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Topic: Domestic Violence Is Ludicrous.  (Read 7261 times)
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« on: October 12, 2009 07:01:26 PM »

I was really interested in completing this challenge when I saw it back in Sept, but I had a really hard time coming up with something to stitch for domestic violence awareness.  At the time I was also really interested in doing another stitch on the Beatrix Potter toile I'd worked on earlier this spring.  I couldn't see anything in the cute little critters dressed as country gentry that fit.  Then I noticed that these squirrels all running to get on rafts looked a bit like they were rallying against an enemy of some sort.  Hmmmm.  Shortly after I remembered I had some copyright-free images from Dover Publishing of the "War of the Worlds" alien invasion.  Hmmmmm.

My stitch is a metaphorical illustrating the inanity of the powerful attacking the less powerful.


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The alien invaders.


I used these 2 squirrels in dresses as nurses at the ready to help treat those wounded in battle. Something about the dresses seemed Florence Nightingale to me (which I have no idea if is historically accurate) and it also gave me a way to bring some color to that part of the piece.


I signed this hoping that I might be able to donate it to a fund raising event at some point.

The back to which I'll add some information if I donate the piece. It's stretched over wooden canvas stretchers and I wanted to hide the staples and knots and such.


The side is covered with some single-fold bias tape in black.


The title is stitched on the left side.


I was able to use only supplies I had on hand (part of my New Year's resolution for 2009). It's back stitch, satin stitch, split stitch and french knots.
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009 07:47:10 PM »

This is beautiful. As a DV survivor, it's brilliantly done!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009 09:34:46 PM »

LOVE THIS! So great! Thank you so much for entering a great piece.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2009 02:29:18 AM »

This is great! I really like the way it represents the pointlessness of violence, from domestic to international, and also industry versus nature, it seems to me. Great stitching too, the very small amounts of colour are very effective.
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2009 05:51:15 AM »

I love it!!!!  What a great combination of characters to get across your point.  So creative and brilliant!
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2009 06:36:12 AM »

That is just hysterical.  I recently finished reading the children's illustrated classic of War of the Worlds to my youngest (he loved it!  We are reading Around the World in 80 Days now)
I will have to remember to show this to him.  He might get a kick out of it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2009 09:13:45 AM »

Solitaire: Thanks so much!

kittykill: Aw, shucks. Thanks!

Angry Angel: Thank you! I feel really good about how you have to really look at it to see not only what's going on, but to see that the alien invaders are stitched.

nodakbex: Wow.  Thanks!

craftydeb: Thanks. It's hard for me to find something funny about domestic violence, so this felt like a way to make a viewer smile and then think.
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2009 11:34:50 AM »

This is so well done. i love the beatrix potter meets war of the worlds..brilliant!
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2009 12:20:22 PM »

This is spectacular.  I couldn't come up with a decent theme on this subject because I get so enraged about it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2009 12:44:31 PM »

This is so well done. i love the beatrix potter meets war of the worlds..brilliant!

Thanks! This Beatrix Potter toile inspires me!

This is spectacular.  I couldn't come up with a decent theme on this subject because I get so enraged about it.

Aw, thanks!  It's a hard, hard topic to craft about, I think. 
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