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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My Reddit Project on: January 02, 2012 10:51:46 PM
I didn't know these neo stitch covers were so popular!  I just finished http://imgur.com/a/YsC1k for a friend.  Houndstooth.  Classic.  I'm working on another one right now.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / In time for Valentine's Day! NSFW language! on: January 02, 2012 10:36:08 PM
I found a pattern for some cutesy-wootsey bees and the whole "bee mine" Valentine's Day crap came to me.  But it needed a little edge.  I think I'll make a similar pattern into a button.  This here is destined to be a bookmark, but it's not quite finished.  Now I just have to decide on the lucky girl who will receive this gift.

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13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / More lyrics in a pillow! on: January 02, 2012 10:32:13 PM
I used dark gray and garnet floss to put the lyrics of Belleruche's "Northern Girls" into a pillow.  The song is sort of about heartbreak, so I used the garnet color to put a broken heart on it.  It's one strand on salt colored aida, stuffed with polyfill and backed with some red paisley fabric.

The toughest part is getting the lyrics to line up in PC Stitch.  It takes a lot of trial and error.

The garnet heart doesn't show up very well...if I did it again, I'd use a lighter gray and a brighter red.
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Why not Zoidberg? (Now with pattern!) on: November 22, 2011 10:05:24 PM
memebase! Smiley

Yeah, right.  It's already on reddit, I'm happy.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Why not Zoidberg? (Now with pattern!) on: November 15, 2011 08:46:41 PM
As requested, here's a jpg of the pattern, with two versions of font!

Floss colors are black, white, 349 and 157; you might want to play around with the blue.  I was originally going to go with 3810 (turquoise), but didn't have it.  I think it could be a little darker.

If the picture's not big enough, I also put it on imgur to show r/craftit. i.imgur.com/ZToMj.jpg
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Why not Zoidberg? (Now with pattern!) on: November 14, 2011 07:06:45 PM
Here's a pillow I whipped up while being ill yesterday.  Worked from about 11 am until 10 pm, then finished it as a pillow today.  It's with two strands on 14 count light blue aida.  Three colors: white, cornflower blue, and (of course) coral.

I signed and dated it, but it's close to the edge so it's not visible in any of the pictures I took.  Oh well.

Worked the pattern out from a Minecraft image macro.  Yeah.

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Video Game Inspired iPod Touch Sleeves! (lots of pics) on: November 03, 2011 11:07:59 PM
I started with graphs to draw the images and I used graphs printed on vellum to trace pictures to cross stitch.  But now I use KG Chart and PC Stitch.  I know that some people use PC Stitch's "Import image" tool to develop cross stitch charts from pictures and video game sprites, but I prefer to draw it myself and hand-pick the colors in the program.  Some users over at spritestitch.com have patterns, but I find that I can't always trust their color choices, so I download sprite sheets from places like thespritersresource.com, open them in Paint, and draw them in PC Stitch from the sprite sheet.

I take the sprites and arrange them how I like in the program and I get unique final patterns.  I mean, just putting a video game sprite on something isn't always the most exciting thing.  Isn't the thwomp pocket more boring than the underwater one?

I know that all that might not make some sense, but check out PC Stitch (it's not free) and KG Chart (it's free) and you'll find how easy it is to build patterns.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Trio of Astounding Pillows on: September 29, 2011 08:53:38 PM
I made these pillows as house warming presents for a couple of friends who just moved in together.

"R" for "Rachel."

"S" for "Shawna."

Just took a few backstitched borders and put them together with a nice little art deco monogram.  Used various shades of one color, which I think worked out well.

Finally, one of the girls inspired this other pillow.

Along with this video [NSFW-ish] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt5ghXdq6Z0

It started as a regular ol' courtship silhouette, but I added the words and colored it.  All black just looked bad.

All pillows are on 14 count aida, stuffed with a few handfuls of poly-fill, and backed with a bit of fabric from fat quarters.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Put A Bird On It! on: September 02, 2011 09:08:35 PM
I saw this video:


and just HAD to put a bird on something.  So I put one on a showcase huck towel that I had lying around.

Got the pattern from a book of old Dutch sampler designs, the letters are just your typical traditional sampler alphabet, and I put that little border line on it to finish it up.

I also saw a pixelated moai head like on Easter Island, so I put those on a towel with a gradient of blue threads.

They're wrinkly in these photos, but pretty cool?
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Adorable Baby Bib on: August 12, 2011 09:56:09 PM
So my lil' nephew is 10 months old and his dad says, "Will you make him a bib that says 'No mommy you shut up!'?"  I said "OK."

A close-up, blurry pic

Just googled "cross stitch monkey" and got the monkey.  Script font from http://www.stitchpoint.com/eng/tool/alph/cross-stitch-writing-tool.php
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