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« on: March 11, 2011 10:52:08 PM »

My aunt gave me a bunch of banded huck towels and showcase towels from when she used to cross stitch.  I used two to make a friend some sushi towels

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I recently met up with a friend of mine at a place he calls "The Red Rooster."  I drove there thinking it was a bar, but I was shocked that it was a private home.  Apparently, this home has a bar in the basement that has a rich history.  Initially set up sometime during the mid-20th century, the bar was a speakeasy for blacks to visit because they weren't permitted in the white-only bars in the area.  Stupid Jim Crow laws.


The present owner bought the house in the late '90's I think; the basement was so cluttered, neither he nor the real estate agent knew the bar existed.  I didn't get the entire history of the place, but it did receive an update in the 1970's, complete with a badass antique fridge and delightfully tacky wood paneling.  The best thing: the owner has a huge collection of classic vinyls.  The Red Rooster could almost be a museum!

I made him this.



It took me maybe 8 hours.  I think I might redo where it says "red rooster bar," raise it up a few stitches--it's currently lined up to match with the logo I created above the rooster, but I don't think it looks good as it is.  I found the rooster with a quick image search of "cross stitch rooster."

The border is not lined up within the whole space of the "showcase area" or whatever it's called because the last four stitches on the bottom are really short.  I raised the whole pattern and decided to sign it outside the pattern to keep the image as a whole more centered in the rectangle.

Hope you like it, tell me what you think!
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2011 02:55:10 AM »

That's neat, I'm sure the owner would love it! I would move the text up if it were me, it seems kind of awkward down there. Either way, it's still really cook looking.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2011 05:01:05 AM »

 A great  story and a nice bit of cross-stitch. You're absolutely right about moving the text - a bit up and over would fit it in nicely so that the bottom of "bar" would line up with the lower toe.  But I'm curious about your signature. Isn't MMXXI 2021?

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2011 06:12:33 AM »

Wulf - Stitchmond is my pseudonym, and my initials are MM, so the date is--oh crap, I got the date wrong......gonna have to fix that.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2011 07:30:32 AM »

It looks great. I agree, what a wonderful story.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2011 11:50:02 AM »

i think it's a great story and also i think you are right about moving the words.

ETA: the rooster looks good, too... really bold and nice.
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2011 12:52:35 AM »

That's amazing Cheesy both the history of the bar and the stitch Cheesy love the stitch, the rooster is really cute, or maybe I should say rocks Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2011 08:09:33 PM »

Here it is all fixed.  Thanks for the views and comments.  On a related note, I have since been back to The Red Rooster and I rocked the house by playing The Ramones' Road to Ruin album.  I rule.

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