Title: Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting
Author: John Lohman
Series: All of them! You can make little pixel captain towels
Donated By: Paul Semel! Thank you so much
To go along with my Star Trek book reading, and after friend-of-the-project Paul Semel (you can find his work here because he’s a cool dude) donated a box of Star Trek goodies to me, I decided to play around with crafting as well as the novel reviews.
The first project I attempted was from John Lohman’s Star Trek Cross-Stitch guide. Inside you can learn how to make Borg cubes, embroider pillows and towels, and make super useful things like bookmarks. I am moderately competent when it comes to cross-stitch so I started with one of the bookmarks (and also because I suddenly have a shortage of things to mark my place with).
Lohman gives you very easy to follow steps for successful cross-stitching, but I found I’ve never really liked the whole “work from the inside out” aspect of the craft. No, I prefer to work in a straight line, or when I do shapes, make an outline before going back with the fill colors. It turns into a complicated process of counting hatches, making my lines pretty, and calculating how much string I can get away with waggling in front of my cat before he attacks me.
So the progress photos you see are not at ALL how you should cross-stitch, but as I’m fond of saying “ain’t no rules in the stitch.”
Overall: Lohman’s instructions are great for beginning cross-stitchers who want to learn to do this stuff correctly. He uses commonly found thread colors so you don’t have to search high and low for that brown-gray color on the insignia.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking to make cute gifts for the Trekkers in your life. I am going to attempt making 3D Borg cubes next.
Rating: 10 darkly adorable dead pixel crewmen out of 10.