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1  Awesome Miami "Gothabilly" Band Name Stitchin' in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: October 28, 2010 08:19:09 PM
My friends have a band called AXE AND THE OAK.  It's dark rock with a post punk twang - think Bauhaus, Cramps, etc.  They are awesome.

I loved that their name is four three-letter words.  Their first EP was in a black envelope with the info screen-printed in gold so I wanted to stick with the color theme.  The thread is metallic (I forget what it's called but they sell it in larger skeins next to the regular floss in the craft store) and a pain to work with.  Keeping the strands short helped a lot.

Anyway, check them out:

I'll probably get this framed for them.  Am thinking my new series will be the names/logos of my favorite SoFla bands because there are (finally) so many amazing ones.  Grin
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2  PULP Britpop Quote Bookmark in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: October 19, 2010 09:03:31 AM
This quote, though not a lyric, is one of my favorites.  It's from the liner notes/back sleeve of PULP's mandatory 1995 album "Different Class".

One of my oldest friends is moving back to Miami and we originally bonded over this album so I made this for her.

Hard to see in this pic but the tassels are my favorite!  I learned how to do them making this rug (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352201.msg4112512) and am now trying to find excuses to tassel everything...

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3  Epic "Classical" Dollhouse Rug - whew! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: June 28, 2010 09:24:55 PM
Hi there, haven't posted in a while because I was working on this one project.  I made this for my friend's mom, Terri.  She's the coolest lady, teaches science and does all sorts of crafty hobbies.  My mom isn't into crafts so I sort of adopted her for that. 

Last year Terri asked if I would stitch her a carpet for her dollhouse since her eyesight isn't what it used to be.  I said sure... little did I know it would take me almost six months to finish!  I made this from a pattern she took from one of her dollhouse enthusiast magazines (it's officially called "Classical Carpet").  It's all a 3-strand half-cross-stitch on regular 18 ct aida, and measures roughly 6"x8".  Voila!

The Greek key pattern around the edge and the tassels were the most fun.  I want to put tassels on everything now...

Here's what it looks like set up in the house:

Is that cute or what??  Now after this huge thing I'm just trying to figure out what to work on next...

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4  Weather Initials Fridge Magnet For DB in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: March 16, 2010 10:47:53 AM
Hi! I haven't posted in a while because I've been working on an epic project.  As soon as the last color of floss I need arrives in the mail I'll finish it and post...

For the time being, here's a cross-stitched fridge magnet I made for my wonderful friend Daniel B whose boyfriend is also Daniel B, hence DB! 

I got the letters from a book of stitched and embroidered alphabets I picked up at the craft store.  There's some weird stuff in there (cow letters, scary clowns) but the weather one was my favorite. 

It's nearly all cross-stitched and the gray in the clouds is blended white and gray floss.  I was confused about the green and orange bits for a minute but I realized it must be autumn leaves swirled around by the purple wind.

I've been loving making these magnets as it's fast and fun and a little Fray Check and a $2 magnet frame is all you need.

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5  The Utz Chips Girl! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: August 20, 2009 01:33:36 PM
Hi fellow crafters!

I've been busy as hell but I managed to sneak away for a week and I got a piece done that I'd been working on for ages:

Voila! It's the Utz Chips girl (http://www.utzsnacks.com), rendered in floss.  I used satin stitch for the bow, padded satin for her shirt, seed and back stitching, "granitas" for the cheeks, and the background is entirely cross-stitched.

I made it for my boyfriend's parents.  They sent us two giant bags of Utz "Crab Chips" from their last trip to Baltimore and she was so cute I decided to stitch her.

(P.S. Despite the name, no actual crabs are harmed in the making of the chips.)

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6  A gift for my favorite makeup WH*RE! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: July 22, 2009 08:40:15 PM
My best friend is a hard-working public defender but loves makeup more than any self-respecting lawyer should. I made her this towel to clean her brushes on so her courtroom can always sparkle! She was pretty stoked about the gift.

The "makeup" is cross-stitching in variegated pink thread and the "whore" is free-handed back/seed stitching (sorry for the lousy pic).  I would've loved to use my Q-snaps for this but the towel fabric was just too thick.

The lipstick tube is done in the Sublime Stitching metallic silver thread and as per their claims it was pretty snag-free!  I surrounded the piece with some of my favorite products as I have to admit, I'm a bit of a makeup whore myself...
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7  Om Nom Noms! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: July 18, 2009 03:32:54 PM
So, "omnomnomnom" has become ubiquitous in my vernacular lately, even though I'm in my mid-twenties.  I blame cuteoverload.com.

Anyway, I made these fridge magnets to try and get it out of my system.  It hasn't worked, but I like how they turned out.  I used Fray Check around the edges and then cut them to size.

For this one I used the nearly offensively neon threads from the (pricey) DMC "Fluorescents" pack.  They are not awesome to work with but damn are they bright.  The border looks skating-rink neon in real life.

Bonus pic: I finally organized my threads today and it took forever but the result was so worth it!  I was using snack-sized bags before and kept losing colors but now I can see everything and it's easier to take with me.

FYI to any Miami peeps, there is an awesome stitching session weekly at the gorgeous Standard Hotel on the Venetian Causeway.  PM me for info if you like!
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8  John Waters-inspired slightly NSFW bookmark in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: July 12, 2009 05:50:15 PM
Howdy from hot-as-heck South Florida,  

It's been too hot to move lately so I've been stitching up a storm.  Here's a bookmark I made based on my favorite quote by John Waters:

The whole quote is "We need to make books cool again. If you go home with someone and they don't have books, don't fuck them!"

I couldn't agree more!
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9  Hello! Some stitched citrus from Miami in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lo_Res on: July 08, 2009 08:23:57 PM
Hello folks!

I'm a fairly new flosser from Miami, Florida. My day job is running a record store/vegan-friendly cafe called Sweat Records and my night job is DJing, but somewhere in between all that I've become obsessed with stitching.

Here is a picture of my first "freestyle" piece.  I sketched it out on the fabric and just went at it.  I used tubular ribbon for the dark orange outline and DMC sparkle floss which were both pretty hard to maneuver but the results were worth it in the end.  I wanted the inner slice stitches to resemble the tiny juice jewels in a real orange.

I'm new so here's the link:
In the pic it's sitting on a branch of my Meyer lemon tree, Puck.  At that point I hadn't yet learned how NOT to warp your fabric but oh well.  I painted the outside with glitter nail polish to finish it off and I still might cut that into an oval and sew it onto something else to make the warp less noticeable.  Any suggestions?

My next projects (almost done) are a towel for my makeup-obsessed best friend to clean her brushes on, and a bookmark based on my favorite John Waters quote... I hope to share more soon!  

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