Something like this. Supposedly it only weighs two pounds, which really is not unreasonable to ship in the grand scheme of things, but I picked it up and it felt like more. Certainly better than the "wood shape" which is really light; I'd have to drill it out and put a weight in it to keep the dragon from falling on its nose. Would NOT have to do that with slate, I guarantee.
I hate to just mount it directly on a flat base, but I didn't really come up with any great ideas for more sculptural bases. Found some polyhedral-ish wood shapes in the JoAnn clearance section, but they're just not speaking to me.
Guess I could just visit the friendly neighborhood rock shop and mount it on a crystal cluster, but that feels kinda hackneyed.
So remember how I said every project goes through a phase where it looks like something COMPLETELY different? I have been noodling around with a golden eagle head for a couple of reasons, and the first time I test-stitched it I used the unnatural dark green and realized HAHAHA that's "midnight green" and I live in greater Philadelphia. This time I test stitched in the red I bought too much of and at first I was "haha cardinal" and then I cut it out and was like oh. No. Definitely scarlet macaw.
I just realized Inkstitch lets Inkscape OPEN EXISTING STITCH FILES so this changes ev... well okay, not all THAT much, but it at least means I can inspect other people's stitch files without actually stitching them out so that's nice.
While Inkstitch lets you edit graphics as normal Inkscape objects, and only turns them into individual stitches for export, importing a stitch pattern comes in as lines where each point is a stitch. So less editable, but not nothing.
Did I work on the hand sewing yesterday? Nope. Did I work on Mew today? Nope.
Instead, I worked on getting some bookshelves cleared off and rearranged. And I thought to myself, "I'm going to take this tall one out of the living room where it doesn't fit, and use it to store my active fabric stash so I'm not burrowing through tubs of fabric.
"Fabric... stash. STASH PANDA! I MUST MAKE A STASH PANDA!"
(Karen's brain, ladies and gentlemen.)
Okay, I did decide to do a little "off the clock" work with the embroidery machine. My mother-in-law embroiders paper cards, which involves poking holes with a needle through a pattern, then hand-sewing floss through them string-art style. You can't sew paper with a machine (the tension on the thread slices through the paper) but you can sure punch the holes.
... if you're willing to keep punching "ok" every dozen stitches when it tells you to check the (nonexistent) top thread. 😒
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