Mr. Lacer likes Doctor Who more than I do, which is therefore quite a lot (he once inflicted the entire back catalogue on me – this was pre-kids, these days he’d just inflict it on them – every weekend as it was being shown by one of the repeat channels – that was a fun way tostart the weekend – not (although I did watch Doctor Who as a kid, with very vague memories of Jon Pertwee, I have no idea why though, as just checking Wikipedia he stopped playing the Doctor before I was born – I remember Pertwee more as Worzel Gummage – something I enjoyed far more at the time – stronger memories of Tom Baker and complete fan loyalty to Peter Davison, as he happened to be the Doctor when I was just the right age to really get into it, I also liked Sylvestor McCoy (and I thought Ace was cool) but could not stand Colin Baker’s Doctor , but overall I’m more of a fan of the new Who). And as Mr. Lacer is an extremely hard person to buy for, I made him a Doctor Who cushion.
The cross stitch pattern is from Weelittlestitches on Etsy, I’d link to it but Etsy is down right now at the time of writing this. A TARDIS is included in this pattern but I have been literally stitching this since I ‘stopped’ work, a week and a half ago (I’m actually working tonight and I have an interesting proposition I need to sort out to, so I’m still working but it’s when my two clients finished and I got some more free time) and it has been pretty constant stitching, two 10 hour each audiobooks, the final episode of Case Histories (which was really good by the way – why couldn’t it have been like that at the beginning?), An Education (also really good) and two ballet lessons. I have learnt several things; I always underestimate how long it takes to do cross stitch because although I do cross stitch (evidentially), I am an embroiderer at heart and embroidery is a hell of a lot quicker, I have also learnt that although I can embroider happily in front of the TV and I can technically cross stitch in front of the TV, I slow right down and I feel slow enough as it is. Although actually I don’t think I’m that slow a cross stitcher, I know (now that I’ve reminded myself) that cross stitching takes time. This whole project has been useful though in reminding me of the time issue with cross stitching, as I have two large scale cross stitch projects I want to give as gifts in December (one a wedding present, the other a Christmas present) and if I want to do that, I am really going to have to start stitching soon, not straight away though, I’m all cross stitched out, although at least whilst doing this I got to rest my poorly knee.
(The fabric for the cushion itself (the design was inspired by Tom Baker’s scarf), is a mixture of Klona solids from Backstitch, bargain fabric which turned out to be lovely and crisp to work with, really good quality and a great range of colours!)