Hey, I'm Fiamma! You can call me Fia for short, or Fi, but I think Fia sounds better. I'm nothing fancy, just a human woman from a sleepy town no one can seem to remember the name of, I'd like to think it's because it's magically shrouded in mystery, but it's probably just because it's boring.
My mother was the local healer, still heals but is no longer local, my early years were full of adventurers visiting with so many different ailments, from arrows to knees, to broken hearts, all the way to infections that simply couldn't be cured. My mother would always greet them with a smile, do her best to make them comfortable and happy, treating them when she could. We were always surrounded by paintings and images, some stitched on fabric with strangely equidistant holes, and one afternoon when I was bored of my toys, she taught me how to create some of my own, she taught me to stitch.
Once I grew older, I sought out adventure and danger, the healers life wasn't mine, I wanted fire and excitement! But growing older still, I found that all of that stuff couldn't fulfil me, there was something missing, and though I risked my life time and time again, no risk was great enough to ease that yearning of the spirit. My fire might slay demons and save lives, but it couldn't heal them. I tried my hand at healing like my mother, but I think I ended up harming more people than I saved! Gently, she reminded me that not all healing is physical, and sometimes art can heal a soul, calm a beast or even just bring a smile to someone's face.
So I went back to my roots and pulled out my box of thread. I still adventure from time to time, with friends I love dearly and trust with my life, but creating art, stitching up a storm, can ease my spirit like fire never will.
|Color Swap||Stitched 2 over 1 on 16 count aida ; Pattern|
|Color Theory||Inspired by Ashes of Al’ar ; DMC 3837, 718, 891, 947, 307|
|Design: Inspired by Color||Sunset over the Mountains; Inspired by Day Stitcher's color palette|
|Unique Techniques||Discovered a Tutorial for:||How to Make a Coaster|
|Artist Studies: Durene Jones||Pattern This design is adorable, and I learned a lot doing it. Like so many others, it centres around backstitch. In my designs I always get a little frustrated if I can’t get something to look just right, or have the right amount of detail, but I’ve always overlooked the magic of backstitch. This design was literally a mess until I got the black on there. Random shapes and odd blobs of colour, but the outlines brought the little witch and her kitty to the foreground, even though every single piece of colour was stitched 2 over 1 (on 14 count btw)|
|Stitch Spot||Welcome to my stitching corner! I really enjoy curling up with my blanket in the corner of our L-shaped couch surrounded by supplies, it also takes me away from my PC which is good, I’m currently working from home, so spending all my work hours plus all my streaming hours in my cave is doing things to my mind.|
|Topsy Turvy||I usually stitch my crosses / then \ , but like, from whichever angle I can manage to use the least thread and keep it neat on the back. So I did the same thing, except ensuring that the \ went under the / :joy: I learned that once I realised I needed to stitch right to left instead of left to right, it went super quick, though I did make oopsies a few times! Pattern|
|Stash System||Discovered organization inspiration:||Project Organisation I found this beautiful system that uses a bag for each project, but the SUPER helpful part for me were the rules, only ever work on one project each day, have a set of tools for each project to save from going diving through all the bags, etc. This might actually get me to open up to the idea of having multiple projects on the go...|
|Revisit a UFO||I only have one project I’m really working on at the moment, but it is unfinished, so it counts! I managed to do over 2,500 stitches this month, so I’m super happy|
|Take Inventory||Took inventory of their stash:||App Thread Tracker 117 My stash is pretty well organised, even if it’s not Pinterest friendly, but I did often find myself accidentally repurchasing duplicates of thread as I relied on notes taken while browsing my stash, so I found an app for iOS called Thread Tracker 117 that likely many here have heard of already. I like that I can add stuff to a Buy list, then filter by that while I’m at the store App link|
|Unconventional Canvas||My mum recently purchased her first home WITHOUT A MORTGAGE, which I think is amazing, so I found a pattern to stitch directly onto a card for her. The instructions said to stitch on fabric then attach to the card, buuuuuut I didn’t, and punching all those holes was... a time. The back was an interesting one, I found a piece of pretty paper to cover it up! Pattern|
|Scissor Soiree||Im super boring, I use an old pair of nail scissors, and I only have one|