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1  Obama-style self-portrait in stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by turkproof on: February 21, 2010 10:43:28 AM
Hello everyone!  I've been working on something non-stop since my first project.  Everyone was just so wonderful about it, and it was my first project, and it was really amazing to see such wonderful responses.

I decided to work on something a little more ambitious, this time.  Enough prattling, though, I'll let the picture do the talking:



The completed project, in a five dollar frame from Wal-Mart.

Lesson: don't buy five-dollar frames from Wal-Mart.


THE INSPIRATION:

Obviously, everyone has seen the iconic image of President Obama:



Even though I'm not American, I love this image for its ease of recognition and the way it stirred so many people into giving a damn about politics.  It's so simple, but it hits you -- and just one word, one promise.  All it takes is one idea to get people thinking.


THE PROCESS:

The base image is a photo of myself from six years ago:



It's old, yeah, but it's the only one I have where I'm looking up!  Perhaps I'm not as... hopeful... as your dear president? Smiley

Last year during the campaign I used this image to make my own Obama-styled poster, which I still use on my Facebook page:



Why LABOUR?  I get that question a lot, actually.  I chose to promise LABOUR because I believe labour is an integral part of society, but its importance is often overlooked.  As workers, we don't own much... but we do own our labour.  This makes it just as, or even more, important than money.  However, when the importance of labour is minimized, the worker also suffers.  Our contribution to society is forgotten, washed away in a tide of capital and materialism, and we feel alienated from society.  It's a very Marxist argument, I know, but after working low-wage, low-importance, disposable jobs for so long, I keenly feel the importance of feeling like I at least own my own labour.

Scholarly diatribe over!  I took that image and made it into a pattern using Photoshop and this tutorial (careful, pop-up ad):



And then I stitched. And stitched. And stitched. For two weeks.

I stitched while watching movies.  I got through a whole season of Mad Men.  I stitched while out with friends. I stitched while playing World of Warcraft.  I even stitched in class, which my professor and classmates found infinitely amusing.

And finally, I ended up with this:



Which looks like this on the back:



ENHANCE:



So, that's that!  I hope you liked it and it inspires you to make your own!

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In the spirit of Craftster and in thanks for how wonderful you all were about my first project, I also offer my services in Photoshop:  if you have a picture you want made into a pattern but you don't have Photoshop, send it to me in PM and I'll make it into a bunch of ticky boxes for you.  It's actually really quite fun, and I don't mind~!  Just let me know approx. how many colors of thread you'd be willing to use.

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2  Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo: my first needlework (text NSFW) in Needlework: Completed Projects by turkproof on: January 27, 2010 01:25:57 AM
Hey all! This is more than just my first needlework, this is my first post -- EVER!  I wanted to be able to bring something to the boards before I posted something!  I'm not usually very crafty, but I have met some very crafty friends and it's rekindled my love for it.

When I was a little girl, my mom taught me how to embroider and crosstitch. I'd all but forgotten about it until recently. So, I sat down last night and knocked out my first needlework in a long time.  Here are some photos:

Final project (with my felted octopus for size -- he's about the shape of my fist)


Closer:


ENHANCE!:


In progress:



The text is by Catullus, a Roman poet, from Carmen 16.  The translation is available on the Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catullus_16), but I won't post it here because the text isn't safe for work. Unless you work at my office (hi guys!).

The gist of it is that Catullus is super choked that all of his poet buddies are making fun of his love poems, so he wrote in some detail about how he -- and his poems -- can still get it up.  So to speak.

Anyway, enjoy! I hope it inspires a rash of ironic lewd latin crosstitch!
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