OK. I admit it. This post isn't going to be nearly as exciting as the title would indicate. I'm just having a bit of fun over-dramatizing this little project.
A year or so ago, my friend Tiffany reminded me that back in the day, 19-ish years ago, I used to point the Big Dipper out to her. I don't remember doing this, but it does sound like something I would do. She then admitted that all those times (I really hope it was, like, 3, otherwise I was a bigger dork back then than I thought), she only said she saw it, when really she didn't.
So, for her birthday this year, I whipped up this Big Dipper cross-stitch using some navy Aida and glow-in-the-dark thread. This way, she can't miss it.
I free-handed this project, something I have very little confidence in doing. Luckily, the Big Dipper isn't too complicated, and I guess I've been picking it out of the sky for years. I did pull up a clip art version of the stars online to reference while I was stitching.
Using the Aida was a bit frustrating, since I've been sticking mostly to linen lately (I forgot how stiff Aida could be), and the thread gave me troubles as well. I used all 6 strands on the big stars, but only 3 on the small stars and lines. The 3 lost its twist the second I separated it, so up close it's not as pretty as I would've liked. All in all though, it turned out pretty good (and, yes, it really does glow in the dark!).
This project reminded me why I craft. Making something meaningful for Tiffany, that has no meaning to anyone else, is an amazing feeling.