Wednesday, March 24, 2010

old school vs. new school

When my great aunt Karin passed away a while ago (she was 100 years old & really the aunt of my grandfather) I inherited this cross stitch from her. I really like it, even though the words sound a little bit too life loving for me:
Everyday is a wondrous gift.

But the pattern is really neat & in some way I like the thought of passing on a skill & craft that's been in my family for generations. So I decided to make my own version of it, using Karin's pattern.

I would have liked to get the text whole text there in just two lines, like the original, but there just wasn't room for it. Have no idea where I got the frase from, probably somewhere on the internet but I can't find it now. The best part is that I get to give it away as a very late birthday gift to a friend & co-worker.

Monday, March 1, 2010

patches for the masses (the kind of craft that your doctor warned you about)

Someone googled "will my eyes get bad if I do cross stitch" & ended up here. I'm not sure, but I think the answer to the question is no, not unless you do it in complete dark & why would you do that? What you might get is a hand that looks somewhat like this:

So, what do you do when extensive crafting has left you with a stupid looking hand that hurts & doesn't want to be your friend anymore? You make patches! Just make sure to ignore your doctors advice about no crafting for the next couple of weeks...

If you want to make your own patches you'll find the patterns on the new & improved DIY or die! page. Instead of a plain old boring wrist support thingy, you get one that might get people to think that you hurt your hand playing cool tunes on your guitar, or smashing the system with your bare fists.

Here is Skitystem (Sweden's finest) playing at the Obscene Extreme festival a couple of years ago. Since then they've split up, but just last Saturday they reunited to play a show in Gothenburg. Let's hope it wasn't a one hit wonder.