This is Mirabelle, and she is small. How small? Friends, she tops out at about four inches. Why is she small? Oh my god becky, you can't just ask someone why they're small.
Her parents are both normal-sized tieflings, and it is unclear exactly how Mirabelle came to be. When she asks, her parents typically give a different answer every time, from finding her under a cabbage leaf to her personal favourite which was that she was gotten from the pit of a peach. Whatever the case, it's unlikely that the birth caused anyone much distress, so that's nice.
In any case, though she is proportionally tiny, her spells seem to be regular people sized, so she gets on alright. After the childhood challenges of making friends, learning about the world and trying not to fall down the plughole at bath time, she grew into a pretty capable young woman, all told.
Following Our Lady of the Blind Needle, she believes in serendipity and kindness, and letting fate guide you. Her weapon is a holy khakkhara two-handed mace. Or, you know, a needle and thimble, but it does the job. Her hair ribbon doubles as a blindfold which she uses for ceremonial and casting purposes.
With her parents' blessing and her best friend (a regular-sized raven named Marcus) at her side she has set off for Stitchwind on a quest to discover the mythical pattern to the Runes of Bigness, which she intends to stitch onto a robe and try out being the same size as everyone else for a bit. In the meantime, her mission is sprinkling happiness and good fortune around everyone she meets, so she can often be found mending the socks of harvest mice or getting the seam ripper that rolled under the fridge.
|Color Swap||18 ct aida. Pattern|
|Color Theory||DMC: 742, B5200, 959; 335, 907, 741|
|Design: Inspired by Color||Inspiration palettes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7. Patterns available for pay what you want here|
|Unique Techniques||Discovered a Tutorial for:||How to make a Cross Stitch Coin Keeper (or rather she *made* a tutorial!)|
|Artist Studies: Durene Jones||Pattern I'd never done sketchy backstitch before, so this was as good a time as any. I eyeballed... almost all the colours, for this one. I was worried that the backstitch would have me tracking threads across vast expanses, which I heartily dislike because they feel loose on the aida, but I was pleasantly surprised that none of the lines went over more than three squares horizontally or vertically, which means that the lines have stayed pretty well nailed down. Zin approves. Also it took until the second last knot to remember the hand gesture that makes them easy and failproof. Also at the last minute I decided he needed brows, so there's my Team Wis spell for the piece.|
|Stitch Spot||So... i was thinking about my stitch spot. I have a lovely seat on the couch that gets afternoon sun and it's very comfy, but actually i think my absolute favourite is... in the lobby at work. It's a bit of a treat, especially with an iced chai and my headphones in.|
|Topsy Turvy||1: I do all my stitches / first. |
2: It sure is muscle memory, I had to concentrate to reverse it and the moment I let my attention wander I was back to my old style.
3: I was able to make new muscle memory by stitching normally going left to right and backward going right to left (I do these patterns one row at a time because I'm a nerd and I imagine I'm a dot matrix printer).
4: To all of you who don't stitch consistently one way; oh my stars how do you unpick trying to do this when I don't know what part of the stitch is on top is heinous if I ever have to do this again I might die.
5: Yes it scans, also it swears. I'll make the pattern available if people want it. Bonus gif.
|Stash System||Discovered organization inspiration:||Slide carousel floss sorter Ok, so this idea comes from Subversive Stitch, they were selling them for a while but like a fool I didn't indulge and get one.|
|Revisit a UFO||Aight, so here's my UFO turnin, a thing which had been sitting in my folder for over a year Pattern|
|Take Inventory||Took inventory of their stash:||Pattern Design Catalogue For the getting-organised quest, I finally catalogued all my own patterns- published, pwyw, freebie, and yet-to-be-released. Used trello, because I realised I could actually store the working documents in the cards, not just images!|
|Unconventional Canvas||Yeah, I did that thing. I started another different thing, but this one's done and funny, so there we go. To note: carefully pre-punch the holes, they are not all needle ready when you pull the chip from the packet.|
|Scissor Soiree||I don't have a problem, you have a problem. I extended the criteria to "things that cut" for the giggles, hence the box cutters and things. Though the multitools have actual scissors too. Also the presence of "Good Scissors" (they cut only cloth) implies the rest are the Evil Scissors and I like that.|
|Prepare to Dye||Mine's entirely uninteresting; I'd never dyed anything before, and I've been wanting brown aida for a coffee design, and do you think you can buy it anywhere? It's weird, but no. Anyway, Rit dye to the rescue. Interestingly, the darkest one is a fresh packet of cheap aida, and the light ones are two rando scraps that I have no idea what they were. Same bath, odd they are so different! Also the hoop has an older attempt which I did using only an ungodly amount of espresso.|
|International Style||Traveled the world and discovered:||I went looking in the Japanese hashtag and expected to see a tonne of pop culture, but what I actually saw was a lot of very big ('ambitious HAED' style) projects. I sort of feel like unless you're looking for something specific, this grand age of information means you can find people doing all kinds of cross stitch anywhere. And that reminded me, one of the most fun meme-and-games stitchers I follow, OverTri is actually Russian and is not doing the virtuoso colour mixing and stuff, so there you go.|
|Artist Studies: Ink Circles||PatternMan I just love symmetrical designs, they're so soothing, just the right balance of mindless and needing to pay attention. And once I've done a quarter of it I can do away with the paper pattern. Original freebie read "2018" but I am not about that dating life.|
|Blackwork Research||Researched Blackwork and discovered:||I already knew about it, so there wasn't really any research that I felt I needed to do- but I have pinterested a bunch of things because I do like blackwork fills. I also really enjoy the way you can do shading with the density of blackwork!|
|Bewitching Blackwork||I made this one myself because I wanted something fast and also with a fun gradient, so here it is. if you'd like the pattern, I've popped it up on Ko-fi. This took me the day at work but if you were mainlining it I bet you could put it down in an hour or two.|
|Petite Patterns||Found a small pattern to stitch:||Petite patterns! You guys know me, small pattern you say, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. So here's a baaaaby dragon doot doot doot doot! And yeah I did take him for a test run.|
|Speedy Stitching||First pattern from the Stardew Valley Cross Stitch Book, 162 stitches, 43:15 minutes for about 3.75 stitch per minute. Second Pattern is an old pixel art I made, 274 stitches, 1:25:52 for about 3.2s/m.|
|Specialty Study||Found a tutorial:||Christmas Biscornu pattern from Kitty and Me Designs I've done lot of embroidery, but not with cross stitch... think I'll try this one with fan stitches and such, see if I can break myself of not liking to trail long threads over the front.|