This month, I have mostly been completing Page 8 of my Pokemon masterpiece!
Pokemon Page 8 Complete!
I can’t believe it’s actually coming together. I love working on this so much but I have to take a break after every page or I think I would start to get frustrated with the slow progress, all the colour changes and confetti stitches drive me mad after a bit.
I’ll have a think about my next little in-between project, but I have so many ideas in mind already! A holiday-themed stitch to bring the summer to a close? A few Christmas things to get a head start on cards? Some gifts for friends with occasions coming up? I have a huge bundle of dried lavender from my Nan’s house that I would like to use in some hanging sachets and pillow-bags too.
As always, there is too much I want to do and too little time -I really would like some more hours in the day! At least university is over and done with, and I can hang my certificate up with pride and forget the days of essay deadlines and exam revision for a while. All I have to worry about is – what to stitch next?
I have really enjoyed stitching Skyscape so far, and have done quite a bit of it (by my standards). I felt like I was on a roll!
Skyscape progress to date
However, I have not even got halfway through and I have run out of the silver thread supplied in the kit. I have several different silver threads in my stash, but none of them match exactly, and I don’t have the time to unpick all of the silver just so I can re-do it in a stash-friendly colour. I’ve contacted the kit manufacturer, Classic Embroidery, who have promised to send me some more, free of charge, as soon as they re-open…but that isn’t for another week or so yet. I am very pleased with their customer service, but just a little disappointed that I can’t keep stitching right away!
My question now is this: should I do all the other colours and fill in the silver last when it arrives in (hopefully) 2 weeks time? Or should I give in to temptation and start a new little project while I wait?
Quite recently, I finally managed to complete the amazingly-titled ‘Final Fantasy Type-0 HD’, twice in fact, to see both endings. I am not ashamed to say that I cried. A lot. It was so beautiful and sad! For those who don’t know, which I suspect is most everyone who reads this blog, this is a Japanese video game about a class (Class Zero, hence the title) of military cadets with magic powers who must save the world from the tyranny of a highly technologically advanced military nation – as well as attend lessons and run pointless errands for their fellow students in between missions.
It is a game with tragic themes of love and loss, the devastation of war on a personal and national scale, the inescapable cycle of history and cute giant birds that you can ride around the countryside on.
So, I have naturally charted and stitched a mini-logo patch for my year-long project chronicling my hours wasted in video-game land and the games I have completed, and here it is:
Final Fantasy Type 0 HD Logo
I’ve used the cog as the basis of the pattern as it is a recurring motif in flags, costume designs, menus, everywhere! See some examples below –
National Flag of the Dominion of Rubrum
The kanji is taken from the official Type-0 logo, which you can see above my cross stitch in the top picture (I transferred it from traditional to typed script, which is much easier to make into little squares!) And the colours of red, black and gold are the colours of the academy uniforms, as well as the national flag and the game menus in general.
I’ll leave a PDF of the logo here in case anyone in the world ever requires something so obscure: Final Fantasy Type 0 Logo Chart
June has been a big month for me – I have completed not a single piece of cross stitch but my final University post graduate submission for my current course. Hooray! All my spare moments have been spent researching, writing and preparing a presentation on my chosen topic, which was related to the local history and archaeology of my little town, and how our past has shaped our present culture. I was getting really stressed out nearing the deadline, but I have to admit I am quite proud of what I turned in. Now I have to anxiously await the results before I can decide what I will go on to do next.
To counter deadline stress, I did get in a few stitches here and there, so here’s some (very dark, sorry!) progress pictures:
Pokemon Progress June 2015
Skyscape Progress June 2015
I was a bit nervous doing the frame of the Skyscape first in case I mis-counted and ruined it forever, but I think I must have got it right since the lines met up in the middle!
I hope any US readers are enjoying their holiday today, and that my UK readers are enjoying the glorious weather as much as me! Bring on the ice cream and barbecues, British summer usually lasts for a few days at most so let’s make the most of them!