Saturday, 9 April 2016

Oh Deer, I've found my Map

 Piece by piece I am slowly getting through my WIPs/UFO drawer. I took my "World Map" to work yesterday to finish up the back stitching. That's all that was left to do on it. Just too lazy to actually get the gold lines put in. Well now its all stitched up & can move from the one drawer....into the finished chest. HAHAHA.

I finally finished the lay out that I want for Ronnie's requested piece. I had started by just making copies of the 2 patterns I wanted parts from, cutting them out and laying them down on the cloth. I took photos of it so I would know where I wanted things to go & had started on the lower deer. But it was bugging me that I didn't actually have a pattern to follow so for the last couple of days I would manually copy out all the pattern pieces into my PCStitch program & move things around to get them where I wanted them to be. I came across a set of letters (in the new Crazy for Cross Stitch ipad edition) and have incorporated them into this plotted out mess.
 So I have it done up w/ a white background here so I could see the grid lines as I was entering all the parts in.  But as I'm actually stitching it on a bluish cloth, I also had to keep flipping back & forth to make sure the blues I was using worked well & didn't just disappear (as this was Ronnie's request to keep it as close to the look of the business card as possible). There's only basic cloth colour selections on the program so I'll still have to that the DMC I've chosen & hold it up to the cloth I'm using to make certain. The large stag will probably wind up black as well since the grey looks a little off in the chart & I'll have to figure something else out about the cabin lights....

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Pirates, Rum & Babies

I'm My family (the men) host a Thursday get together at my Uncles house dubbed appropriately "Rum Night". They are big on having a good time - large gatherings, foolish antics.  Multi generations of (legal aged) male bravado enhanced with Rum.

So it was very fitting that for my globe trotting cousins, who like adventure (seriously, these 2 head to the mountains to go glacier ice climbing on weekends), and rum....that I stitched this piece for their recent addition.

I took the Sue Hillis Design pattern "Tools of the Trade" and changed out the words to make it a name sampler.

And here it is in a frame; a little blurrier because I had to try and take the photo before the dog walked in front of me again. She thinks the words "take a picture" mean of her...ALL THE TIME.

I'm back in my own office now so I can actually do more stitch work on Ronnie's requested piece. He came in today to see if I was back...I am. I apologized for not having more done but he waved me away saying it was not a rush as he wouldn't be down there for a bit. He did give me 2 small pairs of scissors though. A blue handled pair and a curved Singer thread trimmer. Apparently he'd picked them up at an auction and sharpened them for me. Which he did a good job at as I dropped one pair off my desk & it landed on my foot. I have a small puncture mark where it poked me. :S
 I did manage to get a little done on the 2 bottom deer during lunch. I was in town waiting while my new tires were being put on.

Have you ever gifted a stitched piece for an auction? Do you follow said auction to see how much people may think your piece is actually worth paying? I'll admit I was slightly miffed when I submitted my piece to the LTL. I was asked to give a starting price I thought they should start at as well as what the item would cost at retail. I gave a break down of the material cost: cloth, floss, pattern, frame, mounting board....and suggested they aim for at least $40 which is what the frame alone cost. While they put my little price break down under the picture - they set the Starting Bid at $10. One bid is on it for the $10 from a gal I know.
The one I submitted last year also only went for $10 (to another friend.)

I don't think next year I will be submitting. I know it shouldn't, but seeing such a low balled offer really does take away from the joy I got from stitching them up. I was hoping it would make a boosted financial contribution for the group, as many other handy craft items have in the past. The organization does do good works over in the Congo w/ the Orphans (& those children who are legally adopted by parents outside of, but still remain in the DRC because of bureaucratic red tape.) It's especially hard to see that a box of playdoh which started at $5 is now sitting at just over $50.

*Rant Complete*

Outlander ( April Smalls)

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