February 14, 2012
When I signed up for the Oh Strumpets Valentine’s Day Craft Swap, I couldn’t have imagined that I would be paired with one of the coolest, sweetest nerds on the internet – Kelly of Craftlockian. We bonded in emails over nerdy/geeky things like books, video games, and of course, crafts. For the swap, Kelly made me these gorgeous fingerless gloves (in my favorite color, of course!) and an adorable heart pin. Since we’re both gamer girls, I thought it would only be fitting to declare these my gaming gloves, because my hands get way too cold when using my xbox controller.
In our emails, Kelly told me about her love for all things Sherlock Holmes. That made it pretty easy for me to pick an idea 🙂 I skimmed through some of the old Sherlock books at my bookstore and really loved the original illustrations that went with them. This particular illustration is from The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (with modifications, of course, to make it Valentines-y). I liked that the two men were so puzzled over what they were looking at on the chair. I hope Kelly likes it!
The embroidery is done in back stitch, French knots, and satin stitch (with a little added lace), black and red on ivory cotton.
February 4, 2012
I’m nothing if not ambitious. This is my very first cross stitch, and did I pick something easy on a low count aida fabric? Nope. Of course I went for a slightly more complex pattern on evenweave linen (already mounted in a wooden frame). It’s certainly not perfect, but it’s how I feel about a lot of things right now.
The pattern is from Subversive Cross Stitch (I bought the book for a friend for Christmas), and the fabric/frame was in the dollar bin at Michaels. Expect more projects with these frames, because I snatched up a whole bunch of them.