A wip shot of xredriverx's commission! God I have missed stitching quenya SO MUCH. Anyway, text is done now, time to start the (hopefully) flamey border!
Ok, so I’ve not really done this sort of thing before. Also, bear in mind that it has been a long while since I read some of these, so details are probably fuzzy, but the memories of me crying (YES!) are clear. I hope I did this right!
Also I’m a dirty YA reader, come at me
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [some] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1 - Everything by J. R. R. Tolkien
I have never connected with a series of books so much. The Silmarillion is my favourite, but the Hobbit was first, and the Lord of the Rings was my favourite for a very long time. Some of my favourite characters of all time are from the Silmarillion, and I can’t ever see my love for it dying.
2 - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It’s actually been about six years since I read this book, so I can’t actually remember that much about it, but I do recall that the end made me cry. And that doesn’t happen very often at all.
3 - The Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn
I really enjoyed these books. I liked all the characters and the setting and story kept me gripped. And the ending of The Harsh Cry of the Heron made me cry.
4 - The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett
Despite my adoration for Tolkien, these are my faves to actually read. Kickass awesome characters, including some of the most well rounded women I have ever seen written (the Witches series probably wouldn’t pass a reverse Bechdel test, that’s how awesome his ladies are). I have read these books so many times, and I never get tired of them. They blend humour and drama so incredibly well. If you haven’t already, go read them. Chances that you’ll regret it are incredibly small.
5 - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Also known as the only classic you will see on this list, and also the only romance. I loved the perspective of the nameless new wife, and the looming shadow of Rebecca. It was incredible to read.
6 - Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
*Groans* I knooooow, but despite my issues with these books, they are fantastic children’s literature, and they deserve all the fame that they got. Also, they touched me and pretty much the entire world, so it’s hard not to put them on here.
7 - The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
I love these books. They are well written, with an awesome cast. I must have read them a hundred times. I don’t know exactly why, but something has always kept me coming back for more. (Also Clariel now has a solid release date, and I can’t begin to tell you how happy that makes me)
8 - Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Not so much the sequels, but Inkheart is incredible. I loved all the characters, and the longing to return to their books was something I really felt acutely. I spent ages after reading it feeling simultaneously glad that I couldn’t read people out of books, but also really upset that I couldn’t read myself into one.
9 - A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
I don’t think I can really say anything about these that hasn’t already been said by people who are infinitely more articulate than me. These are really great books, and you should read them.
10 - The Percy Jackson Series (and Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan
Alright, hear me out. I actually only read these pretty recently, because I heard good things about it, and Greek mythology is my JAM, and they’re actually… really good? They’ve got awesome plot, and a really diverse cast of characters, including an explicitly gay character, which is very unusual in such mainstream books marketed to children. I really like them, and I’ll continue to read them!
Omg I can’t believe I’m doing this, but this is the sort of crack that I need to release before I can get anything done.
Set when Finrod first meets the Men
Finrod: I am your king.
Man: Well, I didn’t vote for you.
Finrod: You don’t vote for kings.
Man: Well how’d you become king then?
[Angelic music plays… ]
Finrod: The Lord of the Waters, dressed like a giant wave in glittering green armour sent to me a dream, signifying by divine providence that I, Finrod, was to build a hidden city. THAT is why I am your king.
Bëor: [interrupting] Listen, strange men lyin’ in rivers distributin’ hallucinations is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
I shouldn’t watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail whilst stitching Silmarillion stuff. So much crack. Seriously, replace ‘Holy Grail’, with Silmarils, and imagine Silm characters replacing everyone and it is a goldmine of hilarity.
I now need to stitch a Silm/Monty Python crossover like I have never needed anything before. That’s my next bingo project. Yes.
Text is finished. *Cue gross ugly sobbing*. This is for the Maedhros square on Fëanorian bingo card B, and is part of a set with my Maglor piece.
The alphabet is from here, and the colour used is DMC 4205, Caliente.
I like that it all lines up so neatly! That doesn’t usually happen :)
I’ve already planned out the border, so that shouldn’t take too long to complete.
Maglor’s piece is now finished! After the disaster that was Miriel’s border, I decided to keep this one super simple, and use only one colour in the entire piece, which is DMC 4025, Caribbean Bay
(this name brings to mind images of Maglor sipping cocktails on white sand and I am 100% ok with this)
I’m really happy with how this came out! The border is nice and simple, yet a fitting motif for the quote. And the colour is very pretty as well.
The alphabet is from here.
I did it. I unpicked the border. I think the main issue I’ve been having with this is that the colour on the text really does speak for itself, and anything I tried just did not work because it overcomplicated it. So I’m leaving it like this. In short, is this a cop out? Probably. But I have stressed over this piece more than I really should, so I’m doing it for the sake of my own sanity.
I love this quote so much. The alphabet is from here and the colour used is DMC 4211, Azalea. I wanted to use purples and reds, because for some reason those are the colours I always associate Miriel with when I think of her.
Here, have a WIP. Text is finished for my Maglor project. This is gonna be a trio with the Maedhros and Silmarils squares for Fëanorian bingo card B.
I love this alphabet, which can be found here. The colour used is a gorgeous sea blue-green, DMC 4025. The name for this thread is actually ‘Caribbean Bay’, which is actually pretty hilarious to me.
I have got waaaay better at French knots now, especially after doing this project.
Just the border to do now. It will work this time, I swear!
In one fell swoop I have decided on my quotes to stitch for Maglor, Maedhros AND the Silmarils for the bingo. They’re a trio :) And if that doesn’t clue you in to what I picked, nothing will!
I think I’m going to break from working on this Miriel piece, because this border is breaking my heart. I’ll probably do some other stuff, maybe try Maglor or Celegorm’s bingo piece, before coming back to it. Because this is sapping my will to do things.
I’ve failed you Miriel I’m so so sorry
daydreamingofdragons said: ♥ and ☆
My favourite character is definitely Fëanor. Why? My favourite sorts of characters tend to be arseholes that leave a mess wherever they go, but could have been a powerful force for the right side if they only listened to cooler heads (there’s a surprising amount out there!) and to me, Fëanor is the epitome of that archetype. I love how you can literally feel his passion, even from within the Silmarillion, which has gorgeous prose but is not heavy on the dialogue or character descriptions usually.
As for others, I have the most enormous talent-crush on Miriel, which is obvious to everyone now that I’m agonising over her piece for the bingo! And I love all the Fëanorians tbh.
Let’s be realistic, if all those other elves were won over by Fëanor’s words, how on Earth would I have a chance of keeping a clear head?! So I reckon I’d follow him, though Fingolfin is the far more level-headed choice.
fadingintotheforeground said: ♜♕
You asked an evil question that I have no idea how to answer! I am THE WORST at naming things. But then, if we look over Fëanor’s history with naming things too… Well, just look at what he called his sons! Nooooot particularly excellent names (there’s a reason they all went for their mother-names apart from Daddy’s boy Curvo). You’ve got your ‘Third Son of Finwë’ etc. And Telufinwë’s name killed me with laughter when I first learned what it meant! He’s basically the master of passive aggressive naming.
So I bet his flagship was named something like ‘Fuck the Valar’, or ‘Up Yours, Morgoth’. In fact, yeah ‘Up Yours, Morgoth’ is my favourite name ever. If someone could translate that to Quenya I would die happy!
I don’t know if this question is about who I thought was best as High King, or who I would hypothetically liked to have seen be High King. I’ll answer the second because it’s more fun.
I’d love to see how Curufin would have operated as High King. Because I feel that his ruthlessness and cunning would actually have been very interesting when placed in an environment where he had the power outright. I don’t know whether it would be to his detriment or not.
I added metallic gold and it suddenly works!! Words cannot describe how happy this makes me.