Getting farther. Getting into some darker colors, which is nice. I’m starting really get a deeper understanding of patience and going at my own pace. 

So far, really enjoying this project. If I had more time to devote to it though, I’m sure it would be more fun to follow me. But, it’s still fun to me.

Getting farther. Getting into some darker colors, which is nice. I’m starting really get a deeper understanding of patience and going at my own pace.

So far, really enjoying this project. If I had more time to devote to it though, I’m sure it would be more fun to follow me. But, it’s still fun to me.

So, it definitely looks as though I haven’t gotten very far. Perhaps I haven’t. Really the purpose of this blog is to keep me going, to stick through this ambitious project through thick and thin…
Anyway, at one point, between my last post about stitching progress and now, I removed a large section due to miscount. You can almost see the section in the picture. 
I have also gotten a lot of advice from some cross-stitch experts… specifically at Tilton Crafts. It seems they specialize in ambitious cross-stitch projects and gave me some pointers (they are great folks, please be sure to visit them! www.tiltoncrafts.com)
I have also changed the theme. This one definitely looks like an Animus… I’m liking it so far. May need to tweak a couple things though.
Onward!

So, it definitely looks as though I haven’t gotten very far. Perhaps I haven’t. Really the purpose of this blog is to keep me going, to stick through this ambitious project through thick and thin…

Anyway, at one point, between my last post about stitching progress and now, I removed a large section due to miscount. You can almost see the section in the picture. 

I have also gotten a lot of advice from some cross-stitch experts… specifically at Tilton Crafts. It seems they specialize in ambitious cross-stitch projects and gave me some pointers (they are great folks, please be sure to visit them! www.tiltoncrafts.com)

I have also changed the theme. This one definitely looks like an Animus… I’m liking it so far. May need to tweak a couple things though.

Onward!

(Source: aimys, via phantonhives)

// Assassin’s Creed IV- Black Flag//

Wow, it is beautiful! It reminds me of Brotherhood and Revelations. Brotherhood for the mission style and Revelations for the scenery. There are definite similarities as well to FarCry3 that I am seeing as well.

All very good things. I really enjoyed both of those games. And FarCry3 too.

I played until 4am. Get to play all day today too.

Spoiler Alert- don’t read beyond this point. Unless you want to see my thoughts so far. (I’m about 10-12% in)

Things I like about the game this far:
Edward is very likable (getting very close to the likability of Ezio.)

The scenery is just beautiful.

Movement is very fluid. More than in AC3.

The health bar is back at the top.

Once I figured out how to navigate the Jackdaw, taking out other boats/ships is really fun.

Things I’m so-so/don’t like about:
Chase missions. I really don’t like them. Never had. Never will.

Not so sure about the “being an employee of Abstergo.” It’s weird.

Um. Can’t think of any more dislikes.

// Finally Pre-ordered AC: Black Flag//

Hello all,

So I am in the midst of going back to school, I have finally pre-ordered AC Black Flag. So excited… Thanks Amazon! Though I wish the Black Chest version was available here in the States. Oh well. I’m going to have fun…

And Watch Dogs comes out soon too! Too many games, so little time.

// Picking up the pieces…//

I stitched a little last night. It was good.

I also began to remove the stitches where I miscounted long ago. I’m feeling ok about it.

It is almost cathartic.

The new scroll frame is really nice.

Finally back on track…

I got the new scroll frame in the mail, then went on a fairly long vacation. 

When I got back, the project was on a dresser… Unfinished sewing waiting to be tied up and Velcro adhered to the back. 

I finally put it all together and am ready to start stitching again. This scroll frame is so much nicer. 

And the sides are hemmed and it’s ready to go.

Finally back on track…

I got the new scroll frame in the mail, then went on a fairly long vacation.

When I got back, the project was on a dresser… Unfinished sewing waiting to be tied up and Velcro adhered to the back.

I finally put it all together and am ready to start stitching again. This scroll frame is so much nicer.

And the sides are hemmed and it’s ready to go.

// Put aside my nervousness…//

So a few days ago, I finally say down behind the sewing machine and did some practicing. Then sewed the ribbon to the project. The stitches weren’t all even, but it was good enough.

It will be behind a mat when framed, so it doesn’t really matter. Not only that, the thread I used was white, so you can’t see some of the mistakes. The only thing left to do is the hand stitch the corners. Then put on the Velcro and stretch it onto the scroll frame.

That will have to wait until next week though.

Removed the project from the bad scroll frame… The 3rd photo is the remnants. Begin to hem by pinning a ribbon to the edges.

I will try my machine (with practice tomorrow.)

// Interruptions…//

So a couple things have happened that have interrupted my stitching.

1. The frame I currently use is fraying all the edges, which is aggravating. It’s due to the unfinished wood that is split dowels (where you feed the fabric through.) It is also not long enough so the sides are also fraying. I have bought a newer, better one, so will be using that soon… I wouldn’t recommend the FA Edmonds scroll frames going forward. They don’t work so well.

2. Attaching the project to the new frame will require me to hem the edges using my sewing machine. I bought white ribbon that I will fold in half and hem to the fabric.

I’m a little nervous about this because I really haven’t gotten used to using it yet. I have a pretty fun project to learn the machine on, but I’m still nervous.

3. Have had a lot of house guests the last few days. Other people in the house is distracting.

I have bought more evenweave though if things go awry.

// New supplies finally arrived.//

So my new supplies finally arrived in the mail. I almost wrote a scathing letter to the sender of the longer rods though… It took almost a week even though I had chosen expedited shipping.

Anyway, I have yet to transfer the project to my new scroll frame and add Velcro to it to scroll better and keep it taught . I am looking up ways to minimize the fraying of the fabric as I am now concerned about it impacting the project in adverse ways.

Otherwise I am looking forward to my daily (or semi-daily) stitching sessions.

I should not be allowed to buy stuff on Steam after a few cider beers.

Well, I guess I’ll play through ALL THE GAMES AGAIN.

I like this plan. But first, Install Windows 7.

Oh and my scroll frame shipped. Yay!

So in a previous post I mentioned I was thinking of starting over. I spoke with someone who is really into crafts and this is what she said:

"This project is huge. It is very challenging, is a big project for someone who hasn’t stitched in a long time, and what you are doing is amazing. Cut yourself some slack. Only you will see those mistakes and you can remember them, fondly."

Now I am a perfectionist and I have been making a few adjustments here and there. Nothing notable, I’m just concerned that it will be more evident as I continue.

So what did I do? I purchased a higher quality scroll frame. It will keep my even weave nice and taught. The one i have now requires me to adjust it every so often. That gets annoying, pulls/frays the edges, and is contributing to my feelings of failure at this point. I will do some stitching in the meantime while I wait for it to arrive, but I think this new frame is going to help. I also ordered some longer rods at 26” instead of the 22”-24”. Yay for amazon.com retail therapy.

And. I am not giving up.

Did Altaïr after being demoted to neophyte after being disgraced?

Did Ezio after seeing his father and brothers die and seeing his family name become notorious?

Did Ratonhkhake:ton after watching his mother die, find out his father was not only a Templar, but also behind the fire that killed her, and after being abandoned by his brethren?

No.

Crap. I want to play all of the games again in order. $80 for the entire series on the summer Steam Sale through July 22nd. Tempting!

(Also, I’ve added the ability to comment to my blog. Please keep it civil. Thanks!)

Assassin's Creed:
Cross Stitch.
"We work in the dark,
to serve the light"