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1  Re: Super Mario Bros items in tiny hoops in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: June 29, 2009 10:01:56 AM
And by the way, Castlevania 2 Simon's Quest is the best. game. ever.

This is certainly not the majority opinion, but I have warm fuzzy feelings for it. It's one of my favorites. That's why I made this one (which I should have posted earlier lest I forgot):

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2  Super Mario Bros items in tiny hoops in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: June 27, 2009 12:49:41 AM
I found these tiny hoop frames at the store the other day and I had a pretty good idea of just the right sized thing to put inside of them:

I had a brain wave when I was trying to figure how to hang them without, you know, putting a bunch of holes in my wall. I wasn't planning on keeping them. They've been sent to a friend.

(Psst! There are some other shots on my site too but I'm not trying to drive traffic there solely for traffic's sake. I just didn't want to upload all of them to Flickr.)
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3  Mr. Fancy in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: June 14, 2009 07:36:18 PM

In some ways this might be the geekiest thing I've ever made. It's from a blog post from Merlin Mann titled "Free as in 'Me'." It's a subheading of a blog post about the use and reuse of content. Yeah.

So, this is my first use of DMC Light Effects floss and the rumblings I had heard of its difficulty have not been overstated. Once I got going it wasn't terrible, but any snag and the whole thing turnedpardon my Frenchto shit.

Worth it though. It came out, at the risk of excessive repetition, quite fancy indeed.
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4  Twitter stitch: @iamdiddy in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: June 08, 2009 03:41:59 PM

Through the medium of Twitter P. Diddy/Sean "Puff" Combs/whatever he goes by these days posts these relentlessly positive messages. Often, he exhorts his followers to join him in striving to reach their dreams with the mantra "LET'S GO!"

The sentiment being a thing I agree with, or would aspire to agree with, I put it to fabric.

The lettering is from a pamphlet archived in the Antique Pattern Library. To spice it up, I did it on a gradient using 6 different colors of floss. I'm pretty keen on how it turned out.

Here's a closeup shot of the gradient:

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5  For tax day... in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: April 16, 2009 07:04:20 PM
To commemorate income tax day1 and the big ol' check I had to write to the IRS2 I made this. If you have the brain of a 13-year-old boy like I do, I'm sure you entered these five digits into your calculator at least once while filling out your 1040s.

I'm going to need to take this apart and re-mount it. I don't know how that ugly crease got in there, but it's a terrible eyesore to me. I wonder though, should I put it back together upside down when I do so? For whatever reason it seems this is most commonly represented by 58008 with the instructions to "turn the calculator upside down." Too obscure?

1Here in the U.S. of A.
2No one warned me that I would need to fill out my W4 form differently once I got married.
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6  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by benjibot on: January 29, 2009 06:51:31 PM
I just started another largish project courtesy of MrXStitch. By "just started" I mean very much that:

I'm posting such a tiny snippet just to a.) prove that I'm working on the design he gave me and b.) highlight just how much progress I'll make.

(Man, wish I'd fully explored this particular forum section last year. I'd say the 40-part project I just finished would have counted as fairly large.)
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7  Dost thou wish to continue thy quest? in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: January 21, 2009 11:03:19 PM
It's taken me a little over a year from putting the finishing touches on the lowly Slime to finally putting down the final form of the Dragonlord but tonight I am done. I have made each and every monster in the NES game Dragon Warrior in cross stitch!

Each one is on 11-count Aida fabric. I had to buy an awful lot of it. Every few weeks I'd buy every bit they had at the local Joann's. The colors were chosen by the late Dark Lilac stitch creator so I might pick different ones today.

I have a special page set up as a portal to every individual post. Each monster has a floss list should anyone be interested in making one of their own. If you want a second opinion on the colors just ask and I'll run it through my stitch app.
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8  SMAAAASHingly good needlepoint! in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: January 20, 2009 07:49:45 PM
I just put the finishing touches on a four-part project. These are the four heroes from the Super Nintendo game EarthBound. I wouldn't be too hurt if you haven't heard of it. While its fans are vocal, clever, and good-looking, they are far from legion.

The game is a RPG, so there's lots of (quite funny) text. Early on you're given the choice between five different "flavors" of text boxes: plain, banana, strawberry, peanut, and mint. Checkboard backgrounds are also commonly seen throught the game. So I attempted to honor the spirit of these flavors with four different backgrounds, all in checkboard. I'm quite pleased with the result.

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9  Xmas 2008 roundup, several projects (game, Little Britain, Mr Show), bad words in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: January 03, 2009 04:09:43 PM
Now that the gift-giving season has passed I am able to post the last projects I had completed. Because I knew that some recipients would have their gift spoiled if I put the photo on flickr or my own personal site I couldn't post them until recently. Now I am free to share them.

Simon Belmon (Castlevania 2) needlepoint

This little guy is needlepoint on plastic canvas. Since he's a vampire hunter, I thought a cross motif would be excellent for the background. I only messed it up once (not too difficult to spot where if you look close) but I still think it looks pretty great. He's the main character of the NES video game Castlevania 2, a game that is unfairly maligned due largely to having one of the worst localizations ever. The hints you get are so badly translated as to be outright lies. I still love it though. Sent this off to a Konami fan.

Blobert from A Boy and His Blob

This is another plastic canvas needlepoint from a NES game. It seemed to be pretty big around my neighborhood, but I don't know how well known it is. Essentially it's an adventure game wherein the only tool is Blobert. He transforms into useful items when you feed him jelly beans. I gave this one to my brother.

Phillies logo cross stitch

My father-in-law is a lifetime Phillies fan. He got plenty of Phillies stuff this year on account of the World Series, but I don't think he got more than one handmade item.

"Computer says no" cross stitch

From the British comedy series Little Britain, this is the catch phrase of a character named Carol Beer who is basically the world's worst customer service agent. I made this one for my wife, who had no idea I was working on it. While I wasn't doing anything with it I hid in a box full of Super Nintendo games knowing she'd never look in there.

"I don't come down to where you work..." cross stitch

And finally, I have this one. I dedicate it to Katie Kutthroat here on the board. She's made a great big pile of Mr. Show related cross stitches and I've been terribly jealous of her ideas and her speed. I made this one for a friend, and while it isn't exclusively a Mr. Show quote, it was used as the slogan for "Grandma Betsy's Biscuit Powder."
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10  Danger Time Bomb - A Susan Kare MacOS triptych in Needlework: Completed Projects by benjibot on: December 09, 2008 10:01:56 AM
I recently put the finishing touches on a couple of stitches I'd had laying around for a year or longer. I made a bunch of MacOS (as in the very first one) icons when I had some free time and fabric scraps on my hand. Then I put them in a box, meaning to do something about them and never getting around to it. Now I have three more gifts to pass out this xmas.

Because I'm so terrible at thinking of what some people would like as a gift I think I'll just wrap a bunch of things like this (got a couple more in the finishing stages) and have folks grab one out of a sack.
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