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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 30 Rock Jack Donaghy Quotation on: February 14, 2013 05:48:44 PM
I had a small portion of waste fabric from my latest work, so I showed my ambition and made a bookmark with it.  I'm running out of books to put all my bookmarks in, by the way.

On 14 count oatmeal aida with 3 colors: DMC 498, 798, and 996.  The big word is with 2 strands, the backstitching is a single strand.  I put my signature on the back.

I use 2 pieces of fabric and stitch them together with the border, thereby making a pocket within the bookmark.  I like using a sturdy wooden insert, like a tongue depresser, to seal up in the bookmark, which allows a reader to rest the bookmark under his or her thumb across the center of a book and keep the book open while he or she reads.  I was all out of wood, so I just put a bit of card stock in there (also the remnants of another craft, R-E-C-Y-C-L-E) to stiffen it up.

Any advice on hiding where I ended off on the back?  It always looks a little messy and I find it difficult to hide it on the inside.

Aww, nuts, I just realized I forgot to date it.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Wifi QR Code SSID/WPA2 Sampler on: February 03, 2013 12:39:32 PM
Love it!

Praise from Caesar!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wifi QR Code SSID/WPA2 Sampler on: January 20, 2013 09:12:08 AM
If you don't understand the title, it just means that I stitched a scannable QR code for both Android and iPhone onto a sampler displaying the name of a friend's wifi network and encryption password.

On 14 count oatmeal colored aida with 6 colors: DMC 310, 815, 931, 987, 435, 728.

I think this is the third one of these I've finished.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Another WEP Key Sampler on: August 10, 2012 07:53:19 PM
Thanks! I choose my colors with an eye for antique-y hues. I think the green came out too bright in this one. I think it's DMC 703, shoulda gone with a darker forest green or olive color. The brown is 434, the red is 815 I think, the blue is 931 and the gold is 783.  Choosing an oatmeal aida helps give an aged look too.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Another WEP Key Sampler on: August 09, 2012 05:40:05 PM
Just wrapped up this sampler today, been working on it for about a week.  It's one strand of DMC floss on 14 count oatmeal colored aida.  Motifs borrowed from some antique sampler patterns.  It shows myself and my roommate with the name I coined for our apartment (also the name of our wireless internet SSID).  Our tiny dog is pictured next to the house.

The poem and the signature line are typical in antique samplers.  Usually the signature line would say something like "Abigail Goodwife her work aged 9" so I find it the acme of hilarity for it to say "HIS work aged 31."
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Iron by Wookid lyrics in cross-stitch (song used in Assassin's Creed trailer) on: March 15, 2012 10:28:58 PM
I'm always looking for song lyrics to stitch up and was going to do an "Iron" piece.  Great work!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Abbey Road Pillow on: February 10, 2012 05:45:48 PM
Bad news, friends.  Sad

This pillow never made it to its destination.  I mailed it away almost three weeks ago, heading from Richmond, VA, to Fort Mitchell, KY.

That's the last time I use the US Postal Service.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Catherine of Aragon Blackwork [pic heavy] on: January 29, 2012 08:10:16 PM
What is this "the Blackwork Archives" you speak of?
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Abbey Road Pillow on: January 24, 2012 08:17:55 PM
Enough with lyrics on pillows, how about album covers?

I pixelated Abbey Road and the Beatles' logo and came up with this.

It's blue because I have a ton of DMC 996.  On 14 count cream colored aida, stuffed with polyfill and backed with a fat quarter of black and blue fabric.

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: More lyrics in a pillow! on: January 06, 2012 11:33:10 PM
This is an extremely wonderful idea! When you used your stitching program, did you handwrite the letters using backstitching feature or is there a specific font that allows you to do backstitching text?

I love how you mixed up the colors to focus the meaning. Well done!

PC Stitch allows one to create fonts, whether backstitched or cross stitched.  Once I "drew" the font into their font creator, it was simply a matter of selecting the font tool and typing.  The words had to be rearranged on the pattern to get them to align properly.
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