fill stitches

aries:
i am sorry for your
angry fists,
but just keep them in your pockets,
just keep the hurricane in your pockets this time.

taurus:
you were made to hurt
as you were made to fly,
you were made to love him
as you were made to love others.

gemini:
kiss your body electric,
kiss your starry knees and your bright
paint brush fingertips,
kiss your pain goodbye.

cancer:
you were beautiful before
you were told so,
just like you are loved
even when you cannot feel it.

leo:
i know that her eyes are
so bright,
but so is our soul and
your soul is your home.

virgo:
your apologies trapped in your skull
like fluttering birds,
but i promise you
that you are still yours.

libra:
being split open is only
one step closer to being filled,
even sutures and stitches
sting.

scorpio:
do not let this destroy you,
this is not a disease,
do not let this destroy you,
we do not want to find your body.

sagittarius:
i know that it hurts but
that is the way of growing pains,
you are growing you are growing,
this can only make you more beautiful.

capricorn:
i want to tell you about
all the ways that it gets better,
though it seems that soon
you’ll see for yourself.

aquarius:
the emptiness is ringing but
you deserve to be with someone
who does not see your love
as an annoyance.

pisces:
wipe away your tears,
this is not your end,
you are above this,
it is only your beginning.

—  for the signs: moving on; l.m.
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Working on an 18th century “undress” costume - aka informal wear. The ensemble will consist of a jacket, skirt, mits, fichu, and a stomacher to tie it all together! 

I started with the stomacher, since I knew it would be the most time consuming part. I drew the design myself, then resized it and mirrored the pattern in photoshop. I traced the design onto interfacing, which was fused onto the back of a loosely woven polyester fabric I had in my stash. 

I used basting stitches to bring the design to the top side of the fabric, then embroidered it by hand. It was all outlined with a split stitch, then filled in with satin stitching. It’s my first embroidery project I’ve finished, and considering that I’m pretty proud! 

The stomacher is backed with a boned cotton/canvas layer for stiffness, and finished with a ruffle across the neckline!

Week 11 of the #YearOfStitch : Cloud Filling

I bet you thought I forgot about you this week…I didn’t. Sunday still counts as “this week” right?

I think you are going to like this filler stitch. It’s super versatile. 

Here you go!

And now for your photo tutorial:

Start by laying your vertical stitches

I’m going to show you a tight pattern and a looser pattern

Now you begin your diagonal stitches. Come up from the back under the center of your first vertical stitch (be sure to knot your new thread so it doesn’t pull through)

Start weaving your new thread under your vertical stitches, row by row

to finish off, poke the needle through to the back under the center of the last vertical stitch and tie off.

Let’s talk options…

Top left, you just keep weaving the needle under your vertical stitches from the top to the bottom.

Bottom right, I spaced the vertical stitches differently and then when I was weaving the yellow I ended each row by poking the needle through to the back (like you do to start and finish). 

Bottom left, same as bottom right but then I came back through at the end and created a border. 

I hope you enjoy this one.

xo

Shannon

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Now you’ve outlined in split stitch, mark guidelines on your fabric at whatever angle you’re using (on your felt, just use thread instead of pen to make these).  These will help keep your satin stitch on track and looking beautiful.

When taking your satin stitches, you want to be hugging the split stitch with the thread … so come out at an angle as close as you can.

And then tuck your needle in at an angle on the down stitch.

If your satin stitch goes a bit wonky (if your stitches are more tightly packed together on one side than the other) you can fix this easily!

Take your next stitch as normal, but instead of taking it all the way across, tuck it in just underneath your last stitch.

Finish the half-stitch as if you’ve taken a full one and either continue with full stitches, or take another half-stitch if you need to.  These filling in stitches are the BEST. They rescue me all the time!

And if you want to work at an angle, you use exactly the same method!

Your thread looks like perle, so the satin stitch will probably look a little bit different to my example - that’s just the nature of the thread and I think it will look beaut! 

I should mention that it would be easier to do this kind of stitching on stretched fabric, so if you’re struggling with it as it is, I can show you a way to get it into a hoop, just let me know!

Sorry for the horrible photos … I hope this helps!
Good luck with your tree :D 

My new craft I am trying is embroidery. I will have pictures later, but what I am trying right now is to fix small holes in a flannel shirt by putting some reinforcement behind it, and stitching an embroidery design about the size of the hole. 

Part of the problem is that I do not have a real hoop, so the fabric is not as taught and the back is not as accessible as most embroidery. I am also trying to do the whole design without any satin stitch (the most effective fill-stitch) because the fabric is thin and gets warped by the tension. 

I am not so great at keeping the stitches very even, and I am avoiding trying by using a lot of diagonal designs like the herringbone stitch.

I was not able to find many useful things while searching for tips on fixing holes with fancy stitches, so I have been making a lot up as I go along with the designs. My crafting often takes me off-map from what you can find in pattern books though. I like the challenge of putting the elements together how it makes the most sense for me. Getting something utilitarian out of what most people see as fluff.

After I finish the last of what the shirt needs I think I am going to attack patching the couch, and adding pretty designs as I go. Hit me up if you know anything about doing this, because I am going in kind of without a clue. 

9

I finally finished the ColdFlash bag!!! : D

I don’t actually know how long this all took, I just worked on it on and off when I felt like it.

I couldn’t decide if I should line the bad with more flash colors or cold colors (I wasn’t having any luck finding something with both : p) So I ended up just doing half and half ^_^ 

My camera kinda sucks and I wanted to show all the details so that’s why so many photos XD like the last one was just cuz none of the other pictures really showed that I actually used three different colors in the fill stitching.

But any way

I’m just really proud of how it came out and had to share it ^_^ I was blown away with how many people liked my first post when just the coldflash symbol was done.

I have decided it’s gonna end up on etsy, I’m currently working on some more fandom related bags, so when I have a few more done I’ll put them all up at once and then put a post up about it if any one is interested ^_^

Oh wow. Hey guys, let’s enjoy how literally from the first frame of this episode, THIS IS PAINFUL AS FUCK

It opens up, and my first thought was how it reminded me of a playground I used to visit all the time when I was little. It set an immediate tone, and a nostalgic one at that. We pan across slowly, taking in the rock wall where kids could climb. The benches where parents or guardians would watch and supervise, currently abandoned. The sandbox, with half-buried spades and buckets on their side. Play has been interrupted and the toys abandoned.

Then the slide, with Naru sitting on the edge. She’s folded over, as small as she can be, Hiding her face, hugging her knees. And there’s Usagi. The distance between her and Naru feels like it goes on for miles. She’s turned away and standing awkwardly, her school bag in front of her. Hovering. She wants to help, but has no idea what to do.

And these images are TERRIBLE. Before we even start, they’re spelling out for us the loss of innocence that is this entire arc’s emotional center. It’s safe to say that Naru has come here for comfort, or at least chosen to rest here when it all became too much for her. The contrast is heartbreaking. Naru, in this abandoned child’s place, wrestling with problems that no child should ever have. She doesn’t belong here, there are no answers for her. But then where does she belong? Naru has nowhere to turn. Her mother won’t understand, certainly not after Naru stole from her. Usagi wants to help, but can’t help seeing things though what Sailor Moon knows. Naru is completely lost, and the image of her crying at the bottom of that slide while Usagi may as well actually be on the moon is killing me.

And poor Usagi. I can’t imagine she’s ever really been in a situation where she couldn’t just hug a problem away. Usagi wants so DESPERATELY to help, but she’s caught. As much as Naru doesn’t belong in this playground anymore, neither does Usagi. She, too, is learning the hard way that the problems facing her now are so much larger than making sure you didn’t lose your spade in the sandbox. Usagi is Sailor Moon, she’s been given all this power, but when Naru is facing a real, adult problem that’s too big for her, all of Usagi’s power is useless.

Week 18 of the #YearOfStitch : Triple Rice Stitch

Who doesn’t love rice? AmIRight?! 

This stitch made me pay lots of attention. I found that the minute my concentration drifted, I f’d the stitch up. Could just be me but I’m curious how it goes for you. 

I love this stitch as filling but I love it even more as a border. I will show you examples of each. 

Things to consider with this stitch…

Do what feels right. If you don’t like the way I’m suggesting you stitch it then find a rhythm that works for you. My pattern is all about reducing thread waste but maybe that is why I kept f’ing it up. So I leave it to you to figure out your own best flow. In the examples I’m using all 6 threads but as always I invite you to play around with different densities. 

Let’s do this thing. 

And now for the photos:

I started with the base cross stitches (6x6) to map out the border size I wanted

Boom. Border laid out. Now for the triple rice! yum.

I like to do one at a time so my eyes can focus. As you lock them up, you will find that some of the rice stitches (blue stitches) share some of the same holes. 

A lovely border…

Or, a lovely filler stitch

You folks are the best! Don’t forget to use the #YearOfStitch hashtag so we can see your beautiful work.

xo

Shannon