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« on: September 03, 2014 02:17:13 AM »

My mom has a fantastic embroidery sewing machine (a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond) and every time I visit her I take some time to play around with it. These are a couple of pieces I made the last time I visited - "Subversive Cross Stitch" inspired machine embroidery!



I programmed the designs myself in 4D Cross Stitch, and I actually liked the "Girls just wanna have..." one so much that I ended up making several versions in different colors. Most of them are embroidered on plain cotton, but I also tried some structured linen (the one in the large hoop above for example). That's one thing I love about machine embroidery, you can experiment and make several versions of a design in a relatively short time. Not so much so with traditional cross stitch!



I also made a couple of hooplas featuring "subversified" sayings in Swedish (my native language). Not sure how to translate them into English though...  Roll Eyes



Most of them were mounted in embroidery hoops I had laying around, but I also took a trip to the thrift store to buy some frames which I painted to fit the designs.



I hope you like them! I actually sold two of these within minutes of posting them on facebook, so I would consider that a success. And of course I am keeping a few for my own wall! :-)

Comments and criticism welcome!  Kiss

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2014 03:31:02 AM »

Ha, I understand the right one in swedish - it's one for all, all for one, is it?
The second one is "love and respect - should they be so hard?", at least that's what google says. Since svart also means black, I guess there are some cynical submessages in there? Like, "your love - has it to be that bad"?
Anyway, I really like it and never would have guessed it is machine stitched.

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2014 04:29:29 AM »

I am amazed. I had no idea a machine could do cross stitch.  These are great mottoes and look really good in their frames.
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2014 06:53:33 AM »

What a lovely "experiment"!

I have not tried the cross stitch function of my embroidery machine...but now that I see what can be done, I will have to set aside some time this winter...

I love the colors and the sayings--both English and Swedish!
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2014 06:58:14 AM »

These are great! Cross-stitch is awesome, but so time consuming so I think you've really worked out how to get the best of both worlds here! ^___^
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2014 07:10:44 AM »

I love these, especially because of the feminist quotes! I really like that purple frame on the bottom too.
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2014 09:06:44 AM »

karin, your first Swedish hoop has a cuss word  Grin But fits the sentence exactly.
it says, "Love and respect, it should be so f-king black" {'black' meaning...black and white and obvious?}

second one is, "Hen for all, all for hen". {probably having to do with farming, cooking, kitchens, and feeding large families. Just my silly American guess.}

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Very nice projects. I love your girls want to have....hoop. Don't we all wish for that? your flower embellishments are cool, too. wonderful job.
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2014 04:49:18 PM »

I like how you created your own designs. The sayings are fun and the flowers cute.

I had no idea that a machine could cross-stitch. I'd love to come play at your mom's place too!
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2014 11:02:21 PM »

Thanks for you lovely comments, they really made my day!!  Kiss Kiss

Ha, I understand the right one in swedish - it's one for all, all for one, is it?
The second one is "love and respect - should they be so hard?", at least that's what google says. Since svart also means black, I guess there are some cynical submessages in there? Like, "your love - has it to be that bad"?
Anyway, I really like it and never would have guessed it is machine stitched.

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karin, your first Swedish hoop has a cuss word  Grin But fits the sentence exactly.
it says, "Love and respect, it should be so f-king black" {'black' meaning...black and white and obvious?}

second one is, "Hen for all, all for hen". {probably having to do with farming, cooking, kitchens, and feeding large families. Just my silly American guess.}

https://translate.google.com/?

Very nice projects. I love your girls want to have....hoop. Don't we all wish for that? your flower embellishments are cool, too. wonderful job.


You are both close but not quite right! Let me see if I can try to explain...

The "Hen" hoop is a play on the traditional "one for all, all for one" but the "one" is substituted by new Swedish gender neutral pronoun "hen" (a mix between hon=she and han=he). Gender neutral pronouns are being discussed a lot in the Swedish feminist/lgbt-communities at the moment so the hoop is a comment on that (obviously, I'm all for trans rights and am amazed that we haven't had a gender neutral pronoun before now!).

The "Krlek och respekt" one I would translate loosely as something like "Love and respect - is that really so f****ng hard?". The last word is svrt (=hard) and not svart (=black). Note the little ring over the a!  And yes, "jvla" is a Swedish cuss word! :-) I didn't black it out since I figured so few Craftsters speak Swedish anyway. :-)

I hope that explains everything a bit better! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2014 09:41:45 AM »

lol still, very clever machine cross stitching! Grin

And, now we all learned a bit of Swedish! Grin
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