travel with everything I need but in the smallest possible space. Even when there are only two of us in the car, we are often gone for at least a week and that requires a lot of luggage so the crafts need to be condensable. I currently have a couple of specialty bags that travel with me for different purposes. The one for my embroidery/cross stitch has two large side pockets and a three ring style plastic organizer for floss bobbins in the center. It lays quite flat and I definitely have plenty of room for a couple of projects at once. I sometimes have to carry more so I’ve been looking for another to buy or make and in my searches have found the following…
This first one on Craftsy is everything you could wish for and more. It is quite a large tote with all kinds of pockets for pretty much anything you need to bring along and it seems pretty straight forward. I really like the optional shoulder strap and the variety of pocket and zipper options the pattern mentions so that you can completely personalize it to your needs.
I promised some needle minding this week and I have some great ones to share! So what is a needle minder? It’s generally some sort of magnet that clips to the front and back of your stitching project so that you have somewhere to “park” your needle instead of using (or in addition to) a pin cushion. I’ve definitely covered some really cute wooden needle minders previously (see the article here) from A Needle Runs Through It and she still does not disappoint:
A cuppa to watch over that needle? Or a reminder that you are, indeed, a crafty girl?
I love me some engraved wooden minders, especially if they are cute like this hedgie from Beadeux:
I especially love the iron of having something prickly minding your sharps!
I do tend to like plenty of food themed items as well so this pizza themed minder made from polymer clay by Chapel View Crafts is super adorable:
I’d like mine as a veggie, though, please!
Or perhaps if you like to branch out in your food selections, a cute sushi fabric covered minder by Just Joshin Creations is just the thing:
Though using this may just make me crave California rolls.
My absolute favorite, though, has to be this amazing Kraken minder from UnconventionalX:
Unleash it on your next project!
With any one of these, your needles can be perfectly in sight at all times and if you’ve every sat/stepped/poked yourself with a needle, you know how important this can be. Keeping with this theme, I think next week we may venture into the realm of decorative thimbles.
Last week I took us to the wonderful world of biscornu and it got me thinking about other tools of the trade that can also be fun or beautiful. The first necessary tool that comes to mind besides the needle/thread itself is scissors! I have a wide variety of scissors that all have different duties but for a biscornu, I’d more than likely be using my embroidery scissors. For years, I had the utilitarian plastic handled ones that my mother had previously used until I found my rainbow stork pair:
They look something like this!
They were so pretty and shiny that I had to have them! The stork tends to be the most widely used and popular design but I have found quite a few more than I wouldn’t mind owning. These mermaid shaped ones were definitely the first fun ones to pop up in my search:
I’ve been getting my crafty groove back lately and it’s inspired me to finally plot out something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while. Make my own geeky biscornu! What is a biscornu, you ask? It’s essentially a fancy pin cushion but there are so many different ways to assemble and decorate them! The “traditional” style usually has 8 sides with a repeating pattern in some combination of cross stitch/black work/other embroidery and even some beads as embellishments:
Scrolling flowers, vines, and bees seem to be very popular choices.
But as you hopefully know if you read my posts on Sundays, I love things with a geeky theme so, of course, I am going to include pattern links for some! One of my favorite cross stitch pattern makers, Cloud’s Factory, has several for adorable biscornu, like this Alice in Wonderland:
Appropriately titled, “We’re All Mad Here” and I am definitely mad for it!
After I featured a quilt block of the month yesterday I was asked “but what about us cross stitchers?” I have your 2017 stitch a long!
Presented by the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, Happily Ever After is a “once a month mystery SAL featuring a beautiful floral border, an elegant script title and scenes from our favorite stories in classical literature and poetry. You’ll be stitching up timeless classics like, Heidi, The Owl and the Pussycat, Pride & Prejudice and more!”
From their site:
Stitching begins on January 15th at noon Pacific time with the first chart containing the borders, title and first story. February 1st at noon Pacific time and each consecutive month thereafter, you’ll receive an email containing a new chart of a story! Each chart is stitched on the same piece of fabric and at the end of the year, you’ll have a beautiful finished heirloom project. This is a big, details project but there is never any pressure to finish each month before starting the next, please stitch at your own pace and enjoy the process!
With this purchase you will automatically receive the supply list, up to date charts and how to download the monthly clues. $18.95 is a ONE time fee for the entire year’s patterns. This pattern also includes a printable thread minder! This minder will help keep your floss for this projects neat and organized all year long!
Yesterday I talked about how Carrie Fisher, Star Wars, and Star Trek have had a huge impact on my life. I shared some crafts you create yourself with Princess Leia as the center. Today I am going to share some of my favorite Princess Leia art I have seen over the years.
My favorite art I have seen is a set of two quilts by Cheryl Sleboda. She captured everything I love about Princess Leia.
Wee Little Sitches (my FAVORITE Cross Stitch pattern maker) created some amazing Leia patterns/prints through the years.
I was born in 1976, 1 year before Star Wars and 3 years before the Star Trek movies. I looked up to the people in both lines and idolized them. My parents would make sure that we saw every Star Trek and Star Wars movie in the theater when it was released (yes, even when I was very little and didn’t understand what was going on). I loved both Star Trek and Star Wars. I remember when I was 6 I saw that Larva crawl out of Chekov’s ear and I had nightmares for weeks. But I loved every minute of it.
I grew up learning it didn’t matter what race you were, everyone had strengths and weaknesses and you should only be judged on your actions. I learned that women can be strong, carry a blaster, overthrow a government, and help destroy a death star. I dedicate today and tomorrow to my princess, Carrie Fisher.
Crafting and creating can be therapeutic for a lot of people including me. So today’s post will be about the things you can create.
FreudianStitch created this cool Cross Stitch pattern you can download for free!
If you Crochet, here is a Princess Leia Amigurumi Pattern.
If you are a quilter and can paper piece, here is a free design from Quiet Play.
Finally, if you sew or are a cosplayer, here is a step by step tutorial from Costumes and Artwork.
Tomorrow I will share some of my favorite artistic projects I have seen over the years.
I know I promised a wreath this week but unfortunately I find myself struck down by a terrible cold. So the wreath will have to happen next month but I still wanted to keep with the theme. Tomorrow is Halloween! What small crafts could I do while still resting in bed? Definitely not anything with glue or paint so I suppose we are back to our fiber crafts. I’m really feeling like pumpkins today so I went looking for some free patterns.
I’ve always fallen back on small cross stitch projects since my Mom taught me how to stitch so many years ago. This one is super cute and could still be completed before tomorrow:
It’s positively boo-tiful.
My newer go-to is definitely crochet as my skills continue to improve with every project I try. So how about some cute pumpkin coasters for the mugs of tea I’m dosing myself with:
Definitely an effective place to squash a mug onto.
Or perhaps I could learn something new and try out some knitting. Especially because this pumpkin tea cozy would be very useful for those gallons of tea:
A perfect warmer for those cold days.
While I attempt to recover, everyone else have a safe and happy Halloween!
I have been a huge fan of Eleanor Burns and her Quilt in a Day series since I started quilting seven years ago. I didn’t realize until yesterday that she had a book about converting cross stitch patterns into quilts! It is a different method than the one I use for my quilts, but very cool and interesting. The method uses gridded fusible interfacing using 1 1/2 inch blocks.
Here is the Quilt in a Day episode talking about the Cross Stitch Quilts.
You can buy the Quilt in a Day series book through her site as well as a step by step DVD to walk you through the method.
Let me take a moment to introduce myself! I’m Sherona, better known in the crafting world as blackmageheart. I’m a cross stitcher first and foremost, but I dabble in other arts and crafts occasionally!
Today I’m your guest blogger, and I’d like to share with you all a few of the wonderful and awesome Final Fantasy crafts I’ve seen on my online (and offline!) travels.
For those of you who may not know, Final Fantasy is a long-running video game series, with the eponymous first entry waaaay back in 1987. The series has come a long way since then, but with each new entry and story comes amazing new art and visuals. In-game sprites, Tetsuya Nomura’s character designs and the ethereal art of Yoshitaka Amano are just some of the many elements of Final Fantasy’s style that have inspired legions of artists and crafters to create beautiful homages.
Let’s take a look at some of my favourite FF crafts from around the interwebs!
Final Fantasy cross stitch by “rachael”
This is just a tiny sample of the FF crafts to be found – there are literally thousands of different and wonderful works of art! I do recommend taking some time to look at a few, because you will be amazed at the detail and work that fans put into their crafts. J