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21  Haute Couture iPod Pockets in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: February 21, 2011 06:04:23 PM
My latest styles of iPod pockets.



Electric Blue Pinstripe


I got sick of doing geeky video-game patterns, so I did some geeky fashion patterns.  I especially love how the Argyle and NOT Burberry turned out.  That Argyle took me FOREVER!

They fit a 1st Gen iPod Touch.
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22  Mustache iPod Sleeve in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: January 31, 2011 04:04:12 PM
I finished this the other day.

An interactive mustache iPod sleeve.  I used this really old fabric that my aunt gave me.  It smelled like mothballs.  I went with tan and brown to lend and old-timey, sepia feel.  I thought about putting instructions on it like "1. grip here 2. press to mouth 3. quite" or just putting the word "quite" in Old English font.  But then I thought about all the people who don't know the difference between "quite" and "quiet" and thought my message would get muddled.

The back

is just a classy face.  Top hat, monocle, 'stache.  I've heard it looks like Mr Peanut, the Pringles guy, and the Monopoly dude.  Whatever, it's just a dashing, uptown, stylish face.
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23  Boombox iPod Pocket in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: January 18, 2011 09:29:43 PM
My roommate told me I should put a cassette tape on an iPod pocket because "The hipsters will love it."  So I did.

But the back needed something, too.  Something cassette related.  Something with guts.  With bravado.  With swagger.  A boombox.

I actually used a bit of scrap fabric because the previous pocket I had done I measured incorrectly.  It means that this one is a tiny bit too snug.

The words are from a Lonely Island song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yvEYKRF5IA&feature=related

Took me about a day.

It says "stitchmond" on the cassette tape label.  I had originally wanted the red, yellow, and blue on the cassette tape to wrap around vertically and blend into the boombox on the back, but the spacing just didn't work.  When I was done, it felt like something was missing from the boombox side, so I filled it in with those red vine flourishes-- it gives it an old-timey edge.
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24  Waldeck Lyrics Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: January 18, 2011 09:14:13 PM
So I've been experimenting with typography in cross stitch a little and came up with this.

I used PC Stitch for the layout.  The primary font is out there on the internet somewhere; it's on all those text message stitches, I just changed it a bit.

It's done on 14 count platinum color aida from Charles Craft with DMC colors 817 and 844.  I think the border is 666.

Speaking of the border, here's a close-up of the corner embellishments.

It's the part I probably like best.  I can't remember where I first saw those little floral-viney bits, but I fell in love with them, and now I put them on everything.

I used the border to fasten a layer of felt to the back.  I intend in the next day or two to stuff it as a pillow, and I find the stuffing fibers tend to go through the fabric, so I'm hoping the felt will keep that to a minimum.

It took me all day on Sunday and I just finished the border tonight in a couple of hours. 

Finally, the lyrics are to the song "Why Did We Fire The Gun" by Waldeck.

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25  Brother's New Family Sampler in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: January 04, 2011 08:56:08 PM
For Christmas this year I made my brother and his wife and kid a sampler with their name on it.  They liked it.

It's one strand on 14 count aida.  For the most part, the figures and font are straight up stolen from eboy.com, with some tiny modifications.

Looking at it now, maybe it needs a border.  Whatever, I had to get it done by Christmas so I didn't have the time.
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26  Re: Super Mario Bros Sushi Chart in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: January 04, 2011 08:51:34 PM
Here's the finished matching piece, and a photo of them side by side.  They are unwashed and unironed, so cut me some slack.

There's a couple of empty spots to the left of the octopus and above the cheep cheep's tail that I'm not happy with, but I couldn't think of anything to put there.  I decided not to sign them because I thought it'd look bad.
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27  Mondrian on an iPod Sleeve in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: December 08, 2010 07:49:59 PM
In between some big projects, I took Piet Mondrian's Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow and put it on a cover for an iPod Touch.

The image has no black stitches, so the black lines you see in the image are just the underlying fabric, giving it a bit of dimension.  I was unsure what to put on the back, so I googled Mondrian quotations and found a doozy.

The whole project took me about 12 hours, which isn't too bad, but I stayed up until 4am one night working on it.  That was stupid.  I chose to go with black trim so that it wouldn't distract from the simple elegance of the image and the text.

By the way, the long, thin text is an original (I can give you the pattern if you like), and the other one comes from good natured girls book Alphabetical Order (ISBN 1-57486-752-0)

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28  Re: Super Mario Bros Sushi Chart in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: November 29, 2010 05:25:57 PM
Just an update with the absolutely finished work.

Outlined the figures and put a simple border on it.

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29  Super Mario Bros Sushi Chart in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: November 22, 2010 07:11:42 PM
I saw these wicked meat charts by Jude Buffum while stumbling around the internet.  http://judebuffum.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/koopa-its-whats-for-supper/  I had been trying to develop an idea for a gift for a friend when I realized these designs would be perfect for a showcase huck towel.  My aunt gave me a bunch of towels and floss, so I got busy on this bad boy.  It's the first part of a pair, but I just can't wait to show off my work.  Of course, it's really Jude's brilliant illustration, so I can't take all the credit.

I had to tweak the design to make it fit in the space on the towel.  I think I'll outline the figure and the sushi in black to make the ecru pop more...it kinda gets lost in the white of the towel as it is.  I also think I'll border the piece with two backstitched lines of blue and red.

It's done in two strands of floss.

Finally, I'm a little worried about the stitches holding through repeated use.  Do any of you have advice about how to secure the thread on the back of the piece?  I just used an anchor stitch, stitching over the floss on the back, which is enough for my normal works.  But with something that'll be washed repeatedly, I don't think it'll hold up.  This one I can't change, but when I do the next one, what should I change to make it more permanent?
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30  We need to make reading sexy again in Needlework: Completed Projects by OmegaChicken on: October 30, 2010 10:27:24 PM
This is a quotation from John Waters.

The border is inspired by a handkerchief from the Faberge collection in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Tomorrow, I'm making it into a pillow.

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The inspiration for the border.  You can see the red and blue shapes and light blue triangles.  I made a whole border based on this Faberge fabric, but cut it back for this particular stitch.  I went with orange (DMC 606 I think), blue (DMC 995), and green (DMC 700 maybe) instead of red, blue and light blue.

Let me know what you think!
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