From Pixel Stitch RPG
Guild Magic
Class Wizard
AlignmentLawful Good
Exp 1800
  • Founding Member
  • Skills
    Stitch Speed+1
    Pattern Design+2


    Completed Quests

    Quest Turn-in Details
    Color SwapCinder ColorSwap.jpgStitched with DMC thread, 2 over 1 on 14 count Aida. Pattern
    Color TheoryCinder ColorTheory.jpgBased on this gorgeous Spirited Away print I bought at Anime NYC. DMC: 169, 967, 3608, 703, 728, 958, 3746, 336, B5200, 310
    Design: Inspired by ColorCinder Design InspiredByColor.jpgInspired by Ice cream, Andy Warhol, and her own color palette.
    Unique TechniquesDiscovered a Tutorial for:How to make a Cross Stitch Lampshade
    Artist Studies: Durene JonesCinder Studies DureneJones.jpgI really enjoyed this quest! It was so fun to watch the back stitching bring it to life. Before this I had only done traditional backstitch as an outline. It was a little nerve wracking to sometimes jump more than one stitch. I decided to forgo the french knots for now in hopes that I can add beads later. Eventually I plan to finish it as a flatfold using Siri's latest tutorial. Pattern
    Stitch SpotCinder StitchSpot.jpgI enjoy stitching on my couch, but whenever I want to get some serious stitching done I sit at my desk.
    Topsy TurvyCinder TopsyTurvy.jpg2 over 1, plastic canvas. Pattern addapted from Stardew Valley Cross Stitch book I usually stitch / and then \ so I did \ then / and I actually had to write myself a reminder on my chart so I didn't forget. I made the pattern because my Animal Crossing Island is called Seasoning so I wanted to make a McCormick Spice jar design
    Stash SystemDiscovered organization inspiration:Embroidery To Go Bag I've always been on the look out for a good travel cross stitch bag to use on the subway. I love how the floss bobbins are stored in this pattern. I think the outside pocket could hold a qsnap.
    Revisit a UFOCinder RevisitUFO.jpgThis is by far the largest project I have attempted! It felt good to make some progress. The red square is what I managed this month. [ Pattern]
    Take InventoryTook inventory of their stash:Pattern Stash with Notion I have been wanting to use Notion for a while now and figured this was a great time to see how it works! Before this I had patterns saved that I wanted to stitch all over the place - Trello, Etsy, Google Docs. I love being able to see everything all in one place and Notion has been fun to use!
    Unconventional CanvasCinder UnconventionalCanvas.jpgI was initially drawn to the idea of doing some cute and stitching on a planter box (which I will probably still do at some point). But I realized that I may never have another reason to cross stitch on a waffle fry. I used Charisma yarn by Loops & Threads.
    Scissor SoireeCinder ScissorSoiree.jpgMy favorite are the pretty floss cutting ones. We've also got some kitchen and office scissors in there. The small red ones I keep in my knitting/crochet bag. And I never remember that my multi tool has scissors but I didn't want them to feel left out.
    Prepare to DyeCinder Prepare to Dye.jpgI had done a little bit of tea dyeing when I was in collage for theater, but it was really fun to learn a bit more about it (tannins, who knew!). At first I was just going to dye the one square with some earl gray black tea I had to get that parchment look (top left), but then I decided that I wanted to try for a bit more of a splotchy look with the tea (top right) which was only mildly successful. I had dug out some paintbrushes to splatter the second square and saw all of this unopened gouache paint I had. I thought it would be fun to paint a couple squares even though I knew they wouldn't be colorfast. Those turned out really nice I think. It was a lot of fun!
    International StyleTraveled the world and discovered:I went (more like fell) down a bit of a rabbit hole. I wanted to research Japanese designers since I am learning the language and can't wait to be able to communicate with the community.

    I learned about Sashiko and Kogin Embroidery. Sashiko (刺し子 "little stabs" or "little pierce") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching that started in the Edo era. Sashiko was typically done with running stitches and white thread on indigo cloth. Common motifs are waves, mountains, diamonds, and pampas grass. From what I understand Kogin is similar, but is a counted thread technique that's done on evenweave fabric.

    I found a couple of lovely looking books (1,2) by a designer named Saeko Endo. I love really the geometric style and use of color.

    Unfortunately I couldn't find Saeko Endo on any social media. But the Kogin hashtag lead me to [Satonobou] who practices this style of stitching. I particularly love the journal cover that they recently stitched.
    Artist Studies: Ink CirclesCinder Studies InkCircles.jpgThis pattern is the April Celtic Knot from the 2006 Complimentary Charts PDF. I used DMC 3821, 3852, 603, and 893. I thought that this would be a great time to use my hand painted Aida from last month's quest and wanted to go for something that invoked Springtime. I was surprised that the hardest part about this project was keeping my orientation consistent. I found the pattern to be a very relaxing stitch. I love how their patterns can easily be adapted to any color scheme to achieve a different aesthetic.
    Blackwork ResearchResearched Blackwork and discovered:Rubber Ducks Pattern. I have never attempted a blackwork design before, but I am really excited to try! I really love how many color pallets and layouts you could try with this pattern. I also enjoy how each duck has their own stitch patterns, you could even mix and match the different bodies and wings. The possibilities are endless! Doing this research really showed me how much I love geometric patterns.
    Bewitching BlackworkCinder BewitchingBlackwork.jpgI learned that I really enjoy the aesthetic of blackwork. I was wavering between quite a few patterns before deciding that I should try a small pattern to make sure that I like stitching this style before commuting to something large. I choose this snowflake from Imaginesque and thought it would look nice of the aida I painted for the dye quest. I used DMC 310 Etoile to give it a bit of sparkle. I actually really enjoyed stitching it and was surprised at how little I referenced the pattern after I got in the groove.
    Petite PatternsFound a small pattern to stitch:I saved this pattern from WeekendStitch back in March and this seems like the perfect opportunity to stitch it. アマビエ (Amabie) is a Japanese yokai that takes the form of a mermaid/merman who is said to help defend against sickness or prophesize a good harvest. I've been reading a book on Japanese yokai and find them fascinating. Amabie is actually not mentioned in the book, but it was really interesting to see so many social media posts about this yokai at the start of the pandemic. It really fit with things the book discusses regarding the creation, sharing, and spreading of different yokai.
    Speedy StitchingCinder SpeedyStitching.jpgStitched on 14 Count Aida that I dyed with tea for the Prepare to Dye Quest I took this chance to stitch the アマビエ (Amabie) Pattern that I turned in for last month's Petite Stitches Quest. I stitched 286 stitches (plus some backstitching) in 10 colors (many of which I swapped out for threads I had on hand). It took me roughly 2 hours and 5 minutes while watching a Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament on Twitch. That ends up being around 143 stitches in an hour / 2 stitches per minute.
    Specialty StudyFound a tutorial:Needlework Tips and Techniques - Rice Stitch. I choose the Rice Stitch because I really like the thickness/texture of the stitch. I think it would be a great way to border a piece or an interesting way to fill a block of solid color. I like that this tutorial shows it done with threads of different thickness which adds to the texture even more.
    Specialty PracticeCinder SpecialtyPractice.jpgI decided to use the rice stitch I found for last month's quest. To jazz up the snowflake I stitched for the blackwork quest! I stitched it with DMC 413 and Etoile Blanc and love the bit of sparkle. I found the stitch to be rather quick and easy, and I love the way it looks as a border.
    Needle Minder ManiaCinder Needle Minder Mania.jpgI have two, the lovely magic guild crest from Sirithre and Calcifer.
    Project ProjectionCinder Project Projection.jpgI keep track of all my crafting projects in one Notion database. Right now my only planned cross stitches are my current wips. In particular I am trying to focus on finishing up my monopoly board. Aside from that I would like to complete the Lunar Princess SAL and find finishing techniques for some random stitches.

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