Red velvet for a vampire

A few months after I first started playing Dungeons & Dragons, one of the friends I made in my local game store invited me to play a session of Vampire: The Masquerade. Actually, it was a World of Darkness game where the Game Master mixed Vampire: The Masquerade, Mage: The Awakening, and Werewolf: The Forsaken into the same Chronicles of Darkness setting, and there was at least one character of each in the party. I chose to play a vampire.

My character was an apparently 11 year-old girl with long blonde hair and blue eyes, called Francisca. I later watched Interview with the Vampire and disappointedly realized how similar I had made my character to Claudia, without even having watched the movie (there is indeed nothing new under the sun). But I loved playing with her: she was friendly, but selfish; adorable, but spoiled; fun, but self-centered. I commissioned a portrait of her from an amazing artist and carried its print with me to the sessions.

Francisca, by Loic Bourgeois

As I’m sure my love for this character has become obvious, I believe you know where this post is headed: I made a dice bag just for her. Although Francisca’s fashion style was miles away from what is usually considered vampiresque, I decided to use traditionally vampire-themed fabric, such as red velvet, for her bag, to match her red and black dice sets, as you can see in the left picture below.

I had recently gone on a fabric and strings shopping spree, so I was free from the previous constraint of having to use old shoelaces for the drawstrings. Yet, the ones I used for this particular bag weren’t my best choice, being a bit too big. The black strip, despite being (I believe) extremely vampiresque, needed a much more experienced hand to sew it – after a few months, to my misery, it started to fall apart. However, the bag definitely served its purpose: it was fun to make and helped me learn more about sewing.


Unfortunately, I haven’t played Chronicles of Darkness in a long time. Since people’s schedule became incompatible with each other to keep playing on a regular basis, we decided to end its campaign. Thus, Francisca has been retired, at least for the time being, and her dice sets have been distributed amongst my D&D characters.

In my next post, I’ll take a break on the sewing posts for a while, and show you a little bit of another hobby of mine: photography. Until then, I encourage you, as usual, to try playing an RPG tabletop game. If Dungeons & Dragons feels like too much Lord-of-the-Ringsy, try finding a local game of one of the World of Darkness series, and play with a vampire, a mage, a werewolf, or any of the other options. It’s not as popular as D&D, but it can be just as fun! If you’re more of a videogames person, I have also heard good things about the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines videogame. Have fun!

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