Okay so for people who cross stitch i have a question. I am working on a little bit bigger than i am used to project. It’s the nights watch oath from game of thrones. Right now I have it in a big hoop, i didn’t know if it would hurt to put it in a smaller hoop to make it easier to work on. Any suggestions?
If you’re terribly worried, take it off the hoop whenever you’re not stitching. It won’t hurt the stitches if you don’t, but it will probably make it harder to iron out the creases in the fabric.
In a rare interview, Hayao Miyazaki talks about why his latest movie The Wind Rises — which is opening with an English-language version in the U.S. this weekend — is also his last.
When The Simpsons paid tribute to animation legend Hayao Miyazaki in January, the video quickly went viral, becoming the third most viewed Simpsons clip on YouTube ever, with nearly 10 million views.
Miyazaki, however, was not one of them.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t seen that,” the 73-year-old filmmaker told BuzzFeed earlier this month, in a video call conducted with a Japanese translator. “Actually, I don’t watch that much TV,” he added with a laugh. “I don’t know how to use the internet, as well. Someone gave me an electronic dictionary, and I’m just trying to find out how to use it right now.”
Anyone familiar with Miyazaki’s astonishing body of work will recognize in that answer one of the central themes of his films: the tension between a simpler way of life — where one looks up words in old fashioned dictionaries — and the relentless drive of technological progress. That theme is malevolently present in Miyazaki’s medieval fantasy Princess Mononoke, the first of his films that most Americans saw in a movie theater when it opened in a limited release in 1999. That theme is woven into the fanciful world of Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award in 2002 for Best Animated Feature Film, and is the highest grossing film of all time in Japan. And that theme is even front and center in one of Miyazaki’s earliest features, 1984’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, an adaptation of one of his popular manga comic books.
It is a theme that is most heartbreakingly present in Miyazaki’s latest feature animated film, The Wind Rises — which, he announced last fall, is also his last. A historical epic based largely on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the aeronautical engineering genius behind Japan’s deadly Zero fighter plane in World War II, the film’s elegiac tone certainly makes for a fitting culmination to Miyazaki’s 50-year career. (The film, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, opens in the U.S. today in limited release, with an English-language dub featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mae Whitman, and Mandy Patinkin.) It wasn’t until Miyazaki had completed the film, however, that he says he realized he would retire from feature filmmaking.
“I really felt that this was the maximum that I could give to produce an animated film,” he said. “The work of animation is building up bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar. I felt I wouldn’t be able to put [up] another brick.”
Gonna go watch Spirited Away and cry for days