An interactive mustache iPod sleeve. I used this really old fabric that my aunt gave me. It smelled like mothballs. I went with tan and brown to lend and old-timey, sepia feel. I thought about putting instructions on it like "1. grip here 2. press to mouth 3. quite" or just putting the word "quite" in Old English font. But then I thought about all the people who don't know the difference between "quite" and "quiet" and thought my message would get muddled.
is just a classy face. Top hat, monocle, 'stache. I've heard it looks like Mr Peanut, the Pringles guy, and the Monopoly dude. Whatever, it's just a dashing, uptown, stylish face.
It says "stitchmond" on the cassette tape label. I had originally wanted the red, yellow, and blue on the cassette tape to wrap around vertically and blend into the boombox on the back, but the spacing just didn't work. When I was done, it felt like something was missing from the boombox side, so I filled it in with those red vine flourishes-- it gives it an old-timey edge.
So I've been experimenting with typography in cross stitch a little and came up with this.
I used PC Stitch for the layout. The primary font is out there on the internet somewhere; it's on all those text message stitches, I just changed it a bit.
It's done on 14 count platinum color aida from Charles Craft with DMC colors 817 and 844. I think the border is 666.
Speaking of the border, here's a close-up of the corner embellishments.
It's the part I probably like best. I can't remember where I first saw those little floral-viney bits, but I fell in love with them, and now I put them on everything.
I used the border to fasten a layer of felt to the back. I intend in the next day or two to stuff it as a pillow, and I find the stuffing fibers tend to go through the fabric, so I'm hoping the felt will keep that to a minimum.
It took me all day on Sunday and I just finished the border tonight in a couple of hours.
Finally, the lyrics are to the song "Why Did We Fire The Gun" by Waldeck.
Here's the finished matching piece, and a photo of them side by side. They are unwashed and unironed, so cut me some slack.
There's a couple of empty spots to the left of the octopus and above the cheep cheep's tail that I'm not happy with, but I couldn't think of anything to put there. I decided not to sign them because I thought it'd look bad.
In between some big projects, I took Piet Mondrian's Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow and put it on a cover for an iPod Touch.
The image has no black stitches, so the black lines you see in the image are just the underlying fabric, giving it a bit of dimension. I was unsure what to put on the back, so I googled Mondrian quotations and found a doozy.
The whole project took me about 12 hours, which isn't too bad, but I stayed up until 4am one night working on it. That was stupid. I chose to go with black trim so that it wouldn't distract from the simple elegance of the image and the text.
By the way, the long, thin text is an original (I can give you the pattern if you like), and the other one comes from good natured girls book Alphabetical Order (ISBN 1-57486-752-0)
I saw these wicked meat charts by Jude Buffum while stumbling around the internet. http://judebuffum.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/koopa-its-whats-for-supper/ I had been trying to develop an idea for a gift for a friend when I realized these designs would be perfect for a showcase huck towel. My aunt gave me a bunch of towels and floss, so I got busy on this bad boy. It's the first part of a pair, but I just can't wait to show off my work. Of course, it's really Jude's brilliant illustration, so I can't take all the credit.
I had to tweak the design to make it fit in the space on the towel. I think I'll outline the figure and the sushi in black to make the ecru pop more...it kinda gets lost in the white of the towel as it is. I also think I'll border the piece with two backstitched lines of blue and red.
It's done in two strands of floss.
Finally, I'm a little worried about the stitches holding through repeated use. Do any of you have advice about how to secure the thread on the back of the piece? I just used an anchor stitch, stitching over the floss on the back, which is enough for my normal works. But with something that'll be washed repeatedly, I don't think it'll hold up. This one I can't change, but when I do the next one, what should I change to make it more permanent?
The inspiration for the border. You can see the red and blue shapes and light blue triangles. I made a whole border based on this Faberge fabric, but cut it back for this particular stitch. I went with orange (DMC 606 I think), blue (DMC 995), and green (DMC 700 maybe) instead of red, blue and light blue.