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text 2015-05-25 11:00
Mario of Thrones

Once upon a time an absolute genius decided that what the world really needed was a map of Game Of Thrones' Westeros recreated using the sprites from Super Mario World. NESteros was born (although strictly speaking it should be SNESteros).


Then, a further genius took the time to turn it into a cross stitch pattern and made it available for all the world to use.


Then I had A Moment.






Because it's 300-odd stitches by 600-odd stitches, I thought it would be best done on 28 count evenweave over 1 thread. Which is teeny - the stitched area is about 11 inches wide. And as it turns out, I vastly overestimated my ability to see things that small. It's going to look brilliant because the tiny stitches replicate the effect of the pixels, but it's also sending me blind.


What this picture doesn't show very well is all the slightly off-white stitches in the top bits (I am *never* stitching *anything* on white fabric *ever* again) nor the fact it's got a few discoloured patches because I keep sewing cat hair into it. However, I don't care because it's going to be epic. In at least 2 years time.


So, that's what I've been up to.

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text 2013-12-26 20:13
Merry Christmas to Me...

Okay, magazines not books--but I love CD and DVD sets collecting full issues of magazines (particularly if a good keyword search or index) and so I loved opening this DVD at Christmas:



For any other stitchers interested, local needlework shops likely use wholesaler Hoffman as a distributor and can get for you (just under $50 retail)—item #13-2219.  They also carry 13-2220 DVD of ten years of Samplers and Antique Quarterly.

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text 2013-10-20 03:28
Cross Stitching Skills? I've got them.

I cross stitched a long time ago.   I'd gotten rusty and started sucking.  I've gotten my skills back, though, so I'll be prepared for the bad line stitchery.   


I do plan on doing my Ultra Magnus line first, and am thinking of doing other lines from More Than Meets the Eye and Robots in Disguise.   

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text 2013-10-16 16:57
Bad Line Contest...

Contest time.  A bad line contest.   From any published book you've read.   I'll do a week and a half for the first - possibly only - contest.   Send me the worst lines you've read by 10/25/2013.   I'll compile them in one post the next day, and people will be able to vote on which line they think is worst for a week.   On November 1st, the line with the most votes will get cross stitched.   


I'm hoping to do these one a week and post photos for a collection.   What do you guys think?   Have a horrible line that's been eating away at your soul?    Post here.   


I'll post one I promised on the first, though.   I bought a cheap kit, so I'll get started today.   Have fun with this one!


Feel free to share, whatever, but please remember - the only way I'll be able to keep track of the lines and votes is in one place.    Here on my Booklikes blog.   


ETA: Any line from any book.   Dialogue, non-dialogue, whatever you think is horrible.  I will not be commenting on specific lines, as not to influence voting.   And please post here so if you want to delete the line, you can do so before late on the 25th/the 26th.   And also so I have all the lines in one place, and it's easy to keep track of them.   






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review 2013-04-19 23:25
Review of "Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Needlework"
Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Needlework (Leisure Arts #15861) - Donna Kooler

This reader's personal opinion, ©2012, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


Still a go-to reference for most surface stitches and still one of best print versions out there; however, my first copy pre-dated internet access.


For cutwork, hardanger, knots, and stumpwork stitches/embellishments in particular I also like searching for "animated stitches" or "stitch video" on the internet. Particularly for knot stitches, seeing the demonstrations very helpful.


Hint, hint ... maybe Kooler Studios could come out with an enhanced or "vook" electronic version with some video links?

*©2012. All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher to reprint/quote in whole or in part. Copyrightholder posted on booklikes, BookRabbit, The Reading Room and may have cross-posted to other book sites. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties.


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