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1  Large scale (and I mean BIG) cross stitched QR Code in Completed Projects by kakariki on: January 12, 2009 02:28:29 AM
I got asked to participate in a festival about street art and performance and made a 1mx1m cross stitched QR Code.  The stitching was done with finger knitted wool and it's stitched on some animal hutch type fence stuff I got from my local hardware store.

At this size the QR Code doesn't really work but it was still a ton of fun to make and I love the outcome!

More pictures and explanation here http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2009/01/12/qracks-in-the-land/

Thanks for looking!!
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2  Join the Craft In! - Melbourne in AUSTRALIA by kakariki on: November 29, 2008 03:56:25 PM

Hi all

We'd love to see some craftster peeps come join in on this craft action we're doing in the city to help raise awareness about the economic and environmental advantages of buying handmade and buying local.  We'll have copies of the handmade pledge to sign and a card making table so people can have a go at making something.

Let me know if you're keen to help organise or promote this event

Craft In!

Melbourne Craft Cartel helps patch up economic woes - Call to action!

Craft-in demonstration to be held in Bourke St Mall, Melbourne CBD, Monday December 8th

On Monday December the 8th the Rudd Government is giving big cash bonuses to pensioners, parents, low income families and first home buyers. The objective of this handout is to boost peoples spending in order to keep the economy pumping. What the Government isnt talking about is the most effective way to spend this handout to truly support the economy.

As crafters we understand the importance of buying handmade. We know that buying a handmade present means supporting your local community as well as giving a big finger to mass produced sweat shop crap. We know that buying handmade is infinitely better for our environment too.

As crafters we also understand that in times of economic pressure, people are less likely to spend a few more dollars for the handmade option.

We want to give the community the message that if they really want to contribute positively to the Australian economy, they should forget the plasma tv and Buy Handmade and Buy Local this festive season.

Did you know?

- For every $100 spent at a locally owned business $45 goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store only $14 comes back.

- Small local businesses are the largest employer in Australia. Every $1million spent locally equals 14 jobs!

- Non-profit organisations receive 250% more support from small local businesses than from large businesses. So if you support local business you support local causes too!

- Local business are more likely to purchase goods and services from other local businesses which dramatically reduces transport costs, one of the biggest causes of climate change.

- Handmade goods are more likely to include recycled materials which reduces the need for landfills

- Handmade goods are unique, high quality and set trends rather than following them!

The Craft Cartel will be supplying craft materials at the Craft In and encouraging passers-by to make a crafty gift or card themselves. The Craft Cartel will also be handing out an alternative gift buying guide, with plenty of ideas for christmas gifts that dont cost the planet or our communities.

We are looking for more crafters, designers, makers and handmade retailers to join us on the street to spread the message of buying handmade. We encourage people to bring examples of your work and promotional material to spread to people on the streets. We want people to come talk to passers-by about the pressures they face trying to earn a living making and selling handmade goods.

So come join us on the street and spread the word amongst your communities about buying handmade!

RSVP on Facebook and spread the word http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=50241196632

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3  Re: Free Tibet Cross Stitch Competition in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by kakariki on: August 22, 2008 06:46:12 PM
Yes! This was the winner

It's from Angela in Mexico and it's seriously cool!

Here's her description:
    I had a lot of fun doing this. It the second ever cross stitch I have designed myself, and Im pretty proud of it. Plus I think its the biggest one Ive ever done. I usually like the short, quick gratification projects. But at the moment I dont have a job, so I have a lot of time on my hands to cross stitch. Sorry the quality isnt that great. I just moved down to Mexico and the only aida cloth I can find here is close to a 14ct. and has a very uneven weave. And I dont like stitching with anything more than 2-strands. Just a personal quirk. I usually like 18ct. fabric. I cant wait to get my mom to mail me some from home. So unfortunately there is a lot of white showing through, accentuated by the large blocks of colour. But it looks really good from a few feet away, which works great, cause it is up on my wall, and you cant see all the tiny little flaws.

    So the writing in the cross stitch says Tibetan Freedom in Tibetan. I did it in orange, because of the Project Orange I read about on your site. Thats a great idea. I cant wait to see how the Olympics will pan out. Unfotunately Im one of the many who have decided to boycott the games, which is sad cause I kid a went to school with is competing this year. Looks like I have some decisions to make. Anyways, I added the dove from the group Students for a Free Tibet, and then stitched the top part of the Tibetan flag in the backgroud. I wanted to add some mountains and a quote from the Dalai Lama, but I wouldve had to make it bigger to get the effect that I wanted, and it was tough for me to even finish this size.
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4  The revolution is handmade - crafty public meeting in Melbourne in AUSTRALIA by kakariki on: August 15, 2008 09:21:44 PM
Hey all

We have a visiting academic in radical craft coming to Melbourne so we're having a public talk. It would be ace to see some craftster peeps there!

Here's the poster:

More details here http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2008/08/16/the-revolution-is-handmade/
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5  Melbourne Revolutionary Craft Circle Action (ADULT THEMES) in AUSTRALIA by kakariki on: August 07, 2008 01:50:47 AM
Hi all

A bunch of us went out on Sunday night and partook in some public craft, in a protest against land speculation during a housing affordability crisis.

I'm posting a couple of pics here and there's a huge amount plus a lot more detail about why we did the action on the blog post.

The main action was a big fence cross stitch, it took about 3 hours to do.

Night shot:

Day shot:

We made a bunch of mini banners on old curtain fabric samples which we tied on to the fences of a bunch of vacant sites with pretty ribbons:

For more info, check the blog post http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2008/08/06/melbourne-revolutionary-craft-circle-action/
We've also got a ton of audio for the next Craft Cartel podcast which I'm editing up now.  In fact, this post is a procrastination post...  I'll let y'all know when that's online too.

Thanks for looking, and those of you in the Western Suburbs, keep your eyes peeled Wink
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6  Free Tibet X Stitch Jacket in Needlework: Completed Projects by kakariki on: July 06, 2008 04:19:28 AM
I made this for the Free Tibet XStitch Competition we ran on the radical cross stitch site http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2008/04/11/free-tibet-xstitch-competition/.

I've had this jacket for ages and always wanted to stitch something on it. And I reckon it looks ace! 

Here's a close up

There's a free pattern for this and photo tutorial on how to cross stitch on fabric using aida fabric on the site if anyone's interested.

I didn't do this one but here's an entry from Angela in Mexico which I thought was pretty awesome and deserves sharing!

Thanks for looking!
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7  Question Authority XStitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by kakariki on: June 28, 2008 04:04:46 AM
Hi everyone

I made this for my little girls room.  I never got to do the whole decorate the nursery thing as we bought the house after she was born.  So her room is a bit bland but I've been doing a bit to cheer it up recently.

I made this.  I still need to find a frame for it 'cause none of the ones I have fit properly.


I like it a lot I think the colours work really nicely together and it's nice and warm.  And for once I designed a pattern that wasn't too complicated and time intensive.  So it only took me about a week to finish it (with aforementioned wee girl helping way too much!)

Thanks for looking!
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8  Vintage feminist symbol sampler hoodie in Needlework: Completed Projects by kakariki on: June 10, 2008 06:35:40 AM
I made this pattern ages ago but could never think of the right thing to do with it, and then I found this hoodie (which I don't fit into damnit!)

I scored this hoodie down at the local opshop and thought it would be perfect to stitch on. Dunno if any of you have stitched on polar fleece but it is one of my favourites. It has just that right level of fluffiness to hold the floss really well. Sometimes when you use waste fabric in this way it leaves the floss sitting a bit out from the fabric and it never looks quite as good as while you were stitching it. But polar fleece solves that issue beautifully. And even better it gives it a cute little wonkiness which just proves it wasnt done by a boring ol machine!

I did use some different variations on the colours compared to what it says in the pattern (cause I didnt have them on me), just lighter versions. If anyone wants to know the specific colours, let me know and Ill go look them up. Using the lighter colours worked really well against the grey and they seem to glow a bit. Im super happy with how that worked out.

And the hoodie itself is really cool. It has that great ski hood neck going on so you keep super warm. And it has nice long arms and body. AND it has pockets (with hidden zips) so its a useful garment! What is it with womens clothing not having pockets, or even worse, fake pockets? Thats just stupid. And it didnt have anything written on it which is rare in this day and age, so a super find!

The pattern is on my website if anyone wants to use it http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2007/12/27/a-belated-chrissy-present/  It's on a creative commons license so go nuts.
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9  Don't Bleed on the Carpet cross stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by kakariki on: May 18, 2008 11:16:13 PM

I've been working on this one for the last couple of months and very happy to see it framed and finished!

Its is an antique (c. 1860s) inspired floral border. Ive subtitled it if youre going to die, do it quietly. Its meant as an ironic tribute to all those revolting home sweet homes out there.

If you want to know more about the reasoning behind the design, check the blog post http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2008/05/19/home-sweet-radical-home/ warning: link contains political views that might corrupt young minds (hopefully)

Thanks for looking  Kiss Kiss
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10  Embroidered Ties - img heavy! language warning! in Needlework: Completed Projects by kakariki on: April 01, 2008 03:06:51 AM
My latest crafty obsession is reclaiming old ties and using them to boldly proclaim an objective in life, or current role within the patriarchy.  In jest, naturally.

The stitching is all back stitch, and the top one uses gold thread (why do I keep doing it to myself?)

If you're interested in my ranting patriarchal tie analysis see the post on my blog http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2008/04/01/tie-crazy/

Thanks for looking!
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