July 15, 2012

Angela~ Up & Down Buttonhole

 
I was a bit slow to 'get' this stitch til I found the tutorial that showed it upside down from the others.  You can see where I stopped and started in the closeup below as the stitches are a bit off.  Another learning point in working with circles!
The historic event for July 10 is the year 1921 and birthday of the inventor of the smiley face...no it really was not Forrest Gump.  It was Harvey Ball, an American inventor and commercial artist who worked for the State Mutual Life Assurance Company in Massachusetts in 1963.  He was paid $45 for the 10 minutes it took to create an image to raise the morale of the employees.  He never received any other income from the design and was pleased it made other people happy. 

11 comments:

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Well you've managed to do it again, fabulous representation of U&DB. If the eyes are Bullions or satin stitch they are so very neat. Great work.

Peacock said...

I love this motif and the use of UnD buttonhole for it. The colors are great, too. And I did not know the origins of the smiley! So cool! Yah, working circular motifs brings all sorts of complications. :P

Judy S. said...

Who'd have guessed that Mr. Smiley is even older than I am! Neat the way this stitch goes around curves, and I know what you mean about having your ends meet...one particular cross stitch pattern nearly made me crazy. Nice stitching!

ladyhawthorne said...

Yes the eyes are satin stitch, thanks for the kind words.

ladyhawthorne said...

When I do cross stitch I have to make a copy of the grid design so I can color in the parts I've done. Even so I still manage to make mistakes in my counting.

Cy said...

Great execution of the stitch I think Angela, and never mind the little boo-boo at the join of the circle.
Nice idea to use the yellow aida too, a good way to mimic the smiley face logo.
For some reason though, whenever I see this smiley face, I'm always reminded of M&M's.

Suztats said...

I didn't know the history of the Smiley Face! Nice use of the UPB stitch.
I always have at least one imperfection in any of my handwork (usually I don't have to work too hard for this ..heheheh)The reason? There is an old parable (or was it a fable?) that tells the story of a lady who created a perfect embroidery ( I think it was an embroidery) and she proudly showed it off to everyone, claiming her handwork was perfect. But the gods were angry that she claimed to have made a perfect work: only the gods could create perfection. In their anger they smote her and the recipient of her work.
So, now, I don't take any chances incurring the wrath of the gods...... well, that's my story........ : )

ladyhawthorne said...

I so agree with the story! Some Native Americans have stories that are similar and that is why hand woven rungs always have a break in the pattern somewhere.

ladyhawthorne said...

Synchronicity at work again for the yellow aida cloth. My fabric pages are 2 pages wide so 1 and 4 are on one piece and 2 & 3 are on another piece. I used the yellow for the #1 with the cable chain stitch so it was what had to be used for #4 which ended up being smiley.
I am going to sew the double pages together like a pillow case then fold in half lengthwise to make a 4 page booklet or folio. All the folios will get sewn together along the spine at the end of the year. At least that's the plan.

Debra Spincic said...

I have a special fondness for Mr. Smiley. My son, Will, was nicknamed Mr. Smiley and had a huge collection of smiley objects. Another icon with national and personal history for me. Nicely done!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Mr. Smiley makes me smile! He looks great for an old guy. OK, I'll stop now. Really nice stitching and a nice, bright and cheery page accomplished for your book.