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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Home Sweet Homo on: April 22, 2009 02:43:14 PM
I wanted to do a piece for a gay couple I know who need to decorate their home and make it their own. I figured that I could give them a stitchery that would inspire them to create a nice space for it to live in. They've owned their home for at least a year and have done no decorating at all - terrible.

Anyway, I'm a massive Julie Jackson fan and her Homo Sweet Homo piece was my first thought. But I wanted to make something original for them and so I mulled the concept over for a while and came up with the following.

Yes, the trees are shaped like penises, and therefore are known as "Trenises"
And those are meant to be little birds that turn into love hearts.

It's all pink and sparkly and gay as hell. I think they'll love it.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Crib Sweet Crib on: April 18, 2009 03:39:08 PM
Ages ago one of my neighbours mentioned that he'd like a sort of ghetto style sampler for his home.
Today I got hit by a bolt of inspiration and knocked up the following. It's on a three inch hoop, black aida, glow in the dark thread.

Word.  Cool
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pulp Fiction Wallet Stitch - Bad Mofo - NSFW on: April 05, 2009 03:21:16 AM
Hi Peoples!
This first picture is nothing to do with my work but will appear in the thumbnail for this post. It's the hitmen from Pulp Fiction in Lego form. Aww...

Right, so now that's out of the way onto my piece.
I think I'm still processing this whole manbroidery thing and I keep wanted to do pieces that assert my masculinity. So we had this one - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299006.0 - and now this.

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Based on the phrase on the wallet of the hitman played by Samuel L Jackson on Pulp Fiction. The design isn't the greatest, but it's pretty faithful to the original.

Don't know what I'll do next, but I'm sure my therapist would approve (if he was real).
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Twin pointed quick stitch needles on: April 02, 2009 12:40:14 PM
I've just bought some of these - they have the eye in the middle and two ends for stitching:

I don't know if they're a new thing or not, but them seem pretty groovy. Anybody got any experience of using them?
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Assertion of Self on: March 30, 2009 03:34:08 PM
I went to a stitching show the other week and bought a grab bag of aida - you know, all bits and bobs - there was some nice black stuff and some groovy brown 24ct evenweave. And then there was this piece of band that had silver edging.
And I looked at it and decided to do something with it.

Coincidentally I've been a lot more public with my stitching, doing it on trains and in public places, and it's been an interesting experience for me and surprisingly emotional. So with all that in mind...

Because I am.  Cool
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spam Stitch 004 on: March 26, 2009 11:48:29 AM

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Celebrity Misdemeanour 001 on: March 21, 2009 01:04:16 AM
Celebrities are a mischievous bunch and I thought it about time I pointed out some of their shenanigans.

First up, star of Transformers and FHM magazine's sexiest woman of 2009 - Megan Fox.

I dunno, celebrities, eh? Can't live with them, and privacy laws prevent you being allowed to sit in trees outside their houses watching them on binoculars...  Grin
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Searching for Rosey Grier on: March 16, 2009 01:29:27 PM
Hi Folks,
I wonder if you can help me.
I want to get hold of the classic Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men (as seen here ). I've found it on Amazon, and it ain't cheap and I wondered whether any of you crazy needlecraft ninjas out there had seen it, or got it and fancied passing it on. The concept of Rosie doing needlepoint isn't a million miles away from the stares I get when doing stitching on the train. So I figured the book would be a good thing to have.

Also, are there any other manbroiderers of note that I should be looking out for?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Mr X Stitch

(PS: This is my 500th post! Yay!)  Grin
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spam Stitches - Updated with new piece! 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
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A bit of cross stitch recycling! 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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