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Topic: MoC's Miss Glenda - is this a good gift?  (Read 3597 times)
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« on: June 24, 2009 05:55:34 PM »

Hello fellow craftsters,

my BF and I have been looking at Mitch O'Connell homepage the other day, and he instantly fell in love with MoC's poster for the B-Fest 2006 (you can see it here: http://www.mitchoconnell.com/bfest2008web.jpg ). Since I don't think I can get my hands on an original, especially here in Germany, I decided to do the next best thing and recreate it for him by embroidering it.

Since I never tried my hands at any kind of embroidery except cross stitching, I decided to stick with simple stitches, and did the whole thing using either backstitch or threaded backstitch, and also decided to add some color by crayon tinting rather than trying to fill large areas with thread.

I spent so much time looking at the thing that by now I can't tell whether I like it or not anymore. I never crafted anything for my BF before since we have only been dating for a few months now, and to add to my usual insecurities when it comes to giving something I made he is a talented graphic artist and design student with a very clear sense of style.
So before I decide whether I really will give it to him as a "just-because"-gift it would be great to hear the opinion of some of you, who have not spent hours and hours staring at Miss Glenda and all the little faults I bestowed upon her... you like? or not so much?

Also, I would like to put her in a frame, but have no clue how to a) get her to be less wrinkly (she's oh-so-wrinkly in real life) and b) mount her the embroidery  Grin , so any advise you may have for me would be greatly appreciated!

Well, now, finally, after all the wordiness, here goes:

Mitch O'Connell's Miss Glenda

I'd love to hear what you think,


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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009 06:09:53 PM »

Definately! I love this Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009 06:18:04 PM »

You definitely captured the image. I think you did a great job.

To get the wrinkles out you can use an iron. Just make sure that it's not at too high a temp for the fabric. As for mounting, I really dunno. I'm having a bit of the same problem with one right now.

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009 06:21:30 PM »

This is incredibly well done. Marvelous work!
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009 06:23:32 PM »

i think you got the image perfectly.

as for mounting, i have not mounted a piece in... 7 or 8 years, but when i did, i ironed it, then when i had it on the cardboard/in the frame, i taped it down after stretching it a bit to get any remaining wrinkles out (of course, there may be someone who didn't drop needlework for 7 years then just picked it up again this month who knows a better way)

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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2009 07:18:26 PM »

This is a great gift! You did a really good job and it looks like the image.

I really liked that you coloured it in with crayon. That's an excellent idea and one I might try in the future.

When I want to mount my embroidery I stretch it over a wood stretcher like you would a canvas for painting. That way you can hang it on your wall.

The best thing for the wrinkles is to iron, but don't let it get to hot or your may melt the crayon.

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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2009 08:40:56 PM »

I've never mounted a piece of embroidery, so I can't help be of any help with that. However, this piece is awesome! The crayon tinting looks great. I think you captured the image perfectly! It's definitely a great gift. I know I'd love to get it.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2009 09:23:55 PM »

omg i think that's awesome!  & he would loooove it!  you did a great job. Cheesy 

what about ironing it with starch?  i'm not very knowledgeable of such things, but that's what i would think.  get it nice & crisp, put some cardboard behind it, & fix the edges down all around on the back.  maybe a little batting behind it too if there's room in the frame?

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009 07:20:44 AM »

This is devastatingly good!

You can buy adhesive-backed mounting boards at your local craft store...they start around $5 for 5" x 7".  Those work beautifully!   

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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2009 08:21:41 AM »

This rocks so hard! I agree with others, iron-maybe with some starch, and glue it around a piece of cardboard to mount, then put some felt over that.

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