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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TARDIS Dice Bag on: December 23, 2011 05:57:23 PM
Being a Whovian myself I am well versed in the Doctor... Heh. I made this dice bag for my secret Santee. I hand drew out the TARDIS shape then stitched over using running and satin stitch. I was going to do the windows and light in white but chose the yellowy cream colour instead. I liked the look of an almost glow it gave them. I only wish I'd been able to get glow in the dark thread in time. The back is some print I had left from Spoonflower. I had made a skirt and happened to have a bit left. It was perfect for this project.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wil Wheaton Sprite XStitch on: November 29, 2011 09:24:23 PM
I made this for Wil Wheaton, finally got it to him and finally am getting around to adding it onto here. I made it to give him at PAX East, but he wasn't there! So I had to wait until PAX Prime.

I used his blog Sprite Art as a map and made the QR code in an online generatore. For people who don't know, QR codes are a matrix barcode. Typically, it's a collection of black squares on a white background, tho any highly contrasting set of colours may work. I've seen black on pink for example. Each square and its location in relation to the other squares is translated by a barcode reading program as any sort of data, EX alphabet, number or kanji. It was originally invented for Japanese automotive manufacturers to use but is now found on many things.

A common use is its addition to pamphlets and information sheets. A frequent use is to encode a web address that a phone app can then read and you can choose to open and save in your phone browser. It's a pretty amazing way to transmit large amounts of data swiftly and through limited print space.

I applied it here, with full geek use, to say "Don't be a dick."

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Unicorns Are F***ing Rock and Roll on: November 24, 2011 09:46:49 PM
A British friend of mine and I decided we wanted to trade crafts and candy. I wanted to work a piece for her and asked her 1) What her favourite animal was. (Unicorn) 2) What her favourite colours were (Purple, black, red, green) 3) What her favourite band/music was. (Rock and roll, especially Pat Benetar) I decided a unicorn rearing up and with flaming legs was definitely the appropriate design. I sketched it out on tissue paper. I like to stitch it through the paper and tear it away. It stabilizes the fabric for me and works really well. I wrote out "Unicorns are f***ing rock and roll" in a few fonts and printed it out on standard computer paper. Because I worked the letters in a basic running stitch the paper tears away easily.

I'm a graphic designer/commercial and mixed media artist, so I often design on a computer then print and use the print to stitch directly over. I prefer that method because I'm pretty awful at hand drawing and have bad luck with pencils/fabric pens. They just don't stay for me. And forget pounce!

I used running stitch/backstitch, satin stitch and a few french knots. She loved it. I was super pleased with it as well. It's about 5x7 inches and took me a couple evenings of easy sewing.

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