My aunt gave me a bunch of banded huck towels and showcase towels from when she used to cross stitch. I used two to make a friend some sushi towels http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365355.0
I recently met up with a friend of mine at a place he calls "The Red Rooster." I drove there thinking it was a bar, but I was shocked that it was a private home. Apparently, this home has a bar in the basement that has a rich history. Initially set up sometime during the mid-20th century, the bar was a speakeasy for blacks to visit because they weren't permitted in the white-only bars in the area. Stupid Jim Crow laws.
The present owner bought the house in the late '90's I think; the basement was so cluttered, neither he nor the real estate agent knew the bar existed. I didn't get the entire history of the place, but it did receive an update in the 1970's, complete with a badass antique fridge and delightfully tacky wood paneling. The best thing: the owner has a huge collection of classic vinyls. The Red Rooster could almost be a museum!
I made him this.
It took me maybe 8 hours. I think I might redo where it says "red rooster bar," raise it up a few stitches--it's currently lined up to match with the logo I created above the rooster, but I don't think it looks good as it is. I found the rooster with a quick image search of "cross stitch rooster."
The border is not lined up within the whole space of the "showcase area" or whatever it's called because the last four stitches on the bottom are really short. I raised the whole pattern and decided to sign it outside the pattern to keep the image as a whole more centered in the rectangle.
Hope you like it, tell me what you think!