Sunday, January 26, 2014

This just isn't going very well - Project 144 Update

This looks nothing like what I want it to look like. On the plus side, I found out that my serger does a great job with a gathering stitch, which will save be buku time. On the down side, the thread that came with the serger is cheap and breaks easily. Luckily, my brother- and sister-in-law gave me a set of serger thread cones for Christmas, so I'm going to hook those up and it should go much smoother. Also luckily, this is throw away fabric - if it doesn't work out, I didn't lose anything other than time.

I'm getting very frustrated with garbing, because I KNOW what I want the garb to look like but I'm not able to find a pattern that will work and I don't seem to be able to make it appear out of thin air. We are getting to where we are pretty specific in what we want and commercial patterns just aren't cutting it anymore.

I've got a couple books on pattern making/alterations and I guess I'm going to have to whip those out and start using them.

Jack and I sat down last night and made some (very long) lists of things we would prefer to get done before Ragnarok and talked about budgeting and planning. We decided that we are at the point where we have enough garb and gear to get us through a week of camping, so now it is time to take a step back and design and build the garb and weapons we want. This will involve higher quality materials and significantly more time investment per completed item. Thus, much of today was spent online doing brainstorming and research.

This was on my to-do list for January and it doesn't look like I'm going to get it done if I want to do it correctly, so I'm pushing it out to February.

I found another cross-stitch project to share. This one is a Dimensions pattern and will eventually have a castle and wizard and a fireball in addition to the eerie looking dragon. I've been working on the fireball this week.

The background is actually black but I was having trouble getting a good picture because of the high contrast between the thread and the fabric. I'll hopefully have a better one next time.

Remember, just keep swimming!


  1. A Rag list is a really great idea. We should probably put something together too :)

  2. Hmmm, it isn't too bad! Maybe you should try draping a larger piece of fabric and cutting it after, like they do on Project Runway. Don't give up! I can't wait to see this one finished!!!