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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 30 Rock Jack Donaghy Quotation on: February 14, 2013 05:48:44 PM
I had a small portion of waste fabric from my latest work, so I showed my ambition and made a bookmark with it.  I'm running out of books to put all my bookmarks in, by the way.

On 14 count oatmeal aida with 3 colors: DMC 498, 798, and 996.  The big word is with 2 strands, the backstitching is a single strand.  I put my signature on the back.

I use 2 pieces of fabric and stitch them together with the border, thereby making a pocket within the bookmark.  I like using a sturdy wooden insert, like a tongue depresser, to seal up in the bookmark, which allows a reader to rest the bookmark under his or her thumb across the center of a book and keep the book open while he or she reads.  I was all out of wood, so I just put a bit of card stock in there (also the remnants of another craft, R-E-C-Y-C-L-E) to stiffen it up.

Any advice on hiding where I ended off on the back?  It always looks a little messy and I find it difficult to hide it on the inside.

Aww, nuts, I just realized I forgot to date it.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wifi QR Code SSID/WPA2 Sampler on: January 20, 2013 09:12:08 AM
If you don't understand the title, it just means that I stitched a scannable QR code for both Android and iPhone onto a sampler displaying the name of a friend's wifi network and encryption password.

On 14 count oatmeal colored aida with 6 colors: DMC 310, 815, 931, 987, 435, 728.

I think this is the third one of these I've finished.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Another WEP Key Sampler on: August 09, 2012 05:40:05 PM
Just wrapped up this sampler today, been working on it for about a week.  It's one strand of DMC floss on 14 count oatmeal colored aida.  Motifs borrowed from some antique sampler patterns.  It shows myself and my roommate with the name I coined for our apartment (also the name of our wireless internet SSID).  Our tiny dog is pictured next to the house.

The poem and the signature line are typical in antique samplers.  Usually the signature line would say something like "Abigail Goodwife her work aged 9" so I find it the acme of hilarity for it to say "HIS work aged 31."
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Abbey Road Pillow on: January 24, 2012 08:17:55 PM
Enough with lyrics on pillows, how about album covers?

I pixelated Abbey Road and the Beatles' logo and came up with this.

It's blue because I have a ton of DMC 996.  On 14 count cream colored aida, stuffed with polyfill and backed with a fat quarter of black and blue fabric.

5  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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6  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.
7  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.

8  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.
9  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?
10  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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