This past weekend was the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in downtown Chicago, so for the third year in a row we made the trek. After a quick detour to visit The Needle Shop, we made our way over to Pulaski Fieldhouse in the snow. We got there early in the day and hoped it wouldn’t be too busy yet, but it was already crazy. Since the holiday market is indoors, it’s much smaller than the September outdoor Renegade fair.
There were a lot of familiar vendors that I either remembered from the September market or from last year’s holiday market. It was harder to take pictures because it was so busy, but I did manage to snap a few pictures of some of my favorite vendors. I left empty handed, but I did see a lot of amazing work.
The first Friday of December really crept up on me! I was planning on designing something more festive and Christmasy, but instead you get a vaguely Christmasy, more nerdy pattern.
I watch through a lot of shows on Netflix and Hulu+ while I’m cross stitching and I recently rewatched all of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I really wanted to make a Buffy cross stitch and I made a huge list of possible ideas. I started stitching this one up but got distracted by all the Christmas presents I’m working on.
This quote comes from season 5, episode 9, “Listening to Fear.” Willow comes bearing gifts and says “Oh, I feel just like Santa Claus… except thinner, and younger, and… female. And, well… Jewish.” However, Buffy is disappointed when her present is homework and declares “I don’t believe in tiny Jewish Santa anymore.”
The finished piece will fit in a 5×7″ frame and should stitch up fairly quickly. I have another Christmas cross stitch pattern available if you fancy stitching up a Santa raccoon.
Download the PDF here - Free Pattern Friday – December 2013
There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy.
I am very indecisive and I second guess myself with projects. I have a hard time deciding on a project to make and then obsess because I’m convinced I chose the wrong color and ruined it forever.
I mentioned before how I had an iPhone 4 cross stitch case for years because I couldn’t decide what to do with it, so I immediately stitched up the iPhone 5 case to avoid a repeat of that.
Josh bought me this awesome LED stitching kit months and months ago, before Mira was even born, and it’s in danger of becoming another iPhone 4 case. I really want to do something amazing with it, but I can’t think of anything that I think is worthy of using this on. For the science Phat Quarter swap, Rachel Lynn Rose used them to do an amazing Tesla portrait, and that has made my standards even higher. I don’t feel like I can ever come up with something as amazing as Tesla with glowing hands.
I also have another project that I can’t decide what to do with. I got this teeny tiny embroidery hoop from Dandelyne on Etsy with the intention of making myself a necklace. Now that I have it, I just can’t commit to anything! It’s such a cute little hoop, I want to make sure it goes to good use.
Does anyone else have this problem? Do you have supplies or projects on hold because you just can’t make up your mind?
I didn’t do a totally useless stitch along update last month, but my jar is pretty packed. I’m still rocking the same jar and I’ve just been squishing it down, so it’s really full.
I’ve been trying to think of something to do with it at the end of the year. I thought about maybe making a little plush of some sort and stuffing it with the ORTs. Any other suggestions of what I could use it for? It is pretty nice to just look at, so colorful!
This week we are having an ornament decorating party with a few of Evie’s friends so we made a batch of this cornstarch dough and went to town with cookie cutters. I always use a straw to poke a hole for the ribbon to hang the ornament, and I got the idea to poke some holes for cross stitching!
For the Christmas tree I used the same straw for the holes. They are bigger and that’s why I used the yarn for stitching. The holes shrink a little when the dough dries, so I wanted to make sure they were big enough for a needle. They could have easily been smaller though and that would have allowed for more holes.
For the holes on the heart ornament I used a bamboo skewer. While this resulted in smaller holes than the straw, they aren’t as clean. I tried the yarn for this one but the stitches looked too thick. So I used the Kreinik metallic braid for it. I love the sparkle, but I think I should have used a thicker braid.
I love the look of the cornstarch dough more than salt dough. The white ornaments are perfect for painting, but it is also more fragile. They are already starting to crack a bit as they dry. My friend mentioned trying out glue dough for ornaments, and I think I would like to try that.
I’ve been stitching as fast as I can making Christmas presents, and I feel like I’m doing pretty good, all things considered. It’s barely December and I have four completed projects and two more in progress. I’ve been using the opportunity to experiment and try out some new techniques. I tried some blackwork, or more accurately, purplework.
I’m currently working on an embroidery that’s totally out of my comfort zone, but I am having a blast. I have a very clear picture in my head of how I want this to turn out, and I’m using totally nontraditional methods to make it work. It’s almost got a painterly feel to it, I’m trying to do a lot of shading. I’m pretty happy with it so far, hopefully it continues to progress well.
I want so badly to show off these projects I’m working on, but they’ll have to wait until after Christmas. Until then, you can just look at these little sneak peeks.