And that’s a wrap.
This absurd thing was started in March. I was stitching the first tank when my mother came into the office with her diagnosis. I sat on her hospital bed while I laid down 72 poppies. This is dedicated to her — cancer-free, five months later, and still asking me strange questions about the First World War at 1am.
I’d like to thank everyone who reblogged my work-in-progress photos, and everyone who said such kind words about the project. All of you kept me going when I was exhausted from nursing and household-running and interpersonal drama. If this is any good, it’s because of the unfailing encouragement of my readers. Big sloppy grandma kisses for the lot of you.
I’d particularly like to thank Dan Carlin of Horrible Histories for his podcast. The three Blueprint for Armageddon episodes (x, x, and x) were an invaluable source of information — and entertainment, during the process. In addition to HH, I listened to the BBC’s inimitable series, The Great War, as well as BBC’s The First World War, BBC’s 1914-1918, Roy McMillan’s narration of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Robin Sach’s narration of A World Undone, and my own WWI playlist compiled from contemporary songs, Dear Old Blighty (also available on Firedrive).
Last but not least, and as always, you can see all of the previous work-in-progress photographs right here.
Batgirl_Librarian_g on Flickr.
Embroidered portrait of librarian Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. Pattern design & hand embroidery by Tisha Dolton, Aprilsongstress. Created for the Batman Imagined exhibition, Floklife Center, Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY. For more info on #BatmanDay- http://www.crandalllibrary.org/programs/BatmanCelebration.php
Bec gave me permission to turn their artwork into a cross-stitch pattern and distribute it (well, obviously pixel pieces are basically patterns already, but without grid lines it’s easy to get lost). If you make and post this make sure you credit them!
Pattern with colored blocks and symbols
Pattern with black and white symbols only
There’s a lot of wonkyness here, because I just improvised it and I don’t have enough concentration power to be particularly conscientious, but I like it anyway. Plus, so quick to stitch.
Everyone, meet Lunultrices polymitario (common name: Mooncream Stitchwing), Lunultrices polymitario, meet everyone.
A gigantic, crepuscular member of the order Lepidoptera, the Mooncream moth is usually sighted flittering heavily through the thick summer dusk, stopping to feed on night-blooming flowers and resting languorously on gnarled trees.
I found this specimen resting on a tree near my apartment last night and was thrilled to find this morning that it had spent the night, allowing me the chance to take considerably better photos of its impressive wings.
This Mooncream moth’s body is made from fur-pieces salvaged from the scraps bin at a fabric store, hot glue, wire and feathers. The wings are hand-embroidered and took approximately 30 episodes of the West Wing to complete (yes, I measure art-time by TV episodes, what of it?).
When I was taking these photos, I fooled a family walking by and some neighbours having breakfast on their porch into thinking it was real, which added to the joy of having finally finished the thing!
this is gorgeous
and i also measure time in tv episodes…