If you’ve watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt you’ll know that I didn’t make a ridiculous typo in the title, it’s the name of the hot new single by Titus Andromedon. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you seriously need to get on Netflix!
As soon as I saw this pattern on Etsy, I knew I needed to have it. The seller, GratuitousGeek, makes patterns as a side hobby so she’s generous enough to offer them for just $1.99 – well worth the price!
The colors she listed were a little too pinky purple for my tastes, so I went through all my colors and pulled out the bobbins I thought looked the most like wine. I tried to get a nice variation of light to dark. (In a perfect world, I would have used the floss I dyed in actual Pinot Noir but those somehow came out brownish & covered in weird little wine crystals – science is weird!!)
These are the colors I pulled out: DMC 150, 221, 498, 777, 814, 815, 902, 3685, 3802. Then I picked out the three I liked best – 902, 815 & 814.
Stitched 2 over 1 on 18 count fiddlers cloth aida in oatmeal
Pinot Noir, Rosanne Barr & Leather Bar – DMC 902
” Y ” symbol (Wine glass, Caviar, In the Boudoir, Myanmar, Mid-Size Car, Friends, So Close & grapes) – DMC 815
Revenge, Au Revoir, You’re a Star & grapes – DMC 814
Grape Stem – DMC 3051
Wine Bottle – DMC 814, 310 & 3051
There were a couple of things I recharted. I didn’t like the way the original MYANMAR looked, so I replaced it with this one –
The wine bottle label had a weird little running man (?) on it, so I charted up something a little different –
Overall, this was a fun and quick little stitch! If I had to do it again, I honestly wouldn’t mind.
This sat in my FO pile for a few months while I tried to figure out how to frame it. Originally, I wanted to do something with wine corks – I just didn’t know what. I had my mom save up a bunch of wine corks, but I ended up not using them.
I had a day of shopping without my boyfriend, so I was taking my time walking down every single aisle in the craft store. In the wood stuff / cardboard letters aisle (why does EVERY craft store have a cardboard letters aisle?? You know what I’m talking about) I found EXACTLY what I had been picturing in my head!
This exact one was $7.99 at Hobby Lobby, before applying the 40% off coupon – score! – but I’m pretty sure you can find these at almost any craft store. I actually found a similar one at WalMart about a week before, but it was just too big for this project.
To mount this project on the frame, I first cut to an even # of blocks of space on all sides of the design. My piece of fabric allowed for 17 blocks on each side. After I carefully cut to 17 blocks, I removed 2 strips (blocks? lines? weaves?) from each edge to create a rustic little fray. I messed it up with my fingernail a bit so it wouldn’t look too neat.
Now the scary part – this might make some of you cringe. I put my fabric in my over-spray box (Thank’s Vonna the Twisted Stitcher for that tip! I stole my boyfriends sneaker box out of the recycle bin & it lives under my craft table now) & gave it a good thorough spray with Aleen’s tacky glue spray. I would NEVER spray a more labor-intensive piece with glue, but since I could remake this in less than a week it was a risk I was willing to take.
It ended up working better than expected! I waited a few seconds for the glue to get a bit more tacky and stuck it on the frame. If I did this again, I would probably spray a second coat of glue after the first layer got tacky – just to have a little more security. I was able to peel off the fabric and reposition it with no problem before it dried. I haven’t tested it, but I have a feeling if I wanted to remove this piece entirely it would probably peel right off – but I also don’t think it will start peeling off on it’s own.
My terrifying experience was a success!
Now it lives on our liquor bar in the kitchen/living room. I think my favorite part about this project is that it looks classy af on first glance, but when you start really looking at it it’s hilarious & weird. Thanks GratuitousGeek! ❤
You can find more information on the rest of my FFO’s here