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Organ Pipes to Scale

Organ Pipes to Scale

Organ Pipes to Scale

In the original image, the scale is 1 pixel = 2 inches.  For comparison, the largest pipe in the organ (the bass CCC in the Bourdon 16 in the Pedal division) is 98.6″ tall.  The smallest pipe in the organ (the g3 in the Nineteenth 1 1/3 in the Great division) is 0.5″ tall.  The widest-scaled rank in the organ is Nacht Horn.  The narrowest is the Violoncello (eventually it will be the Viola but I haven’t done the scaling work on the Choir division yet).

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OMG! That’s my work!

You should all know by now that I spend a good deal of time working on my embroidery. I learn about my craft through looking at other people’s work. My favorite sites include Craftster, Feeling  Stitching, and most of all, mrxstitch. They have cool stuff, and this. Notice anything? That’s right, I made that. That’s my work. And it’s on mrxstitch. FUCKING AWESOME! If you’re too lazy to click the link, this is what I made.

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A First Look at Carcamaica, the Ferret

I gave my very talented friend Sean this text file to work from and asked him to bring the character to life.  He’s done an amazing job so far and here are the first pictures that we’re both satisfied with:

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Commissioning Christa

I was wondering if I could commission Christa to put her crafty skills to work for me.  I was inspired by this entry in the Jargon File:

wizard hat: n.
[also, after Terry Pratchett, pointy hat] Notional headgear worn by whoever is the wizard in a particular context. The implication is that it’s a transferable role.

I was wondering if I could do something for Christa in exchange for a pointy UNIX wizard hat.  I was sort of envisioning the generic pointy wizard hat decorated with the mysic sigils of UNIX like “#!/bin/sh” and “vi ~/.profile”  and “kill -9 %1” and “#!/usr/bin/perl”. or whatever other UNIX-y things Christa thinks ought to be there.

Or not.  If the Christa is just too busy or not interested, that’s fine too.  I still have my Hot Zombie Girlfriend up on top of my empty CD cases next to my official Dreamworks-licensed Skipper Beanie Baby.

On a completely unrelated note, I hate laptop keyboards.  Especially the one I have at work.

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Tea Towel Swap

Hey, remember when I was all like, “I’m sorry I’ve been gone, it’ll get better and I’ll post more about books and look at what I made”? Well, I’m sorry I’ve been gone, I’ve been busy, I haven’t read a thing, and I finished that swap back in November.

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When Swaps get Strange

I haven’t been swapping on Craftster for that long, but I would have said that I had a good idea about how these things work. That was before I found the forum board about the problems of swapping. There I learned some interesting things. Mostly I learned that sometimes, what your partner thinks is a great package, may in fact be strange.

If you don’t know how swapping works, I’ll give you a little rundown. Let’s say you really like making stuff, but you don’t have anything to do with the stuff you make. For example, you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but no one you know shares your deep passion for Giles. That’s when you go to Craftster and find a group of people who do share your passion for the show. You all sign up for the swap and agree that you will be paired up with someone and you will make gifts to exchange with each other. This way, you can busy yourself with crafting, and share your love of whatever with someone as crazy as you are. So, what happens when that person isn’t as crazy as you are, but in fact, they are far more crazy? Well, you end up with the packages below.

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Always with the Needles

So, I’ve been quiet lately. I will be starting up with the Book Reviews again, I’ve just been busy with classes starting and everything. While there has been little reading, there has been lots of stitching. I’m taking part in an Embroidered Tea Towel Swap. The idea is that you get a group together, set up a mailing list, and the start sending your towel around. Each person stitches on motif on the towel and passes it along. When you get yours back, you’ve got a bunch of work that other people were kind enough to do for you. I have pictures 🙂

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Craftster Saturday

Since our hits seem to tank on weekends, I’m starting some new threads. From now on Sundays will have a book review, and Saturdays will feature some awesome stuff I found on Craftster. (On a side note, I talked Sean into joining Craftster for a Song of Ice and Fire Swap.)

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Purses and Stuff

I’m still addicted to craftster even though the swap I had been working on is now done, at least for me. I wanted to share the things I made, and the things I was lucky enough to get in return.

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