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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Modern day love poem..? 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.

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / If You Can't Stand The Heat... 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
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I Love You Monsta Face! 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!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Geisha Girl on: September 29, 2008 06:35:52 AM
I finished this a while ago, but only photographed it just now.
It was a really nice piece to do, as the colour palette is soothing and it made a change from the yellows and blacks of the other main project I was doing - the Kiss by Klimt.
(See LindseyPeek's post here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268591.0) for the finished article)
So here she is, just to prove I can do some reasonable work as long as you give me plenty of time to do it..!

A bit of a closeup:

And a proper close up of the detail on the back:

It's going to be framed as an Xmas gift for my Mother-in-law.
25  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / The Craft Lounge - Milton Keynes on: September 29, 2008 02:02:17 AM
Come along to Gloria Jeans Coffees at the Hub:MK between 1 and 4pm for the best coffee in town, some groovy tunes, some discounted cake (yay!) and the chance to craft in good company.
It's a laid back way to spend your Saturday.
We'll see you there!

(If you want to come, but don't know where the Hub is in Central Milton Keynes, send me a message and I'll send you a map)
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Rock Out With Your [Censored] Out on: September 27, 2008 02:46:51 PM
Saw this on the back of a kid's jacket on the bus the other week.
I always try to live by this principle.
Unless it's cold.

27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Long before there was Mario... on: September 15, 2008 01:46:44 PM
... there was Manic Miner.

Here's the wikipedia article about Manic Miner, which was an absolute classic game on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

I've been meaning to make something to post on here, as it's been a while. I bought a variety pack of aida at the Knitting and Stitching Expo in Birmingham this weekend just passed (where I won 100 of threads from DMC!) and wanted something nice and easy to do.
Seeing all the sprite stitch stuff inspired me, and so I went even further retro than the norm. Managed to do it in about two hours.
FYI, Manic Miner came out in 1983 - I was eight at the time and never managed to complete it.

And for good measure here's the back. Nice and tidy, just how we likes it.
28  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / What A Lovely Behind! on: September 03, 2008 04:44:11 AM
So I had this idea about people crafting the phrase "What A Lovely Behind!" but doing it in reverse, so that you have to read it from the back of the piece.
The lady that used to run the haberdashery shop in my town said the mark of a quality piece of embroidery could be judged by how tidy the back was. And I thought this was an opportunity to test that theory.
So, people have to stitch the phrase, and add whatever embellishments they want, but the end product has to be judged on the quality of the rear, rather than what the front (with the reversed text) looks like.

I think that makes sense..?  Roll Eyes

What do people think?
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Any men on here? on: September 01, 2008 10:22:42 AM
So am I the only man posting on this here board?
Are there many male members of the Craftster community?
And if not, why not?

What experiences have people had with getting men to do needlecrafts?

And what will it take to get men into this sort of thing?

30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Feedback please! on: September 01, 2008 08:04:06 AM
I'm trying to develop cross stitch patterns that may appeal to men more than the normal country cottage type scene. I keep coming up with ideas for pattern series and I'd be grateful if I could get feedback on them from you good folk.
I'm not going to sell all of the patterns, but am trying to make as many patterns as possible in the hope that some of them turn out alright.
Do you know what I mean? When you are trying to make things you have to just get on and make 'em and eventually you get past the "making crap" barrier and actually start making decent things. Or that's the theory.

Anyway, I always wanted to do a range of patterns on superhero icons, as I'm a comic book fan and I thought it would be cool.
So I present the following patterns for your consideration. I don't know if people would want to stitch such things, but I though the subject matter was kinda groovy.


Silver Surfer:


I welcome all your thoughts, even if it's "Jamie - put the patterns down before anyone gets hurt..."  Grin

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