Jul. 10th, 2017

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Our cat is grounded, for murder, and doesn’t understand why and is yelling at the door.
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torrilin:

bomberqueen17:

petronellarose replied to your link: Keep Embroidery Fabric Tension Even by Binding…

I hope it works! I had to stop using wooden hoops for my cross-stitch as the tension wasn’t enough, changed to q-snaps which work much better.

*sigh* It… helped. I think just like anything, experienced practitioners of an art are fond of saying “any material will do, anything you want”, when really, some materials are easier to work with than others, and some combinations.

It doesn’t help that most embroidery tutorial sites are full of that sort of thing, and then go on with specific examples that are these unobtainable specialty items. “Any fabric is fine, I use $100/yd evenweave linen that I personally import from France through one of my contacts in the textile industry there!” “Any thread will do, I prefer this thing with a name in a language you don’t speak, and I get it from a site you’ve never heard of, I just have it lying around, like you do, it’s made of unicorn tail hair and wrapped in pure gold but I’m not worried and can afford to use it for just practice. Can’t everyone?”

Understandably, the sorts of people who have whole websites dedicated to tutorials about hand embroidery are the sorts of people who have $100/yd evenweave linen lying around.

I have a pair of old boxer shorts that the elastic went and I cut up for scrap, and a box full of reclaimed denim from jeans, and a set of those off-brand variegated pearl cottons in the discount rack from JoAnn’s, and some spools of thread that were my grandmother’s, so when you said “any”, I really took that to mean the dictionary definition of “any”, not “any item from your carefully-curated expensive stash of specialty items”.

Old boxer shorts, and new quilting cotton, seem not to be ideal for the novice practitioner. I can see where my problems are coming from, I think sort of, but it seems to me that a different set of materials would at least eliminate these problems until I have the hang of it. Having to yank the hook through every stitch isn’t really a good way to learn. 

But the wrapping on the embroidery hoop has… helped? Maybe? It’s hard to tell, I still have to jerk the hook through to break the substrate fabric’s fibers that it hooks every time regardless of how straight I hold the hook coming through. 

Is there any chance you can thrift some linen clothes that are small and useless? My guess is the odds on tablecloth or sheets are about zip these days. But a size small ankle length skirt is still gonna be a good chunk of fabric.

Coz what I’m hearing is by “any fabric ” they mean any nice embroidery fabric. And nice evenweave costs a lot. Basically no one but the most fanatic uses it. The average costumer seems to stick with regular linen in an appropriate weight for the thing. And regular linen clothes are medium weight and even-ish linen… so it should be pretty medium.

Oh I have a ton of linen, fabric and clothing– I have a big stash of that sort of thing. It’s not evenweave, but it’s linen. 

It’s just. Also not free. Scrap clothing is free. When I’m making things that won’t wind up usable, for example things in a technique I haven’t learned yet, I don’t use the linen. 

So when they said “any fabric” I assumed the scrap test fabric would work. But no, they meant “Cut into your good shit because I run an embroidery blog and cannot fathom operating on a budget”. 
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pentapoda:

and today on SHIPS I DEFINITELY EXPECTED TO HAVE EVER IN MY LIFE: grumpiest dragon queen/murder dragon queen of terror mountain

(p.s. this is an actual conversation from the book only slightly paraphrased)
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Does Pearl have a nickname? I don’t recall seeing one. I know Malachite is literally called The Terror Of The Western Reaches. And while on the one hand, I love Murder Moms, I feel like calling a queen a mom is kind of… not… quite right somehow. I mean, they are, but. 

God, I was resisting the siren call of writing fanfic for this, because the only times I’ve tried writing Raksura fanfic have been so difficult (it just seems to bring out my worst writing? I have one success so far and the rest is all like, stuffed under a virtual pillow on my machine because it is so so so bad), but I have like, 1k words now, post-Harbors, of both Jade and Chime being guiltily and inadvertently turned-on thinking about Moon’s youthful experimentations with cross-species sexual hijinks, and I totally don’t want to write Pearl/Malachite but I think I might have to. 

I think the best part is that nobody else would understand what was going on at all. Queens don’t… like… each other… at all… so what could they possibly be doing in there??? ??? ?? all?? night?? and there’s no?? screaming?? what even?? 

Their idea of dirty talk would be complete silence, I think. 

I’m terrible at ship names but I am delighted to contemplate this. 
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I meant to do a proper post but I’m stuck on mobile with this bc Dropbox isn’t set up on the temp computer, let’s see if this works– this is an in-progress pic of the thing I made last week when none of my embroidery was working
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Why bother asking me, a very part-time employee, for a price quote on something, only to tell me that my answer must be wrong and you’re going to make up your own quote? Like why did u have to involve me in that at all?
We don’t have a distributor for those, we just buy them retail on Amazon from our competitor, so like, do what you want man. You have Google out there too.
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Does Pearl have a nickname? I don’t recall seeing one. I know Malachite is literally called The Terror Of The Western Reaches. And while on the one hand, I love Murder Moms, I feel like calling a queen a mom is kind of… not… quite right somehow. I mean, they are, but. 

God, I was resisting the siren call of writing fanfic for this, because the only times I’ve tried writing Raksura fanfic have been so difficult (it just seems to bring out my worst writing? I have one success so far and the rest is all like, stuffed under a virtual pillow on my machine because it is so so so bad), but I have like, 1k words now, post-Harbors, of both Jade and Chime being guiltily and inadvertently turned-on thinking about Moon’s youthful experimentations with cross-species sexual hijinks, and I totally don’t want to write Pearl/Malachite but I think I might have to. 

I think the best part is that nobody else would understand what was going on at all. Queens don’t… like… each other… at all… so what could they possibly be doing in there??? ??? ?? all?? night?? and there’s no?? screaming?? what even?? 

Their idea of dirty talk would be complete silence, I think. 

I’m terrible at ship names but I am delighted to contemplate this. 
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aimmyarrowshigh:

anyway:

i love that it’s canonical that kes and shara were really devoted parents who spent a lot of time making sure that poe had a wide variety of fun experiences as a kid? and i love that he had special activities that he did with each of them as individuals, with shara taking poe to classic ship shows and kes taking him camping and on hikes. the damerons are such a good example in media of a really tight-knit family without falling back on tired tropes of having to do everything together and sacrificing individual interests or time for the sake of “the family” or for the sake of “doing it for the kids,” and i just love it. and i love that they’re also so thoughtfully written as very different kinds of veterans and very different kinds of survivors with their own issues and their own viewpoints, and neither of them is demonized by outside-narrative in BTA or by poe himself in things like the logbook.

they’re just really strong examples of what good writing can be, for star wars AND in general. it would have been so easy, and so common, to make poe’s parents throwaway “parent tropes,” you know? and i love so much that they’re not.
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Oh, thanks!

But the source material is so good, really– I’m pleased enough with my little story, but I just don’t know if I really do it justice. The whole series deals with how that character, Moon, was orphaned as a very young child, and only finds his people as an adult, and then has to try to learn to fit in. (That’s why he can’t read in his native language, in that story, only in ones he learned from his surroundings as he grew up; he was old enough to speak, but not to read, when he was orphaned.) 

I won’t be a tedious evangelist, but really, there’s just so much more in the source– even just the teaser snippet of the first chapter of the first book– anyway. Nobody ever has time for a new text-only fandom, but if there was a time to join it, it’s now, since this was the last book in the continuity so you could read the whole series at one fell swoop. (Fell swoop! Hah! Get it? No of course not, and it’s a bad joke anyway.) (The Fell are the villains and they fly. So they’d swoop.) (If you have to explain it, it’s not funny. It wasn’t funny anyway.) (I’ve had too much coffee.)

Ha, rereading it I’ve only just noticed that in a story about shapeshifters, I don’t mention shifting one time in that entire story. Every character in that story has two forms, most of them with wings, and I just don’t mention it. I guess it says a lot about the rich source material that the wings are among the less-interesting parts of the characters. 

That’s what you get when you write curtainfic about lizard-bee-dragon-lion people, I guess.

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