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Stuck & Thoughts on Sailor Moon Manga

So... I haven't had a chance to start stitching the other side of the pillow for several different reasons. Between being busy with family and errands is my main problem: in that I can't decide if I should do what I originally planned on doing, which was do it on white and then cut out the white and put it on a red heart, or just stitching it straight on to the red fabric, which would involve re-stitching the entire Luna-Usagi-Kiss, and who knows how it would show up on red... So, yeah.

However, while I've been playing with this in my mind, turning it over and over and hoping I'll eventually have a breakthrough, I've been going through the manga and putting pictures to the side that I think would be fun to stitch. Which has led to some interesting observations:

~I never realized before how interesting the layout of the pages are. You'll have people who go out of the frame and over another frame, or even one that goes out of a frame and behind another frame. It's very impressive and nothing something that I feel many mangaka do and/or do well. (I've been re-reading Mink and a lot of the time the pages are so busy I have a hard time telling what's going on.)
~I've also noticed that, because it's hand-drawn, it's not always perfect; this isn't a complaint, just an observation. It's meant that I've passed on a few images that I knew would look bizarre if stitched since they looked a little bizarre just drawn
~There are SO many pictures of Chibiusa that are just perfect for stitching. Which is rather ironic because I don't really care for her. (Nothing against manga-Chibiusa but I saw anime-Chibiusa and that has forever affected my view of her.)
~How in the world am I going to do Super Sailor Moon's fuku? I mean, it's beautiful, but the colors change and blend into one another and I'm not sure how I'm going to make that effect come across in my embroidery.

WIP: Sailor Moon: Usa/Luna Pop-Out Pillow

So, here it is, the beginning of the pop-out pillow.

Here's my half-done embroidery of Usagi kissing Luna:
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Here's the sketches of the pillows; the cat will be on one side, the bunny on the other. The heart will pop out and will have the embroidery on it. One side will have Usagi kissing Luna, the other side will have Luna attacking Usagi (see icon):
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The reason that I started with that particular picture, of Usagi kissing Luna, was for a couple different reasons. It was my first Sailor Moon embroidery and I wanted to start with something that was semi-simplistic, before going on to the more complicated pictures. My plan is actually to just work my way through the manga, starting from the beginning and working toward the end, figuring that as Ms. Takeuchi grows as a mangaka, so will I as a stitcher. As for why it became a pop-out pillow, I just thought it would be hilarious to have a pillow with a heart cutout that has this kiss on the front and this fight on the back. ;)

Stitchery Item Ideas

These are things that I eventually want to either make and/or stitch on.

Italicized items are those that I have worked on or are currently working on:
  • Shaped Pillows -- example: a crescent moon with Sailor Moon stitched on it or a black cat shaped pillow with a human Luna stitched on it
  • Art/Pictures -- to hang on walls
  • Xmas Ornaments
  • Scarves
  • Clothing
  • Aprons
  • Bookmarks
  • Lampshade
  • Quilt
  • Pillow
  • Pillowcases
  • Pop-Out Pillow -- a pillow that is actually made of two pillows, one that can go inside the other
  • Purse
  • Laptop Bag/Messenger Bag
  • Beach Bag/Shopping Bag
  • Coasters
  • Draft Stopper -- a long tube that you push against the bottom of a door to stop drafts
  • Mittens
  • Winter Hats
  • Soft Sculptures
  • Picture Frams
  • Baseball Caps
  • Clock
  • Bathrobes
  • Wallet
  • Room divider
  • Window curtain
  • Shower curtain
  • Wall hanging that dangles -- kind of like a baby mobile but more grown up
  • Other types of hats -- would do ribbon to put around the hat or something along those lines
  • First aid kit (Rei from Eva with bandages or cute Usagi dressed like nurse)
  • ...more ideas to come...

    If you have anything that you think should be on here that's not, let me know! If any of these items really interest you, then let me know and I'll keep them in mind while I'm stitching. At the moment, most of the time I find a picture that I want to stitch and then figure out what what it would look best on.

About Me

Who are you?
My name is Marie M. S. I live in Chicago, IL with my husband and my two cats. I'm 24-years-old and love to be creative, whether it's in writing or stitching. If you're interesting, you can find my writing and personal journal at followingwords. All personal posts are friends locked, but the writing is available for all to read.

How and when did you start stitching?
Around the end of 2010 I ran across Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray and fell absolutely in love. I'd been cross-stitching since high school but had always thought embroidery would be too hard, not to mention that it was never very exciting. And then I saw Doodle Stitching and fell in love with the idea of just stitching whatever I want; it had never occurred to me before that I could make my own patterns, being only used to cross-stitch (and to some extent knitting) where you have to have a pattern. I instantly fell in love and started stitching. Then, about mid-2011, I realized that there was no reason I couldn't combine two things I love, anime/comics/movies/video games/etc with embroidery, and then share those things with people who love them as much as I do.

About SewByMoonlight

SewByMoonlight is a journal dedicated to the embroidery of Marie M. S.

NOTE: The majority of the information and posts will go on my other blog. I am mostly using this page as a way to keep in contact with the wonderful livejournal groups that I am a part of.

Currently working on: Calvin and Hobbes Tie ~ Guinea Pig Wedding Picture

Recently finished: Calvin and Hobbes Sweatshirt

On hold: Sailor Moon pop-out pillow

All images of embroidery, unless otherwise noted, are copyright Marie M. S. The images that are embroidered are copyright their respective creators. If you want to use the pictures of my embroidery, all I ask is that you credit me and inform me that you're doing so.
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