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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Graffiti Embroidery No.3-Swoon on: January 17, 2009 06:42:15 AM
This was for a personal swap for a fellow craftster, who requested a piece by artist Swoon.

This is an overall piece of what I came up with. It's 12 X24, stretched onto a canvas frame. It's on brick red vinyl, with a few pieces of thin red vinyl patchworked over it. I lined the front of the piece with those chair tacks, Ala BrookeOwens, to make a frame.
This is the original:
As you can see, I took the outline and kind of ran with it. I didn't want to do all that fill in!
Here's a bunch more pics:

The thin red vinyl I pieced over the thicker vinyl caused some wrinkles. But I think a graffiti piece invites imperfections.
Here's the hand/face.

Bottom left:

Bottom right:

close up of my signature and chair tacks:

So this was ALOT of work- about 2 months of figuring out how I was going to translate this piece to embroidery, how I was going to get that picture transferred onto the vinyl, what stitches to use, and when to stop. I learned alot though, and was sad to see it go. Hopefully, my swap partner will post her work she sent to me, it's awesome! Thanks for looking!

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bigfoot "self portrait"- You want come in for drink, maybe? on: October 20, 2008 12:20:21 PM
Bigfoot latest craft homage to Graham Roumieu, who write about your truly. This birthday present for Bigfoot biggest fan.
During cold month, Bigfoot enjoy craft in cave. Not because Bigfoot lonely, but because Bigfoot too creative to sit idly by while world in need of beauty.

Take moment. Notice how medium of needlepoint capture Bigfoot cuddliness but not Bigfoot stink.

Bigfoot therapist say needlepoint good for lessen Bigfoot rage. More needlepoint mean less I-crush-you-skull like egg. Enjoy.
Here original. Good likeness, no?

In the progress:

13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Robbing the Bank-sy-#3 in embroidered graffiti series on: October 20, 2008 08:08:11 AM
I've seen some amazing Banky cross-stitches here; his work lends well to cross stitch. Here's my humble embroidered deposit into the bank(sy) (whoa, I am punny. Roll Eyes)

It's a maid stenciled onto a white brick wall, with the "tromp l'oeil" effect of her lifting up the wall to empty her dustpan. I outlined some of the bricks in white to enhance the wall effect.
here's one closeup:

And a close-up of the bricks:

I think it's kinda funny. In fact, I'm laughing all the way to the bank(sy)! Okay, I'll stop now, I promise.
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Graffiti Embroidery Series No 2 on: September 16, 2008 06:42:01 AM
I chose to do an "action shot" of a piece by Neckface on a truck. When I was in New York, Neckface has tagged his name everywhere, which is one way to approach graffiti. It's more quantity than, well, quality.

I did simple outlines and then colored in the graffiti with satin stitch so it would pop, and did rows and rows of french knots on the truck, but the pic is kinda blurry.

Here it is, like it's ready to drive out of the frame

Upon looking at this stuff, I realize I'm pretty weird, but at least many of you are in the same kooky boat I'm in. Cheesy
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Grafitti-First in a series on: September 15, 2008 08:16:37 AM
I wanted to explore the idea of embroidery being equated to  "painting with thread", so I decided to do a series of pieces honoring the work of my favorite graf artists.

This is a piece by Doze Green. It's done on Tyvek, actually on a Fed Ex envelope turned inside out. For this piece, I actually wanted wrinkles to add to the texture of the piece. It's framed, but with no glass so you can touch it.

just another overall pic. I like how it looks like paint from a distance, especially with the drips. I love the drips!! I used backstitch, satin, french knots. Oh, the bottle says "Krink" (another artist). The script under the head says "Thirsty?" and the "wildstyle" under the number is Doze's signature. I'm happy with the way it turned out, except the yellow tracing paper I used shows up in spots and I couldn't get it off. Since it's paper, I couldn't really wash it, but luckily anything goes with graffiti. Thanks for looking!
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / We gave a sculpture a pox! new Update! on: June 10, 2008 09:02:27 AM
My friend and I have been experimenting with different ways to use our loves of knitting, crochet, and felting to enhance existing structures in our fair city.  We used the aforementioned techniques to make balls which were stuffed (except for the felted ones) and then attached to magnets. The magnets were really high powered and would stick to scissors, needles, and each other, and then when I'd pry them apart, the balls would fall off! I ended up taking some mesh-y fabric and covering the magnets in that and then sewing to the balls- cuz glue and epoxy was no match for the magnet's power.
We realized this sculpture, awesome in it's own right, was made of iron and stood out even more with it's new jewelry! We're hoping to get some more up there before they get taken down...
UPDATE: husband just called to say he rode his bike past the sculpture and it is now pox-free. Embarrassed I wish I could've see them get taken down. So, on to the next one I guess...
Close up of the balls:

This is a full view of the decorated sculpture:

looking up from the bottom

side view:

Thanks for checking this out, comments are appreciated!

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Street Art with Yarn-First post and lots of pics! on: May 27, 2008 03:25:25 PM
I am so excited to have my first post, and am not quite sure where to put it, as it's crochet, and knit, and graffiti but not really...
To start, like others, I heard about KnittaPlease and was instantly in love (they're a Seattle based group that does 'tags" with knit pieces) They do mostly flat pieces that wrap around poles and trees and stuff and are secured with yarn, zip ties, etc. I promptly gave myself a 'name' to bomb with (sucka-knitta) and tried different techniques. I started with flat pieces, but I wanted to do something different. At this time, I was in the process of making a rug out of pompoms, but decided I didn't want to finish, and this was after I had about 100 pompoms! So I strung them together to make caterpillars. I found a partner to help me and we put pipe cleaner antennae on them and trudged off to a playground, where we thought they might be appreciated and allowed to hang around longer...(our city is VERY street art unfriendly. Even saying the word graffiti can land you in jail-joke) So here's some pictures:
This is one of the longer "caterpillars"

Here you can see the "head"

Here's a piece we did on a wastebasket-a skirt with a boa trim!

Here's a flat piece which I think turned out really nice...

Some more:

Here's a caterpillar baby on the back of a bench...a headrest, so to speak. You can see the tag for our crew, "KnittyGritty MilCity" (Milwaukee).

Then I heard of a crew that puts LED lights on magnets (they call them 'throwies', I think) and tosses the magnets up on metal things, poles, some buildings, sculptures...I was intrigued! So I crocheted balls (my partner knitted hers with embroidery floss), we attached high powered magnets and gave em a toss. I gotta tell ya, It's a blast. I only have one picture because we do them at night and get the heck out of there.

And here's one my partner did for a door handle at a downtown salon:

Let me know if you have questions; I'm so excited to put this up and see if my first post actually worked that I might have missed something...
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