October 2010 Archives

WIP Wednesday: Fixed Edition

Started over on the stitch I screwed up last week. Here's what it was supposed to look like:

uninspired

Haven't had much inspiration lately and when I needed to come up with something to stitch on the plane, I just took a pattern from a book, made a few additions and called it a day. I didn't even bother to change the colors.

Got another Phat Quarter swap coming up and a few ideas bubbling in my head. I may finally start my embroidery project as well. Right now I really need to have something going at all times. 

Stitch Story: Poetry!

**This piece is NSFW, you've been warned**

The idea for this piece has been floating around for about a year ago when I signed up to do a NSFW swap and was looking for inspiration. I thought it would be a great piece if I had a male partner in the swap, but I didn't, so the idea went on the backburner. A few months ago, the idea was resurrected when I found a pattern I could use for the basis of the piece (it was a pattern for a Joy to the World Christmas stocking).

The phrase is a line from a Jim Morrison poem titled, "Lament for the Death of my Cock". The full poem is at the bottom. My brother was a big Doors fan and had a book of Morrison's writing that I took from him in high school. I also took his awesome Doors shirt that said "People are Strange". I wore that thing to death. Got so many WTF looks while wearing it (which was kinda the point). High school me was awesome. </sarcasm> I generally hate poetry, too much flowery crap and beating around the bush for me, but some of Morrison's stuff is entertaining.

Ode

Detail shot:

Ode Detail

So for the piece I used the music for "Hello, I Love You", which is my favorite Doors song. Specifically, it's the "Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name" part of the song, which I thought was fitting for the sentiment. For the colors, I kept it simple and used turquoise for the notes which was Jim Morrison's favorite color supposedly. So it's that and a lot of freaking backstitch, which is not my favorite, especially now. And with all the straight lines, I was constantly tying to make it look as perfect as possible. The OCD tendencies were definitely flaring up. Overall, I'm really happy with how it came out, especially since it's so different from what I normally do.



Lament for the Death of my Cock (Jim Morrison)

Lament for my cock
Sore & crucified
I seek to know you
acquiring soulful wisdom
you can open walls of
mystery
strip-show

How to get death
One the morninaye
show

TV death
which the child
absorbs

death-well
mystery
which makes
me write

Slow train
The death of my cock
gives life

Guitar player
Ancient wise satyr
Sing your ode
to my cock
caress its lament
stiffen & guide
us

Lost cells
The knowledge of cancer
To speak to the heart
& give the great gift
words

power

trance

This stable friend
& the beasts of his zoo
wild, haired chicks
each color connects
to creat the boat
which rocks the race

could any hell be more
horrible than now
& real

"I pressed her thigh
& death smiled"

death, old friend
death & my cock
are the world

I can forgive
my injuries
in the name of
wisdom

luxury

romance

Sentence upon sentence
Words are healing.

Words got me the wound
& will get me well

If you believe it.

All join now in lament
for the death of my cock
a tongue of knowledge
in the feathered night

boys get crazy in the head
& suffer
I sacrifice my cock
on the altar
of silence

WIP Wednesday: Airport Taxi Reception Editon

Last day in Texas. It has been completely relaxing and nice. I think I might have gone overboard with the cross stitch books though. 

What I'm bringing home:

3 books
12 leaflets (!!!)
2 patterns
6" Q-snap
4 new things of fancy floss

Sad thing is, I thought I was showing some restraint.

Here's my progress on my plane stitch. I didn't work on it at all while in Texas, so it looks the same this week as it did last week. 

wip-tulip

I plan to try and get at least one picture of myself stitching on the plane or in the airport.

As I planned, I took advantage of my mom's cardmaking supplies and made my Christmas cards and some basic cards. I made 17 cards in all. I also came up with a different idea for my new address cards so they've been put on hold for the time being. I'll post some card pictures in the next few days.

WIP Wednesday: Homeland Edition

First full day of my trip home, I have tons of crafty things planned including hitting up the used bookstores for new cross stitch books (always a priority) and going to a cross stitch store and hoping my brain doesn't explode like it did the last time.

As far as making stuff. I'm planning to make my Christmas cards, moving/new address cards (for when I actually have my own place again), and cards to include in swaps. All in a week. I will be running on Taco Cabana and sweet tea.

I started a new stitch for the plane ride. And there's supposed to be a picture here but I can't use the interwebs on my laptop. I can't live like this.

My plan was to create a pattern that incorporates 3 random words and work on that during my trip. But the combination of the words (crooked, bake and cryptic) and my slow pattern making pretty much killed that. I have a general idea of what I want to do though. I'm mildly excited about it.

I also tried and failed to finish my nsfw stitch before I left. It's very close though so I should be able to show that off after I get back.

WIP Wednesday: Swap Edition

First things first....the completed mystery stitch...

Mystery stitch revealed!

Which also happens to be the movie related idea I was working on awhile back. For those who aren't awesome enough to get the reference, shame on you, it's from Heathers. To put it in context:

Veronica: All we want is to be treated like human beings, not to be experimented on like guinea pigs or patronized like bunny rabbits.

Veronica's dad: I don't patronize bunny rabbits.

I also completed a swap with filmresearch, who is currently working on an awesome embroidery series. I sent him my Sonic Youth fishy friends stitch and I received this:

Swap with filmresearch

The picture really doesn't do it justice. I love it and can't wait to display it.

Moving on to the wip portion of our show. I'm working on my nsfw piece, hoping to have it finished before I go out of town. I hit a snag the other night when I realized I couldn't count to 5 and had screwed up badly enough that I needed to start all over. The picture is from the first try, about 2 days before I discovered my mistake. It's been awhile since I made a mistake I couldn't fix. Guess I was due. I was really careful about checking and double checking my counting....except on the easiest freaking part.

wip-line

Still need to create a pattern for something to stitch on the plane. 2 of my newest ideas are nsfw so that probably isn't the best idea.