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« on: November 17, 2008 09:25:12 PM »

This month's Featured Project comes to us from sophieangele. It is pretty amazing! Enjoy!

1. Tell me a little about the project

My friend Joe is the most awesome person in the world, and I wanted to make him an equally awesome present. So, armed only with a hoop, canvas, needle, floss, and a rather over-optimistic estimation of how easy the whole thing would be, I decided, as my first ever project, to embroider him the album cover of a band he liked the Decemberists. A bit of googling later, I decided that the Billy Liar EP cover was the easiest one to go with, a decision that haunts me to till this day. In all, it took about 2 -3 months, and it was mostly embroidered with a beading needle, using 1-ply floss. Basically, this project hymn to love, naivety, and overweening hubris.

2. Tell me a little about yourself

Im a graduate student doing a Jewish Studies Masters, and I spend most of my life buried in books. Crafting is now my treat to myself if I have been particularly productive, I wish I could do it more often.

3. What/who inspires you?

All sorts of things, really. Craftster is definitely an endless source of ideas and encouragement. The things I study, too, often find their way into my crafts when I still studied medieval history, there were an awful lot of medieval fancy dress costumes.

4. How long have you been stitching and how did you get started?

Im fairly new to embroidery since completing this one, Ive only embroidered some panels for a challah cloth, and a couple of canvas bags. My current project is one of the Science in Stitching patterns from theflossbox. Im really bad for being disloyal to my crafts. I see something I like, decide Im going to make it, and then figure out how thats how this project got started. I always see lovely embroidered things on craftster, and so I decided I needed to learn to make this for Joe.

5. What would you tell aspiring needlework craftsters?

Learn from my mistakes: buy an embroidery book and a pattern first! Do not kill your eyes and mental wellbeing by trying to launch in there blind. I think Im still in recovery from the trauma!
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008 09:33:18 PM »

Oh yay! I love this piece and I'm so glad it's the Featured Project for the month! Congrats! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008 06:15:55 AM »

this is a breath taking piece.. i am glad it got picked.. amazing job again!

« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008 06:23:19 AM »

Holy cow, this is freaking amazing! I'm super new at embroidery & can't seem to embroider anything without putting ginormous holes in it from mucking up the stitches a million times, hahah. Hopefully, with A LOT of practice, I'll be able to put something together that looks even half as good as this does! Again, great job, it's a fantastic!
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2008 06:30:43 AM »

this is absolutely stunning!  I'm glad sophieangele was featured because somehow I missed seeing this amazing project on the completed project board.   

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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2008 08:33:40 AM »

sophieangele you so deserved this recognition. An incredible undertaking for anyone, but in particular for someone new to stitching. I'm in awe. Smiley

Thanks kittykill for doing this one!

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2008 05:55:55 PM »

Hear, hear!!  This is just a lovely project and really you have done an outstanding job on it.  Another congratulations on earning the Featured project!! Wink

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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2008 05:55:57 PM »

Great to see that this got picked as the featured project as it is amazing. I love everything about this work, it is such a quality piece!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2008 04:24:27 AM »

How unbelievably beautiful.  There's something about just diving into a new craft and going for it - it might be harder, but the rewards seem to be so much more in the end.  Plus, the knowhow you gain makes it worth it.
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