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Hang On, Little Tomato

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I had never heard of Pink Martini before I fell in love.  Love has brought me a large number of changes and benefits, and I guess that’s one of the smaller ones, but I am glad my girlfriend introduced me to this band.  Her favorite song is “Hang On Little Tomato.”  I like it, too.  It’s a song that we listen to to cheer us up on difficult days.  Would you like to listen to it?

So when the girlfriend was going through some Life Complications this summer, related to how terrible her apartment was,  I created a sampler based around her favorite song, to give her as a gift, in hopes that her Life Complications would be resolved before the stitching was finished.  And this weekend, I finished and framed the sampler, to hang in her fabulous new house.

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If you’d like to make one for yourself, I’m attaching the chart here. Just click on the thumbnail to get the full-size charts. If you do something interesting with it, I hope you’ll send me a link- I’d love to see your interpretation.

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January 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

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This is my happening and it freaks me out

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We watched the movie written by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.  I was delighted by it.  It was trashily hilarious.  Raunchy, over-the-top fun.  I was inspired.  So I used a key quote from the movie in a bit of cross-stitch.  The image is adapted from something I found in the Antique Pattern Library.

Here’s the chart, if you’d like to make one for yourself. As usual, the charts are free for anyone to use, but please don’t sell the charts or anything you make from them, at least, not without my permission. If you do something interesting with it, I’d love to see it.

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“This Is My Happening and It Freaks Me Out” by Heather Murphy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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July 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

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The things that make us happy make us wise

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This is my latest cross stitch piece, and I’m very happy with it.  The quote is from John Crowley’s Little, Big.  The image is repurposed from a larger piece I found at the Antique Pattern Library– I’m thinking of creating a companion piece just so I can use the rest of the little gardeners.

The fabric is olive green because I was yard-saling with my female relatives this summer (a family tradition), and found a yard sale where someone was selling off a truly astonishing amount of cross stitch fabrics for 25 cents a package.  Most of it is in odd colors and odd stitch counts, but I don’t see any reason that should be a problem.  It’s possible I won’t have to buy fabric again for a decade.  Seriously, there was that much.  Which means that my readers should probably accustom themselves to odd fabric colors and stitch counts.  But my point is, although I stitched on olive green, there’s no reason you shouldn’t do it on a nice white or cream.  I did choose the colors to go with the green, though, and you might find some of the yellows need to be changed to some other color to look good on a lighter fabric.

This is stitched over two threads on 28-count fabric, and is 7 inches wide by 3 inches high in that size (note that it’ll come out the same size if you just stitch on 14-count fabric over one thread.  That’s what you call mathematics.)

I include the chart here, if you’d like to create your own.  As always, if you do something interesting with the pattern, I’d love to see it.  If you click on the chart, it should expand into a nice jpeg for you to print or copy to elsewhere- there are three pages, two of pattern and one with the DMC colors.

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September 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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Money Can’t Buy You Love

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I’ve finished a sampler.  I’m not sure whether it ought to be a wedding gift, or a gift to celebrate your divorce.  Probably the latter.  It looks like this.

The quote is from Beau Sia’s slam poem, “A Little-Known Truth About Financial Success.” Like so much slam poetry, reading it isn’t quite the same experience as seeing and hearing it performed.  I wasn’t able to find video of him performing the poem on YouTube, so I guess you’re just going to have to buy a copy of SlamNation, the fabulous documentary created at the National Poetry Slam, which is where I heard it.

Here are the charts for the piece.  The sampler includes a full alphabet, so I suppose, if you wanted to, you could replace the bit of Beau Sia poetry with something a little bit sweeter and nicer, and use it for a non-ironic wedding gift.  But really, what would be the fun of that?

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August 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

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Planets

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This cross-stitch series is one that I’ve blogged elsewhere, but as I’d like to have it available on this blog, I’ll put it here.  The designs are modeled on the planets (yes, I included Pluto, and don’t give me crap about it.  See the asterisk?), and they were the first things I designed myself.  I was pretty proud of them.  Patterns for all of them are available for free download.  If you do something cool with them, I’d love to see it.

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August 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

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Cross-stitch: “May Cthulhu Eat This House Last”

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My friend bought a charming old house, which looks like this:

I was excited and happy for her, and I made her a housewarming gift, a cross-stitch piece which turned out like this:

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Yes, I’m aware that a good, ardent, really devoted Cthulhu cultist would be praying to be eaten FIRST when Cthlulhu rises from the ocean.  However, this version seemed to make slightly more sense to a casual visitor unfamiliar with the inevitability of the rise of the great old ones, and also, my friend and I aren’t really devoted Cthulhu cultists.  We’re more sort of Christmas-and-Easter Cthulhu cultists, you know?

I don’t suppose the charts for this will be very useful to anyone else, since it’s kind of specific to my own friend’s house.  But I suppose you could change the colors, move the windows and door around, and turn it into someone else’s house, and it is my personal tradition to share charts when I can, so I’ll publish the chart here for other people to use.  Feel free to copy and share it, and to make things from it, but please don’t sell the chart or the things you make from it without asking me.  If you change it into something cool, I’d love to see what you do with it.  Just click on the charts, and they should blow up to a size you can work with.

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July 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

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