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Don’t Blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t Blink. (Doctor Who Stitch-a-long Week 10)

That’s a clip from what’s probably my favourite episode. It’s pretty light on the Doctor (and Martha, who I think was underrated as a Companion), really, but it’s such a fantastic episode. If you ever see just one, see Blink (series 3, episode 10), because wow. All the best bits of time travel and a little bit of fear and Sally Sparrow, who is an awesome character played by Carey Mulligan before she got a bad haircut to be in a bunch of movies I don’t care if I ever see. Great episode. (And if you watch this episode and if you quilt, then you’ll want to stitch up Soma Acharya’s truly brilliant Weeping Angel paper-pieced pattern. Even if I didn’t like the show, I’d love that quilt block. So beautiful. If I weren’t so scared of all those little pieces, I’d have made it already.)

Anyway, David Tennant. Sigh. Swoon. Come back. (He’s my favourite.) I could link a dozen clips with him, but I won’t. And not just because BBC has blocked a ton of those clips because I don’t live in the right country.

Okay, one more:

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The tenth pattern of the Doctor Who Stitch-a-long is, of course, David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor:

Doctor the Tenth

This pattern was created by the brilliant Jennifer Ofenstein of Sew Hooked and Fandom in Stitches. She came up with the idea of running this stitch-a-long and you might remember that she also designed two of the previous patterns, Two and Six, and came up with the layout for the final quilt. Jennifer has also designed paper-pieced patterns for the TARDIS (two versions!) and Daleks, which will be featured on her own version of this quilt. (And I might totally steal the idea because I am a dirty rotten thief.) You can find those patterns, and a few other Doctor Who patterns, here at Fandom in Stitches, along with the pattern for the Tenth Doctor which is right here.

Here is Jennifer’s version of Ten, done in backstitch, with the word “ten” a bit more jagged and not all smoothed out like mine (the damned window-as-a-light-box-through-linen transfer method has lost a lot of fine details from my stitches):

The Tenth Doctor

Lovely. She’s also doing a slightly modified version of the basic layout, where she’s doing three rows of the sashing around each block (I swear she had another post with actual pictures, but you can see a proposed layout here if you scroll down a little) to bump up the size of the quilt to bed-sized. I’ve been toying with the idea of upping the size of my quilt as well, but I think I’ve settled on keeping it small enough to hang on the wall. I think. We’ll see…

Ten

My “ten” before rinsing out the pattern lines and pressing. I used this same blue on the Eighth block, but now I’m pretty certain I’m going to go back and rip that out and redo it in green. I stitched most of Ten while watching the Doctor Who movie with Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, and it was pretty terrible, but I did notice that he’s actually wearing what looks to be a green velvet coat. I also might use a variation of the Seal of Rassilon in place of the “eight” since it pretty much IS a stylized eight. Anyway, I thought the blue was better to represent the blue pin-striping on Ten’s suit.

Close up of Tenth Doctor

Anyway, every bit of this was stitched in a 2-strand split stitch, even the pin-stripes which I’d meant to do in something a little more delicate, like maybe long couched straight stitches. (I forgot all about that thought because I was watching “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” through the rest of the stitching of this pattern, and it was a very distracting movie. Not a good one for stitching along with at all. As silly as it sounds, it’s far too visual a movie to watch without watching, which is what I normally do when I’m stitching. Just as an example, there’s a part where Scott Pilgrim has to defeat a girl and he won’t hit a girl, so Ramona holds his arms and throws his punches for him, which… if you’re not watching, you’re not going to grasp just from listening. Such a bad movie for stitching. But fun as all get out. Unless you’re not into the whole video game/anime stylized thing. It’s got a rocky beginning, but once all the fighting starts it’s a lot of fun.)

A few details:
Fabrics
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Shiny Blue – DMC Satin Floss S798

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! (For the interested, you only need to have the patterns stitched, you don’t have to have a quilt top completed.)

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Ten

Today, instead of finishing the stitching on my Tenth Doctor, I went shopping. I bought a new shirt:

New shirt

I thought, you know, I should probably own some adult clothing, instead of just… t-shirts. So a kind of billowy, peasanty blouse, with an old lady print, which I love. (Even if I would probably mock it in fabric. Small print, small floral print, pink and red in combination, etc.) I also bought a faux-leather jacket, chocolate, two bath bombs and a solid(ish) shower gel, Little Miss and Little Mister stickie notes for my sister, and a candle.

I like my ten:

Ten

But I really need to finish the rest of Ten. Just one ear and half his hair left. Tomorrow, though. First I need to sleep.


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It’ll be fantastic! (Doctor Who Stitch-a-long Week 9)

I couldn’t find a (short) video with one of my favourite Ninth Doctor quotations (Do you know like we were sayin’? About the Earth revolving?It’s like when you’re a kid. The first time they tell you that the world’s turning and you just can’t quite believe it ’cause everything looks like it’s standin’ still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1,000 miles an hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it. We’re fallin’ through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go… That’s who I am.), so instead, a clip of a happy little moment with Rose and The Doctor.

The Ninth Doctor might have wound up my favourite Doctor, if he’d been around a little longer, because Christopher Eccelston was fantastic. But even though David Tennant is my favourite, Eccelston occupies his own special little perfect space in my head and I always love rewatching that handful of episodes he was apart of, even if I find some of the actual plot lines kind of silly. (Living plastic, for example. Or the fart-happy Slitheen for another example.)

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The ninth pattern of the Doctor Who Stitch-a-Long, quite naturally, is Christopher Eccelston’s Ninth Doctor:

Doctor the Ninth

This pattern was created by (the also fantastic) Aalia, who also designed the first and third patterns of this stitch-a-long. This is her final official pattern (though there may just be some special extras coming along later!) and I think it’s probably my favourite of the three. When I first saw it, I’d said to her that I hadn’t been able to picture how she’d design a pattern around Nine because unlike some of the other Doctors, he didn’t really have many props, but that she’d perfectly captured his attitude, and I still think that. (She told me that she was going for the essentials: “the widow’s peak, the ears, the jacket, and of course, the attitude.”) I loved stitching this pattern and I love seeing it finished. You can find both the pattern and a picture of Aalia’s Nine here at Fandom in Stitches. She stitched her version on a beautiful blue marbled batik and it looks really great. (And I don’t even love batiks.)

Ninth Doctor closer up

I just love the pose Aalia gave Nine’s body.

So to repeat myself for at least the ninth time, this is stitched with a 2-strand split stitch. Unlike most of the others, I didn’t end up using any other stitch types anywhere in this pattern. I used the same purple as back in the Third Doctor’s pattern, largely because I didn’t want to buy more rayon thread, but also Nine sometimes wore a purple shirt, though it was a lot more muted than this shiny purple. As with Eight, I still need to sew on my sashing. Hopefully I’ll get it done this weekend so that I can show a First Nine Blocks photo.

A few details:
Fabrics
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Purple – DMC Satin Floss S550

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!

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Finally, the Eighth Doctor! (Doctor Who Stitch-a-Long Week 8)

It’s half a week late, but I’ve finally finished(ish) my eighth doctor! I haven’t put on the sashing yet, but that’s easy peasy and I can do it as soon as I’m caught up with everything else that needs doing right now. I had put in a request with the library to borrow the movie that features the Eighth Doctor, but then the flood hit and the central library in the city was badly damaged and that’s where the data centre was, so I think they must have backed up the (currently temporary replacement) website to an older version, which didn’t have all my requests listed any more. (No biggie. Considering the cost to repair that library and replace the book collection, cut back services and some lost data is pretty easy to handle.) Anyway, I re-requested the movie, and it’s actually at my branch waiting for me, but they’re closed on Sundays through the summer, so I have to wait until tomorrow to pick it up. I’ve heard the movie is pretty crappy, but that Paul McGann makes a pretty good Doctor anyway, and I guess I’ll soon see!

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The eighth pattern of the Stitch-A-Long is Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor:

Eighth Doctor (Now Completeish)

This pattern was created by Jordan/dozmuffinxc, who I don’t think has a blog. (Though I could be wrong!) Jordan is a queen of fandom craftiness who made this Adipose baby stuffie for me:

Addy

The awesomest thing ever. I call it Addy, because I’m super creative with names.

Anyway, you can get the pattern for the Eighth Doctor here at Fandom in Stitches.

Eighth Doctor detail

There’s nothing particularly special about my stitching on this pattern – it’s largely 2-strand split stitch, with a little back stitching for the 8. I’m not thrilled with the way the 8 looks, so I’m toying with the idea of doing… something, but I don’t really know what. Maybe satin stitching over it so that it’ll fill it all in a bit more? It seems too subdued, anyway. From the pictures I’d seen of Eight, I had the impression a little that he was more subdued anyway than the others, though likely that’s just that his costume wasn’t all crazy-cakes like some of the preceding Doctors. In fact, his blue Eight is a result of those subdued clothes: I didn’t have any rayon thread to match his beige cravat and there was nothing else that stood out about him, colour-wise, so I used the same blue I used in my version of the First Doctor – he didn’t have any colour impressions for me either!

A few details:
Fabrics
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Shiny Blue – DMC Satin Floss S798

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!


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A day late and a Doctor short…

Well, I’m officially behind on the Doctor Who Stitch-A-Long. I tried! But last week was a bit of a bad week at the WIPGirl House and then it was immediately followed up by house guests for four days, while I was working every day, on the hottest days of the year (so far, and Universe? Please don’t get hotter). Nothing like a too hot house, featuring 46% humidity indoors, with an extra three bodies in it, right? Ever since the flood, it’s been really humid here and, as it’s usually fairly dry, the heat feels much worse than we’re used to having it feel. Anyway, I finally broke down and bought a window AC unit because I barely slept all weekend. (ACs make me feel weirdly guilty because they do nothing good for the environment and I live in a part of the world where you only really need it for a week or two a year, but once you’ve got one and once it’s blocking a window, you’re pretty much guaranteed to start using it on all those days you might normally have just used an open window with a nice breeze to keep you cool. By and large I feel like I should be able to get by without it because what’s a week or two of being a little hotter than you’d like? Anyway, please realize this isn’t a judgement on people who live in places where ACs really are necessary. In a typical July, we’ll get three days that are hotter than 28C. Should I buy an AC or just, you know, hang out at the mall for the afternoon? Because that seems like a valid solution to three days of hotter weather.)

Anyway, here’s a peak at where my Eighth Doctor is at:

Eighth Doc-in-progress

I’ve mainly just got clothing left to stitch – the left side (our left, not his) of his coat, his cravat, and the sleeve on the right. So close! But what’s the saying? Close is only good with horseshoes and hand grenades? Anyway, I’m hoping to get it finished today/tonight at work (if I manage to take any breaks, it’s my first night solo since my dept. head quit and I’m going to be simultaneously doing his job (which is now my job) and training two new people to do what I used to do) so that tomorrow I can do a proper post about it. Or maybe Saturday, we’ll see.

In the meantime, I have two finished things to show you. I’d like to blame the recipients of these blocks for my not getting Eight finished (;D) but you know… I could have sewn them up a couple weeks ago instead of putting them off. First up is my block for Aalia at Joy of Stitches (and one of the DWSAL designers – she designed One, Three, and next week’s Nine) for the Livejournal Birthday Blocks exchange.

Aalia's Hufflepuff Themed Block

Aalia’s request was for a 10″ block in yellow and black, for a Hufflepuff quilt. The photo she linked for colour/inspiration is this Hufflepuff house crest, and that’s where my idea for the block came from. I do have some fabric with tiny fleur de lis on it, but it’s certainly not in black and yellow, so instead I bought a 6″ fleur de lis pattern from Jennifer Ofenstein (from her Craftsy shop), shrunk down the pattern a little so that it could be a 5″ square, and made two for the corners. The striped bit I actually paper-pieced as well, though I just drew out a 5″ square and then drew lines every half inch to make the stripe. As I was making this, I got REALLY tempted to just make a giant yellow and black bull’s eye for a block (I did the striped units first), but I’m really glad I went with the fleur de lis in the end, I think they’re really pretty. (Even IF I did get the bottom unit askew on BOTH quarters.) I mentioned this is a ten inch block, well… true facts: I used a fat quarter of the yellow and ALMOST RAN OUT. I don’t KNOW where all that fabric went to! (It’s probably all trimmings in my garbage bin – I’m not too good with angles and not wasting fabric.)

In any case, the next finished thing was just finished yesterday. It was due last week, but the aforementioned bad week really threw me for a loop. And it was an improv block, and I have a mental block about improv, so I put it off for a long time before starting it. This was my June block for the Flickr Simply Solids group:

Simply Solids June Blck

The idea behind Carly’s block was flowers and stems/twigs tumbling over a waterfall, you can see more on the idea here at her blog. I think it’s going to be an AMAZING looking quilt, even though a lot of us were a little wary of the whole… improv thing. I drew out six sample blocks before I wound up sewing my first stitch, and while I started out following my plan, I accidentally sewed a triangle on backwards and the whole thing went awry! I think it came out okay in the end, which I suppose is the good bit about improv, but it was still a bit nerve-wracking in the moment.

So next up… a paper pieced block for July’s Simply Solids block and… a mug rug for the Flickr Modern Scrappy Bits Swap and more and more stitched Doctors, but otherwise, I’m a free woman. (Well, I’m going to make a pillow case for my little sister and I think I’ve found my next project to work on – finishing up quilt-as-you-go thing I started working on a long while ago. Only four or five of 20 blocks are finished. Lots go to, but they’re pretty easy to do, since I’m just doing straight-line stuff.)


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The Doctor’s descending an ice cliff… (Doctor Who Stitch-A-Long Week 7)

When I started researching the Classic Doctors for this stitch-a-long – week 5 was my pattern, but this week is ALSO my pattern! – that video was the very first thing I discovered about the Seventh Doctor, and I got an idea and fell in love with it and didn’t let go. Was it, like the ice cliff scene, a complete cock-up as an idea? I hope not! I hope everyone loves this pattern as much as I do! (It’s definitely my favourite of the two I did, though I was also pretty self-impressed with the celery/five combo. Haha… I’m so modest today!)

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This seventh pattern is, of course, Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor:

Doctor the Seventh

This was the second pattern I created for the Stitch-a-long and my favourite of the two. I was trying to find videos on YouTube so that I could get some ideas about this guy – I knew I didn’t want his busy sweater vest to be the only focal point! – and I found the video linked up above where they make fun of this apparently infamous “cliff-hanger” scene. A literal cliffhanger, but not a figurative one because apparently it isn’t the actual cliffhanger of the two-part story, which was called Dragonfire. If you don’t watch the video above, basically, the Doctor is descending an ice cliff, then gets to a point where he can’t get any further, so he climbs over the edge and hangs on by his umbrella. I never did find out what comes next – I assume someone helps him back up? or maybe he just slides down the ice cliff? maybe there is a ledge directly below him? I don’t know! Anyway, I thought it made a pretty dynamic image for a stitching pattern, so I blew up a tiny photo of him dangling and this is the result. You can get the pattern for this block here at Fandom in Stitches.

As with all my blocks, I’ve done the stitch in primarily 2-strand split stitch, with the question mark umbrella handle done in tiny back-stitch:

007

I used the icy blue thread to represent the ice cliff, but couldn’t help putting in that splash of red as well. I was going to restrain myself to two colours only, but this time it just felt more right to break the rule than to stick to it!

A few details:
Fabrics
Sashing – light blue – Star Charts in Blue from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Sashing – purple – Supernova in Purple from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Pale Blue – DMC Satin Floss S932
Red – DMC Satin Floss S666

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!

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1. Fifth Doctor Block, 2. DWSAL2, 3. DWSAL1, 4. Doctor Who Block Six, 5. Photo0383, 6. Dr Who 6, 7. Sixth Doctor Block, 8. Doctor number 5


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The Sixth Doctor (Doctor Who Stitch-A-Long Week 6)

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I tried to find a good video of the Sixth Doctor to put in here, but there really isn’t a lot of variety up on YouTube (most of it either being scenes or pictures set to music or else examples of the Doctor being rude to his companion Peri), so instead, the (rather tiny) shot of his crazy-cakes funhouse outfit. If you’ve got an urge to stitch up a coat of many colours, this is your last chance for doing it in this stitch-a-long!

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The sixth pattern of the Stitch-a-Long is Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor:

Doctor the Sixth

This pattern was created by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked and the owner and maintainer Fandom in Stitches and our stitch-a-long host. I’ve verbally-swooned over her pattern creation and design (both paper piecing and embroidery) on her previous block – the Second Doctor – so I’ll hold myself back this time. (Also, I need to store up some love to share along with her next block, which will show up in a few weeks and which is brilliant.) You can get the pattern for this block here at Fandom in Stitches.

Below is Jennifer’s version of this block, and you should click through to see it bigger:

The Sixth Doctor

While I got lazy and did seed stitches for the necktie (which I also simplified), Jennifer did bucketloads of French Knots.

Six

Once again, this pattern is stitched largely in a two-strand split stitch, with a bit of satin stitching for the knot in his tie (pretty crappy satin stitching at that, I could use a little more work on creating the perfect circle, clearly!), and dozens and dozens of seed stitches for the spots on his tie. (Ascot? Cravat? What is it called when it’s just a thin ribbon of fabric tied in a very large bow?) I don’t really recall, but some of the tighter curves may have been done in stem stitch, rather than split stitch, but as I recall it was all split stitch – just teeny tiny ones for some of those locks of his curly hair!

This pattern marks the midway point in the stitch-a-long, with six patterns behind us and six left ahead, so it’s only right that I show you a photo of my first six blocks together! I haven’t stitched them together yet, but I’m toying with the idea of changing the placement of the blocks. I think I’m probably going to start with one at the top left and then make a column down, across the bottom, back up the side, and looping down the middle. That’ll let the doctors that I’m most familiar with and fond of appear up top on the quilt, rather than down in the bottom row.

Six Blocks

A few details:
Fabrics
Sashing – light blue – Star Charts in Blue from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Sashing – purple – Supernova in Purple from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Aqua – DMC Satin Floss S995

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!

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1. DWSAL: First Doctor, 2. Dr Who Block 5, 3. Dr Who Block 4, 4. Photo0378, 5. Third Doctor and Master, 6. 0616131941, 7. The Fifth Doctor, 8. The Fourth Doctor, 9. 0618131819, 10. IMG_1350s, 11. blk-5-drWhofinished12. Not available

Also, because this has been my big work in progress for the last little while, and will continue to be for the next several weeks while I try to get ahead on the patterns again… I’m linking up to The Needle and Thread Network and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


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Stitch Stitch Stitch-along…

You could be forgiven for thinking I haven’t been doing anything other than stitching up Doctors for the Doctor Who Stitch-Along because I really just keep talking about that and pretty much nothing else. But I have been up to other things! Just, you know, not much. I spent five hours at the hospital one night! But, oh wait, no crafts there. I worked 7.5 hours overtime last week! But, oh wait, no crafts there. I found out my wasting-my-brain job might be an even bigger waste when the company got bought out by another company and the only thing everyone can agree on is that if they retain us employees, they’ll probably roll back our pay by 20-30%. But again, oh wait, no crafts there. Nope, all of that just generates stress, not crafts.

But to de-stress, I’ve been doing some crafting, and virtually all of has been hand-crafts, that most zen of the crafty things I do. I used to find hand-crafts so boring, but there’s something enjoyable and kind of soothing about turning off your mind and just stitching a hundred granito stitches, one after another, in a couple square inches of fabric.

Granito Stitch Fill

This is the first of three stitches to be shared by &Stitches for their June Sampler-Along. I’m not sure why they’re only doing three stitches, because the pattern has room for seven stitches (or eight if you closed up the loop, which I know isn’t very visible in my photo) and now I’m going to have to come up with four other options to fill in the holes.

June Sampler-Along

So that’s basically the whole project. The pattern is a circle (or a donut, almost), cut into seven segments, with a hollowed out area in the centre and an empty eighth segment (you might be best to go see it at their site because my lines are so very, very faint – that linen did not want to absorb the pen marks). I’m planning to use the seven threads on the right and that piece of Kokka fabric will be part of… whatever I do to turn it into a mini-quilt (wall-hanging or mug rug, I dunno). The threads are all from Sublime Stitching thread packs, the colours (from the top): Velvet Curtain, Absinthe, Amazonite, Fainting Couch, Tassel, Corset, and Bell Pull.

Sheaf Filling Stitch

I’ve only just gotten started on the second area, which houses the sheaf stitch, but I think I’m going to pick it out and start again. It’s just a bit… well, weedy looking. I think I need to use one more strand of thread in the needle, and I’ve got to figure out if I want them all in neat little rows (the granito stitch I didn’t – I wanted it more or less in rows, but with some offness to them, and maybe I should aim for the same thing here). I think the paleness of the pink against the darker “natural” colour of the linen doesn’t really help, but it needs something to help it pop out a little more.

Two stitch-alongs weren’t enough, though. No. The Doctor may be time consuming, but he’s not everything, and the Granito stitch might have given me some moments of calm, but the Wild Olive Summer Stitching Club looked like it was going to be cute enough to warm even the most curmudgeonly of hearts. The pattern is made of hexagons, of which twelve will have cute things stitched on them. Hexies are a thing I’ve never done, so I appreciated the chance to try out a new thing, while working on something kind of low-key and easy.

I haven’t gotten started on my hexies at all yet (haven’t even picked out fabrics yet, except for the three different scraps of linen I’m going to use for the pieces with stitching on them), but I’ve got the first two patterns stitched up:

Sunglasses

I’ve decided to do them primarily in back-stitch, since it’s a stitch I pretty well never use. I think it works for this project though, so I’m going to keep it up.

Sun

The third pattern will be for a cute little smiling bikini, and hopefully I’ll get started on that soon. It seems like a fair few participants have already got the background hexies finished and I haven’t even chosen fabrics yet! I’m a bit nervous about making the hexies, since I don’t know how, but so many people seem to find them addictive, and hopefully I will too! (Or, anyway, addictive enough to get me through making the quilt top!)


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And look at me, I’m wearing a vegetable! (Doctor Who Stitch-a-long Week 5)

Does it offend you?

My only encounter with the Fifth Doctor was when the Tenth Doctor met him – the hat, the coat, the crickety-cricket stuff, the stick of celery… yeah. Brave choice, celery, but fair play to you: not a lot of men can carry off a decorative vegetable…

(Okay. I had to have two videos because I couldn’t not slip in a little extra Tenth Doctor.)

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So, the fifth pattern of the Doctor Who Stitch-a-long is Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor, and since I created this pattern and since the only thing I knew about him was the crickety-cricket clothes and the celery, OF COURSE we’ve got celery:

Doctor the Fifth

Well, I’ve been reserving the space beneath the first picture of the newest pattern to talk about the designer, but since I designed this one, there isn’t much to say that couldn’t be found by looking around my blog. This is the first pattern I’ve designed and you can find it here at Fandom in Stitches. I’ve discovered that (no surprise) I’m a bit neurotic about these things – I can’t tell you how many variations of the almost exact same thing I went through. (This font? that font? no, this other font? More stripes? fewer stripes? different stitching instructions? Back stitch celery? straight-stitch celery? jagged leaves? round leaves? wheat sheaf passing as celery?…) I still want to fix the celery (thinner stalk, maybe make the leaves look like how I stitched them rather than showing the shape of the leaves), but at a certain point in the design process I just decided that I was done and had to be done or else I’d never stop fiddling with it.

I’ve had this pattern stitched up for quite a while – it’s the first one I stitched up, and I even did it twice. I started out with eyes and a nose in the original pattern, which went by the way-side because they’re hard to do well, and I started with black fabric and was using all rayon floss done in back stitch. It looked pretty awful, so I threw it away, but I wish I hadn’t because I stitched a bunch of sample celery stalks around the edges of it to try to figure out the best stitch method.

I used a promo shot of the Fifth Doctor as the base image for the pattern and I think he’s actually wearing a different vest in that image than he wears through most of the show! Feel free to fiddle around with the look of his vest if you want something more authentic to what Davison seems to have worn. I am happy to have you fiddle with the pattern so that it suits you!

5th Doctor Close-up

As always, this was mostly stitched with a 2-strand split stitch. I did a French knot for the point of the question mark, and used double rows of chain stitch for the lines on his vest. The leaves are a single strand of dark green and a single strand of light green rayon floss, and are stitched as described below. I am having issues with Flickr right now – it won’t let me upload my close-up pictures – so I’m going to have to use an old shot from my silver on black version to show you the celery. [ETA: The photo above has been changed to show the closer view of the vest and leaves, but I’m leaving in the black version because I think the celery leaves are clearer on it than in the version with green leaves. With most of my photos, you can click through to make them bigger, if you’d like to see it in brutally close-up detail.]

Celery

Both in this sample and in the finished product, the leaves are quite a bit different from how they look on the pattern. Essentially each leaf is done with one straight stitch up the middle, then two (or three) stitches on either side of that centre line, always coming up through the hole at the base. I think it probably looks more like wheat than celery, but my attempts at creating a back-stitch leaf were… terrible. I didn’t wind up using the satin stitch for the stalk in my final version, but that’s largely because every flaw in a rayon satin stitch showed up far more than I’d wanted it to show. (This by way of saying: please ignore the bad stitching on that version!) I probably should have changed the pattern to reflect the stitches as I actually made them, but I thought I should leave it up to each person to decide how they want to tackle the celery leaves and so I left it with the basic shape you want to create – how you get there is up to you!

A few details:
Fabrics
Sashing – light blue – Star Charts in Blue from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Sashing – purple – Supernova in Purple from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Dk Green – DMC Satin Floss S702
Lt Green – DMC Satin Floss S504

Last week I didn’t have a finished image of my Fourth Doctor to show you – well, here it finally is! I did manage to fit in the word (it was actually rather small compared to how I was imagining it in my head! it fit perfectly!) and I went with red split stitch in the end.

Doctor the Fourth

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!

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1. Doctor number four, 2. Doctor the First, 3. Doctor the Second, 4. IMG_4319, 5. IMG_9995, 6. IMG_0399, 7. IMG_3066, 8. The Fourth Doctor Block, 9. IMG_1317s, 10. IMG_1318s, 11. Doctor who block 03, 12. Wk-1, 13. Wk-2, 14. WK-4, 15. Wk-3, 16. DWSAL2crop, 17. 2nd doctor, 18. 3rd doctor, 19. Dr Who Block 2, 20. Dr Who Block 3

(Can I just say how very, very exciting it is to see so many new blocks this week? So exciting!)


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Would you like a Jelly Baby? (Doctor Who Stitch-a-Long Week 4)

Most of the people I know who like Doctor Who liked it before I was born, and this doctor, the Fourth Doctor, is THEIR Doctor. (For me, I think it’ll probably always be David Tennant, though, with a very definite fondness for Christopher Eccelston. They could do a Ninth or Tenth Doctor reboot from before Rose or after Rose but before Martha or whatever, just kind of go back in time, but not really because it’s a show full of time travel, and have either of them back for another five years and I’d be a happy camper.)

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This fourth pattern of the Stitch-a-long is Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, he of the jelly babies and the long, long scarf and the sort of CRAZY EYES (not shown here because eyes are HARD to stitch!):

Doctor the Fourth

This pattern (not quite as pictured here) was created by Kim Kuehn of Geek Stitching. Kim’s designed a pile of embroidery/cross-stitch patterns for various fandoms, including a series based on Pixar films (my favourite is the one for UP). Up above is my not quite complete take on the pattern (more on that in a moment), but you can get the pattern here at Fandom in Stitches, and you can see Kim’s version done right here (or at FiS, where you can click to embiggen it – I had to steal the photo so that I could post it, but you can see a larger version at the source):

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I don’t have a finished version of my block, with the sashing attached, because I was 95% done when I suddenly realized that I wasn’t 95% done at all – I’d forgotten to transfer the “Four” when I did my window-as-a-lightbox transfer. Worse than that, I’d centred Four’s body on the block without including the word and I haven’t measured it out yet, but I’m not sure if my block has enough spare room on the right to fit in the word and still have an appropriate border around all the sides. Sigh. That’s a job for today or tomorrow. I guess.

You might notice one other change, and that’s that I added a line to suggest a vest, so that his cravat would have something to be tucked in to. I’m not sure why I felt like it needed that one extra line (and button), but it just felt right to me!

Fourth Doctor Detail

As with the others, this block was stitched primarily in 2-strand split stitch, but I also used chain stitch in the red sections to suggest the knit look of his scarf. The lines on his cravat are all long straight stitches. I think that was just me being lazy – I probably could/should have done it in split stitch and I’m really not sure why I didn’t. The stitch I’ll use for the “four” will depend on which colour I use. I really like that shiny red, so I’m tempted to stitch it out in red (in which case: chain stitch), but it’s a bit intense and doesn’t really need THAT much red in the block, so I should probably go with the blue (so: split stitch).

A few details:
Fabrics
Sashing – light blue – Star Charts in Blue from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Sashing – purple – Supernova in Purple from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Red – DMC Satin Floss S666

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!

There aren’t nearly so many new stitches this week as there have been in the past couple weeks, but Week Three was a slightly more intense pattern than the previous week’s have been, so I’m sure once people are over that hump, more new blocks will be showing up all over again:

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1. 941956_10200385443853589_980584398_n, 2. Third Doctor Block, 3. Week one quilt block for dr. Who quilt, 4. Week three dr who wuilt, 5. Doctor who block two, 6. doctor who block one, 7. Doctor 2 with Sashing, 8. Dr Who Block One

Also, because this has been my big work in progress for the last little while, and will continue to be for the next several weeks while I try to get ahead on the patterns again… I’m linking up to The Needle and Thread Network and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced