I love swaps. I was never much of a swappy person, but once the Phat Quarter Flickr Group started having them, I became addicted. I love having embroidery, cross stitch, and all sorts of lovely fiber crafts as decorations. In the past I participated in the NSFW Swap and the Comic Swap, so it was a no-brainer to sign up for the Movie Swap (anyone familiar with the Phat Quarter would notice that I didn't mention the Zen Swap, I couldn't think of anything to make for it so I didn't sign up).
One of the best things about the Phat Quarter swaps is the fact that there is a broad theme and each person can do whatever they wish with it. Everyone has their own style and their own interpretation of the theme. For the movie swap, the possibilities were endless. I have a deep and intense love for movies, so I've already done several movie related projects. No, really, these are just the stitchy things; I didn't even post purses or stenciled things or books that are also movies.
For the swap I chose to do a stitch of one of my most favorite movies of all time (it was hard, because I have about 30 most favorite movies of all time): Party Monster. Party Monster is an amazing movie. If you haven't heard of it, you can watch the trailer here. In the scene I stitched, Seth Green plays James St. James who is dressed as a Troll for a talk show. I spoke about this stitch in a past Talk to me Tuesday video, but here are the stats: 5x4 on 22 ct, 31 colors, 8748 stitches. I was actually pretty sad it send it on its way because it turned out better than I expected. I made it for Carrie_76 and she wrote a post about it.
This weekend I received my piece from miaumau and could not be more excited about it. She asked me if it was okay if she posted the photo before I got it and I said that was fine. I'm really glad she did post it, because it gave me time to watch the movie. Her inspiration was My Neighbor Totoro, a modern classic that was made in 1988 and re-released by Disney in 1993. Because I basically live on the internet, I couldn't miss seeing Totoro everywhere, but I had never watched the movie. Since I would be getting a piece from the movie in the mail I watched it...and it was amazing.
I am not a big fan of cartoons or Disney, but this movie blew me away. I think a large part of what made it so touching to me was the fact that the girls were able to escape into a bit of fantasy while their mother was in the hospital. I believe I mentioned last week that my mom was in the hospital, and watching the movie during that time was good. I loved Totoro, and I love this piece. Thank you miaumau!!