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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Super Mario Bros items in tiny hoops 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.)
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mr. Fancy 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.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Twitter stitch: @iamdiddy 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:

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / For tax day... 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.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dost thou wish to continue thy quest? 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.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / SMAAAASHingly good needlepoint! 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.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Xmas 2008 roundup, several projects (game, Little Britain, Mr Show), bad words 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."
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Danger Time Bomb - A Susan Kare MacOS triptych 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.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "McDonalds will make you fat " Wesley Willis xstitch on: December 02, 2008 06:30:16 AM

I'm so danged proud of this one. I didn't come up with the artit's from the Minipop collection by Craig Robinsonnor did I first come up with the idea to cross stitch said artworkI found this on Flickr before I decided to do this. That said, the end result came out precisely as I had envisioned and I did lay it out myself.

So pleased with this am I that I elected to release it despite my pre-Christmas Internet posting embargo. This is going to be a gift, though I don't know to whom just yet. I didn't want to risk spoiling anyone's surprise. Or the surprise of certain persons anyway. I'll risk it for this one though.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross-stitch baby onesies on: November 03, 2008 03:43:51 PM
A little while back I finished a batch of cross-stitch baby onesies. It was my first attempt to stitch on anything other than Aida fabric.

I made a total of four. Two of them I sent to my friend who just had a baby. I only sent two, because I was afraid she'd just grow out of them by the time I'd finished and mailed them.

All four of them are classic NES game characters. They are the Metool from Mega Man (specifically Mega Man 2, when he got feet), the blue bike from Excitebike, the zombie from Castlevania, and the Slime from Dragon Quest.

I'm pretty pleased. I'm looking forward to slapping more cross-stitch on clothing and other whatsits.

There's a bit more info on my personal site: Sorry Town, USA
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