Welcome to Happy-Kat. This site is all about a place to organize my crafty adventures. I will get started by diving into my WIPs. (That = Works In Progress, or Work In Progress…es)

First up! Roadkill Bunny and Prick Your Finger needle case from Twisted Stitches by Phil Davison at Urban Cross Stitch. I found this book at random at a big bookstore a few years ago. It’s incredible! It’s full of off the wall patterns that are perfect for the non-traditional cross stitcher. I love every pattern in this book. Someday I’ll make the Kitchen Bombshell for my kitchen. And the Zombie Pin-up for my bathroom. Every girl needs a zombie pin-up in their bathroom, right?

Anyway, I made the roadkill bunny first because it was small and quick and grossly adorable. I was either pregnant or just had a baby when I started it, though, so once I got to the roadkill one I couldn’t finish it! I can’t explain it other than I was full of mommy hormones. They are a force to be reckoned with. I cried over this pattern, people. Full on saddened by the bunny’s fate. Mommy hormones are wild. So I put it aside for another day. Sure enough, a couple months later I finished it no problem! I stitched both of them on 14 Aida with some scrap thread, matching the colors as best as I could. I put both on a kitchen towel for a birthday present for a friend’s 42nd birthday. It was her 42, so naturally she got a towel. Plus, she flipped out when she saw the pattern months ago when I bought the book. It was a nice surprise. Wins all around! Much more fun than framing it.

roadkill bunny towel

Next up is the needle case. This one is for another friend (you may notice a trend here; I love to stitch more than I love to keep stuff) for her birthday. Well, that birthday came and went. Still, I got back into the groove of this one and now I’m almost done with the stitching part. Just the thumb flesh left.

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Isn’t it fun to associate thumb flesh and cross stitch?? I love these guys.

I used a leftover 14 count Aida scrap for the words. I used scrap thread for most of it. This was another one of those projects that was just being difficult. I got as far as the words and blood drops, but couldn’t decide on the border. Back to the shelf it went until I decided on DMC 306 for the main border and DMC Light Effects E135 for the accents. Those metallics can be fussy to stitch with, but man, it’s worth it! Perfect.

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I am using 22 count leftover Aida for the thumb, for two reasons. One: it’s what I had. Two: the thumb is deceivingly huge and the 22 count made it fit the 14 count words piece. Sheesh. I mostly used the suggested colors for the thumb, since my floss collection has grown quite a bit since last year (I blame weelittlestitches-I’ll get to them another day). I am using a different color for the flesh, DMC 436, because I like it better. The suggested one was too peachy for me and 436 better matches the skin tone of the recipient. I know, kinda weird, but yes, that matters. It’s the little things.

I have yet to pick some fabric for the whole case, but I’m sure this will sew up quickly once I get a chance. The case should be big enough for scissors as well, so I’m contemplating a ribbon or cord for attaching one. Hmm…

I don’t always fly by the seat of my pants on projects. I have a lot of kits (mostly Dimensions) that come with everything I need. I keep all the extra thread from said kits in a box and it’s fun to use those extras/scraps for small projects like the bunny. It gives it a slight spin from the original and it is always a surprise in the end.

Stay tuned! We’ll see what surprises lay in store.

1 Comment

  • Elizabeth Campbell

    Eeeeew squished rabbit. I definitely love getting away from the conventional designs!

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