Friday, January 16, 2015

Nick The Stitch - Back and Better Than Ever

Hey there, Stitchers!  Nick the Stitch here and glad you are too.  Apparently during my time away you guys have been sticking around, and I cannot express how grateful I am for your support.  Without going into the gory details, the past 2 years have been spent traveling the world and experiencing new things, all of which has given me a better perspective on the world at large and at home.

As a result, I've been itching to get some new stuff made for Nick The Stitch's Etsy Store and Michael's has become my new best friend again.  The more things change in life, the more they stay the same, except for the quality and quantity of ideas.  Those will always change no matter what you endure, no matter what you celebrate, no matter what you tinker with.

And you come up with stuff like this:

My first Etsy product in almost two years, "Sunny Day Framed Pic" (#001/100, $24.99 USD), was something that just... well, came out of me.  I wanted to do something cheerful to help me get through a rough couple of weeks (the past two years have been... interesting and eye-opening, to say the least), and this little charmer popped into my head.

But that wasn't all.  I decided I was going to do the cross-stitch project a little differently this time.  If you've been visiting this blog for a while, you've likely seen some of the 3-D stitch sculptures I've done in the past, like the turtles, the flag cubes, and ladybug lapel pins.

This time was a little different, since I was thinking of selling this framed.  I wanted it to pop out.  I wanted it to stand out.  I wanted it to make people do a double-take and for it to be unusual.  So I created a 3-D bas relief effect with the cross-stitching by layering the stitches a certain way.  It's subtle but if you took the project out of the frame and ran your fingers, say, from the blue sky to over the clouds, you would definitely feel the rise of the layers.

It's not much of a rise as the frames really only allow two layers (keep in mind, the yarn goes through the back too, so it adds up real quick), but it's an interesting effect.  The above (3/4-front shot) photo shows a bit of that effect in detail, but here's what it looks like from the front:

I think it came out pretty good, and I'm using the technique to develop another numbered series involving a mountainside lake scene as we speak.  That one will likely be up in a few days, but I'll keep you posted.  In the meantime, feel free to check out the new, updated Nick The Stitch Etsy store.

And if you're interested in purchasing "Sunny Day Framed Pic (#001/100)", yes, we do ship internationally worldwide via USPS Priority International Flat Rate -- which gets mad props to the genius who came up with the idea.  If you have any questions or requests, feel free to hit me up at and let me know.

I'll leave you with a little motivational thoughts as you prepare for the weekend ahead, and thanks for sticking around.

Stay awesome, stay safe, and just be you.  It takes too much work to be anyone else.

-- Nick The Stitch

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