It’s no secret that I have fallen in love with Bombastitch and her amazing Sugar Skull designs. They are the cutest and most colorful designs, and very easy to make, even for the humble beginner like myself. I love her designs so much that not only have made an animated gif out of them, I have made and framed a triptych of her designs and hung them on my Living Room wall.
They fit perfectly in my Living Room, and as if by magic, it feels that little bit less Ikeaised. Ahh, what the homemade touch can do to a place – and the slightly dead plant in the middle of the room! Suddenly those crazy cushions don’t seem so alone.
I think I am not the only one who has fallen in love with these patterns. I have already had two requests for gifts and have made two extra for presents to my nearest and dearest. Newcomers into the flat often gurgle; “Wow, you didn’t make those did you?” Yes I did! I ooze pride. As every girly crafter should do in her homemade flat. But if I have the patience to make more though is a different story… I might be skulled out for now.
First Craft Mission completed! Now to set myself a new craft challenge… what should I make next?
Disclaimer: I have since moved the sofa. Just encase you spy on my living room since and think “that bitch has re-arranged her furniture!”. I did.
For my latest adventure in cross stitch, I decided to go one step further from my last craft project and make an animated gif out of my stitching. Using another Day of the Dead Sugar Skull design from the awesome Bombastitch. It’s my first animated Gif made with Adobe (rather than the India gif made with an online program), made of no less than 191 photos, with the final animation made in a combination of After Effects and Photoshop. It’s a little jumpy, both position and exposure wise, for a few reasons. Because I was stitching both in the evenings and the daytime over a two-week period, the variable light conditions meant the images needed Lightroom adjusting, which was difficult to make all 191 images exactly the same. The image moves because I don’t own a full tripod, so taking the photo at exactly the same position was also tricky. These are all excuses I know, but for a first attempt I am pretty chuffed, knowing it was a bit of a beast of a project. Expect more creative animated gifs from me in the future as my embroidery and technical skills get better…
I have a new addiction. Two months ago it was mobile phone Sudoku. Now I spun into the crafty web that is cross stitch. And I am hooked… It all started with the desire to do something with my craft hands while relaxing in front of the telly – which I have been watching a lot more of since a) starting my new job working on web-pages for tv programmes and b) we bought a 42″ inch flat screen electric box. I’ve been doing quite a few crafty things, making paper flowers, collage, but I’ve been looking to start a cross stitch project for ages. And then, while browsing Etsy looking for my first starter kit, it was love at first sight with this item from Etsy seller Bombastitch.
This cute and beginner friendly, Day of the Dead sugar skull cross stitch pattern was my first foray into cross stitch and has very much got my hooked. From the moment the box arrived I have been therapeutically stitching away every spare moment that I had, in front of the telly, in the car, even in bed. There was many a moment where I was tempted to take it on the tube, but I stopped myself for fear of early grannyhood and took a book instead. But even then I longed to stitch.
The piece took me just over two weeks to complete (I am a very slow stitcher) and I’m just a little bit chuffed with it. I am now scouring the internet trying to find a plain black Oval frame (can’t find any ANYWHERE) and I have already bought my next pattern, again from Bombastitch’s shop, all of which are her own designs. So if you are looking for a fun evening pastime (and not that expensive compared to something by Emily Peacock) I’d recommend buying one of Kristy’s starter kits. The kit comes with everything you need to get started, needle, thread, hoop and adia cloth, with a bit of additiveness thrown in for fun. This this lady is so nice, she is even giving patterns away for free on Flickr!
Now to start my next adventure in cross stitch…