- Name: Alianthe Forestbrook
- Race: Wood-elf
- Class: Sorcerer
Hailing from a long line of sorcerer-stitchers, Alianthe grew up in a remote village surrounded by forests; which are inhabited by all sorts of fascinating wildlife to this day. Her family had been there for generations and their stitch quality was the best in the surrounding area. They took commissions from far and wide, brought to them through traders who stopped by twice a month. Keen for his daughter to learn more than just the family business, her father Britoch taught her how to use a bow and also how to track a variety of animals. She was so good at it that she was regularly sent out to scout for dangerous animals that may have set off the perimeter alarms. Upon returning from one such scout on the eve of her 18th birthday, she found that her family had disappeared. Gone, without a trace, except for the faint smell of a curse that lingered in the air. She got the feeling that it was as though they had disappeared right where they stood.
Speaking to the villagers only frustrated her, as they could not provide any details as to how or why this happened. Whilst she excelled at tracking living creatures, her magical studies were far from complete. If only she could bottle that smell that she was sure was a curse! She knew that their family had competition but surely not to this extent?
After exhausting every lead she packed up her things and set out for Stitchwind. Traders had mentioned that this was a town for improving skills, both in the magical and stitch-able sense. The journey would take at least 3 weeks so she ensured that she had some supplies so she could stitch along the way. She hoped to impress the magic guild with these stitches and perhaps they'd let her join her ranks? Whatever happened upon arriving in Stitchwind, Alianthe vowed to learn the skills and crafts she would need in order to solve her family's mystery.
|Prepare to Dye||I used chamomile tea and it probably could have done with soaking a bit longer than 30 mins. This is the first time I've dyed something since school and I had a lot of fun!|
|International Style||Traveled the world and discovered:||Natis Crossstitch, #вышивкакрестиком (Russian). I tried really hard to get another style but I always ended up back with Russian stitchers. This piece has a lovely colour pallet and really caught my eye! Her other works have more pastel colours but this has an autumnal feel that I really love.|
|Artist Studies: Ink Circles||This is my progress on the paid pattern Aventail. I love the geometric shape and it's my first time using linen and silk thread. I love the symmetry in the design and colours in this thread.|
|Blackwork Research||Researched Blackwork and discovered:||4 Square Blackwork Coasters I had no idea what this was when I joined this server and I am amazed to find out it's the detailing in the fancy outfits of the rich people in history (Kings and Queens). I found some contradictions in when it came to Britain, as whilst Catharine of Aragon takes credit, Chaucer apparently referenced it in the Miller's Tale. I am definitely doing more research into the history of this technique.|
|Bewitching Blackwork||I bought a set of 4 patterns from MoulinDesigns on Etsy last month & they're designed to become coasters. I loved stitching this and will stitch the other 3 this year. After stitching half the pattern I didn't need the PDF as I just used the half I had completed and mirrored it!|
|Petite Patterns||Found a small pattern to stitch:||I am going to continue stitching from the Stardew Valley cross-stitch book. I have already done a few patterns from this but I want to add to them to create a scene.|
|Speedy Stitching||I used the Stardew Valley Cross Stitch Book for this quest. This is the second one that I have done where I've timed it and completed 155 stitches in 59 minutes; resulting in 2.63 stitches per minute.|
|Specialty Study||Found a tutorial:||I have had a look around and cannot settle on one particular stitch to learn, as I want to learn them all! I have decided to do the Lakeside sampler included in the quest details to really have a go at them.|
|Specialty Practice||I used the Lakeside SAL to practice some new stitches. I have only ever cross-stitched so really enjoyed learning some new ones; and was surprised at how easy they are to do! Here are the Wheat Sheaf, Radiating & Half Scallop stitches. (There is a Ray stitch but I managed to crop it out)|
|Needle Minder Mania||Considering that I had never heard of them before June this year, I have quite a few already|
|Project Projection||I have a few to start but I need to finish at least one of the ones I started last year. Ink Circles has been in time out for a while, so that needs more mental work than the rest. It's been helpful to list them though as I can see what I have that I really want to do.|
|Artist Studies - Dragon Dreams||I didn't have the colours that the pattern called for so I chose some in my stash (non-DMC). I like their style and there aren't too many different stitches within this pattern. Air Elemental Dragon|
|Stitch Spot - Away From Home||I only picked stitching up again during the first lock-down last year, so I haven't been able to stitch anywhere but home so far. This is my other stitch spot, in my garden. Between 10 & 3 it gets so much sun and it's so relaxing as it's so quiet.|