Thursday, 14 August 2014
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Sorry I went off on one then......where was I ....... that right I got RAK'ed this chart from a friend on Facebook. This needed to be started instantly.......I couldn't just couldn't resist her charms *lol* So I jumped head first into fabric stash to grab a piece ......Lucky I found a piece big enough and got too work.
When working on these sort of charts I would normally start on page 1 (top left corner) this time tho I thought I would start in the middle......this may or may not of had something to do with the stocking clad lady being near the middle..........I'll let you decide on that *Lmao
Anyways I will leave you with the WIP pics
Oh and just a little tease for you, I have another new start planned (well maybe more than one! *heeheehe*), but this time i am gonna be attempting to cross country stitch the whole design.........not one page at a time but the whole thing one colour at a time!! Yeah Yeah I know .....I'm crazy. This is what I will be doing
It is from Lovethythread and called Pirate Lady
Following the theme of today's blog it was also RAK'ed to me by a Facebook friend.......I'm such a Lucky boy *lol*
Right that's it for another thrilling adventure in this Tattoo'd stitchers life *lol*
Time for me to get knotted
Saturday, 9 August 2014
Monday, 4 August 2014
So as I have already said in an earlier post, I was doing Romantic Day for Charis. Chelle my then girlfriend (who has since managed to trap me.....well got engaged to me *lol*), was enjoying watching it grow. She had started saying how I should put pics on my facebook account. Well as you can imagine that was a BIG' FAT NO!! from me. How could I 'come out' to all my mates on facebook. Can you imagine the grief i'd get!!! *pauses for a second to let readers imagine* it just wasn't never gonna happen, but she kept on about it and after a while I was starting to think ' Hmmm, maybe I should share this'...........followed very quickly by 'Yeah like my mates don't take the piss enough' *lol*. This carried on for about 3 weeks I suppose, then one day I had an idea *shock and gasps erupt from the reading audenice LOL*..........what if I made a new account only for sharing Cross Stitch pics............so I sat for a while thinking *cue the smell of wood burning LOL*...........Yeah I would do it......I looked around for inspiration for a name, clearly couldn't use my own name it would be to easy to find me.....all of a sudden I thought about me being a man (well as close as I would ever get to being a man *lol*) and the fact I had tattoos......that was it!!!! I became ........(drum roll and a trumpet fanfare)...................Tattoo'd Cross Stitch Man!!!.......A legend was born! *LMAO*
After a few quizzical questions about me being real! people started adding me as a friend and I joined a few groups and shared my WIP's pics. People quickly accepted me as one of their own and my alter ego took on a life of his own. I instantly felt comfortable and made to feel welcome. Most people seem to like me and my humour (proves they should be committed *lol*) and things have just grow from there. I now have around 600 friends a lot of which actually talk to me and comment on my posts! I have met some very special people on Facebook who I hope will be around forever! (more on that in my next post) :-)
I have learnt loads from the people on there who kindly put up with me just being 'an idiotic man' (my word not theirs.....I hope *lol*). They have taught me about stitching on high count evenweave over only one thread, some pretty amzing charting companies (Paine Free, Tilton Crafts, Love Thy Thread and HAED ) and most of all they have taught me about enabling *LOL*
Disclaimer I have included links to aforementioned companies, Tattoo'd Cross Stitch Man or any real life personas will not be held liable for any over spending you may do. Please stitch responsibly
Right well I think that it from me.......same as always......anything you wanna know leave a comment and I will try and answer........unless to embarrassing *lol*
Catch you all on the backside
Saturday, 2 August 2014
So this is how one became two (in more ways than one).....where do I start?? I suppose the beginning would be a good place.
*stereotypical tv wiggly lines used for transition of time*
Once upon a time, in a land very close to where I am now (well not land, a town *lol*). There lived a less Tattoo'd prince, who one night got set up on a blind date. The girl he met was very pretty and very funny. They embarked on a relationship which lasted only a short time and both moved on with their lives. As always happens in these cases both lead their lives separately but never forgot their time together.
*rolled forward 20yrs*
A slightly heavier Tattoo'd prince had divorced his wife and was living with his two men in waiting. One night he received a friend request on Facebook from a face he recognised but the name was slightly different. They started chatting and it turns out she was single too and after a while of chatting about the years between, it turns out things had been fairly similar for them! Things quickly changed for the princess in the life she was having to cope with and the prince being the person he is, he offered a place to stay for the princess and her daughter. After moving in they realised that the thing they had 20 years before was still there. Now they live together and will be happy ever after (well most of the time! *lol*)......well that enough of that! Just can't keep it up anymore *lol*
*switching back to normal chat*
After they moved in obviously we needed a new bedroom for Charis, so off I went decorating again (that is starting to be a theme with me *lol*). The boys were very happy to give up their toy room where they spent loads of time, so Charis could have a bedroom. At the time it was the coolest room in the house, I had made one wall look like an old school space invaders arcade game (pic below). It was really hard to destory my hard work that i loved but i knew it would be worthwhile to take it down and replace with some girlie rubbish *lol*, so I sucked it up and got on with it. So after getting the room done in about a day, think I finished wallpapering at 1 in the morning! Just to make her feel more like it was her space.........I know, I know I'm such a lovely bloke *lol*. Obviously there were no pics on the wall at this point but it was done!
I decided I wanted to get her something for the wall as a moving in present (really just excuse for a new start *lol*). While sneaking around in Hobbycraft in case I got spotted, I saw Romantic Day by Lanartè and thought it would go great in the room. So readied my reasons for buying it, in case I got asked that the checkout *yep still too scared to admit I stitched*. No one asked *phew!* so I legged it out the shop as fast as possible. When I got home I showed Charis what I had got her. When she thought I brought it for her to do, I quickly had to make as many excuses as to why that might not be a good idea.....After long discussions she finally agreed *wipes sweat from brow and breaths a sigh of relief*. I opened up to take a look and make a little start on it
When I opened it I was surprised to see the threads had already been sorted and preloaded on to cards. The joy I felt then was amazing.....I hated doing that on the first and this one had more colours, so I had been thinking it was gonna be hrs of trying to work out if one was light or mid melon! *lol*. Next step I took the fabric out and well I just didn't know what was going on........It looked totally different to aida, after a short while of panicking and thinking "WTF! Is this stuff!!". I had to do the thing no man ever does.....yep read the instructions!..........yep I know I'm a disgrace to my sex! *hangs head in shame*. Turns out everything is fine, it was just evenweave. So I had learnt something from this new start already and I hadn't even put a stitch.....obviously meaning this was now justified *lol*. Anyways I threaded the needle and went to start, this piece is stitched over two threads with one strand of floss. It took a bit of getting used to, but once I got in the zone it felt really good. This also has full cross stitches on the girl and half stitches on the background....... Wow this was definitely worth the cash as I had learnt about evenweave, stitching over two threads and now half stitches *lol*.
Not really sure what else to say really apart from I have all the progress pics for this one and they are below.........oh and I suppose I should say Charis is still waiting for this to be finished......yeah I know maybe I should have let her do it after all *lol*