Sunday, April 25, 2010

Garden of Epicurus pattern

I'm starting work on a new piece.  The image is a flower garden, and the panel in the middle is a quote said to have been at the gate of Epicurus's garden.  Epicurus is currently my guide to life, and I'm planning for this to go in a frame in some prominent part of my living room, when it's finished.

There are a lot of different colors here.  I hope it comes out well.  If you click on the image, you should get the full pattern.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Planets: finished

I've finished the "Planets" series.  I'm pretty happy with how they've turned out- except for Saturn.  I don't care for Saturn.  That's why I chose it to go under the wine glass in my photo.  I'm hoping that you, gentle reader, won't notice its flaws.  I love Earth, though, and Jupiter, and I like the visual joke of Pluto with its tiny size and its asterisk.

I made the patterns using MacStitch 2009, and used telescope images of the planets, mostly Hubble photos, that I found on Wikipedia as a basis for the patterns.  They are stitched on 18-count Aida fabric, backed with black fabric, and edged in black double-fold bias tape.

I release all of the patterns under a Creative Commons license, which means that anyone has permission to copy, use, and change them- but please don't sell them, or anything you make from them, without my permission.  I'm including links to all of the patterns on this post.  I made them as coasters, but I would be curious to see what other users people have for them, so if you do something cool with these patterns, I'd love to see it.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Planets: Pluto

I've finished stitching the last of the "Planets" series- Pluto is marked with an asterisk, since its status as a planet depends on whether you're talking about popular conceptions or science.  I didn't like to leave it out, though; it was a planet when I learned about the planets from Interplanet Janet, and I'm a little attached to it.  Besides, Jonathan Coulton's "I'm Your Moon" is the best love song ever.

Before I start finishing the coasters, I'll upload the charts for Pluto here, in case anyone else wants to use them for anything.