Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I do Illustrator Tutorials #1

I'm trying to brush up on my Adobe Illustrator skills, my Adobe program of choice during my landscape architecture degree for computer rendering, at least for initial treatment of CAD files.

Anyway, the way I taught myself Illustrator was a skill at a time, as I had need of it, by looking up how-to's with the power of Google. I guess I am still sort of doing the same thing, except at the moment I am just building my skills without a particular landscape design project to apply them to (though I have a few projects stewing). I just finished doing this Spoon Graphics decorative drop-cap tutorial. I hardly ever built a design in Illustrator using simple shapes, usually choosing to blob brush things etc., so it was a great way for me to continue thinking about how I can use the program's offset and pathfinder tools to my benefit. I stuck with the "S" of the tutorial because that's my first initial anyway. It also gave me the opportunity to download some lovely serif fonts, though I could not use the one in the tutorial since that is no longer a free font.

Font: Elsie, c. Alejandro Inler and downloaded from FontSquirrel

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dog Sitting

It's always fun to keep an eye on Hunter, but he is just too smart and therefore a tad on the anxious side! He's getting used to posing for pictures, though, as you can see from these snaps taken two days apart.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Weekend Project - Le Petit Prince

I traced the design on to the fabric last weekend, but this project was started and finished between yesterday and today. I painted the fabric with acrylic paints before stitching him in a mix of stemstitch, backstitch, and outline stitch. I'm really happy with him.  I have to decide on a way to mount the fabric before I can mail it off as a surprise to a friend who loves Le Petit Prince.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Ship Fill Sorta-Sampler

I finished up this sorta-sampler a few days ago. My starting idea was to embroider a sperm whale and ship scene. I could tell from a google image search that it was going to be hard to find a scrimshaw or engraving that I could use for the purpose, however, since this was supposed to be a small fun project for myself inbetween other learning projects and gift projects.  I was browsing through the vintage embroidery transfer patterns on the Hoop Love Vintage Transfers Flickr group and found this pattern that was the most scrimshaw-ish of the lot.
At the same time I scaled down my idea to doing just a ship, I also came across this project on an old blog post, and google also led me to this project, which used the sails to do a sampler of embroidery fills! Awesome.

My pattern was too small to really learn much from doing each fill, but I had a lot of fun looking at tonnes of fills and stitches and making sure I had a good variety of techniques. And since it was a tiny project for myself I don't mind the imperfections in my fills... much!

I love progress photos. Bless every embroiderer and blogger who posts progress photos, I learn so much from them. So, in that vein, the progress!
Traced onto the fabric (left over from my initials project).
Starting fills
Fills done! Backstitching the outlines. After I was done backstitching I realized I didn't like the look of the backstitching at all, so I whipped all the stitches to give them a smoother more contained look for the fills (while watching Flight of the Conchords, so of course now whenever I whip backstitches I will relive memories of FotC. Does anyone else form these associations? I can't look at certain projects without reliving scenes from 30 Rock, or The Office, or Poirot, etc., etc).

Completed project. Kind of sweetly scruffy and askew, I think. 

Stitches: Cloud stitching, double buttonhole, herringbone, french knots, triangles, turkey work, scroll stitch, half-cretan combination stitch, square laid work, Japanese darning stitch (done very poorly, that's where my "askew" comes in), fly stitch, seed stitch. Split stitch, stem stitch, and chain stitch on the staysails. The pennants are in itty bitty satin stitch, the portholes are in forbidden stitch. Ship outlines and waves in stem stitch, and backstitch on the rigging.

Threads: DMC cotton perle 8 in white, DMC cotton perle 12 in 310 (black)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WiP: Veggie Shark

Almost done the veggies in his mouth! Only 17 more veggies to go after this... Oh dear.