Stitched Skulls and Pirates…

Well, kind of… 😉

I’m currently practicing some new skills I’d like to acquire this year so first up is one of my favourite sayings from “The Princess Bride”. It’s one of mine and the family’s favourite ever movies so I thought I’d stitch it.

“As you wish”…So much sass!

I’m been inspired by some of the blogs I’ve been reading so here’s the fabric that I’m stitching it on:



It’s lovely! I’ve had it in my craft cupboard for a few years but never really found anything I could do with it. Until now, that is. I’ll post some progress pics tomorrow but it looks pretty good if I may say so. 😀

So far I’ve used stem stitch and back stitch on the lettering but I’m not sure what to use for the little logo I’ve done of his mask, bandanna and moustache. Maybe I’ll try stumpwork, haven’t used that before. Hmm…


2015 Aims.

One thing I found during ALL of 2014 was that time was incredibly difficult to find. So this year, I am aiming to amend that and to address my skills (and lack thereof) in some areas. So, these are the aims of this year (could make interesting reading this time next year lol).

Skills to Learn:

  • Using a sewing machine;
  • Quilting;
  • Goldwork and Silverwork;
  • Researching historic clothing;
  • Drafting patterns;
  • Making basic clothing;
  • Adjusting basic clothing;
  • Hemming;
  • Book-binding;
  • Crocheting;
  • Kirigami;
  • Nalbinding.

Skills to practice:

  • Embellished stitching (historically accurate);
  • Working to a time limit;
  • Applique;
  • Blackwork;
  • Cross-stitch;
  • Hardangar;
  • Embroidery;
  • Candle-making;
  • Soap-making;
  • Glass painting;
  • Ceramic painting;
  • Origami;
  • Knitting;
  • Felt plushies and figures;
  • Fabric dyeing and painting.