PLEASE NOTE: though i believe that crafting is inherently political, and that needlework is one of the best crafty ways to get your message across, i TOTALLY respect craftster's wishes to keep the discussions on topic, i can't imagine the riot that all of our varying politics would create! Please refer to kittykill's post
about off-topic comments, and feel free to come bitch, complain, discuss or agree on my blog
instead! (specific posts about healthcare, zines, and the word pimp are here
)The Healthcare Debate is Simple Really.....
i'm obviously being slightly facetious with this piece, since people die in every country. but at the same time, i'm really not. i did a whole bunch of babbling about my personal experience of losing a friend to a treatable illness due to her low income status, and my position as a Canadian about healthcare, it's all on my blog
the stitching is rather simple, back stitch for the country outlines, and tiny tiny stem stitch for the words. Zinesters Do It For Love!
this piece was inspired by a few things.
the first, and the main, inspiration for this is something that i've been seeing for quite a while, and something that's been bugging me for quite a while, and i've blogged a whole bunch about it here - zines aren't supposed to make money.
and the second inspiration, which is much more mellow, was those awesome 70s ringer tees with the glittery slick iron ons with phrases like "teachers do it with class", "football players do it in the end zone", "seniors do it better", etc. i found one for a friend years ago that said "musicians do it with rhythm", and i've loved them ever since.
i tried something a little different for this - i wanted to cross stitch the words, but i didn't have waste canvas small enough. i also wanted it to be a little less perfect than cross stitch usually is. so i used a cross stitch font! the font is called Home Sweet Home
, and it's from 1001fonts.com
. i typed it out in a word document, 42 point size, and then trimmed a piece of tear away stabilizer to 8.5"x11" and printed it right onto the stabilizer.
it was so freaking easy, i don't know why this never occurred to me before! i use tear away stabilizer for a lot of my stitching, because my stitches are so bloody tight that they tend to pull on the fabric if i'm not careful. the stabilizer helps with that,plus, it's way easier to transfer patterns onto than dark fabrics!
after i'd printed the words out, i used a pencil and traced an image of a typewriter on the stabilizer.
that's actually one of the typewriters in my collection, and i had fooled around with the photo in photoshop awhile ago, making it outlines only, so it was easy to trace. it's mostly all backstitch with 2 strands, except for the keys, which are single strand, and the typebars, which are chain stitch with 2 strands.Saying Pimp Doesn't Make You Sound Cool, It Makes You Sound Ignorant
though this last piece is the one that started my recent spate of political pieces, and is one that i've been planning since at least january, and am very proud of, it's also the most frustrating piece, and the hardest to write about.
this piece is in direct response to the crafty/diy community, and the language we use. i wrote about the inappropriateness of this word on my blog, and also about my concerns publicly posting a piece that criticizes the community, so i really really hope you'll take a few minutes to read my post
, and maybe rethink the slang terms that have crept into our language.
completely off the political topic, and onto the embroidery itself....
this piece uses stem stitch, back stitch, french knots, and chain stitch.
as i was doing the french knots, i was asking myself whatever possessed me to chose them... and thanking myself for choosing to use them on the shortest word!
i wrote out the phrase in a word file, choosing different fonts for each part.
the orange stem stitched words are "tall paul
", pimp is "curlz mt
", cool is "arnprior
", and ignorant is "goudy stout
as usual, if you click on the pics, it will take you to flickr, where you can see the stitching in better detail.
comments and criticisms are totally welcome, just remember to stay on topic, and head on over to my blog for the off-topicness!