I do embroidery now. Embroidery is cool! (Doctor Who Stitch-a-long Week 11)

I have such back and forth feelings about the Eleventh Doctor. Sometimes I love him and sometimes I find him annoying (in an unfortunate way) and I still think I liked him best in that first episode with Amy as a child when he was manically asking for food he’d enjoy eating. The way he interacted with her is the way I like him best. Anyway, it seems like every time I start to warm up to him, an episode that annoys me will come along and drop me somewhere back in the middle of indifference.

Okay, maybe it’s just that I like him best when he’s a little bit silly:

Anyway, the end of the most recent season has me quite interested to see what’s coming next! Great ending, perfectly mysterious, and hopefully they’ll do the idea justice.


No prize for you if you’ve guessed what the next pattern will be (because everyone will have guessed what the next pattern will be, even if they’re not following along very closely!), Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor:

Doctor the Eleventh

Eleven was designed by the talented Soma Acharya of Whim’s and Fancies, where she often posts the incomparable paper-piecing patterns she designs. She’s got a kind of realistic style that a lot of paper-piecing designers don’t attempt and though I’ve never made any of her patterns (the level of detail is amazing, but it makes them look amazingly difficult!) there are several that I’ve love to try out someday. (Top of the list: her Weeping Angel that I mentioned last week.) You can see her version of Eleven here at Fandom in Stitches, where you can also find the pattern for Eleven (and all the other doctors).

There’s a lot to love about this pattern, Eleven’s floppy hair, the super skinny tall eleven, his silly hipster boots/high-water pants, the bowtie. I enjoy it.

Eleven's Hair

This is one case where my two-strand split stitch maybe didn’t serve the pattern as much as I’d like – it’s just not delicate enough for the hair, which has a better gravity defying flop in Jennifer (here) and Soma’s versions. But maybe it’s just the very up-close photograph that makes it look thick and unwieldy. I have definitely decided that I need to fill in the bowtie (or satin stitch over it). I keep saying things like that, that I should do these little edits to the blocks, but then I keep on not actually doing them. I think the bowtie would look so much better on my block if I filled it in though, just look at it in the top shot, where it’s from further away… doesn’t it just NEED to be darker and solid red?

A few details:
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Blue – DMC 939
Red – DMC Satin Floss S666 — Can I just say how hilarious I find it that the red thread has 666 as it’s colour number? They should label it Hellish Red or something.

If you share your photos at the Fandom in Stitches Flickr group, you’ll be entered to win a monthly prize and I’m also offering a special prize to someone who finishes all twelve patterns by August 12 – Nine Fat Quarters from Lizzy House’s Constellations line of fabric:

FQ Prize

This is the Lunar Landing colourway of the line, which has richer, more royal blues than the fabrics I’m using, and doesn’t have the purple tones. You MUST post your pictures at the Fandom in Stitches Flickr group to win, so if you’re stitching along, don’t forget to share with the class! Just to be clear, you only need to have the patterns stitched, you don’t have to have a quilt top completed. You also have to make all 12 of the original blocks. Although minor modifications are okay — if you want to add eyes or adjust the style of the numbers, for example — your blocks should be substantially similar to the patterns as designed.

4 thoughts on “I do embroidery now. Embroidery is cool! (Doctor Who Stitch-a-long Week 11)”

  1. I’ve been so bad about commenting on your blog these days. I read them all though. =) The 11th doctor bugs me too. So much that I stopped watching altogether. I feel a little guilty about that. It’s just… I only have eyes for the 10th doctor. Le sigh. Your 11 would look good with his bow tie filled in.
    PS: I think about you every day. We use that little blanket you made for baby Jack *all the time*. I always say “thank you Kristel” in my head every time I cover him up. =)

    1. I’m almost always terrible about commenting on people’s blogs, though I go through bursts of reminding myself to do it more often 😀 Anyway, no worries about that!

      I definitely miss Ten too 😀 He was my favourite for sure.

      That’s awesome about that little blanket! I LOVED the feel of it with the flannel and that buttery soft voile, though it was really not fun to bind! (Binding with voile? Turns out not to be the best idea I ever had :D) I’m glad it’s so usable anyway!

  2. Since I’m a new Whovian, I’m still working my way through the end of season 2 with the 10th doctor so the 11th is completely unknown to me. That said, I had to fly past most of your blog saying in my mind, “Lalala I don’t see you lalalala” so I wouldn’t accidentally read any plot twists or endings I shouldn’t know about yet. 🙂

    As always, your stitching is perfect, and obvious skill aside, it’s also thanks to an awesome pattern. LOVE Soma’s work – so simple yet with plenty of details.

    1. Haha… I think I’ve been pretty careful not to reveal anything! (I can’t think of anything I’ve revealed anyway! And my clips are all just little bits and bobs that don’t show anything too important from the stories, really.)

      Soma did a great job capturing the essence of Eleven. She obviously has a really good eye for design, anyway! (I wouldn’t say it’s my comfort zone, particularly, though I do think the more I do it, the better I get a figuring out what will and won’t work and why.)

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