Excellent.

It’s been over a year since I’ve posted to this site, which is, quite frankly, a bit insane. Though I haven’t been posting here, I have continued stitching; it’s what keeps my worried fingers busy and my sanity intact.

My latest finish is a hoop inspired by the &Stitches Villains Stitchalong. What a great idea for a stitchalong! I was so inspired that I not only whipped up Mr. Burns in no time at all, but actually posted to my Flickr and website for the first time in ages.

Thanks, &Stitches, for the creative nudge.

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This time I’ll try not to let an entire year go by before letting you in on what’s in my hoop. 🙂

August WIP: Sterling Archer

The wip I determined to finish in August is my Archer piece. I started stitching Sterling Archer over a year ago and put the project away when I got frustrated and didn’t enjoy working on it anymore. Originally, I had planned to stick to just a black outline of the character, using satin stitch for thick black outlines that would mimic the way the cartoon is drawn. My mistake was in transferring the pattern to my fabric and then stitching away and never looking back at the original cartoon to gauge which lines should be thick and which thin. I kind of randomly went to town on it without paying too much attention to what I was doing, and when I got to this point, I realized that it looked weird and not right, and the thought of fixing it was overwhelming so I just said *&$% it and tossed it aside.

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I picked it back up again at the beginning of this month and proceeded to continue in the same vein as I had started. After filling in the thick black line at the left side of Archer’s face, I still hated it. I asked Pritts for his honest opinion, and he offered that based on the illustration, some of the places I was filling in with black really shouldn’t be black at all.

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Pritts has this annoying habit of being right a lot of the time.

So I made the decision to revamp the damn thing using colors instead of just black and white.

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I’m satisfied with his shirt and suit, finally, and here’s where I’m at now:

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I’m still not 100% loving this piece, but I think when I finish, I’ll be happy that I reworked it. It was a severe pain in the ass going at it with my seam ripper, and I’m not sure how I feel about filling in his face. It’s looking kind of weird to me.

I may not make my end of August deadline, but I’ll be darn close, and when I’m finished, it’ll be FINISHED. At this point, that’s all I really care about. Finished beats perfect, every time. 🙂