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Guild Melee
Class Barbarian
AlignmentTrue Neutral
Exp 800
Stitch Speed+1


Completed Quests

Quest Turn-in Details
Prepare to DyeTreen Prepare to Dye.jpgI've done the old homework favourite of staining paper with a wet tea bag plenty of times before. I keep hanging my nose over Ouija board patterns and the and I think that look would really set it off for a fabric. The quest was a perfect opportunity to experiment on a small square of Aida in my stash. Armed with a freebie black tea teabag I was unlikely to use I made the tea in a bowl and left the square to soak underneath it for a couple of hours before I hung it out to dry. I like the faintly mottled look without the obvious dabbed with a tea bag patches that homework of old ended up with. Currently resisting setting fire to the edges
International StyleTraveled the world and discovered:StarDesignStore I found this designer following the Estonian tag and I really like the geometric and blocky simplicity of their designs. I wasn't weak enough to purchase (yet)
Artist Studies: Ink CirclesTreen Studies InkCircles.jpgI'd hoped to get a bit more done on this, it's still a start which stopped my procrastination with it. I love the Ink Circles designs. Thank you for introducing them to me. The elemental dragons are truly stunning I need to find a stockist for the fire one as it's a shop only design. Back to the quest. I was really spoilt for choice as I do like Celtic knotwork and have always been drawn to it. I finally settled on the 2006 file April design. There was something about the simplicity with a hint of shadow. I wasn't sure what to stitch it in as all my DMC stash is allocated to existing projects. I then happened to be sorting out a storage box where I'd stashed leftover thread from kits and a few magazine freebies that must be at least 15 years old. Finding enough thread with a darker shade for the shadow meant that I had similar colours to the ones shown in the pattern. Stitching with the thread reminded me why I'd stashed it originally. It's very cottony to touch (stating the obvious I know), by that I mean it is firm and as little rough to touch. About 10 minutes ago I found where the pack of silicone ear plugs had disappeared to. There's a win to prompt a finish! I'm more distracted that Grandpa Simpson telling a story... Back to the pattern. I've decided to make two and turn it into my first ever biscornu. I just need to finish it.
Blackwork ResearchResearched Blackwork and discovered:Steampunk Rabbit Blackwork From the little I knew about Blackwork I thought it prudent to do a bit more research. I'd already got a pattern saved in my Etsy wishlist that is tagged as modern Blackwork so I hope it fits the bill. The pattern I'm sharing does take the element of repeating patterns and shapes to make up a picture. I really like the mixture of the steampunk look with the cogs and plan to mirror the pattern to have two rabbits facing each other. The only thing putting me off is how much I don't enjoy backstitching my cross stitch so this project will either make or break me.
Bewitching BlackworkTreen BewitchingBlackwork.jpgI've enjoyed this way more than i thought I would as I get seriously bored backstitching. I went out of my comfort zone totally doing blackwork using variegated thread for the first time and prepping my own evenweave fabric (I've only ever used evenweave as kit form baby blankets in the past). I love the way it stitched, the way it looks and I'm going to do blackwork again. Pattern
Petite PatternsFound a small pattern to stitch:I've been so spoilt for choice on this quest. However to appease the microbiologist in me I'm going to go with the many patterns from this designer. They've got a whole variety of microbes, moulds, fungi, viruses and pathogens to choose from
Speedy StitchingTreen SpeedyStitching.jpgI know I'm not the fastest stitcher, and certainly in the evening it's something I do whilst spending the time with my family and pets. Intrigue meant I timed myself with the usual distractions on some of my other WiPs and I averaged 1.5 stitches a minute. Although when I was more focused I noticed I could get more done.

Test stitch details: 67 stitches, 3 colours used, Time taken 32.5 minutes. Teeny test pattern was a part of the Dinosaur Forest Pattern This works out to be just over 2 stitches a minute or 123 stitches an hour

I'd also hoped that stitching one of the dinosaurs might have appeased my need to start the Dino kit. Now I just want to do it more
Specialty StudyFound a tutorial:I'm going back to basics on this one as one of my current WiPs calls for French knots. My French knots are like my reverse parking: either perfect first time; or, I mess it up so badly it's best just to snip it out and put the project in time out. So, this leads me to my speciality stitch, the colonial knot. After it was discussed in chat a few weeks ago I researched then and I really like the way the colonial knot works and for my garden sampler that I'm working on the colonial knots will look brilliant for the roses.
Specialty PracticeTreen SpecialtyPractice.jpgFrench knots have always been a thorn in my stitching side. They either turn out beautifully or not, there is no consistency to them. Hence my speciality stitch of choice this quest: colonial knots. They're supposed to be easier and more consistent and I knew I had knots coming up on an old work in progress that I really want to get finished. As you can see in the picture my previous attempts at French knots on the boot verses the neat and consistent colonial knots on the apple tree. The pattern comes from an old DMC kit I'm working on. Overall the colonial knot needed a bit more thinking about to set up but looks so much better and is going to be my knot of choice in future projects.

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