stitchalong dragon part 2

Sep. 21st, 2017 05:42 pm
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Posted by opusanglicanum

I’m posting this a day early because I have a bit of a hectic day on Friday.

We are doing trellis couching this instalment. Trellis is used on small amounts on early embroidery, and also sometimes in Jacobean crewelwork. It’s never a major stitch but it’s used to add texture and interest.

You start off exactly the same way as for regular laid and couched work, just colour the dragon in.

Scaly creatures tend not to have scaly paws, they’re more fleshlike, so I’ve started off by doing selective areas of ordinary couching around her paws.

Normally I advise doing one row of couching at a time because you get a neater result, but you have to throw that out the window when it comes to trellis, so it’s worth being very careful at this stage.

Because this is for texture, use a good contrasting thread – in my case yellow. Instead of laying it at right angles, this time go for 45 degrees. (You can gradually vary the angle on the tail or neck to show the curve, but try to be subtle) It’s best to start in a large area and work your way out to the fiddly bits.

The idea is to lay a criss-cross pattern of bars over the whole area. Pay very close attention to spacing and angle – I tend to hold the thread and swing it until I find the right place to put the next stitch. You might also find it helpful to at least start by doing a few in each direction until you get the hang of it.

Spacing is also important, don’t let the diamonds get too big – remember that the space between the points is far wider than regular couching.

Cover the whole body. You can make the spacing slightly smaller on the neck and tail, but don’t go overboard as you need to leave room for the next step.

You can see that there really shouldn’t be much going on at the back at this stage.

At this point you have two options. You can couch the whole body in one colour (the more medieval option) or you can play with it as I’ve done.

Whatever colour option you chose all you’re doing is stitching down the intersection of each cross, being careful not to pull them out of line. I tend to go for a single stitch, but you can use a small corss if you prefer. I find a cross stitch a bit lumpy – it’s worth doing a little experimental panel on some waste canvas to see which you prefer before you jump in to the dragon.

If you go for the multi-coloured option I can’t really give you an exact plan, as every grid of stitches will be different. You need to visualise where the final gold lines of the dragon’s body will be.

As you can see I started with the highlighting white points.

Then some deep red lowlights in the shadowed parts of the body. I will admit I wasn’t sure about the red at this stage, and used it sparingly, but in the end I think it looked great.

The Green is hard to see, but I used a little for the not so lowlights

then fill the rest with yellow.




The Good Boy

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:44 am
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Posted by Bill Harris

I was working at the library and decided to go to the downstairs snack area.

A very little boy, maybe three, was sitting at a table with his mom. They were having an interesting conversation. "Mom, what are those big chairs for?" he asked. There are adult-sized chairs and tables mixed with the smaller ones.

"Those are for the big kids," she said.

"Where are the big kids?" he asked.

"They're at school," she said.

"For story time?" he asked.

That totally cracked me up, so after I got my drink, I walked over to him and said, "Little buddy, do you have a piggy bank?"

He looked very, very serious and said "I do."

I handed him the quarter. "This is for your piggy bank, for being a good boy."

He quietly said thank you, then talked to his mom in low tones as I started to walk up the stairs. Just as I got to the top, he bellowed "THANK YOU!" at the top of his lungs, and everyone on both floors of the library could hear him.

I had the biggest smile.

I've noticed a problem

Sep. 21st, 2017 08:47 am
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Once upon a time, I pinned a bunch of rings.  I pinned anything that it looked like I could make.  There's a lot of twisted wire types, like from my previous post.

I was looking at the UK Detector Find Database, to look for the proper record for one of the rings I posted about yesterday, when I discovered the problem:

I have found a lot more rings there that seem to be makeable.  LOL

Community Input on Spending OSP Funds

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:24 am
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Last night the Open Steno Project received an extremely generous donation of $500 from a longtime community member who wishes to remain anonymous. This brings our total funds (Donations + Store Sales to over $2,500. Not too shabby! We've got some of that earmarked for future projects -- domain names, a software cert, etc -- but there will probably be some left over. Community feedback on how best to spend the funds would be helpful. What do you think? A bulk buy of ultralight key switches or other hardware to sell in the store? Seed money for another crowdfunded steno game campaign? Or should we sit on it for a while longer until the right opportunity comes along? All ideas welcome.

A thousand thanks again to our magnanimous benefactor!! This community is amazing.

We Are Being Governed by Fools

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Even if your individual self-interest or the interest of your ethnic or religious tribe is the only thing you care about, that self-interest should compel you to ensure equal protection and full accommodation for people with disabilities -- because you could become one of them in the twinkling of an eye.

Hail to the traveler!

Sep. 20th, 2017 08:08 pm

Tuesday 20 September 1664

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by Samuel Pepys

Up and to the office, where we sat all the morning, at noon to the ‘Change, and there met by appointment with Captain Poyntz, who hath some place, or title to a place, belonging to gameing, and so I discoursed with him about the business of our improving of the Lotterys, to the King’s benefit, and that of the Fishery, and had some light from him in the business, and shall, he says, have more in writing from him. So home to dinner and then abroad to the Fishing Committee at Fishmongers’ Hall, and there sat and did some business considerable, and so up and home, and there late at my office doing much business, and I find with great delight that I am come to my good temper of business again. God continue me in it. So home to supper, it being washing day, and to bed.

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Project Plan

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:34 pm
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I'm right now watching a TD talk about learning. He says that it really just takes about 20 hours to get decent at something.  

Which got me to thinking about making rings.  I've made two rings. I'm sure I've spent more than 20 hours doing this.  I'm not "decent" at it yet.  The guy says that you should break your thing down into sub-skills, and I think that may be key to this.  There are so many skills involved in silversmithing that I probably have to spend 20 hours on each one.  So I have a project plan in mind.

First things 1st, I need to cast my garbage into raw materials.  Whether I use this raw material I cast is another matter, because casting and taking raw ingots and making wire are more skills.
Since I want to recycle the 2 rings I've already made, and try both again. I'm going to need to take detailed pictures of them, for comparison's sake.

Cut for photos )

Step two will be to select rings that will let me practice soldering, and then setting.  

Wish me luck.
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Posted by Bill Harris

My sister called on Sunday and said that my Dad died.

We left the rink on Sunday in separate cars on the way back from Detroit, and I stopped in Lansing for a quick bite. That's when I saw that my sister had left a message (unusual), so I called her back and we talked. I tried to make sure she was okay (Dad left when she was 6, I think, while I was still in the 0.8 range).

Then I had an hour to think about things on the way home.

I didn't know what to feel. It's strange, hearing about the death of someone who should be so important in your life, but who was only defined by their absence. I remembered, though, that whatever feeling you have about death is okay.

So I stopped at Smashburger for a shake on the way home. I like those shakes, and I always find them comforting.

My Dad was a disappointed, bitter man. Disappointed about some of his choices, and bitter about everything else. Or not, because he was also a very skilled liar, so it has hard to know what part of the truth you were getting.

He was also a racist, and a real bastard. And selfish. Did I mention he was an alcoholic?

I thought today if I could remember any personal moment we ever had together when he made me feel good, or happy.

I can't.

We fished together a few times, which I enjoyed (he was a big fisherman), but even then, our conversations were awkward and strange. He always seemed annoyed, but then, he always seemed annoyed with everyone.

He might have been genuinely trying when we were together, or he might have just been checking a few boxes. There was no way to know.

So I feel like I should have some sense of loss, but I've already carried that loss. Still, though, it's strange.

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Last night, R and I watched a bunch of documentaries, including one on Willie Nelson, which referenced his smash album Red Headed Stranger.

R: In the RV park, Red Headed Stranger is the only album I feel comfortable playing over my external speaker system. It’s the only music everyone can agree they like.

Sam: Isn’t Red Headed Stranger a concept album about going on the run after murdering your family?

R: People can relate. 

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Fighting monsters is easy...

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... compared to going to high school (again!) for Holly Owen in Chapter 14 of Princess Holy Aura


Sep. 20th, 2017 06:07 am
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Posted by opusanglicanum

I couldn’t think of anything. So U is for unknown

It was going to be “Um, I can’t think of anything for U” but then Gareth insisted on unknown with a Luttrell weirdo, so here he is.

I did the faces bayeux style/not properly finished, because at this point I was worried about making the submission deadline for the competition.

Using only the Brat Pack

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:07 am
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Cast a 1980s New Teen Titans film....
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It occurs to me I haven't looked at the Heavy Gear rules in a long time....
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Posted by Fred Clark

Norman Geisler's use of the term "therapeutic" in this section turned out to be unfortunate. Back in the early 1970s, when he was writing this summary of the common accepted "stance" for conservative white evangelicals on "When Abortion Is Justified," that term was entirely benign. He had no way of knowing that, decades later, it would become something of an epithet.

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