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3811  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bacon is dandy. (shamefully abundant photos) on: April 10, 2010 11:45:55 AM
I stitched this up for a fellow craftster whos always been very supportive, encouraging and generous with me just out of the blue.  Weve a bit of a running joke about how a meal or medicinal regimen can always be improved by a Bacon Upgrade.  Ive made a few different stitches using this 1996 Beatrix Potter toile, but this is my first time using the pigs I was so excited when it occurred to me to use them to illustrate The Bacon Upgrade.  Whee!



My goal was to make the left pig bland and plain-looking and then go crazy with his friend on the right make him a real dandy (hence the title of the piece, Bacon is dandy.).
I saved the dandy for last as a reward for hours spent with dull colors.



I tried to make the walking stick look like wood grain by mixing floss.



I was thinking a little bit Prince, a little bit Austin Powers, a lot ridiculous so I just kept lavishing on details luckily the funnest of them were also fast as I was anxious to get it done and shipped off to her.

From top to bottom:

The toupee is turkey stitch (cut).  I was going for an obvious fake highlight look.



The collar is lots of French knots.



The chain is chain stitch (imagine that) with a single strand of metallic floss.  Boy was I happy when the floss didnt fight me.  Buttons on French knots.



Fancy lace wrists are also turkey stitch (uncut) and were my first time using that stitch.



Also my first time using the seeding stitch, which I did over and over in 5 colors on his sack.



His shoes I just made up as I went along and Im really pleased that they ended up looking so much like 18th-century mens shoes.



I decided to name the poor chap, who is headed unknowingly into a make-over, "Porcius" because its from the Latin for pig and sounds highfalutin.  I had an epiphany to make the words bacon upgrade bacon colored and am pleased with the result.



Since I wanted the pigs to stand out, I didnt do much with the background, but I wanted to give the sign some words.  I decided to go with the old tickle-toe rhyme about piggies going to market of staying home for that.



Finally, the back.  I did the title in the bacon color combo because it makes me laugh.



I had meant to write Love, Tara but I got jimmijigged and by the time I realized what Id done I was past the point of no return mentally.  Hopefully shell feel the love, anyway.



I used 1-3 strands of about 15 colors of DMC floss and the following stitches:
Running, satin, back, long and short, split, lazy daisy, French knots, chain, seeding, turkey, turkey (cut).  Its 8 x 8 (approx 20cm x 20cm ).

What this part of the toile looked like before I gave it the Bacon Upgrade.



Thanks for looking through all of these!
3812  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sea Monster, Crazy Bird, Some Plants! Recent embroidery! on: April 09, 2010 07:22:45 PM
Wowzers!  You've really got a knack for embroidery!  I especially like the seamonster and tree.  Keep it up!
3813  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Girl In Chains (NSFW) on: April 09, 2010 06:03:27 PM
Wow!  This is amazing work and it's hard to believe that it's only your second piece!  It's so great that you're challenging yourself to learning new stitches already.  WAY TO GO!

I just stitched a chain the other day myself.  A very different chain, but still it's neat to see an different way of going about it.
3814  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: More Snuggles for Shelter Animals + More Pics on Page 2! on: April 09, 2010 04:53:38 PM
It's really situation where everyone wins!
3815  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Blah to Black and white (lots of pictures) on: April 08, 2010 04:57:40 PM
You've done an amazing job!  I really love the dictionary wall!  I've wanted for ages to do something similar with dictionary pages, or sheet music or maps, but just haven't found the place.  Sigh.  Now that you've painted the adjacent walls white or a light neutral (I can't quite tell), the cabinets look kind of mid-century modern and hip as they are.  I can understand wanting to paint them, but it seems sort of a shame for them to blend in the the walls by being white.  Maybe some kind of colorful knobs instead?  Just paint (or dictionary-ize) the back of the open shelves?   
3816  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: burps burps burps! (pic heavy on: April 08, 2010 04:20:59 PM
These are so great!  I especially love "The force is strong with this one." Did you design all the machine embroidery?
3817  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fabric Matching Game on: April 08, 2010 04:10:50 PM
I was very lucky to have been given (FINALLY) two nice pairs that have each cut miles of fabric.  The 3rd which is not so nice cuts the heck outta some paper, though. A rotary cutter would be so great for these, though.  It would save hours, I bet.
3818  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fabric Matching Game on: April 08, 2010 03:26:42 PM
Bias tape would be SO CUTE and SO TIME CONSUMING!  I image me finishing 3.5 pairs before giving up on the bias tape.  Cheesy  Not much a challenging game, eh?  I'm considering pinked edges and sewing them wrong sides together with a close zigzag.

Ooh that sounds really cute! Do you have a pinking rotary blade? I don't Sad But I may need to get one lol!

I don't, but I thought this would be as good as an excuse as any to get one!  I do have a pinking shears story, though.  For 6-7 years it was on my wish list that my mom would get for my grandmother and for her to use at gift giving time.  At the time I only had a 1940s Singer that didn't do anything but straight stitch and reverse and thought I could sew a lot more kinds of things if I had pinking shears.  FINALLY one year (after my grandmother had died) I was given some... 2 pairs from 2 different people.  Less than a month after that I was given a fancy new Pfaff machine that did all kinds of finishing stitches so I didn't really need them like I had before.  Then a year later, I "inherited" another pair when my other grandmother died.  That pair I use for paper, but still I've pinking shears coming out of my ears!  Luckily, I use them all the time.
3819  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fabric Matching Game on: April 08, 2010 02:50:35 PM
Bias tape would be SO CUTE and SO TIME CONSUMING!  I image me finishing 3.5 pairs before giving up on the bias tape.  Cheesy  Not much a challenging game, eh?  I'm considering pinked edges and sewing them wrong sides together with a close zigzag.
3820  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: April Featured Project and Interview on: April 08, 2010 01:55:13 PM
You guys!  You've made me tear up.  Thank you so much for your kind comments!  I love this place.
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