I would say it took my about 10 hours, with Christmas movies, since I'm a bit slow with the stitching (seed/back stitch and French knots). I enjoyed myself, though! The result, with a quarter placed for scale:
I've recently realized that I LOVE cross stitch and so I've been practicing, having fun, and trying to get better.
I stitched these two as gifts for two different friends. Each is just basic cross stitch, but took me a week or so of evenings watching Battlestar Galactica and Bright Star to finish. While I've still go to put the finishing touches on their appearances, all the stitching is done. Both are quotes that the friends and I have shared...Fun times!
This first one is a quote from the movie Prince of Persia (a, ahem, guilty pleasure). It's good life advice, don't you think? The pattern for the bird is adapted from one in the Reader's Digest Big Book of Cross Stitch Designs:
I just recently fell in love with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and I'm only halfway through season two, so I've got a long way to go). I was quite taken with the necklace worn by the character Drusilla, in the episode School Hard, and I decided to take a shot at replicating it for myself.
My version, using a mix of swarovski pearls (almond and red), glass pearls (white), and small white beads as spacers (imitating the sort-of "knots" you get between actual pearls in a typical strand):
My sister, friend, and I all made t-shirts to go to the Order of the Phoenix on opening night - we had SO much fun! I've never used iron on transfers before - who knew they were so fabulous!
Anyway, my sister's (left) has a picture of Helena Bonham Carter and says "Bellatrix is a wench". (!!) Mine (right) has Snape and says "I go for bad boys". My friend's isn't picture, but had "Give her hell, Peeves". Super fun! Only unfortunate part is that we were allowed right in the theatre to sit down instead of standing outside like we'd done for all the other movies, so we couldn't be admired... *tear* lol
Oops, forgot to mention that the Snape picture came from the "Stencilry" website (and the Bellatrix photo came from Wikipedia)
Possibly I will be able to post better photos later on. Thanks for looking!
For my school's Dry Grad (all night fun and games at the arena, pool, etc.) the theme was "Old Hollywood". We traced this off an overhead onto two wooden panels, painted them with tempera paint and outlined with sharpie marker. A grad dad talented with a jigsaw cut out the faces ... and voila!
So we (family and I) went out last Saturday night to see Stuart McLean record two shows of "The Vinyl Cafe". It was the first time that the show had come to northern Canada and we were so excited! I stayed up late into the night to stencil this shirt for myself to wear. It went over well (thank goodness, I had this terrible fear that he would be insulted or something...) and got a few good laughs (which was what I wanted.
The picture came from the Internet but is also found in one of his books. The font is just off Microsoft Works. Also, you can see on the shoulder (my left, your right) that I got his autograph too. It was awesome!
The Vinyl Cafe (http://www.cbc.ca/vinylcafe/) is a weekly, radio show nationally broadcast on CBC radio. It is recorded in different cities all over Canada and always features local musicians/performers. Stuart McLean also writes fabulous short stories about a fictitious Toronto family (and their friends and family) and their adventures. I also heard it may be podcasted (is that correct? podcasted?) on the CBC website soon, so maybe you can listen in if you're interested but not in Canada.
I stenciled this one for my dad's birthday (using a font from the Internet and a stencil from "Stencilry"). I was inspired after thinking of the many times he's commented on how he has the strength of ten men.
In French class (first period) my friend commented on how uncomfortable her binders were for lying down on during class. So, for Christmas, I made her an official sleepytime binder. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out: I just cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than the binder, ironed the edges over (as opposed to hemming) and used tacky glue to attach it to the binder. I stuffed it with fibrefill from an old pillow and now, it's comfortable! Thought I saw the ide on Craftster somewhere but now I can't find it... Maybe I dreamed it, in any case I am proud of my creation. Tell me what you think...