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21  Re: Spam Stitches in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrXStitch on: February 28, 2009 05:29:32 PM
Hi Peeps,
I did another one.

I got this email:

Pressed here and ended up better in bed.
Which was funny, as I wasn't that bad in the first place, and I'd been in the office!  Grin

Wildanimus - Let us join forces in an exhibition of spam stitchery!
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22  Spam Stitches - Updated with new piece! in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrXStitch on: February 27, 2009 10:59:08 AM
I decided to do a series of stitcheries based on the spam emails I get from time to time.
Here are the first two for your consideration.

Of course it does...?

Wow, an email from God! Awesome!

I will be doing more in due course, but I thought I'd post these for your viewing pleasure.

My questions to you:
Is this is scathing commentary on modern life and our fragile relationship with electronic communication..?
Is this kind of spam a language generated in a sort of internet chinese whispers?
Is this the first language that has been generated from within a virtual world?
Does me asking these questions turn this from craft into art?
Do art critics get paid for talking a lot about nothing?

Big love to you all (and I don't mean a polygamic tv show!)  Grin
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23  Re: A bit of cross stitch recycling! in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrXStitch on: February 23, 2009 01:40:56 PM
Let me join to throng of admirers tossing their panties at this piece! 

Thanks Mistress T! Wow, they're edible! Awesome!

I am grateful for all the positive feedback with regards to this piece.
Lord only knows what will happen with this one...!  Grin

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24  A bit of cross stitch recycling! in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrXStitch on: February 22, 2009 02:48:45 PM
A few months back I bought a job lot of picture frames from a charity shop. Quite a few of them had existing cross stitches in them.
One of those pieces was this:

When I considered the work that had gone into this, I felt it was too good to waste. So I pondered on what to do with it and after a couple of weeks the answer became clear. A few more weeks of stitching and here you go!

Our amazing friends from the Victorian era have realised that, yes Sir, they can boogie, and are strutting their stuff at the finest disco in town!

I'm pretty happy with the way it came out - the floor was just as I imagined it and while I kinda cheated on the background a bit, hopefully it looks like they're in a nightclub. The mirrorball is done using shiny and light effect threads (which are a nightmare to use) and kinda sparkles in the light.

Hope you like it!
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25  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by MrXStitch on: February 18, 2009 02:04:22 AM
So I thought I'd post some WIP photos of one of my graffiti pieces, in the hope that it will inspire me to get the thing finished.
So here goes:

I started it in 2007, as the first experiment in doing a graffiti pattern as a cross stitch. Had a good stab at it and got this far:

Put it down. Life got in the way. Picked it up again. Summer 2008:

Put it down again. Stuff happened. Decided to finish it for the New Year. December 2008:

So now I'm at that bit where there's two stitches of this colour over here, and two of that colour over there... I will get it finished, although I have other projects happily distracting me. But the added pressure of you guys knowing about it, should do the job.  Grin

(And just a quick woohoo - this was my 400th post!)
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26  Re: Feedback please! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by MrXStitch on: February 17, 2009 06:37:34 AM
And let's face it, you have to go for the Dave Gibbons originals if you want to do it justice.
This is a classic look, kinda scary if you ask me.

Pattern available on request at some point - 9 inches wide, 18ct aida.
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27  Re: Feedback please! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by MrXStitch on: February 01, 2009 02:35:58 AM
So, any chance of doing some Watchmen stuff? Since the movie is coming out soon Wink Cheesy

I did this a while ago:

Which could work if stitched on yellow aida.
I might have another visit to the idea, but I'd want to stick with the comic characters rather than the film versions.

And thanks for the pointers, Kuckyyjune - I love the Walking Dead, one of the best comics out there.
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28  Modern day love poem..? in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrXStitch on: January 26, 2009 02:20:17 AM
I bought a load of picture frames from a charity shop a few weeks ago. Many of them already contained cross stitches, and I decided that, rather than throw them away, it would be nicer to embellish them and give them a new lease of life.

One of the small hoops had a stitchery of some flowers in it, and the idea formed in my head that someone may have made this for a loved one. And then I decided to embellish it with a response.

If you were that way inclined, you could argue that this is a criticism of society's failure to appreciate the inherent beauty of nature and its obsession with celebrity.
But that's a bit heavy.

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29  If You Can't Stand The Heat... in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrXStitch on: December 11, 2008 03:41:22 PM
Wow, it's been a long time since I posted something on here. But it's good to show that I can do more than just come on here and offer (occasionally) amusing responses to other people's work.
That's mainly because I've been concentrating on making my blog all nice. You can visit it at www.mrxstitch.com
(Looking out for limbo stick)
Where I post about contemporary embroidery stuff and other nonsense.
(Still looking for limbo stick, ready to duck if necessary)
So come one, come all and help me make it a great place to visit. I'd love to hear from you!

On to business.
A friend of mine called Jill Kitchen asked me ages ago about doing a bespoke piece for her husband for Xmas. After a bit of pondering I came up with the following...

One thing that's nice is that Jill's an artist and we're bartering - I'm getting a signed copy of a picture she did of our town in exchange for my piece.

Just have to hand wash it, iron it and frame it and Bob's your mother's brother.

Hope you like it.
And hope to see you at my blog sometime.

My name's Mr X Stitch and you've been a lovely audience.  Grin
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30  I Love You Monsta Face! in Needlework: Completed Projects by MrXStitch on: October 11, 2008 05:24:01 PM
Here's a little something I stitched for wife 'cos I love her.
Everyone has a little monster inside them and I made a picture of hers.
The monster has a cheeky look going on and a pint of Guinness in hand.
You may want to retreat to a safe distance..!  Grin

It's the first thing I've ever freestyled and I had a go at embroidering bits to experiment with texture. I hope she likes it!
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