Recently I participated in an embroidery swap hosted by the group Phat Quarter over on Flickr. This was my first swap with this group, and one I was particularly nerve wracked about. Have you visited Phat Quarter before? There are some seriously talented stitchers who contribute to that group. Like seriously talented, and smart and funny and so on, and so on...
I know my stitchery is, you know... ok. I mean, I'm usually happy with how things come out, and I don't think I'm a schlep or anything, but I'm not overly confident either. I'm not a pro, I don't have an Etsy shop nor do I have any formal training in art or embroidery. I just like to stitch fun stuff. Shoot, it was only a year ago that I first picked up needle and thread. I'm not fishing for compliments here, this was a real concern for me, I didn't know if I was going to be able to produce something on par with the standard of talent over there. Tiny fish/big ocean... See? But you'll never know if you can swim if you don't get in the water, so into the ocean I plunged!
The theme of the swap, movies!
I was partnered with a really cool chic-a-dee who gave me freedom, carte blanche, to stitch what I liked for her. Yippeeee! I love movies! Ooooh, what to make, what to make? When in doubt I turn to my favorites!
Folks, if you haven't seen this movie do yourself, and your funny bone a favor and rent it straight away.
Forget about renting, buy it.
It's that good.
But how to interpret "a romantic comedy, with zombies"? Hmm.
When in doubt, I also turn to Google. Twenty-five pages into an image search... and viola! Sadly I can not take credit for the design, but I take total credit for the execution!
(LOL... Get it? Execution? Aim for the head!!)
You've got red on you.
I took a simple wooden hoop and used the Minwax pen that's usually used to touch up my furniture when it's been banged into. This worked *perfectly* I really loved the results! I think I'll buy a couple more of these pens in different colors just for staining embroidery hoops. Woodstain in a pen, brilliant! The stain took to the wooden embroidery hoop like magic.
Originally I had planned to cover the back of the piece so that Bethany wouldn't have to see the wonky business on the back. I chose red, natch, and made a bouquet like the one Shaun gives his mum in the movie.
Alas, sometimes I can't measure worth a darn and I ended up cutting the circle too small, then couldn't affix it to the back properly, so I didn't use this piece in the end... ce la vie.
Bethany and I had joked about her mailman a little, so I wanted to give him something "interesting" to look at when he made his deliveries this day. This is the mailing label that I made for the outside of her package.
The Zombie goodness over floweth. Into the mail it went.
I waited with baited breath for my partner to get her package. What if she hadn't seen the movie, what if she'd seen it and thought it was lame... what if she opened the envelope and was like "WTH?"
But my little Fingerpistol is much too rad for those fears, and joy of joys she LOVED it! Wheeeeeeew! Bethany sent me what is seriously one of the best emails of my life.
No joke, I've probably read it 30 times, I get all weepy when I read it too.
As it turns out, Shaun of the Dead is also one of her favorite movies!
Bethany, I'm SO glad you love your piece. This was really fun to stitch, and I couldn't have had a better partner, you're so funny and ridiculously awesome. I think I love you.
About a day after I had mailed off my piece to Bethany, I received in the mail the piece that was made for me by my partner, Joanne Donn.
Whoa! That's David Bowie!! Swoon!
I ♥ Labyrinth!!
Do you guys remember this movie?? I bought it on Amazon today! I can't wait until it comes in the mail and I can see it again!