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« on: January 09, 2011 07:59:37 AM »

My sister's... whatever he is (I call him my brother in law, even if it is legally incorrect) is one of the hardest people to shop for. And, I recently learned, one of the hardest people to get to know. He is a mechanic, super smart guy. He rebuilt his first transmission when he was 11. Yeah. He lives on 5 acres of cars. Yeah. I decided back in like June what I wanted to make for him for Christmas and since, like I said, he is hard to buy/make for I decided to run with it. I called my sister to ask his favorite colors/car/car colors... No help at all. I called a couple months later to see if she had managed to ask him... still no help. So in November I finally just called him. My original idea was to embroider a car with "my sister" laying on the hood in like a bikini or something. Talk about difficult! Here's how the convo went, vaguely (I am "J" he is "A"):

J: Hey, Allen, what's your favorite color for a car?
A: Oh, well I like reds or oranges. Or sometimes I like blues. Or on some cars...
J: OK, let me rephrase that. What's you're favorite car?
A: HA! You know I can't just pick a favorite car! My favorite car I own is my 240 Z. Or maybe it's the Roadrunner...
J: Let's try another approach. Let's get an ideal picture in your head. Close your eyes and imagine [my sister] laying on the hood of a car. What kind of car is it? What color is the car? and What color is she wearing?
A: Yeah, Jes, I'm not your typical motor-head. When I picture [your sister] and a car, I either see her driving it or in the passenger seat or handing me tools... I don't like the whole skimpy girls and cars things.
J: Well, I guess that's good, seeing as you're with my sister and all. Hmm....
A: How about this, my top 3 cars that I have a favorite color for are as follows: '68 Charger in black, '69 Chevelle in red with black stripes, or black with red stripes whichever, they're both awesome, and '70 Chevelle in blue with white stripes.
J: Really? a '69 AND '70 Chevelle?

See why I said he's difficult? Well, I researched (read: Google image searched) the Chevelles he loves and at first, I'll admit it, they looked exactly the same, but after staring at this screen for a few minutes I realized yeah, they are pretty different. I can see why he would specify between them. So I decided to do one of each for him for Christmas and frame them in the hoops so they would be facing each other. Well, I only got the one done, but it's OK because he wasn't there for Christmas anyway. He is a little anti-social and I think the idea of 20+ people in my mom's living room kind of freaked him out. As always. So he will get the '70 next year for Christmas.

So I guess I rambled enough. Here are the pics of the '69 Chevelle. I like taking pics after each color or milestone.

Yup, there's spot of black paint that got on it. I told him he can just call it an oil spot. Adds authenticity, right?

My sister called me a few days later and told me he really liked it. He liked how I stitched it to give the body curve and the metallic floss... it wouldn't have been right at all without the metallic "thread" as he called it. I hate metallic thread! But I did it for him. He's my favorite in-law, even if he doesn't come to Christmas (what's that say about the rest of my in-laws?). Also, it's good that I didn't get the second one finished because now I have next year's present for him! But man, that took a long time. Also, I learned from doing this one a couple things to consider about the next one. Like the side body, I shouldn't do it all in one long satin stitch, I should break it down into section like the car.

I don't know how long it took me, but it was a long time. I think it's in an 8" hoop for size reference. Mostly satin stitch.

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2011 08:36:35 AM »

that is pretty sweet! i have been checking out a bunch of hoops but i have never tried one... i would love to make an impala for my daddy... maybe one day  Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2011 08:47:12 AM »

Sweet! This makes me want to do my 79 Camaro... but I need more practice first lol. great job!

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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011 10:42:39 AM »

Gorgeous. Cheesy

One trick I've used on the ones that I did/have to do, that long satin stitch on. I'll take a single strand and in a place i know I have to put a detail over it I'll secure the treads in sections of 3-5 to piece.

It's hard to put into words I guess. I'll just take short perpendicular stitches where I know I'll be able to hide them. Sometimes you need that long stitch to make it look right.

Nice work. I can't wait to see the one for next year. As a "car guy" I get the it's impossible to pick a favorite, I'm glad you were able to find out some of his favorites.

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011 02:57:28 PM »

Wow this is really rad!  I love it!

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2011 06:29:41 PM »

That's gorgeous! So work-intensive! My sis would love one.

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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011 06:51:49 PM »

This is seriously cool!  Something inherently feminine but made for a man!  I can't wait to see next years gift!

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2011 08:03:25 AM »

This totally rocks!  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2011 08:27:05 AM »

Thanks everyone! I think this is the most replies I've ever had for a post!

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2011 12:34:07 PM »

Yep.  This definitely rocks. So amazing, so thoughtful, so crazy. I just love it.
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