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21  You Seem Nervous. Is It The Scars? in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: January 21, 2010 05:59:09 PM
So I have been on a mad dash to get some new cool projects done as I have been invited to set up a table at the Punk Swap Meet here in Sacramento next month.

Aside from being a lifelong Joker fan I, like most everyone else, loved Heath Ledger in the Dark Night. I created this pattern based on an image I found on google. It's got close to 2500 stitches and took two days short of two weeks. I don't know how much actual time, though.

My iron broke so I smoothed it with the bottom of a hot pan (it's all classy over here) and will properly finish/frame it in the next couple weeks before the swap meet.

Comments and criticisms are always welcome. Thanks for looking!

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22  It Came From Outer Space in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: January 08, 2010 01:05:17 AM
So it's been a while. Beside the holidays I have been trying to focus on one big project but the opportunity to present my work in public has come up so I am trying to do a few new projects in preparation.

This is a pattern I saw on Sprite Stitch and immediately fell in love with. I think it's brilliant. They said they were inspired by beefranck so it makes sense as I think she is brilliant too. So the pic isn't that great and if you want all the droll info, it's at my blog.

C&C is always welcome! Thanks

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23  Six Stitches With Brain Death Part 4 in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: September 30, 2009 04:40:06 PM
This is number 4 in my Six Women Series (that means only two left)!!!

This has always been one of my favorite lines. I am sure this play did not invent the line but its the first place I heard it. I used a backstitch font I used to use a lot. Same with the hearts, I have not done hearts in a while and I needed some flash stitch. I was originally thinking about doing the word mother on a ribbon or something that the birds would be holding but I just couldnt find a look that I was happy withbut I did not want to lose the birds.

As always, thanks for looking!

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24  Six Stitches With Brain Death Part 3 in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: September 26, 2009 07:54:41 AM
We've Arrived!

This is from one of my favorite skits involving the space-time continuum rift that is known as High School Reunion. Basically six BFFs show up to the 20-year reunion with fake friendship in the air. As the song goes on and the champagne flows the secrets start coming out! Love It!

I did pink because of one of the dresses in the skit. After 21 viewings it's the only dress that has to be worn by the particular character (its hideous and hilarious), the other girls can wear any ghastly thing they want!

Wouldn't be right if it wasn't another camera phone pic!
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25  Six Stitches With Brain Death Part 2 in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: September 22, 2009 10:39:42 PM
The World Is Wonderful!!!

Here is part two (of six) planned pieces inspired by the musical "Six Women With Brain Death"! I always say it's from the opening song which is also used as an instrumental break between skits but as I think about it, there may be two songs in the opening.

Whatever. It's from the opening song which is also used as an instrumental break between skits.

The play and this line are ripe with sarcasm so I really wanted a contrast between the word "Wonderful" and everything else. I chose a rainbow because a) rainbows are pretty, and b) the play is being put on by The Lambda Players here in Sacramento and they do happen to be "by, for and about the LGBT community" so I really took it as a tribute to them to work that into this piece.

As always a questionable quality picture phone photo  Tongue
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26  Six Stitches With Brain Death Part 1 in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: September 21, 2009 07:25:26 AM
I hope someone out there has seen the play Six Women With Brain Death. I am doing a series of short projects based on the play and this is the first one!

I didn't want to go on and one about the play here if no one has seen it so there is a link to my blog below for the whole story but the bullet points are:
  • I love this play
  • I hate metallic threads
  • The little deely-bopper at the bottom is what they wear onstage for this skit

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27  MrXStitch Quote in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: August 18, 2009 09:54:33 PM
So I do a lot of quotes. I usually find them faster then pictures and its a great way for me to have funny or inspirational stuff around. But I only quote that which moves me, and when possible from those I admire. I've quoted shows, songs, my songs, my wife and a few others.

MrXStitch has done a lot for men in needlework and I came across an interview he gave to manbroidery blog back in April. This seemed like a battle cry. Like Joan Jett singing "I love rock and roll". And since I am in the middle of a rather large project it rang even more true to stop what I was doing and do this, truly, on the fly (see how I tied it all together).

And Jamie, My apologies for likening you to Joan Jett. Unless you are into that sort of thing in which case I apologize for nothing!
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28  In Memoriam in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: July 19, 2009 06:42:43 PM
I've been away for a while with the new job that I cant stitch at and exciting stuff at home. One of the more exciting happenings was that Windy and I were expecting a baby boy.

Sadly Windy went in to labor a little too early and he did not make it. So for once I am cross stitching something very serious and very dear to me - instead of my usual smart-assery!

I chose the lyrics from "99 Red Balloons" because a: we released balloons at our memorial service and b: I always felt the song was about surviving the end of the world, which is what the last two weeks have really felt like.

Sorry for such a downer. Hopefully next time I am back it will be a little more fun.

Sorry the pic isnt that good. Cant really steady a camera right now either.
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29  Last Words For My Boss in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: May 12, 2009 12:51:27 PM
So I've made it well known I do most of my stitching at work. Now I have a new job where I will probably not get such an amazing opportunity. So how do you say thanks to a boss who is awesome but then added another layer of awesome by letting you stitch all day? Stitch her something of course!

I told her I would stitch anything she wanted, preferably a phrase, and it didnt have to be work appropriate (she has not seen half the stuff I have done and posted here)  Wink. So this is what she asked for. She said it had something to do with being into competitve swimming but to be honest I have only been able to take it as dirty as it originally sounded.

Thanks Tammy, you have been the best. My stitches and I will miss you!!!

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30  All that "intellegence is a turn-on" talk is crap in Needlework: Completed Projects by whateverjames on: May 10, 2009 11:11:20 AM
So the kids always tell us they love us to the moon and back, or around the sun and back to my heart or something sweet like that. Windy and I were laying around and she started to tell me she loved me to the moon and around Pluto and out by the other plantets, etc.

I started to explain that 1) Pluto's not a planet anymore. 2) The planets dont exactly line up in their orbit so her love would be constantly passing me as it tried to make its way along the path she set. Apparently poetic romanticism is not to be mixed with scientific fact because this was Windy's response:

So I landed a new job (yay) but it gaurantees I will not have all day to sit and cross stitch like I have the past year (boo) so this is part one of what I am calling my "Big Push" to finish multiple projects before the new job starts on the 18th.
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