Thursday, October 29, 2009

Got some canvas stretchers for mounting John Wayne. Now I just need to finish him up.

This wood grain is killing me!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I found my Spirograph!!!

I'm puppy-sitting for my boyfriend's sister and her dog, Bella, had to get involved

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Here's a scan of the progress I've made on my John Wayne portrait. It's still not quite done yet, but it's getting there. I spent several hours on it today while I was home from work. Unfortunately, I was home because I threw my back out and was physically unable to find a comfortable position to sit/lay/stand, so stitching was terribly unpleasant. Oh well, such is life.

I'm actually really, really happy with it so far. I'd even venture to say it's the best piece I've done so far. If you wanna see any detail whatsoever your best bet is to click on the picture.

Oh, and I have a good shot at showing this off to Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick tomorrow. I'm super excited.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

And now for something completely different. . .

The Duke!

Obviously still in progress.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I would just like to thank everyone on the Needlecraft board of Craftster as well as the people over at Mr X Stitch. I've been going through a bit of a rough patch for some time now and all of your comments and encouragement have really helped me a lot.

More than you could ever imagine.

: )

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I'm not finished with my robot girls yet, but I needed something new to work on. I posted a picture on here previously of some vintage Playboys I'd tracked down at a garage sale. Well, when I actually opened them up and started looking through them I realized what an awesome find I actually had. One of the photo sets was actually based on sketches done for Playboy by Salvador Dali.

I know, right?

Anyway, the whole set was awesome but there was one picture that caught my eye immediately and I knew I had to do something with it.

It's just so creepy in all the right ways.

So I did some sketching and I changed a few things here and there to suit my tastes and here's what I ended up with.

Done on some cheapo pink cotton which actually sucked way more than I had expected to work with. It's mostly in shades of black and grey with the exception of the nipples because for some reason those have to be as realistic as possible for me. I am a nipple perfectionist.

I'm very happy with how the hair turned out except for the fact that the lady on the right seems a tad bit uneven. I may go back in and fix that, I haven't decided yet. I'm not crazy about how her face turned out though. I had a really tough time with it for some reason. I think I was working with too long a needle and it inhibited the amount of detail I could achieve a bit.

But, I love the way this turned out.

And although from the picture you can hardly tell because the greys all kinda blend together, this is about five different shades of and it took about two hours to complete.

That's about all there is to say for now except that you haven't seen the last of this Dali set. I will be working up some more stuff from this, really soon.

This embroidery brought to you by: Randy "Macho Man" Savage

Oooooh yeeeah!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Some recent sketches.

This was an ad for Fringe Hair Salon. That's supposed to be a ruler. It's unfinished.

I think this is the girl from Bat for Lashes? I went overboard with the hair. The bangs and the bottoms look exactly like I wanted. The rest is total shit.


Another Fringe ad. Her face turned out unnaturally long. I may turn her into a werewolf.

From a photo by Matt Schwerin. Unfinished.


Another photo by Matt Schwerin. Super unfinished.


I know what you're thinking: Unabomber.
Greatest garage sale find ever, ever.

This is my new embroidery inspiration. I'm going to start sketching tonight.

They're from 1974/75.

Fuck yeah.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

So, I'm coming ever closer to finishing up my shit for this art show, which is quite exciting. I must say I don't think I've taken anything this seriously in awhile and it's nice to find something that I enjoy this much. I posted some in progress shots a little while back and I feel like I've come leaps and bounds since then with this project. I'm not finished as I still want to do some background work and some borders around the pieces to make them more suitable to hang but I have the bulk of the work (i.e. the actual portraits) done aside from perhaps a few minor details. Well, enough rambling, and on to the pictures!

I've been experimenting with tinting my fabrics in different ways. This one is all crayon, I believe.

Here is a decent closeup of the face and hair. I'm really happy with the way the hair turned out. The layers of texture there turned out better than I could have hoped for. These pictures are shot with a webcam however, and I'm afraid the detail just might not translate.

And here is girl #2. I personally love this one, hands down, a million times more than the first one. My boy-half and I had a discussion about it the other day, as he prefers the first one, and I think I've come to the conclusion that I like the sketchy look that the different stitch choice gave it. Not sure why, entirely.

Same technique for the hair. I will def. be holding on to that one.

The necklace is made up of french knots. The wires are double and single strand couching in multiple colors. I really wanted them to look like they were spilling out of her.

I was especially proud of the way that cigarette turned out, but I don't think these pictures do it justice.

More couching/wires. But more importantly, check out those areolas. The color is, like, perfect. I made sure to write down the color number. That is my new go to nipple color.

And here, kiddies, is why you never leave your embroidery lying around in a bag on the floor near an open can of Strawberry Crush when you have hardwood floors and you're enjoying some much needed "alone time" with your significant other in a bed frame that's on wheels.

DO NOT DO IT! Consider yourselves warned.

I will be carefully bleaching this soon.

All-in-all I'm happy with the results.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Working on Mother's Day gifts today.

This one's for my mom

She enjoys the occasional drink. Ignore the giant, Master Shake-esque hand. I really don't know what happened there. But check out that stem stitch. Best I've ever gotten it to look, if I do say so myself.

And it's all thanks to this awesome book my grandma found for $.50 at a garage sale

I got that and about 20-30 yards of jersey knit for $4 all at the same sale.

Best. Sale. Ever.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I've been working on stuff for the upcoming art show at Delicious Ink. The theme is robots so I'm thinking vintage pin-ups that are secretly cyborgs.

Here are some in progress shots:

As you can see, the best lighting I could find for my crappy webcam shots was the bathroom.

***NOTE: Those are not my cigarette butts. I don't smoke anymore. Not like that, at least. Only when I'm drunk. Anyway, those belong to Matt's dad.

Here's a close up. You can kinda see some of the robot bits.

Yay, for robot porn!

And here's how I plan on finishing this today:

Half of that was drank already this morning and the other half went directly into the fridge for iced coffee throughout the day.

Fuck Starbucks, Fuck McDonald's. Iced coffee has two ingredients: ice and coffee. I have both. I think I can handle it on my own, thanks.