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1  happy body parts card - nsfw in Needlework: Completed Projects by orangeponcho on: July 04, 2010 02:36:12 PM
Hey everyone!  I recently saw a drawing on the website of a podcast that I listen to, and immediately knew I had to embroider it.  I made it into a card (stitched on paper) for my partner's birthday.  Here's the link to the original image, which used to be black and white:  http://www.sexisfun.net/movies/index.html

Sorry for the bad photo quality!  I forgot to take a picture of the finished product before I mailed it, so my partner took a picture with his phone:

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I was curious how it would look different without the faces, so I saved those for last and took a progress shot - though I was impatient and didn't wait for decent lighting:

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The faces and arms add so much hilarity.  Enjoy! 
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2  It's not about the &#*! polar bears in Needlework: Completed Projects by orangeponcho on: August 05, 2009 07:43:35 PM
Hey everyone!

This project started because I wanted to try a free standing patch with a whipped stitch around the edges.  I have one friend that I instantly thought of - he and I always sit around talking about politics and the environment.  He loves putting stickers that make a big statement on his computer and then sitting in cafes with the sticker prominently displayed, generally in the hope that someone will start talking to him about it.  (For a while his computer said "Vasectomies prevent abortion." Before that was the HRC yellow equal sign for gay rights.)  I was going to stay with him during his birthday, so wanted to make a happy birthday/thanks-for-letting-me-eat-your-food present.  I asked him, "If you had a patch of a political nature, what would it say?"

This was his reply:
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(The close-ups turned out pretty blurry..)

When I started it, I was living in an off the grid community in California, so I had to use my own handwriting instead of a fancy computerized font, unfortunately.  Luckily, a great artist and illustrator lived on this community, so I got her to draw a polar bear for me.  She made a sketch that I traced while defining the lines a bit more.  Her drawing pretty much dictated the size of the patch.  I used split stitch and some back stitch for the outlining, satin stitch on the lettering, and long and short for the background.   The whipped stitch around the edges was actually really difficult, and I wasn't 100% happy with how it came out.  For some reason, the satin stitch was really hard to pull tight when it stretched over larger areas, something that I hadn't had a problem with in the past. You can see how the top and bottom of the first "I" don't lie flat.  I got really good at the long and short stitch though, as there was so much of it.

This piece was totally hilarious to make, especially while on various forms of public transportation. Some people didn't get it, others thought it was hilarious, others were really offended by it.  For anyone who doesn't get it, I think the gist is that the environment affects everyone, human survival depends on it, and doing something about it is not just to aid fluffy megafauna.  It was an amazing conversation starter for me while embroidering it, so I hope it's a great conversation starter for my friend while wearing it.

And yes, polar bears are cute, so we should save the environment for them along with everyone else.

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3  (nsfw) Quote from Heathers in Needlework: Completed Projects by orangeponcho on: March 14, 2009 06:48:07 PM
Hi everyone!

After reading the needlework board obsessively for several months, I'm finally posting a completed project!  So thanks for months of inspiration, everyone!

I had started embroidering back in the spring, and wanted to try cross stitching more recently to see what that was all about.  I picked my favorite quote from the movie Heathers, and took some borders from a subversive cross stitch pattern.

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I hope I'm using this 'mature image' button correctly.. hmm!

Pretty fun!  There's some awkwardness to finally framing this, since I promised it to a boyfriend-at-the-time who thought it was hilarious, and then put off framing it until we had been broken up for several months.  I'm totally still giving it him, chainsaw innuendo and all. These are reasons why it would be nice to finish projects instead of leaving them in a drawer overly long..
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4  We'll build a house around her! (image heavy) in Completed Projects by orangeponcho on: March 05, 2009 07:11:41 PM
Hey everyone!  So over the summer I made... a house!  I've been wanting to post pictures on Craftster, since for me natural building seems like a very large big craft project, but wasn't sure where to post. Didn't seem to fit in either interior decorating or yard work.

This building is called The Bedrock - I worked on it with 6 other people during an apprenticeship in natural building.  It's called the Bedrock since we built it around a large boulder, and then put our bed over this rock. I wish I had some before or in-progress shots so you can see this large rock, but the face is left exposed in the finished building.  The whole time I was thinking of the line from Peter Pan about Wendy after she is shot with an arrow - "We'll build a house around her!"

It's made with all natural materials like sand, clay, and straw (combined, a material called cob.)  We used earthen plasters made from the local clay, along with a kaolin plaster with yellow pigment.  The wood mostly came from the forest, and other materials were salvaged.  It's quite small at 100 sq. ft or so - basically a short term guest house.

I spent a long time working on the door:

Here is the (mostly) finished house:

The big windows in the front are for passive solar heating.  The roof is now a living roof, which was not 100% finished in this picture.  The shape of the roof is very experimental - it's basically a bowl that collects water and drains it to one side.  The plants on the roof also take in a lot of that water!

Shot of the interior from outside the west window:

Here you can see the bed + rock face:

A few more door glamor shots, since my arm almost fell off rasping that wood - the window is a glass dinner plate.  ...Or a plate-glass window (haha)...  We used an ugly old salvaged door, cut an arch into it, and covered it with cedar boards:

And here is everyone who contributed to building it!

The end!
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5  The Lorax Embroidery! in CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES by orangeponcho on: July 05, 2008 06:28:49 PM
Hi everyone!  This is such an exciting theme for a challenge, that I'm posting on Craftster for the first time!  This is also the first time I'm embroidering with a few different stitches, instead of just gratuitous satin stitch.

I have a lot of childhood heroes, but right now I'm getting into the sustainable building movement and building environmentally sound houses, so the Lorax and Dr. Seuss naturally came to mind!  

I also had a nice moment with my mom, who walked in on me trying to figure out French knots (which are his pupils!).  I said, "Mom, do you know how to do French knots?" and she went "Yeah, my mother taught me!" And we had a nice mother-daughter-passing-on-craft-knowledge moment of French knot glory.

Here are a few pictures!  I didn't catch the natural light before the sun set, so the color and brightness are a little off:

The completed Lorax by orangeponcho142, on Flickr

Close up by orangeponcho142, on Flickr

Almost finished by orangeponcho142, on Flickr

halfway done! by orangeponcho142, on Flickr

I actually wanted to go a lot further with this and sew it onto the cover of a small sketch book with some truffula trees on the back!  I've started embroidering the truffula trees, but selling my furniture, moving, and then changing all my summer house building plans this month really cramped my style!  I'm hoping to finish that and sew it onto the sketch book soon so I can sketch lots of earthen houses that the Lorax would be proud of in it.  But I am pretty happy with how the Lorax himself turned out!

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