So...I did an interview for the incredible MrXStitch site and you can check it out here. First off, thanks to them for having me and thanks to everyone who have had such positive and kind words since. I promise it makes me sound waaaay cooler then I really am.
One of the photos used I have not actually posted here because it's such a weird subject to me but as a wise man once said "Start at the beginning...and when you get to the end, stop". The piece I did is a sampler. The quote is from Star Wars Episode I. We have only seen Anakin Skywalker for a couple of minutes at this point and when asked if he was a slave he got visibly angry and I thought that what he said, coupled with the Vader helmet would look really cool together. As a fan, I think that this quote carries through the entire saga as to how Vader may have felt his entire time as a cyborg and his ultimate return to the light side.
That's the story on the piece itself. Here is the chaos the piece has wrought: I am a Star Wars nerd through and through. I had an extensive (read: two rooms) collection of action figures, every novel, tons of strange collectibles, two tattoos and even named one of my daughters after an expanded universe character! As a rule I usually do NOT dress up as a Star Wars character for Halloween because it seems to obvious. Soon after I started stitching I decided not to do any Star Wars pieces for the same reason. Then I stitched Luke.
He was supposed to be a warm up to an actual portrait of a real person that I wanted to do. I have kids now so all my toys have been opened, my books are in storage. I have not read a book in far too long, and my daughter talks and talks through the Clone Wars cartoons. Stitching Star Wars felt good to me. I obviously love stitching and would say I am obsessed with it on a Star Warsian level. To finally bring the two together was amazing. It was the perfect combination of something I have always loved and something I love now.
Afraid that it was just a fluke I designed the Vader sampler and stitched it up. I knew what I had to do. At first "Han Stitched First" was going to be a series of Star Wars based stitching that I did here. One a month for the next year. I started looking for stitches that other people had done so I didn't do the same things and I found out just how much awesome Star Wars stitching had been done. I wanted to show people. I wanted to tell people about it. I thought we should be showing each other and sharing ideas.
With such great sites like Sprite Stitch dedicated to video game crafts, and the release of Bonnie Burton's Star Wars Craft Book, surely there was at least one stitching blog dedicated to Star Wars. Turns out there was not. Well, now there is. Han Stitched First is my blog dedicated only to Star Wars needlework! And not just mine. There are so many great pieces I have found that I have not even posted my work there (yet)! I really hope that it will become a neat little site where people can find Star Wars patterns, ideas and friends with the same interest.
And yes, I know that not everyone is as excited about stitching Star Wars-inspired pieces as me. That's okay. I'm excited enough for all of us. I'll still be up to my old (Jedi mind) tricks here, too.