picassowary pictures
she stitches words too

I haven’t done much cross stitching the last few months due to various reasons so to make up for that here’s some writerly things from the last few months!

"Even Robots Learn" at Strange Horizons - SFFnal poem - aromanticism & amatonormativity in fiction and life

I am the prologue, a symptom. See:
aliens turn sympathetic when moonstruck;
the villain is redeemed via softened heart
or a flashback to before loss broke it;
grouches get coaxed into caring then dating;
brutal monsters are people too, if they love
properly, since friendship is just a stopgap;
the frigid bitch, proven flawed, is thawed;
and of course even robots inevitably learn
what is this thing as they are humanised.

"Zenith’s Wake" at Mirror Dance - 9,400 word fantasy story - disaster, grief, poly & queer & long-distance relationships, stress, homesickness, magic.

Gizem is here and it is tempting to ask, as though a simple intimacy might be a short-cut to coping, if she’d rub her back. Agathe could imagine Daphnen were here rather than thousands of kilometres away and too busy to talk. She likes Gizem already; it wouldn’t be a far jump from friend to crutch. Yet Agathe has never seen a proxy relationship end well and she’ll likely be months in Istapor with little ability to evade awkwardness and Gizem when it goes sour. And she does like her. Too much to do such a thing.

Yet also too much to avoid curling up next to her and the temptations that invites.

"Love Over Glass, Skin Under Glass" in Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction - 3,800 word fantasy/romance story - queer & bdsm & destructive & platonic relationships, self-discovery, magic, creepiness.

She watched her apprentice grow in glass-mastery and watched her glee when she writhed under her grasp. The glass-smith found herself content if not happy, found for herself purpose if not keenness. The nights when the apprentice fell asleep with a smile, the moments when they seemed to connect rather than coincide, the mornings when the glass-smith did not mind waiting for the apprentice to wake up and untie or roll off her: they aroused in her something.

But her skin did not squeak, her touch did not thrill.

Long live Stalin! He loves you.Sing these words or you know what he’ll do!
the cat is a faster stitcher than me :(

the cat is a faster stitcher than me :(

mercurial-mind:

ethansembroidery:

picassowary:

Yay!
Huuuugely inspired by Gatchastitch's blackwork Pokemon!

Love the blackwork, especially used for the gas cloud!

This is amazing! I haven’t been into stitching long enough to know about any stitches other than cross stitch and back stitch so this blew my mind. Good job!

Blackwork can take a lot of prep, looking at fills and deciding on fills (I’ve spent several weekends putting together a library of fill swatches, but there’s always new ones and variations to consider and you have to think about how they’ll look together), and putting the fills into a pattern, but it makes for something extra special! :D

mercurial-mind:

ethansembroidery:

picassowary:

Yay!

Huuuugely inspired by Gatchastitch's blackwork Pokemon!

Love the blackwork, especially used for the gas cloud!

This is amazing! I haven’t been into stitching long enough to know about any stitches other than cross stitch and back stitch so this blew my mind. Good job!

Blackwork can take a lot of prep, looking at fills and deciding on fills (I’ve spent several weekends putting together a library of fill swatches, but there’s always new ones and variations to consider and you have to think about how they’ll look together), and putting the fills into a pattern, but it makes for something extra special! :D

I’ve gotten a few enquiries about this so: 

Yes, I can do commissioned cross stitch/blackwork.

I’m not going to give exact example prices for the above pictures because most of them were gifts and I’d feel awkward about that :x but they would range from about $40 to $200 for similar works, depending on size/colours/background/border/stitch type/pattern making.

Message me if you’ve got a question!

Yay!
Huuuugely inspired by Gatchastitch's blackwork Pokemon!

Yay!

Huuuugely inspired by Gatchastitch's blackwork Pokemon!

why am i making this happen
why

why am i making this happen

why

BIG DECISIONS TIME!

BIG DECISIONS TIME!

From one editor to another.
(I love semicolons, but I dread seeing them at work.)

From one editor to another.

(I love semicolons, but I dread seeing them at work.)

That poem also doubles as recently-enacted legislation enforced by the Sheriff’s Secret Police. Thank you, Mayor!

That poem also doubles as recently-enacted legislation enforced by the Sheriff’s Secret Police. Thank you, Mayor!

So here’s my little test to see whether I’d get on with blackwork. The answer is EVERYTHING WILL BE BLACKWORK FROM NOW ON.

So here’s my little test to see whether I’d get on with blackwork. The answer is EVERYTHING WILL BE BLACKWORK FROM NOW ON.

Are you ever going to sell your crafts?

I sold a couple pieces earlier this year! It’s tricky; everyone would love a piece but then they hear “it took me two weeks of evenings to make so even if we assume needlecraft is worth much less than minimum wage because I’m watching youtube at the same time that’s $10 by 21 hours plus materials” and their face goes a funny colour.

Very conservatively (and it’s not like I tracked how many hours I put into it), the Homestuck troll pieces are worth at least $10,000 each, for example. But of course I have no plans on selling them, Hussie’s no-selling stance notwithstanding.

Big versions: Prospit six and Derse six.

I did it. I beat Homestuck.

26/10/2010 to 14/12/2013. Each one is about 36 x 15 cm (14 x 6 inches).

Still considering a blackwork background but I’ve got some small projects I’d like to get to first.

12/12
the first rule of having-to-unstitch-nepeta’s-jacket-like-four-fucking-times-because-green-shades-are-difficult club is you don’t ask about it or i will cry

12/12

the first rule of having-to-unstitch-nepeta’s-jacket-like-four-fucking-times-because-green-shades-are-difficult club is you don’t ask about it or i will cry

Decided to get some linen and evenweave and, uh, I’ve doubled my stash today.

Decided to get some linen and evenweave and, uh, I’ve doubled my stash today.