i've been putting off posting about these for several reasons. for the first piece, i really wanted to write a post about the olympics and why i made it, but i just haven't had the mental clarity to really explain my feelings. so i'm just going to say that i don't think we realized the cost and effect of the olympics until it comes to our community. the winter olympics are going to be in vancouver in 2010, and it's already affecting us drastically. homeless people are being kicked out of their communities, the city is shutting down hotels that rented by the week (all anyone can really afford on welfare, it's so low), there are reports of increased police aggression towards homeless people (the vancouver police are bad enough as it is!), the federal government is increasing pressure against insite, the supervised injection site that has done incredible things in the downtown eastside, it's just disgusting. the government and the big companies are all gung ho to spend tax payer's dollars on what will essentially be a week long party. we need health care, we need social services, we need our full human rights commission back. we DON'T need a big party! i'm all for supporting athletes, but i'm tired of athletes coming before the arts ($40million cuts, thank you very much stephen harper), and i don't think we really need to show off this much! it literally makes me ill to start thinking about it too much, it's so upsetting. i started this after watching part of the opening ceremonies for the beijing olympics, and all i could think about was how much it must have cost.
drafted on graph paper and then cross stitched on 14 count aida cloth. it's not perfect, but i love it anyway! it'll fit a 4"x6" frame with a bit of space to spare.
the back, not super neat, but not too bad!
i actually framed this, but i haven't taken pictures of it yet.
this second piece i was waiting until i framed it to post it, but since i haven't had the time to finish the frame, i'll just post it as it!
the pattern for the letters is from a vintage knitting book, i fell in love with them and immediately had to use them! the top and bottom border were designed using a swirl from a DMC design available on their website, drafted on graph paper by me. i don't like how "square" crosstitch often is, it was impossible to find pre-drafted border designs that were this fluid. it'll fit a 5"x7" frame.
the back, pretty neat. i'm trying!
and here's the letters that i used, scanned from a vintage knitting book about "graph" knitting. i'm not a knitter, but really, it looked like intarsia to me!