Wednesday, September 26, 2012

End of the World

As we know it, and I feel fine (so far.) Regarding the Little Alien Schoolgirl sampler, I believe I've got this top corner figured out now and I'm sorry to report that it's a little ominous.  The long blue thingy with legs is obviously a sandworm. If you watch any of those outer space documentaries (Dune, Return of the Jedi, Tremors, etc.) you are aware that space is rife with them.

In doing some research, I found that other scientists had been trying to make some taxonomical comparisons between different types of sandworms, but it's all pretty sketchy. The exact breed/species of this one is unknown. (Graph courtesy of

Oh to know if the series of bars underneath is tied to the sandworm motif or was just placed in tragic arbitrary proximity. In attempts to decipher this motif, I started with the very simple idea that there were only two shapes used - a single vertical bar and a double horizontal bar. Given how many numbering systems use a similar one potato/two potato symbol, I substituted a number 1 for the single vertical and the "2" for the pair. So it could read: 2  1  1  2  1  2, or perhaps as paired numbers: 21/12/12.  This sequence of numbers might not have any immediate fear factor for those living in the United States, where we list our calendar dates with the month code first.  But most other places, including Central America (home of the Maya Civilization,) use the more logical "smallest division/bigger division/biggest division" method.

You've all heard about the Mayan calendar (not to be confused with the Aztec calendar that looks like circle upon circle of intricate symbols with a centrally placed God Dude sticking out his tongue) and that coincidentally (or not) it goes up to 21 December, 2012.

So was this sampler sent back in time to warn us that sandworms would be our ultimate undoing, and that the Mayans were privy to the date?  Judging from the date on the sampler, an awful lot of years ending in "12" have passed by the time of its stitching. I am actually somewhat embarrassed for Ms. Dala. Did we not learn ANYTHING from Y2K?  At some point in the future do we stupidly revert back to using two year date codes?

It's just like an odometer rolling around. Is it the end of the old pickup truck automatically one mile past 99,999? That's all that happens this December with the Mayan calendar. Our katuns and baktuns and the other Mayan calendar divisors all roll over. Are we so frightened that we start seeing coincidences everywhere? At what point do they stop being coincidences and become part of some larger conspiracy? Yeah, I'm sure those gold and green blocks must mean something else.

Not much time - you'd better get stitching.


  1. I love your sampler. I do not really do much cross stitch, but I did have to talk about your sampler on my blog:

    I am looking forward to whatever you can tell us about Amy G. Dala. I can't help but notice her name bears a striking resemblance to a Queen from one of the documentary series you reference in this article.

    1. Thanks for the shout out, Mary Ruth! You've got a fun blog with all sorts of stitching going on. I like the new stitch Tuesday idea. Frankly, before this sampler I've never really done much with reproductions either. Re: the sampler girls name- I've got two theories I'm chasing down. Glad to see you are well-schooled on appropriate documentaries of this sort.

  2. This is such a cool thing to do with a design. I've got a smile a mile wide.

  3. This is THE BEST thing to happen in cross stitch in a long time! Thank you! I am making this my next project and I'm going to put your printed blog posts inside the frame so future generations (if there are any!) can benefit from your research.

  4. Ohhh noooo better get stitching then, so much to do so little time. Love the sampler.. even if they are sandworms.

  5. Fall greetings to everyone and hello from an Amish community in Pennsylvania. Richard from Amish Stories.

  6. I've just ordered this from Crafty Kitten, Dawn is such an enabler! I'm copying Shelley's idea too.
    I'm really enjoying hearing all about the research you've been doing.