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301  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / We have a winner! on: August 15, 2008 02:11:44 PM
We have a winner to the Summer Challenge

Zombiekilla's Self Acceptance!


Congrads and thank you to everyone who entered. It was so hard to choose. Everything was amazing.

Watch out for the Fall Challenge coming in September!
302  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Diner girl, sweets tea towel-image heavy on: August 14, 2008 01:40:59 PM
I made this for a swap that I am in. My partner really likes Sailor Jerry and pin up's so I thought this was a slight cross of the two. Sorry about the blurry pictures.
Whole towel

Each corner

303  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pin up pillowcase-image heavy on: August 14, 2008 01:31:59 PM
I just finished making the "Mine" of a "Mine and Yours" pillowcase set. I'm pretty happy with it so far.
The whole case

Each side

304  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Vervaco pillow on: August 13, 2008 10:05:05 PM
I ordered some pillows to make for presents. The company is Vervaco. Here's my dilemma. I thought it was needlepoint but the directions say cross stitch and the directions are translated from German so the English version is very choppy at best. The "thread" is yarn just like needlepoint and I tried the cross stitch method but it looks really bulky. When I did a normal needlepoint stitch it looks to thin. Any advice? As anyone used this company before?

Here's the pillow.
305  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Vote for the Summer Favorite Quote Challenge on: August 09, 2008 08:28:10 AM
It's voting time! We had so many amazing entries! Thanks to everyone who entered. It's so hard to choose.

The voting will go from August 9th-August 14th and you get ONE VOTE so choose wisely Wink.
306  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / August Feature Project and Interview on: August 05, 2008 08:40:06 PM
This month's featured project is from RachelKristin. Let's learn a little more about her and her amazing project.......

1. Tell me a little about the project
I'm a pretty big nerd & i absolutely love anything nintendo-related. I lurked around spritestitch.com for a long time before deciding to go ahead & try my hand at cross-stitching something. At the time I was going through a bit of drama & thought it would be better to put my negativity into something constructive! Mario flying, "rising above" his enemies seemed perfect to me!

2. Tell me a little about yourself
I live in lower Alabama, go to cosmetology school & manage the local Smoothie King. I'm a 25 year old kid & I can make a song out of anything. My favorite author of all time is Chuck Palahniuk. I really like reading & watching anything on serial killers but I promise I'm not a total weirdo. Smiley I have an insanely awesome husband! We look like brother & sister & it freaks everyone out. Oh, and I'm an Aries.  Cheesy

3. What inspires you?
Most of my work is inspired by tattoos, video games, human anatomy, feminism, four letter words, pinup girls...

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started.
I've only been stitching for about 3 years or so. My mother was an incredibly crafty woman & made most of mine & my brother's clothes. Sewing & embroidery was her livelihood for a long time. I guess it was kind of inherited! But the first time I became really interested in needlepoint was reading an issue of BUST magazine & seeing a cute little "Babies Suck" sampler. I was hooked from then on!

5. What would you tell inspiring needle craftsters.
Hmm..I would say just do it! Pick up that needle & floss and get to work! Create whatever inspires you. Practice. Be patient. Try new things!
307  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Hand made tattoo heart on: July 20, 2008 07:09:49 PM
I made this as a thank you for a very special person. I hope she likes it. I found an old frame and spray painted it red.
308  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Squirrel bib on: July 19, 2008 09:36:04 PM
This is the first time I tried embroidering on a bib. I think it turned out okay. I'm trying to figure out a way to cover the back so the stitches don't show.
309  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / check out the July Needlework featured artist! on: July 14, 2008 07:41:08 PM
Hi everybody~
Check out the July Needlework featured project and an artist interview.


Thanks to everyone who hit "this rocks" to help determine this month's project.

310  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / July Featured project and interview! on: July 14, 2008 07:37:06 PM
Hi all! This month's featured project is X-stitched Mario Bros 3 map from Cross Stitch Ninja. I thought it would be wonderful to find about a little bit about the project and the awesome artist!

1. Tell me a little about the project.
I'd been thinking for a couple of years about making a larger video game themed cross stitch. The ideas I had, like a complete level from Super Mario Bros 1, were simply too big. But since I couldn't let go of the idea I realised I had to figure out something similar, just a little bit smaller. The reason I chose Super Mario Bros 3 is it's both since one of the first games I ever played and is such a classic so it could represent the whole 8-bit nostalgia thing.

2. Tell me a little about yourself.

I'm 27 years old and live in Sweden. I love geekiness, like to watch horror movies although I shouldn't because I have to vivid imagination when it comes to monsters. I like to read, but at the moment I prefer magazines and newspapers for books and am on the constant search for the perfect one. Apart from geek craft I do radical stichings and am a contributor to the blog radicalcrossstich.c om.

3. What inspires you?
I'm inspired by both traditional and modern craft, I love to look at different techniques and try to figure out how I could use them in my work. Among other things that inspire me are street art and graffiti, stuff I hear or read, graphic design.

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

I grew up with a lot of people crafting around me and have been doing all sorts of crafts as long as I can remember. They've always encouraged me, and taught me to knit and embroider and let mess around in the carpenter workshop. So I owe a lot to my relatives.

I cross stitched when I was younger, but quit for a long time when i got tired of all the cutesy patterns. It wasn't until a couple of years ago, when cross stitches with a more radical bent started to turn up that I realised that "Hey, I can do that too! I don't need to settle with other people's designs". And that's where it really started.

5. What would you tell inspiring needle craftsters out there.

I'm not sure if I have any particular words of wisdom to share... The things I can recommend are the obvious: look around and see what others do, take note of things you like so you can go back for inspiration. Write down or make sketches of your own ideas. Even little scraps that you don't know what to do with right now can be useful in the future. Don't be afraid to try things out, even if they don't turn out as you thought you've learned something and next time it will go better.

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