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1  The Dark Lord's Apprentice in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: July 25, 2014 10:34:25 AM
This is the largest piece I have done to date. Just shy of 25,000 stitches, 17 colors and over a foot tall, it took me 3 years to stitch! It is based on the art from the late nineties VHS box set. It came in gold and silver and I always thought it would look cool in red.

I have to give a big thanks to my wife. I got a lot of guesses on the finished piece through the years and even when it was complete my daughter wasn't sure if it looked very "Vader-ish". I got a little bummed and put it away. Windy is the one who ironed it, washed it and framed it. She has a little more faith in me than I do (I'm pretty lucky that way).

Here is a close up of some of the stitches/colors:
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2  I Know Why The Stitched Bird Sings in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: April 30, 2014 10:56:43 PM
I came across these small decorative cages at the craft store a few months back and immediately had the urge/thought to make a little bird and put it inside. I was already working on another project and not sure if it was a whim or not so I left the cage there. After a couple more trips I ended up with the cage and a pattern book of pets and animals. I put a blue parakeet inside.

I haven't done any serious backstitching in a while and am so glad I did. I have another cage so I may do another bird.

Thanks for looking.

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3  She Quote in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: March 21, 2014 03:01:10 PM
We all know she said it.

I left my craft bag with my main project on the bus earlier this week and decided to complete this quote while waiting for a chance to retreive it at the central office lost and found (yep everything was returned without so much as a piece of thread missing. Humanity remains).

As a series-long fan of The Office, I've always wanted to do some kind of play on this line and I thought this would be pretty appropriate to hang in my cubicle.
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4  Blowing Kisses in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: December 20, 2013 07:57:56 AM
I finished a huge Darth Vader project after three years and it looks like next year might be the start of something Obi-Wan-ish. I wanted to give my wife something for Xmas that would hopefully remind her that she continues to inspire me to do, what I think are, beautiful things.

I was able to complete about half of it stitching right in front of her. All I had to do was tell her it was going to be Boba Fett and no more prying eyes!  Wink
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5  Han Stitched First in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: December 10, 2013 10:06:42 AM
Ive been kicking the idea of this design around for years. I have done a lot of other projects and finally decided to go for it. The idea for this piece is what started my desire to blog about Star Wars needlework. It was a lot of fun to finally work on and I am very excited that it is done! Thanks for looking.

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6  Meet The Fetts in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: December 08, 2013 08:46:14 AM
I think partially in rebellion to spending three years on one detailed project, I have been having a lot of fun doing less detailed designs and silhouettes! I completed Boba first and then decided to lose the dent and do Dad.


Prime Clone:

Thanks For Looking!
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7  Where Do Wookies Come From? in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: November 25, 2012 12:33:24 PM
I've seen versions of this joke on shirts and other places and I really wanted to stitch it as it combines two of my favorite universes!

I used varigated thread for the ewok so he may have come out with 3PO Syndrome (one light leg, one dark leg) but it has made a really cute bookmark!
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8  Jedi Of Christmas Past in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: December 19, 2011 07:47:01 AM
My Christmas Project this year.

Jedi of Christmas Past by whateverjames, on Flickr

It's in a 4-inch hoop on 18-count aida. Yoda and Obi-Wan are Iotacons designed by Andy Rash. Sadly, he hasn't made an Anakin Iotacon yet so I did my best to make one out of a couple of existing designs.
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9  Thank The Maker in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: November 22, 2011 09:08:32 AM
I whipped this up yesterday based on a pixelated version of George Lucas in Wired Magazine.

Thank The Maker by whateverjames, on Flickr

I've always been a big fan of the C-3P0 quote being applied in this way and was glad to finally find a cool way to do mine.
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10  Luke Skywalker in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: May 04, 2011 03:36:06 PM
In honor of this holiest of days I finally get to share my Luke Skywalker "portrait". It is done in the Fairey/Obama poster style and did originally include the words "A New Hope" at the bottom. I have never really done a portrait (unless you count a Bender from Futurama), or at least not of a real human being. There is one or two I really want to do so I thought I should try this first! I ended up leaving the words off because I decided I was just too happy with the picture that I didn't want it to have words.

I had a lot of fun with this piece and although I swore off Star Wars pieces a long time ago, I think it's safe to say I am going to get into them a bit more (I hope to have my Vader sampler up soon). Any advice or critique, especially on portrait work, is always welcome!

A New Hope 4-18-11 by whateverjames, on Flickr

and here it is with my Episode III novel to give you an idea of the scale

The Size of Hope by whateverjames, on Flickr
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