thrifted TIE-fighter

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I’ve had to take a bit of a break from knitting due to aching hands. It’s incredibly frustrating since I’m used to knitting while I do pretty much everything. I’m still knitting a row here and there when my hands aren’t hurting too badly but not near on the scale I normally do. Also, Christmas knitting. Wahhhhh… I was bemoaning the fact I probably won’t be able to knit the rest of the gifts I have planned when I went, wait a second. You can sew, you dummy. Duh.

So, in lieu of knitting, I did a bit of stitching today. I’m sure you know by now that I love Star Wars. This pretty little thing is a TIE fighter and I’m totally in love with it.

I found a silhouette image on the interwebs, traced it onto a piece of paper, and after a few fits and starts, got stitching. At first I was going to sew over some tissue paper but the fabric is so thick, it was shredding the paper. I found some dressmaker’s chalk and used that, which worked nicely.

Materials wise, I used an old, black felted wool sweater I picked up from the thrift store and white embroidery thread I thrifted as well. It’s nothing fancy, just a backstitched outline and some French knot stars but for being semi-freehand and stitched up in an afternoon, it turned out really well. I’m going to look for a 8×10 frame next time I pop into the thrift store. That way, it’s 100% thrifted!

tell us a story…

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Ta-da! If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you’ll have noticed that I’ve used the quote from the March Hare every now and then. The story behind it is very brief: It’s the only quote in all of Alice in Wonderland that mentions anything having to do with books or┬ástories.

I enjoy embroidery when I’m not knitting. There’s something fascinating about bringing fabric to life with colored thread. And it moves so quickly!

To make the pattern, I typed out the quote and printed it out. After a bit of freehand sketching and considerable erasing to make it just how I wanted it, I traced the picture onto fabric. I’m using an eight inch hoop and embroidery thread I scavenged from the box of thread. Talk about a tangled mess…

I actually have more done than the picture shows. The computer is acting up, so I haven’t been able to upload pictures. I have all the words except Hare, the watch numbers finished, and the suits on the teacup.

I’m really pleased with how it’s stitching up! I think using the playing card suits on the teacup was a clever touch, if I do say so myself. ­čÖé I’ll post a picture of the finished project once I’m done.

What do you think of my embroidery? Have you ever stitched a book quote? Leave a comment!