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« on: August 27, 2010 08:06:50 PM »

So, as much as I'm sure my boss would love for me to be on my laptop working at all times (I'm an entertainment journalist so even when I'm watching TV I'm technically working), sometimes I need to accompany my viewing with something a bit less technological.

About 10 months ago I decided to do a doodle pillow using Urban Threads patterns as an exercise. My rules were simple: Whatever pattern I landed on was the next one I did, regardless of if I liked it or not. The goal was to play with colors and stitches and find a way to like it regardless.

I've been working on it off and on since then. The first couple weeks I was almost doing a design a day and it happened to be when a slew of Christmas patterns were posted, thus the wintery/Christmasy quadrant over to the bottom right.

There's still some little spaces that I can fit more into, but it's good enough to show off, so here it is. The whole shebang, followed by some of my favorite designs:

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Yeti latte:



Vampire humor:



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Sumo wrestler and Matryoshka:



At the start my husband was dubious and thought it was going to look silly and I would regret spending so much time on it in the end. But he now admits that it is indeed pretty awesome.

He's an art director/illustrator, so my next project is one of his drawings and doodles.

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010 08:18:47 PM »

Ah! I love it! You put loads of effort into it and it shows! Your stitches are far neater than anything I could do, great job! THIS ROCKS!
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2010 08:46:33 PM »

That is fantastic! I love the crazy mix of patterns.
I have a HUGE backlog of UT patterns (I won a $100 gift card from them...and I only do hand embroidery).  I may have to consider doing something similar, maybe on a skirt for my mannequin!
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010 08:47:12 PM »

That is freaking epic! I love it! Hmmm, dare I say it ROCKS.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010 08:55:40 PM »

This is amazing!!!  And it rocks!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010 08:55:56 PM »

What a great idea! I love the way it turned out. I've been doing random doodles of my own and you have inspired me to collect them on to one object! Awesome!!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2010 09:32:22 PM »

wonderful!!!
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2010 12:19:09 AM »

This is a great idea!  I often see patterns I would like to try out but I never know what to use it for.  This combining of random patterns to create something completely different is very original!  Well done!
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2010 06:45:34 AM »

That seriously rocks my  socks. AMAZING!
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2010 10:08:34 AM »

AMAZING! I wish I had the patience to get something like this done. So many little stitches and so much detail. Nice job!
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« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2010 12:07:15 PM »

Fantastic! Such great stitches!
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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2010 03:08:39 PM »

This is awesome! It seems like it would be an excellent way to use up all the embroidery patterns I have laying around! You may have inspired me to do something similar once all the TV shows start up next month!!
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2010 04:21:10 PM »

Love the variety of designs, from the very simple to elaborate (that matryoshka is awesome), but still with that continuity of the UT style.  Such nice stitching and colors.
It's always good when you can finish a plan and your husband can finally see where you were headed with it; mine usually doesn't understand my stitchy visions until they are complete.  Looking forward to seeing the piece with your husband's artwork.
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2010 06:58:20 PM »

 Cheesy  I love this!  The matryoshka, winter lady and the sock monkey reindeer are my favorites.  Beautiful job!

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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2010 04:12:28 PM »

Lovely work!!   Grin Grin Grin Your pieces are always awesome!
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« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2010 12:45:10 AM »

Ooh, this looks so cool!  I want to make something like this, although just making up my own things to add on it. 
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2010 03:19:17 AM »

that way ROCKS... great work and I love the random"ness" of it!!
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2010 05:34:53 AM »

This is so lovely! And a perfect way to try new stitches. Love the Yeti!
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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2010 09:52:09 AM »

I completely love the idea behind this! Great work.
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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2010 01:58:49 PM »

That's really cute and sounds like a fun project to try someday Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2010 06:10:43 PM »

Its so adorable, I really wish I could embroider, I have books, and the floss but I just suck majorly at it.
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« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2010 04:42:14 PM »

What a fun and creative project. I love how it all came out.
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« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2010 08:10:32 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2010 07:11:21 AM »

This is great! I love seeing a mix of different things all next to one another & wouldn't have thought it would work...but it so does! THis rocks!  Wink
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« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2010 03:50:58 AM »

I love this so much...you've inspired me to work on a similar piece. 

I'm hoping to go away on holiday next week and I'll take my sewing with me.   Grin
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« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2010 09:18:59 AM »

What a terrific idea!  Beautiful stitching on an awesome project.
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« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2010 09:25:48 PM »

This pillow is awesome. What a great  way to learn stitches. ooak!
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« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2010 10:34:01 AM »

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« Reply #28 on: October 03, 2010 06:49:31 PM »

That is probably one of the most BEAUTIFUL!!! pieces of embroidery I've ever seen.

You did a great job!
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« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2010 11:29:52 PM »

This is amazing. and i love it.
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« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2010 12:53:24 PM »

Woooooow!!! that is incredible!! So much detail  Shocked  You did a fabulous job,and it is such a great idea!!!
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« Reply #32 on: October 25, 2010 12:21:17 AM »

This is SO cool, GG!!  What a great way to use accumulated patterns.

I especially love the wintery girl -- is that seed stitch as the filling?  The matryoshka is pretty dang awesome too.
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« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2010 05:35:05 PM »

Really cool and a good idea!
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« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2010 03:56:53 PM »

wow, it is awesome.  Can't wait to see the one with your husband's drawings.
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« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2010 09:48:17 AM »

This looks like it was well worth the effort you put into it. Great job!
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« Reply #36 on: January 28, 2011 09:53:30 AM »

AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #37 on: February 02, 2011 08:25:30 AM »

LOVE THIS!  Great way to practice. I am a newbie to embroidery, but I even have DH starting. LOL
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This is so much fun and a great conversation piece.
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« Reply #39 on: February 14, 2011 11:11:39 AM »

i adore this.
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I love this, reminds me of some of the Laura Lees embroidery.
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