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WIP Update: The Judgement of Kitty

Dearest Kittykins,

You’re giving me some mad side eye outside my studio door and I just wanted you to know, it hurts.

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Your judgement can only be one of two things (for your heart is too mushy and gentle to hold two grudges against me at once):

either you have noticed the distinct lack of a kitty in my lap – but to this I say “we just cuddled an hour ago!!”

or

you’ve caught on to my lack of productivity in finishing the mountain of WIPs I have.

You’re not enitrely wrong, dear Starby, but allow me to summarize my accomplishments. I:

  • hand sewed the belt to my Library Super Hero skirt
  • reinforced the zipper to that polka dotted skirt that I haven’t worn as much as I planned on.  Oh, and then I found that the hook to the eye was missing, so I reinstalled both!
  • pinched an inch out of the waist of my striped S8176 skirt
  • hemmed the vent on my Houndstooth Gertie skirt

I also managed to find other handmade items that needed a little sprucing up:

  • I hemmed my first skirt BY HAND and because it was so much fun (I know, I just said a month ago that I hated hand stitching… but people change?), I also blindstitched the zipper down!!  This skirt wasn’t originally on my WIP list but when I put it through the washer, the iron-on hem tape in it fell apart.

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That’s a whole four projects off of my WIP list in two month’s time with three bonus clean ups, so you can just swallow that judgey furball whole.

Besides, it’s not like I haven’t been keeping my hands busy with other projects!  Your fur is all up in this bicycle that I cross stitched for my SIL for Christmas.  She’s just going to love it.  Never mind that she’s allegedly allergic to cats…  you’re more dog than cat, anyway.

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Those wheels are trippy AF.

And look at the profesh work on the back!!  I never traveled more than four squares which meant those wheels with the individuals pips of color took foreverrrrr.  I’d estimate at least 20 hours went into this.  I watched a whole lot of Battlestar Galactica while making it!

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I finished the edges by trimming them down and affixing them to the inner ring with rubber cement glue.

 

With my needle craft momentum, I decided I wanted to learn embroidery and make my MIL a cutesie woodland creature.  I  took inspiration from Nami Nishikawa’s adorable doodles of hedgehogs.  Because I’m new to embroidery and had no idea what I’m doing, I decided to draw directly on to the fabric with a non-fading pen.  To make the socks look knit, I used a chain stitch.

 

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This is a 3″ hoop.
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I finished this piece more traditionally with the edges gathered using a running stitch. I secured a piece of felt cut to size on with a whipstitch.

 

With T-2 days to Christmas, I still hadn’t gotten the creative bug out of my system, so I went to my creator space and laser etched gift tags for the presents.

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I also made this ornament at my creator space for my work’s ornament competition.  The criterion was to use re-purposed material, so I grabbed some folders out of the recycle bins at work, designed and rasterized a snowflake, and cut out three snowflakes with a laser cutter.  I was a little worried that they’d think I cheated by buying a snowflake, so I cut in my company’s acronym and the year.

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Needless to say, I crushed it.  After winning both the Halloween and Christmas competitions, the office is plotting to dethrone me.  I think I’ll just retire.  :p

 

That was all just to say, really, that I love you, we’ll cuddle soon, and 4 WIPs down, 13 more to go!!

P.S. – Yes, I know you can read, give up the game.  You gave yourself away when you pawed through multiple pages of Gwenpool: Vol. 1.

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