I’m in your fandom, stealing your characters

I did it again.

(Can you blame me?)

First, let’s start with the Halo. I know, I had Master Cheep and Cor-tern-a the last time, but since then I had to add a few characters to the mix.

Why hello there…

Let me introduce you to my friends.

Master Cheep

Cor-tern-a

343 Guilty Stork

The A-bird-er

The Did-auk

The Dove-nant

I have to admit, I have a special place for the A-bird-er, if only for the energy sword wing, LOL.
And, like I mentioned on the previous post, I wanted to make a batch that represented my video game roots: Mario Brothers, baby!

Murre-io

Loon-uigi

Toad-runner

Operation: Tying Up Loose Ends (Week 1)

And so my accountability begins…I’m currently working on two projects: 1. The Starburst Quilt (during the day when the kiddies are at school) and 2. The Dandelion cross-stitch.  I worked on each of them a tiny bit this week, but hopefully, there will be some significant progress next Friday.

I’m pinning and drawing lines on the Starburst quilt:

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And, here’s the X-stitch:

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Whee! Crafting is fun! 😀 😀

Operation: Tying Up Loose Ends

So, since I am done with TCSTIF, I decided to open my craft basket.

Big mistake.

Dude, I cannot believe how many unfinished projects I have staring back at me. Too many.

So, I’m rolling out Operation: Tying Up Loose Ends which means that, hopefully, by the end of the year I will actually get some of these projects finished. The quilt needs to be done by my little one’s birthday, but I should be able to get a couple of the nearly completed projects done and out of the way.

Super Secret Project of Awesomeness

So, I knew I wanted to make something for the birthdays of the incredibly awesome Elizabeth and San.  I tried a couple of ideas that didn’t work out, but then I stumbled across this felt bird pattern online.

Then, the creative juices started flowing.

Both of them are fans of the Avengers (and Loki), so I was like, “Dude! What if there was an Avengers-themed aviary?” And BAM! My idea was born.  I present to you The Avengers Bird Assemble:

We have Captain A-“murre”-ica:
Hawkeye:
“Blackbird” Widow:
The Incredible “Hawk”:
“Loon”-ki:
Th-“oriole”:
I-“wren” Man:

And yes, coming up with the names was as much fun as making these!

The CSTWNBF (or the Cross Stitch That Will Never Be Finished) (Again)

A big thanks to Hugh Jackman and the release of Reel Steel.  Because of it (and my lack of desire to see it), Mike was busy watching the movie and I rocked the cross-stitching scene! Woot! I think I can officially say that I’ve hit the halfway point. 

  
And that’s it for this week! Let’s just hope Mike finds another movie to watch so I can make some more progress, LOL!

Loop! (There it is!)

Ahh, the loop method, my favorite way of starting a new thread. It’s simple and I’m gonna show you how to do it. This tutorial is going to assume you’re needing to work with two strands.

First, you’re going to take double the length of ONE strand you need. Next, take the strand, fold it in half, and thread your needle with the side where the two strands meet together.

Now, start your square like normal, but leave a tail (it should look like a loop, hence the name) on the back side of your project. When you return your needle to the back during the next stitch, be sure to run the needle under the loop, catching and securing the thread. And that’s it! You’ve used the loop method!

How to Cross-Stitch (in 4 simple steps)

Get your thread ready
First, cut off a length of thread to work with, typically about 18 inches (unless you’re using the loop method). Most patterns will tell you the number of strands to use on the chart you’re using. If it doesn’t, it’s generally assumed that you should use two strands.

DMC thread comes with six strands, so before you go threading your needle, you’re going to need to prep your thread. To separate an individual strand, take hold of one strand then pull the remaining strands down and away, like peeling a banana. (Kind of.)

Next, thread your needle.

Find the starting point of your pattern
Most people start in the middle of the chart and work out to the edges. This helps to make sure you have enough fabric to finish the piece. To find the center of your fabric, fold it in half horizontally, then vertically. Mark the center square by sticking your threaded needle in it. Unfold the fabric. Now you’re ready to stitch.

Stitch that first square
Whether your squares are x’s that go from the bottom left to top right, then from bottom right to top left, or the other way around, you’re set! The important thing to remember is to be consistent throughout the chart.

You’ll need to secure that thread or else you risk pulling it out on your next stitch. The first way you can do that is by leaving a small tail on the back and catching it with the next couple of stitches. The other way is by using the loop method.

And with that, you’re set! Happy Crafting!