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261  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Past Featured Projects and Interviews on: April 08, 2009 09:01:11 PM
This piece is absolutely amazing! I know I say that all the time but it is truly unique! Take a look! Thank you wherethewild-you rock!

1. Tell me a little bit about the project.

This is a stumpwork piece, which is an old English technique used to create 3D embroidery. Actually it's only mostly stumpwork... I've been a bit carefree with the methods I've used. I love tattoos and really wanted to do some embroidered ones but wanted to create more than "just" a picture in thread- hence the attempt to give it some dimension. Stumpwork ends up looking kinda hard, but actually it isn't - there are only four different stitches in this project and they're all basic ones anyone can do.

2. Tell me a little about yourself

I'm a 33 yr old Australian expat who lives in Berlin, Germany. I've been here almost 10 years, have a mongrel dog and a German husband who is slowly developing a sense of humour. I was a research scientist, but am now more in the business side of pharma. A few years ago I decided to try and set up an stitching business called Stitchalicious, then didn't do much about it. The amazing response about this project has made me get off my butt and actually start it now. I also write - blogging about Berlin for PlanetEye, and am trying my hand at fiction. So far I pretty much suck at it, but I guess that means I can only improve!

3. What/who inspires you?

In terms of embroidery itself I'd say Jane Nicholas and Tracy Franklin. Jane's an Australian stumpwork expert whose work is fantastically executed and she's been the driving force behind bringing stumpwork back in vogue. Although most of her designs are slightly old fashioned for my taste, just check out her amazing beetles and dragonflies! Tracy's an English goldwork expert who does beautiful things with gold covered threads and does more experimental work as well.

In regards to art inspiration... I really don't know. I don't have any set tastes, preferred genres or styles. Caravaggio to Banksy.. it's open season there.

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?

I have no idea when I started... somewhere around the age of ten I guess. I was pretty much a pure cross stitcher until I started getting into other techniques about eight years ago. My mother was a sewing teacher, so that's where I learnt it. I'm only a very average sewer (and don't even try me on knitting -terrible!), so it's just as well I can embroider a bit or I'd shame her totally.

And a final question......
What is your favorite childhood memory
When I was younger we lived on a sheep farm. When Dad would corral the sheep for drenching or tailing etc, he'd inspect them one by one and let them out though a narrow corridor, but before letting them go he'd put one of us kids on the back (I was about 5 yrs old). We'd then go rodeo riding on a sheep for about 5 metres, fall off and run back to do it all over again.

262  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Vote for your Favorite on: April 03, 2009 03:41:49 PM
It's voting time! Vote for your favorite entry in The One Pattern, Many Stitches Needlework Challenge. Each person gets one vote and the winner will be announced April 9th. Mucho Thanks to everyone who entered. It's gonna be hard cause all of the entries are so awesome!

263  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Puppy BBQ on: March 04, 2009 07:37:24 PM
I found this super cute pattern and had to stitch it on an apron. I am trying to get my husband to do an action shot Cheesy
264  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / March Featured Project and Interview on: March 03, 2009 07:29:30 PM
Hi All!
It's that time again! This month we have a great guy-he is super talented, does a lot to help promote Craftster and always has kind words to say. You know him, you love him.....Mr. XStitch!


1. Tell me a little bit about the project.
I got the idea for this piece when I bought a load of picture frames from a charity shop. Quite a few of them already had cross-stitch in them, and I didn't want to just throw them away. Clearly someone had spent time and energy making them and I thought they deserved a second chance.
With this Victorian couple the idea came to me fairly early on, but it took a while for me to work out exactly how I was going to execute the piece. I knew how I wanted the disco floor to look, having watched Saturday Night Fever a few too many times in the past, and I knew I wanted a glitter ball, and the rest just happened. I sort of cheated with the background, although the "bar" at the back kinda worked. I achieved the depth perception I was after, and the glitter ball came out okay, despite the struggle of using light effects threads! 

2. Tell me a little about yourself.
I'm Jamie, I live in Milton Keynes, England with my wife and three chickens. I manage an IT training team for a national children's charity for the day job, and then spend the rest of my time either a) campaigning on local political issues, b) running the town's farmer's market that my wife and I began five years ago or c) running the Mr X Stitch blog and pattern making empire.  Wink

3. What/who inspires you?
I get a lot of inspiration from the Needlecrafters on here, to be honest. Finding Craftster was like a revelation to me, finding lots of other people who wanted to make new and funky things. I was always dissatisfied with the content of the mainstream cross stitch patterns - I'm not into flowers and kittens playing with wool - and that was what drove me to start making my own patterns. Coming on Craftster opened my eyes to what else you could do, and I've also met some terrific people on here. Big love to all of ya!
I'm also fascinated by the politics of crafting, and the very principle that if you can make your own things, you are less reliant on the system. Growing your own food is a very powerful thing, as is making things for yourself, and I think these are important skills that we need to continue using. I know there's a craft revolution happening and I'm glad I'm on board.

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?
I've been stitching for about five years now. It started with a trip to Canada to visit the family of my wife - I wanted something to do on the plane and the justaposition between me (6 foot tall with a bald head) doing cross stitch was too good to miss. So I bought a pattern of an Art Nouveau woman and went from there. That piece is now framed and up in my Mum's house.
The thing that surprised me was how much I actually enjoyed stitching. I hadn't expected it to become such an important part of my life, but it is and I'm happy about that. I have an aspiration to do a degree in Hand Embroidery one day - possibly when the mortgage has been paid off - the thought of doing some high end Goldwork that says "Bastard" or something similar is really tickling my fancy!   Wink

5. What would you tell others who are just getting started?
Things I've learned over time - Make sure you're well lit (save your eyes!): use a frame if you can (for the tension); don't use shiny or light effects threads until you've had a bit of practice; and if it becomes a chore, put it down and do something else!

Bonus question: One quote that describes your life. Lots of people thoughout my life have told me: "You're so laid back you'll fall over" so I'll have that.   Wink

265  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / One Pattern, Many Stitches...... on: February 25, 2009 06:55:19 PM

One Pattern, Many Stitches.
Feb 25th-April 2nd
Voting April 3rd-8th
Winner Announced April 9th

Okay, so I lied, there are actually a few patterns.....
How do  you interpret the pattern? You can alter it any way you wish. It's totally up to you-have fun with it!

The Specifics:
Post your craft during the period of Feb 25th-March 25th pacific standard time. No sooner. No later.
Voting will happen from March 26th-March 31st.

On April 1st (pacific time) a winner will be announced

Each participant can enter ONE project.

The stitching can be any size and any style of needlework.

It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.

At the end, I will set up a poll and the winner will be announced

Please DO NOT post your completed Project on this thread.

Prize: To be announced (want to donate? Contact me)

I'm excited to see what everyone creates!

266  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tinted Vintage Lady Pillow-Image heavy on: February 19, 2009 03:25:15 PM
I love tinting so much and found this wonderful old pattern. I blew it up and drew it directly onto the pillow.

Without the pillow stuffings Cheesy

With the pillow

Close up's

267  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / February Featured Project on: February 11, 2009 08:08:32 PM
This month's feature comes to us from Urka. Enjoy the Law and Order: SVU onsies Chung Chung Cheesy

1. Tell me a little bit about the project.
I have a probably unhealthy fixation on Law & Order: SVU. Like, have written a drinking game (Stabler just beat up a perp! Drink!), the text message sound on my phone is the familiar CHUNG CHUNG. That kind of thing. Anyway, my best friend Sarah, with whom I used to watch the show all the time, just had a baby. For her baby shower I had embroidered a onesie with the face of original Law & Order's Lennie Briscoe, played by Jerry Orbach. One train of thought lead to another and I immediately decided I needed to do an entire set of the SVU cast. I really like picturing Sarah rolling little Sophia through the grocery store some day and someone looking over and noticing that this baby has a pink Ice T face on her shirt.

2. Tell me a little about yourself
My name is Erica and I live in Dayton, Ohio with my fiance and two cats, Chewbacca and The Artful Dodger. I would be a high school English teacher if I had been able to find a job this year (which I didn't, sad). I have been dabbling in all sorts of different realms of the crafting world since I first taught myself to crochet in high school. I play the ukulele and am a member of the Gem City Rollergirls. I don't like lettuce on tacos.

3. What/who inspires you?
I would say a lot of my inspiration comes from pop culture. Currently I'm on a big kick with creating things having to do with animals or space. A lot of my things can be kind of eclectic, because I just tend to go with whatever is amusing me at the time.

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?
I taught myself how to stitch a few years ago in order to make some onesies for a friend who was having the baby, amusingly enough. After making those I sort of let it go to the wayside for a while but picked it back up with fervor this past summer. Honestly I'm pretty half-assed when it comes to this - I only know back stitch. I'm sure I could learn more, but I like the simplicity of the line drawing look to it.

5. If you could be any animal, what would it be?
A narwhal
268  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy Pineapples on: February 11, 2009 08:00:07 PM
This pattern is so cute. I couldn't resist doing it for a friend.
269  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Crafty Wonderland today-Sunday on: February 08, 2009 09:43:04 AM
Hey everybody,
Don't forget that Crafty Wonderland is today at the Doug Fir. I'm thinking about heading down there to check it out.

270  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Black Apple Towel on: February 03, 2009 10:38:52 PM
I made this towel for a friend of mine. I love Black Apple and hope she does too.

The whole towel

Left side of towel

Right side of towel

The middle of the towel (the blurb near the girl is a bird-the towel is folded)

I am really happy the way it turned out.
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