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Finished a commissioned piece. One of my faves.

See more of my work at my etsy shop.

My friend Dave lives in Milwaukee.  His girlfriend Claire lives in Chicago.  He asked if I could stitch something up for him to give her for Christmas.  It was sort of last minute, but I said sure.  Here’s the progress so far. 

It’s shaping up to be pretty bad ass, but damn is it taking forever.  28 count fabric means really tiny stitches.  Check out that close up.  The needle looks monstrous.  Teeny freakin tiny x’s.  Over 3,300 in WI, over 3,500 in IL.  Seriously.  Hours of stitching shows progress in 1/4”.  I may have bitten off more than I can chew.  I don’t know if I can get it done in time!  I have to, but damn, it’s gonna take everything I got.  That and canceling plans to hang out with a friend this afternoon.  :(

Power Animal: Argyle Octopus

My “Power Animal” series combines classic patterns and textures with traditional silhouettes and funk it up with color.  My latest addition to the family is an Argyle Octopus.  The oh so preppy character is stitched in two shades of grey and bright turquoise cotton embroidery floss with an accent of red for pop.

The finished piece is for sale in my etsy shop!  If you’d like to stitch one up for yourself, I have the pattern available too.

Motley Entrelac Buttonhole Shawl

I’ve spent this afternoon finishing my latest knitting project, the Motley entrelac buttonhole shawl.  I have yet to block it but wanted to take some pictures before I lost the late afternoon light. 

I found the pattern on Knitty and immediately fell in love how the color-changing yarn worked with the entrelac style and the superfluous buttonholes.  I used one colorway of Lion Brand Amazing yarn called “Arcadia”.  It’s full of teals and greens, plums and oranges - perfect for fall in Wisconsin.  A mix of wool and acrylic, this triangular shawl is super warm and should prove quite easy to care for.

The pattern was fantastic!  I’m a knitter of fickle disposition - too much repetition makes me bored, but too many changes in pattern disrupts my zen-like knitting groove.  This pattern was a PERFECT knit for me!  The pattern is quite simple enough to memorize, and once I got the crochet-hook buttonhole technique down, I was able to fly through this knit.  Repetitive enough to help find my zen, and the entrelac and buttonholes were able to hold my attention ‘til the end.  I highly recommend this pattern to anyone with a similar knitting personality.

I’ve now switched to Jack Goes Boating.  I have a little crush on Philip Seymore Hoffman.

And I’m stitching little luchadores.  Making them into pendants.  Just wait.

Pick Your Ride Cross Stitch by flamgirlant

"A man without a mustache is like a cup of tea without sugar" - English Proverb

Sometimes a man with a mustache gives enough sugar, one forgets about the tea.  This piece isn’t particularly subtle; neither are some mustaches.

Part of my Fanciful Follicle series, each ‘stache is stitched in on neutral cloth in shade of brown unique to it’s shape - coffee, dark chocolate and mahogany.  The text is worked in backstitch in dark navy.  The piece is in a 4”x6” black frame measuring a total of 6”x8”.

Love it?  Want it on your bedside table?  Pick it up at my etsy!

Check it!!  My brother-from-another-mother was interviewed for CRAFT magazine!  He does some rad cross stitches that caught their eye.  Even gave me a shout out!  What swell bearded fella. :)

Click on through to read his nifty article and check out his goods at his etsy.  Congrats darlin’!!


“The sometimes NSFW creations of Matthew Monthei have been seriously cracking me up for some time now. Anyone who cross stitches and then uses their crotch as a backdrop is pretty awesome in my book…”

OMG YOU GUYS.  I got interviewed for Craft Magazine!  

While most (nearly all) of the good pieces were deemed too risque for their general audience, I take comfort in the fact that one of the pieces okay’d by the censors is clearly a reference to my penis.

 (via Subversive Finds: Stitching Up Some Manliness @Craftzine.com blog)

Power Animal: Pitchfork Cobra by flamgirlant

Check it - my latest cross stitched Power Animal is finished!!  Thought it was time to try out a reptile.  This intense little fella is my Pitchfork Cobra.  Stitched on 14 count fabric in a dark avocado green and pale yellow floss, he’s secured in an 8” embroidery hoop I stained dark walnut.

My Power Animals combine traditional patterns and silhouettes with pops of color and texture.  A twist on the traditional.

Pattern for this guy and all other Power Animals available via my etsy

My friend Luella and her husband Peter fly helicopters in the Guard.  They’re being deployed to Kosovo (yes, we’re still there) for a year.  They leave in two weeks.  Tonight we’re having a little grill out to wish them well and tell them how much we’ll miss them. 

They’ll be living in something called a Containerized Housing Unit.  CHU.  Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?  I stitched them up a little something to make it a bit more homey.  I hope it helps.

Rock On Gold Dust Woman Cross Stitch by flamgirlant

Check out the latest and greatest addition to my Swagger cross stitch series!  I love the sultry, witchy spin Stevie Nicks puts to daily affirmations.  This rockin’ piece is stitched in 9 different colors of floss on 28 count linen.  I used a satin gold-colored floss for the lyrics.  It’s hard to tell from my pics but that satin floss lends a subtle sheen to the words.  The lyrics are framed in vines and flowers reminiscent on poppies and the whole piece is in 5x7 frame in a burnished copper color.

And hey, it’s for sale in my etsy!  Or if you’re feeling the itch to stitch, you can pick up the pattern and create one yourself.

Just goes to show inspiration can even come from a classic Fleetwood Mac album.