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« on: April 02, 2009 06:26:03 AM »

Here's my entry for the One Pattern, Many Stitches Challenge.

When we got married in 2007, we had a really hard time picking out dinnerware. We'd both lived on our own for a while, and had strong opinions. He had these horrendous black matte dishes (that scratched like a chalkboard!), and I had some terribly ugly (but beautiful to me) retro oatmeal and brown floral print plates from the 70s. We finally found something we could agree on at Pottery Barn (though we're not really PB people), and ended up with a set of green and white dishes.

We did not register for China. Can't even imagine how that might have gone. Plus, my mom owns two sets of China, which my sister and I will get at some point, decades from now. We're just not China people.

So, I decided that the wording needed to reflect that, and hence, the China-Free Home. It was a little difficult for me to find the right color combination to accurately represent my hair color (which is red and curly), but I'm pretty satisfied with what I ended up with. I also love her hot pants and high heels (though, had I thought hard about it beforehand, she'd be wearing jeans and Birkenstock sandals).

Unfortunately, the only chance I had to take a picture of the completed object was at about 10 pm last night, so the photo quality is not that great.

This is stitched onto a lovely organic cotton towel I bought at Target (which has a lovely small weave and is delightfully huge, though they were on clearance last I saw and may no longer be available). I'm thinking about adding some fabric backing to cover up the stitches (which are messier than I wish), and a border, but that'll have to wait until after we move.

Here's my work-in-progress shot:

I had a lot of fun with this (and am so glad for the deadline extension)!
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009 08:40:48 AM »

This is awesome. And believe it or not, but my hubby brought the matte black dishes and I brought the oatmeal w/ black swirlies too! Glad ya got a compromise!
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009 08:45:18 AM »

i love this. We are a china free home too. I am just so damned accident-prone that we're slowly transferring over to melamine plates and bowls. they have some really snazzy ones in Asda (Wal-Mart, uk style) at the mo.
i love this teatowel!
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009 10:06:43 AM »

I <3 this so much!  the background story on your stitching is great as we are a china free home too!

your lettering of 'china free home' is fantastic!  is that your own handwriting or a computer font?

you mentioned this was on a tea towel, but i think you should frame it in a hoop and hang it in your new kitchen!

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2009 02:28:19 PM »

Hoorah for china free homes!

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2009 08:35:00 PM »

Good for you!!  China-free here, too!  Thought it would also be a waste of $$.  Looking forward to inheriting his or my mom's set someday and we'll look forward then! Wink 

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2009 05:26:02 PM »

I love the story behind this! Its great because my sister was recently given a set of dishes that she will never use from my mom, beceuse we were never allowed to eat off them as kids!

Your stitching is fantastic as well, the hair looks amazing!

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