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Monday, June 15, 2015

Sprite Finishes, and My Rotation Info

First off, all Sprite patterns are from the Dork Stitch blog!

I stitched Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier:

I really love his blue eyes!

Then I got out my Sprite fabric piece, which looked like this:

(All of them will eventually be cut apart - they won't be staying on the same piece.)

I finished up the two versions of Yuffie, from Final Fantasy VII:

And Quistis, from Final Fantasy VIII:

And Batman (I did his eyes in white satin floss):

So now my piece looks like this:

I started Robin, but the absolute mess of the box I keep my Sprite supplies in finally got to me and I spent the rest of the evening winding bobbins and barely made a dent.  When I get it done, I'll show a before and after pic of it.

I had a few questions about my rotation, and I think I've got it worked out.  It's pretty simple.

1.  I switch projects every five days - on the 5th, the 10th, the 15th, the 20th, the 25th, and the 30th.  If the month has 31 days, that project just gets an extra day.  I'll deal with February when it rolls around, if I'm still stitching this way.  I did it like this to make it easier to remember - if it's a '5' day, it's time to swap.

2. I work on the project the whole five days - if I reach a 'milestone', I just take a picture and keep going.  If I get bored and don't work on it, I'm not allowing myself to switch.  It just gets what it gets, and is a good sign to put that project away for a little while.  Hopefully not for years XD

3. If I finish it (like Fred)  I'll either work on something small, or work on another bigger project, but I have to switch on the 5th day, as usual - no extra days.

4. I can work on whatever I like -  no list of 'must-stitch' projects unless one is an SAL that I still like.  For example, Unspoken is still going to get worked on every month, and maybe Lovers.  The only thing I can't do is stitch the same project twice in a row.  That makes me eager to get back to one I was enjoying.  (For example, no 'Princess Palace', 'Wufei', 'Wufei again', but I could go 'Princess Palace', 'Wufei', 'Unspoken', 'Wufei', if that's what I want to do.)

5. I can keep a couple of small projects in my purse or bag, to work on when I'm not at home, as long as they don't turn in to focus projects.  They have to stay in my bag when I'm at home stitching.

I think that's it - the only other thing is that I dropped any attempt to watch TV while stitching - if I want to watch TV, I crochet.  I just wasn't getting any cross stitch done that way.  I'd sit there for half an hour with the needle in my hand and not do a single stitch.  I'm watching/listening to flosstube videos instead, or radio plays, and I'm going to try listening to audio books.  Listening to music didn't work, and not listening to anything, just focusing on my stitching, didn't work, either.  Both of them made me get bored and put my stitching down.

So that's that.  Easy-peasy, and it's working out great so far :D :D :D

I'm off to pick my next project!


  1. Those are great little comic book characters!

    1. Lots of fun and really quick finishes!!!

  2. Sounds like a great system! I always stitch while the TV is on, I just listen and occasionally stop to watch depending on what it is.

    1. My problem is I listen for a while, stop to watch and forget to start stitching again XD

  3. Wonderful finishes, Tama! They're so cute. I LOVE your rotation idea; I've been looking for a new one and think I'll give yours a try. Oh, flosstube, yes, I love that, too!

    1. Hope it works for you - it's been loads of fun for me so far! And flosstube is wonderful! ENABLING! but Wonderful!!!

  4. Cool characters:) Great progress!

  5. Congrats on all of the cute finishes Tama. I like the idea of your rotation. I need to think on it for a few days for me.


    1. I think the stopping watching TV while stitching has been my biggest help. The rotation is just fun :D :D :D

  6. Your rotation must take so much focus! I have trouble with that lately, so I might need to steal the idea from you. Fred was so cool the other day, too, congrats on the finish! Also, what is the bottom right corner sprite? So many of the anime schoolgirls are so similar that it's driving me crazy.

    (I'm having trouble getting motivated to make more patterns, but seeing your finished ones really helps, especially Bucky- thanks for posting the photo!)

    1. I don't know if you'll get two replies; Google ate my first one!
      It seems to make it a little easier for me to focus - I must need more structure, hehe! Steal away, it never hurts to try!
      I had to think, but the Sprite is Keiko from Yu Yu Hakusho! Those Sprites and the rest of the Batman ones are next on my list :D
      Thank YOU so much for making such fun patterns! I have a big ol' stack of them printed out!!!

    2. I've been having trouble with comments, too! Hopefully, it's a short lived problem.

      Well, I haven't even been having focus problems so much as "doing anything at all" problems. I have so many projects started, and haven't finished anything that's more than monochrome in ages. >_<

      Ah, okay- Keiko makes sense. I was trying to figure out which school uniform Sailor Scout would have that hair and was coming up empty. :S I'm really glad you like them, and can't wait to see the others from this sheet!

    3. I was getting overwhelmed by mine, too, which is why I decided to change everything up. Relit the spark for me, lol! But I get inclined to take months off at a time, too, so don't listen to me TOO much XD
      I got one of those weird printed kits from China! I want to start it but I'm being good.
      I'll be getting back to the Sprites as soon as their box doesn't make me cringe - it's taking a long time to get all my messy floss on bobbins.

  7. Love your sprites, especially Bucky and Quistis (I almost feel like she needs her whip lol).

    Your rotation sounds like a good plan for you! I can't watch TV while stitching either, I do more watching and holding the needle over the fabric haha. I do like music though, especially if it's themed to the piece I'm working on (FF soundtracks for FF pieces for example :D).