Needlework

Needlepoint Ornament Template

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Needlepoint Ornament Template teaser

As I travel down the rabbit hole that is needlepoint, I grow more acquainted with the designs one can purchase on ready-made canvases. One common type of needlepoint canvas is Christmas ornament designs. Since I want to make a geeky one as a gift and canvas painters avoid others’ IP, I had to make up my own. I’m not ready to show off that full design yet; I want to avoid spoiling the surprise. However, as an intermediate step I built a needlepoint ornament template, which I am happy to share.

The final size is 59 (W) x 69 (H) intersections. Approximate finished dimensions are:

  • 18-count canvas: 3.2″ x 3.8″
  • 16-count canvas: 3.7″ x 4.3″
  • 14-count canvas: 4.2″ x 4.9″
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Crafts

Overlap Between Buying Experiences and Material Goods

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I’m taking a Coursera/Yale class on happiness called The Science of Well-Being. It covers the lies our brains tell us about what will make us happy and how to get around it. It’s loaded with good information. The major focus of the first video in week four is spending money on experiences will make you (and everyone around you) happier than purchasing material goods. I think there’s overlap between buying experiences and material goods in sense that some of the things you can purchase enable experiences.

The course discusses buying material goods such as cars, homes, fancy new tech toys, and the like. These are goods which are exciting to purchase but quickly become a regular part of everyday life. Experiences are things like vacations, concerts, etc, which last for a limited period of time. They’re too short for novelty to wear into boredom. We can’t just grow accustomed to the latter. They’re also more fun to talk about with friends, so they provide more happiness for longer.

However, some things enable new experiences by being owned. I’m gonna look at two examples here: needlework supplies and games.

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Alaska

Changing Tides Fiber Art Shop

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Changing Tides in Juneau isn’t technically a hole-in-the-wall shop, since it’s on the second floor of a building full of shops. I found it via a street-level window display.

Changing Tides Street-Level Window Display

It’s also a little bigger than what I consider hole-in-the-wall. But as it caters to cross stitching and needlepoint as well as quilting, it’s plenty cramped for one.

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Work in Progress: Final Fantasy Tissue Box Cover

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In the process of working my way up in difficulty to the needlepoint projects I daydream about, I am making a tissue box cover. I’m pretty sure everyone who’s ever done plastic canvas needlepoint has done at least one of these, and by the time I finish this project I will be no exception. Mine is a simple display of characters from the original Final Fantasy for the NES. The order in which they appear on the box is semi-inspired by 8-bit Theater. I’ve got the fighter and black mage on one long side of the cover, with the white mage and monk on the other long side. The thief and the red mage each have a panel of their own. The final product will have physical and magical damage dealers alternating all the way around the box.

Check out this Final Fantasy plastic canvas album on Flickr for more and larger images.

Final Fantasy plastic canvas pattern
The pattern I made on my computer for one of the long sides.
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Getting Into Plastic Canvas, Part 2 – Testing Things

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In my previous post on plastic canvas needlepoint, I talked a bit about what it is and what people have done with it. In this post, I chronicle the embarkation of my journey toward understanding what all can be done with it, and how. You can find larger versions of all pictures shown here on Flickr.

How the Internets Have Failed Me

For the most part, the coolest things I’ve seen don’t seem truly inspired.  I don’t mean to dis them here… they’re really quite nifty. And a small percentage are downright fantastic.

But here we sit on all the possibilities of three-dimensional stitch work, and people make plain boxes. Some of the boxes are very nice. Some incorporate a little bit of extra three-dimensional-ness in the form of sewing one or more flat, decorational panels to the outside. The bulk of them are just plain ol’ squares.

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Getting Into Plastic Canvas, Part 1

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I’ve been interested in plastic canvas needlepoint for some years now. I never got into it because I never had sufficient motivation for doing so. Now I find myself with a fantastic idea for a halloween costume, with plastic canvas contruction being the most accessible and cheapest option for creating a necessary prop for my costume.

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