The first record of her appearance is that of an old ramshackle hut collapsing at the edge of the forest.
The house has been uninhabited for decades or at least that’s what everyone thought. When the people came to clear the ruins and salvage what was left, they found a little girl sitting amongst the rubble. The child – maybe 8 or 9 years of age – miraculously was unharmed, but its parents were no where to be found. No one knew who the child was or where it came from, so to have a way of addressing it, they simply called it Findelkind – or Findle for short.
Not even the girl knew who she was or what she was called – it was as if she just came into being at the exact moment when the hut collapsed on top of her.
Findle’s first memory being that of cracking wood, breaking stone and the sensation of dust settling around her, she developed a strange affection for old and decrepit things. Whenever something started to crack or crumble – the walls of an old building, the wooden wheels of an old wagon – she got this distinct little sparkle of joy in her eyes. She grew up as a happy little rascal in her small village, and by the time she was a grown adult – grown to a mighty height of just over four and a half feet – she had, to the despair of most of the villagers, learnt about the joy of explosives.
After her initial phase of randomly putting tiny sticks of dynamite all over the place and doing a little happy dance every time she watched the fruits of her mischief (always making sure that no one would get hurt in the process), Findle learnt to put her overflowing energy, and joy of watching things collapse, to a better use and became CEO (Chief Explosives Officer) at the local mine.
To the astonishment of the other workers, her explosions always seemed to be safer, yet more effective and more precise as for any other blaster. They used to joke that this must be some kind of magic. After years of blowing up things, Findle started to wonder if there might be equal fulfillment in trying to mend things instead. Guided by the vast knowledge of one of the villages elders, she picked up needle and thread and learned how to darn socks or fix holes in her clothing (which were quite often a result of her blowing something up and getting tiny burn holes in her shirts). Her teacher realised quickly that just as with her explosions, her mending seemed to be so much quicker, more efficient and more precise than normal and she grew more and more convinced that there was – indeed – some kind of magic at play.
Realising that there was something special going on with what used to be this strange little foundling from the edge of the woods, Findle was sent off to Stitchwind to explore the magic that seems to run through her crafts and maybe find out a little bit about her mysterious past.
Although she sank herself deeply into the world of needles and threads, she still always carries around little sticks of dynamite and sometimes, in the distance, you can hear a tiny explosion going off.
|Color Swap||14 count Coffee Stained aida ; Pattern|
|Color Theory||Palette inspired by the Australian Outback DMC: 744, 797, 799, 800, 820, 918, 919, 922, 972|
|Design: Inspired by Color||Using own colour palette, inspired by traditional aboriginal art. Single dots - french knot/bead|
|Unique Techniques||Discovered a Tutorial for:||How to Finish Embroidery With a Self-Fringing Edge|
|Artist Studies: Durene Jones||I chose this pattern as it gave me some Alice in Wonderland Teaparty vibes. Her style is not exactly in my wheelhouse but it was interesting to see how the 'doodled' backstitch can add to a very dynamic feeling and how the 'colouring out of lines' can give a kind of abstract touch without losing any definition of the motiv. The size and shape of the design gave me a good reason to use one of my hand dyed test swatches and I might end up turning it into a bookmark :)|
|Stitch Spot||I do most of my stiching in my little craft corner on the couch with some Netflix running. With my craft shelf right next to it to put stuff and hold my drink^^ my threads are all stored at my craft desk (which is too chaotic atm to post a pic as it's covered in quilting pieces), and I always grab the threads I need for my current project(s) and store that at the couch. Also, that's where my nice little ring light is so I can have some spot-on white light for stitching|
|Topsy Turvy||I normally don't care too much which direction the bottom leg goes as long as it stays consistent during the whole piece. But I always use the Danish method so here I tried to do all English. I kept slipping back into Danish and it only took me about twice as long as normal to finish :D pattern is made by me based on Siri's egg outline|
|Stash System||Discovered organization inspiration:||Wooden floss drawers While a lot of things you can find of pinterest look absolutely beautiful but also seem very impractical, I love those wooden floss drawers, either as the ones you get from DMC for full skeins or these for bobbins. I love to display my stash (because look at the pwetties!) but these floss drawers are something that I would for sure like to have at one point.|
|Revisit a UFO||I bought a set of variegated threads about a year ago and thought about what to stitch with them. So I designed this Lantern Co. Sampler but after designing and stitching the first three symbols, the excitement was pretty much gone and the stitch was put on hold in favour of other wips. Honestly, I don't think I would have gotten back to it anytime soon if it wasn't for this quest. I planned to add one more symbol for the quest, but stuck with it and actually managed to design and add all missing symbols, so thanks a lot Siri and co for helping me finish this guy|
|Take Inventory||Took inventory of their stash:||Fabric Trello - I already have an inventory of all my threads and patterns, but my fabrics were so far only sorted and labelled, but not inventoried. So here's my Trello for my chaotic collection of fabrics with lots of tiny swatches I got from an old lady that used to do embroidery cards and a bunch of random pieces where I experimented with different dyeing methods.|
|Scissor Soiree||Clockwise starting with the big boi on the top: Kitchen scissors, fabric scissors, general craft scissors, nail scissors (of which there should be a third somewhere in the house) and my two loved thread clippers.|
|Prepare to Dye||I did some more experiments with Rit dyes, but unfortunately they didn't turn out as I wanted them, so I'm going to give them a run in the washer, see if I like it any better after, but probably just going to try some other techniques down the road. But here's a successful one, where I did yet another tea dye. This time I used a low immersion/oven bake technique to give it a more mottled effect and I really love it! (Black tea, 10 bags per 500 mL)|