WIP Wednesday 2: The Runaway

The big slog is about to begin.

As of this morning I finished all of the main design except the white in the horse. Gorjuss is clinging to him hair and ribbons flying. I think I’ll wait until after doing the borders before fill in the horse because I may get my greasy mitts all over it or spill coffee or chocolate sprinkles. Who knows. I just think it’ll stay more pristine if I do it last. So here’s what I got:

Ta Da!  The whole thing as of today.

Ta Da! The whole thing as of today.

I just plugged away last week. I didn’t have any major mishaps, thankfully. The mane was time consuming, but everything went smoothly. Now all that’s left is the blue sky background on the top with a few planets (that’s what that ball is in the top right), stars and a moon, and then the rainbow the horse is leaping over on the bottom made entirely out of sparkly thread that’s already driving me nuts because it doesn’t want to stay on the card. Then I’m in the clear for backstitch, star sequins, and beads—with the white part of the horse done sometime before that.

I have no idea how long all of that will take. The border at the top is done with only one strand of thread, which is usually quicker than regular two-strand stitches because I don’t have to worry about threads lying neatly or tangling. Also, the thread goes twice as long, so fewer stops and starts. I’m hoping it will only take me a few days, but we’ll see.

The last part I worked on. I'm not sure if the black and white part is a ribbon or a scarf? Maybe the backstitch will make it more obvious

The last part I worked on. I’m not sure if the black and white part is a ribbon or a scarf? Maybe the backstitch will make it more obvious

I wish it photographed better, but doe you see the two light blue ribbons next to Gorjuss' knee and to the right? That's done with one strand of clear sparkle so it shimmers in the light.

I wish it photographed better, but do you see the two light blue ribbons next to Gorjuss’ knee and to the right? That’s blue stitched with one strand of clear sparkle so it shimmers in the light.

Wish me luck and continued motivation. Maybe after this one I really will take a break. Riiiight.

WIP Wednesday: The Runaway

You didn’t really think I could stop, did you? I knew I’d be back sooner than anticipated. In truth, I should have posted last week, but I hadn’t started a big project last week, I was working on a little side project, but it bled into the big one I started.

I have a kit for The Runaway from Bothy Threads. It’s supposed to be a birth announcement piece, but since I’m not planning on having a child anytime soon I thought I would put a quote to the left of the runaway carousel horse about imaginations or dreams. I haven’t settled on one yet but I’m leaning toward:

Some things have to be believed to be seen.
—Ralph Hodgson

I’m getting ahead of myself though. The little project I started last week is one of a set of 6 carousel horses. I thought I could put them about the room to tie in with The Runaway one. I made the first one to spec. Except I didn’t do any of the border work. I thought I could attach some star sequins and maybe stitch some little stars in the corners like the big one so they tie in more to the big horse. But then I lost my nerve and thought maybe I should stitch them as they are and finally I decided I wouldn’t know what to do until I made the big one to have something to compare them to—that’s how I ended up talking myself into starting another big project.

Here’s what I’ve got of the little one so far. I haven’t finished the french knots on it because I think they look dreadful. I’m half-tempted to rip them out and replace them with beads. The gold thread the magazine listed to use (which I had to search high and low for) is terrible to work with. And I’m blaming the crinkly lopsided weirdness of the french knots on it, the Anchor Coats Reflecta.

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The french knots on the bridle

The french knots on the bridle

The half-finished french knots on the saddle.

The half-finished french knots on the saddle.

Any thoughts? I’m not crazy, those french knots are ugly, right? Should I just use beads?

So, Friday I started the big project to give me time to mull over how to proceed with the little horses. And by Saturday I realized I miscounted 2 stitches and realized I had to rip out all of the two back legs and 2 full length strands of the red rainbow I did at the bottom. I’m most concerned about the red rainbow because I can’t reuse what I tore out. I’m pretty sure it’s Glissen Gloss, if I run out of it because of my error I have no idea the exact color of the thread.

The state of the horse pre-ripout. I thought his legs looked a little short...

The state of the horse pre-ripout. I thought his legs looked a little short…

Since that fiasco I’ve forged on. I try not to get upset when I make a big mistake. Just recover from it as best I can and keep going. I’m also trying to switch colors more often because I only noticed my mistake when I added a second color to the outline and noticed it was off. The downside to my error? I’ve got a few big holes next to the horse’s back feet where the design shifted. It’s probably not noticeable to anyone that isn’t looking for it, and this project is for me to hang above my computer desk someday, so I’m not going to get my panties in a bunch over it.

If you look at the top left of both hooves and also all around the bottom of them you may be able to see the large holes. The bottom may be partly covered up when I try to put the rainbow back in.

If you look at the top left of both hooves and also all around the bottom of them you may be able to see the large holes. The bottom may be partly covered up when I try to put the rainbow back in.

And here’s where I am as of now. I’ve got a lot of the body in. I’m working my way over to the front legs. And then I’ll go up and do sleeping Gorjuss clinging to the horse’s mane. So far all I’ve got is her blue boot and part of a leg. ;)

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Like Mirabelle this piece has a lot of border stitching. I was going to alternate doing the horse and the rainbow at the bottom, but that floss is a little temperamental to work with and I think I’d rather save it for the end so I don’t have to worry about pinching or snagging it in the frame when I move the project around. FYI, the horse is going to be white. I haven’t done much of the white because I don’t want it to get dirty, so I’m saving most of that until later.

More on this saga next Wednesday!

Girls Mode 3 Color Palette

Girls Mode 3 introduces a reason to take pictures in game: the color palette. You start off with only a few colors in each shade, but when you go to different locations and take pictures you can show the pictures to a girl in the park. If you’re lucky she’ll find a new color in the photo and it will be added to your color palette. You can then use those colors for hair, makeup (and presumably clothes design, but I haven’t unlocked clothes design yet).

Either you can run around and take pictures of everything hoping there may be a color in the photo (did that), or you can chat with people who have rainbow colored exclamation marks next to them for a hint about a photo to take. Here are the color palette colors with the photos I used to unlock them. I’m not sure if it’s more helpful to be in palette order, or location order, but I’m going with palette order for these.

Since the game is in real time, I’m missing a few seasonal colors and I haven’t unlocked a couple areas or seen a few cutscenes for colors. I’ll add in those pictures as I unlock them. There may be duplicate images because some images give you more than one color.

Also note, these are direct translations of the Japanese names and the English names may change when (crossing fingers) the game gets localized.

Black/White

sugar whiteSugar White
Default Color
not yet discoveredSnow White
Flower Garden
At the flower bed during the winter in the morning and afternoon.
light grayLight Gray
Default Color
station grayStation Gray
Station Plaza

View of the station in the morning or afternoon.

View of the station in the morning or afternoon.

cat grayCat Gray
Midori Park

Cat on the bench for cat gray

Take a picture of the grey cat on the park bench in the morning or afternoon

live ashLive Ash
Live House (the club)

Talking with an NPC (I got this in the evening)

Talking with an NPC (I got this in the evening)

rock slate grayRock Slate Gray
Live House (the club)

I got this in the afternoon while having an air guitar session.

I got this in the afternoon while having an air guitar session.

blackBlack
Default Color

Blue

cycle baby blueCycle Baby Blue
My Road

Take a picture of the bicycle in the morning or afternoon.

Take a picture of the bicycle in the morning or afternoon.

not yet discoveredLake Blue
Midori Park
Take a picture of the lake in the park. —I don’t know what time/season to take this. I should have it. I tried at night. Must try again during the day.
Madonna BlueMadonna Blue
Photo Studio

Inside the photo studio.

Inside the photo studio.

Facade BlueFacade Blue
Station Plaza

The blue front of the photo studio in the station plaza.

The blue front of the photo studio in the station plaza.

Soda BlueSoda Blue
Default Color
Blue on the StageBlue on the Stage
Candyland (the amusement park)

Take a picture of the people singing onstage.

Take a picture of the people singing onstage.

Blue HawaiiBlue Hawaii
Default Color
Dark OceanDark Ocean
Tokonuts Beach

Take a picture on the beach at night.

Take a picture on the beach at night.

Stardom BlueStardom Blue
Arena

Take a picture talking to people in front of the arena.

Take a picture talking to people in front of the arena.

Romance Night ViewRomance Night View
Restaurant

The skyline in the restaurant at night.

The skyline in the restaurant at night.

Blue-Purple

Illuminate PurpleIlluminate Purple
Dress-Up Square

The buildings in dress-up square at night.

The buildings in dress-up square at night.

bluepurple_crocusCrocus
Default Color
bluepurple_salviaSalvia
Flower Garden

In front of the mansion.

In front of the mansion.

bluepurple_metropolicenavyMetro Police Navy
The City

The building in the background lit up at night.

The building in the background lit up at night.

bluepurple_rabbitpurpleRabbit Purple
Candyland (the amusement park)

In front of the rabbit signs

In front of the rabbit signs

bluepurple_violetViolet
Default Color
bluepurple_starryskyStarry Sky
Tokonuts Beach

At the bell promontory at night.

At the bell promontory at night.

bluepurple_skynightSky Night
Tokonuts Beach

The view of the night sky from the beach.

The view of the night sky from the beach.

bluepurple_midnightmarineMidnight Marine
The City

Two colors from the crepe gobbling picture.

Two colors from the crepe gobbling picture.

bluepurple_nightparkNight Park
Midori Park

Night overview of the park.

Night overview of the park.

Purple

purple_redbeanmilkRed Bean Milk
Default Color
purple_stationbricksStation Bricks
Station Plaza

The bricks in front of the station entrance.

The bricks in front of the station entrance.

purple_ristoranteRistorante
Restaurant

Take a picture sitting at the table in the restaurant.

Take a picture sitting at the table in the restaurant.

purple_amethystAmethyst
Candyland (the amusement park)

Take a picture riding the ferris wheel at night.

Take a picture riding the ferris wheel at night.

purple_lilacLilac
Default Color
purple_rockvioletRock Violet
Café Street

Take a picture of the post to the right of the stairs to the club.

Take a picture of the post to the right of the stairs to the club.

not yet discoveredBerry Berry Cake
Café Street
*Missing this one. Apparently there’s a berry berry cake event and you take a picture.

purple_pansyPansy
Midori Park


In front of the pansy flower bed from the Spring through Fall, in the Morning to the Evening.

In front of the pansy flower bed from the Spring through Fall, in the Morning to the Evening.

not yet discoveredGrape
Tokonuts Beach
*Missing Apparently there’s a fruit platter event I need to snap a picture of.
purple_darkpurpleDark Purple
Flower Garden

Flower Garden at night.

Flower Garden at night.

Pink

pink_cosmosCosmos
Default Color
pink_flowerbouquetFlower Bouquet
Flower Garden

During the day at the flower garden.

During the day at the flower garden.

pink_beautypinkBeauty Pink
Makeup Salon

First Floor

First Floor

pink_lanternLantern
Asian Pathway

Must be taken at night when the lanterns are lit up.

Must be taken at night when the lanterns are lit up.

pink_girlspinkGirls Pink
Default Color
pink_bouganvilleaBougainvillea
Tokonuts Beach

Terrace café in the morning-evening with a view of the bougainvillea flowers.

Terrace café in the morning-evening with a view of the bougainvillea flowers.

pink_strawberrypinkStrawberry Pink
Restaurant

Snap a picture at the restaurant with the strawberry cake on the table.

Snap a picture at the restaurant with the strawberry cake on the table.

pink_afternoonroseAfternoon Rose
Rose Garden in Midori Park

doesn't actually have to be taken in the afternoon, just from the spring to the fall

doesn’t actually have to be taken in the afternoon, just from the spring to the fall

pink_cityCity
City

Morning and Evening

Morning and Evening

pink_cherryblossomCherry Blossom
Asian Pathway

At the cherry blossom tree only in the spring.

At the cherry blossom tree only in the spring.

not yet discoveredParty Bouquet Pink
Restaurant
Take a picture of the flowers at a party.
**I finally got this one, but I need to upload it.

Red

red_tomatoTomato
Default Color
red_hibiscusHibiscus
Default Color
not yet discoveredPoinsettia
Designer Lounge
**I finally got this one, but I need to upload it.
red_rubyRuby
Default Color
red_daliaDalia
Flower Garden

Flower Bed in front of the mansion in the morning or afternoon.

Flower Bed in front of the mansion in the morning or afternoon.

red_darjeelingDarjeeling
Rose Garden in Midori Park

Having tea with an NPC

Having tea with an NPC

red_garnetGarnet
Default Color
red_trendgarnetTrend Garnet
Exhibition Hall

As you gaze in amazement at the entrance.

As you gaze in amazement at the entrance.

red_chocolatecakeChocolate Cake
Café Street

Morning and Evening with cake on the café  table. (I'm pretending it's red velvet)

Morning and Evening with cake on the café table. (I’m pretending it’s red velvet)

not yet discoveredNight Rose
Midori Park
**Missing. The roses in the fall during the evening, or in the winter at night.
red_pianoPiano
Restaurant

Get your jamming on at the piano and then immortalize your shame.

Get your jamming on at the piano and then immortalize your shame.

More to come!

Thanks to mizunosakura for pointing me to the color guides: Girls Mode color palette guide and this google doc.

Work Completed Wednesday! Mirabelle, “If Only”

Late Monday night I stitched my last backstitch on Mirabelle and breathed a sigh of relief. She was done! Not quite, actually as I still had some beading to do and per instruction I wash and press her in between.

After the last back stitch. She looks a little funny because of the camera's flash. Hubby was asleep, so I couldn't light the house up like a Christmas tree.

After the last back stitch. She looks a little funny because of the camera’s flash. Hubby was asleep, so I couldn’t light the house up like a Christmas tree.

She immediately took a warm soak in some quilt soap while I watched tv. After that I rinsed her off, hung her up and went to bed.

The next day I ironed her. I don’t know if it’s because I have a cheap iron (I do), no ironing board (I use a cookie sheet covered with dish towels), or just bad technique, but I’m never really happy with how they look after being pressed. There’s a horizontal crease going through the fabric that will not come out. It was there to begin with, and it will be there till the end of time I’m sure. Part of me really wants to invest in one of those clothes steamers to see if that will help alleviate some of the crease marks.

After ironing I carefully sewed pink beads onto her dress trying not to add fresh creases. I’ve read that the glass beads are heat resistant and you can iron them, but I stick to what I’ve learned. After that she really, really was done.

Ta da! She's finished!

Ta da! She’s finished!

The beads going up her bodice lend so much depth.

The beads going up her bodice lend so much depth.

The french knots weren't too bad, but I had trouble determining how many twists to do.

The french knots weren’t too bad, but I had trouble determining how many twists to do.

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The pattern across the top.

The pattern across the top.

Close Up of her pouty little face.

Close Up of her pouty little face.

And this is the kit from bothy threads. I love their kits so much. They're expensive for us in the US (it's a British company) but high quality.

And this is the kit from bothy threads. I love their kits so much. They’re expensive for us in the US (it’s a British company) but high quality.

And now I’m taking a break. Really. I swear. It took all of my willpower not to pick up one of the kits I have waiting (two more Mirabelle, one Gorjuss) it helps that I can’t decide which I want to do and just keep going. But Xenoblade X released yesterday and I downloaded it for my much neglected Japanese Wii U. I’m going to enjoy exploring that world for a while before I pick up one of my kits. I love cross stitch, but it takes so so much time. I think I’m just really slow at it.

So, I hope to be back with some more works in progress in 3-4 weeks if I can hold out that long. Until then, happy stitching!

WIP Wednesday 5: Mirabelle “If Only”

I stitched like a fiend last week and did indeed finish up the regular cross stitch late Sunday night.

じゃんじゃあああん!She's done! (ish)

じゃんじゃあああん!She’s done! (ish)

Of course finishing the regular cross stitch doesn’t mean she’s done. And I wouldn’t even let myself sleep after finishing that. I had to immediately start on the backstitch and do some of the vines. I love backstitch. It goes much more quickly than the cross stitch and it’s like instant gratification. It just makes everything pop and look even better.

This is what I ended up stitching Sunday night.

This is what I ended up stitching Sunday night.

Sorry for the poor lighting. Lamp-lit pictures are’t the best.

Since then I’ve been stitching away. I finished all of the outlining of the vines and flowers and of Mirabelle herself except for a little of her dress on the right that I can’t get to because of the frame. So now I’m left with the designs on the top and bottom. Sound familiar?

Today's state of completion.

Today’s state of completion.

I really love the effect of the silver and black threads, but those designs are challenging and time consuming. There’s no clear linear way to stitch it, so I feel like there’s a lot of opportunity to waste thread going here, there, and everywhere. That’s also going to take me the longest time to complete. I’m about halfway across the top, but the pattern repeats inverted on the bottom.

The top border.

The top border.

I also have to finish outlining the pattern on the bottom. I started it, and I’m hoping it gets better. It uses a lot of half-stitches and they’re a little hard to follow. Also it doesn’t make the design pop as much as I thought it would, but it might be because it’s not finished.

Here are a few close-ups of some of the finished work. I’m pretty certain I can finish this in the next week. After that I’ve sworn I’m going to take a week or two hiatus before starting another project, but it seems like the second I finish one I start another, so we’ll see. Until then!

Climbing flowers on the left

Climbing flowers on the left

Mirabelle's face.

Mirabelle’s face.