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Topic: Radiohead-inspired Videotape Embroidery  (Read 1927 times)
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« on: August 31, 2009 04:58:28 PM »

So I've done cross-stitch before, but I always thought any other type of embroidery was beyond my skill level (and probably still is!). But I got into a crafty mood, and I wanted to try my hand at it. I made plenty of mistakes doing this, and if I were to do it over I'd probably make a few changes to make the work easier on myself (like getting my hands on some fusible webbing for the applique part!). The white lettering is atrocious and some of the stitching is a little uneven, but that's part of the fun of being a beginner--you get to learn the hard way!

Even so, I'm proud of it. It's being sent as a gift to my boyfriend Greg, who is currently 2500 miles away in Montana for grad school. He's a big Radiohead fan, so I decided I wanted to make something for him that had a Radiohead theme to it. (And trust me, it's hard to find Radiohead lyrics that are even mildly romantic.) The song "Videotape" is off their latest album, In Rainbows, and has the line "You are my center when I spin away." Technically it isn't a very optimistic song, but I do like its haunting solemnity, and I think that's appropriate given our geographic separation.

I drew out the pattern, sewed on some black, gray, and white fabric for the video's label and film parts, realized too late that I wouldn't be able to see through the black and gray areas to trace the text in, and had to freehand that part, which is why the white text is shaky at best, ha. The white text is the lyric from the song; the black date, June 15 2008, is our anniversary. It took me a little under a week, working off and on. I used satin stitch, split stitch, and backstitch. Even though it's not perfect, I like the texture of it and I think it turned out to be a good first project!

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009 05:07:01 PM »

I love this!
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009 05:42:38 PM »

oh man what a sweet piece of work Smiley (both in skill & thought) I actually think the white text looks ok, and i can't believe you satin stitched (I think that's the name... although i don't embroider so i could be very wrong) that whole casette tape case!

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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2009 05:55:59 PM »

wow, girl you are crazy with all of that satin stitch... rock on wit yo bad self!  That looks great!! I just love the little inside bits for the tape.  And your lettering certainly doesn't look atrocious even if it was atrocious to stitch.  Keep up the good work  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2009 08:07:23 PM »

Ha ha thanks everyone. I know there's so much satin stitch it's probably an embroidery faux-pas, but I wanted the videotape to be filled in, and that's how I thought to do it! Definitely won't be filling in such a large area the same way again, although I do like the texture it made. The whole piece is about 8.5" x 4.5" and in the last photo I have it in an 8x10 frame.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2009 08:27:51 PM »

wow. this is really rad. you did a great job.

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2009 04:31:47 PM »

Sooo awesome...love the whole idea. I'm a huge Radiohead fan too Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009 07:50:27 AM »

Wow! This is amazing! Great job.

« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2009 03:31:04 AM »

Wow! You must have some kind of patience to satin stitch that whole thing. It looks great too.

« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2009 06:24:35 PM »

Thank you for all the nice comments!  Grin
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