As I recently revealed in the relaunch of Domestigay, I am working on opening my own Etsy shop! I have put a lot of work into this so far with designing new patterns, stitching samples, researching tax laws, creating business plans, and all that boring stuff. But now I am stuck—and this is where you come in! It took me fifty-two years to come up with a name like “Domestigay,” if I am to get this store off the ground before midnight on December 31st, I need your help in naming my store. So, let me make you a deal. How to Enter All you have to do is provide a name (or names) that you think would fit my embroidery aesthetic and design. That’s it! If I use your name, you get a custom piece of embroidery art for free! You’ll also get the honor of being my first “customer” without even having to pay a single pretty penny! To submit your awesome names, you can: e-mail them to email@example.com comment on the Instagram post announcing the contest comment on the Facebook post announcing the contest respond on Twitter Useful Information You may be wondering, though, how are you supposed to blindly name a store when you don’t know what products I am selling. Here’s some information for you… The store will be mostly hand embroidered hoop art and framed art. Anything “cute” is off-limits. I will be selling embroidery that appeals to men. urbanities. hipsters. edgy old ladies. irreverent beings. and, most importantly, homosexuals and friends of homosexuals. I will also be selling some cross stitching and custom-made cross stitching patterns. Again, they aren’t what you see in antique stores or in your grandma’s house. [...]
When I am not stitching beefcakes, obscenities, or gay things, I have a whole other life. I’m a doctoral student in literature. This year is my first year in twenty-three consecutive years of education not sitting in the classroom as a student. Instead, I am spending the year reading a whole group of books that I will take a grueling exam on in the Spring. This means that I spend a lot of time reading and taking notes. This process, so far, has been awesome. Nonetheless, I knew I couldn’t just let my exam year be like everyone else’s exam year. I needed a bad-ass notebook. Enter my big beefcake notebook. I used the pattern that I made for my beefcake pillows to embroider a beefcake on the notebook I’m taking my queer theory notes in. Studying never looked so sexy!
It is Tuesday, which means that today is How-To Tuesday! Today I’ll show you how to store your embroidery floss so it doesn’t get all tangled and looks like a piece of modern art in your home. How to Store Embroidery Floss Materials Disorganized Embroidery Floss Clothespins Small Number Stamps and Inkpad OR Fine-tip Sharpie Patience Step One Remove the labels of the embroidery floss. Then, you will want to find the middle of the skein and separate it out. When you do it will look like this! Step Two Place your hand through the middle of the loop of embroidery floss. I like your floss bracelet. Step Three Find the end of the floss. Grab a clothespin. Hold the end of the floss to the middle of the clothespin and begin wrapping it around itself. Step Four Wind it! Wind it good! Step Five Keep winding! Step Six Leave a lil’ tail at the end and place it in the pinchers of the clothespin. Step Seven If you only embroider and you don’t care what number DMC assigned to a color, congratulations you can stop there! If you want to always remember what number a color is or if you are an avid cross stitcher where numbers matter, pay attention. Using small number stamps, stamp the number on the handle. You could also use a fine-tip sharpie marker to write this on the clothespin. Step Eight Ta-da! You are done…with this skein! I use a big glass bowl that I picked up at Target for three dollars to store my floss. When put out for all the world to admire it looks really cool. Is it art or is it embroidery floss or [...]
Today I am starting another part of the revived Domestigay! In case you haven’t taken the hint yet, I L-O-V-E Instagram. There is something about seeing photos with retro filters and blurs that makes me want to roll all around that! One time a week, I’d like to showcase what I am working on and what other embroiderers are working on. That means all you have to do is tweet or Instagram (is that a verb, yet?) a photo of your current project in your hoop. I’m followin’ ya, by the way. I see how much you are doing this already. Just add the hashtag #inmyhoop! I’ll do a round up each week and see what exciting projects we are all gettin’ stitchy with. Here is mine for this week! What project are you working on?
Movember 2012 is almost here! I can’t believe almost a year passed since I had my Movember ‘stache. Since then, I have become much more interested in facial hair and… er… experimented with some facial hair styles that are not moustaches. I also have become much more enlightened about men’s health. With Movember right around the corner, I decided to stitch up some ‘staches on a notebook. While stitching this thing though, I got the only two lines of a song by The Format that I know stuck in my head. ”Does your cat have a moustache? / Does he remind you of me?” Damnit. Now it is stuck there again. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post an early picture of this notebook too! If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you totally should. I’m @domestigay, of course!
Part of the relaunch of Domestigay includes weekly features. I now officially hereby proclaim that Tuesdays shall be known as How-To-Tuesday. Or, How-Tue-Sday. Whichever you prefer. On Tuesdays I will provide you with information on how to do something. So let’s get started with our first How-To Tuesday! Embroidery Tool Case I love embroidery gizmos and gadgets. In fact, I only embroider for the cool tools. Embroidery cases are perfect to hold your needles, scissors, floss, threader, tweezers, and any other treasures that will fit. I love mine because I know where everything is at, and I can grab and go for stitchin’-on-the-run. Sometimes finding the perfect tool case can be a challenge. All the ones that I saw were too feminine or looked like something I should use only when listening to heavy metal (nothing against heavy metal). So, I set out to make my own embroidery tool case and I am quite happy with the results! Materials You will need: A cigarette case (I used this awesome case from SweetHeartSinner Creations on Etsy) Two adhesive craft/photo magnets (preferably pre-cut to 2.5″ x 3.5″ each) Scissors Measure the inside of your cigarette case. If needed, measure and mark the adhesive craft magnets to the size of your cigarette case. Remember! You will need to do this step twice! If needed, cut the adhesive craft magnets on the lines you marked in step two. Remember! You will need to do this step twice! Place the adhesive inside the cigarette case to guarantee it lies flat. Remove the adhesive from the backside of the magnet. Place the magnets (adhesive side down) into the sides of the cigarette case. Place your embroidery tools in the case [...]
Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a country where gay men and lesbians can serve in the military? While there are still a lot of battles to be fought (and won) for queer rights, this is one that we have finally reached enlightenment on. In fact, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” was repealed just over a year ago. The Palm Center just released a study that concludes: The repeal of DADT has had no overall negative impact on military readiness or its component dimensions, including cohesion, recruitment, retention, assaults, harassment or morale. I call this an epic win and obvious. To celebrate, here is a sexy and sassy gay sailor I embroidered. I used backstitch, stem stitch, split stitch, satin stitch, french knots, and some floss blending. There are tutorials to come for all of these! Enjoy this beefcake of a sailor.
Sexy Beefcake Pillow Sexy beefcake men now come in pillow form! I made these pillows from two beefcake patterns I drew up and then fell in love with them. I went on to embroider these muscle men on other things. In fact, I love them so much that these patterns will be some of the first stitched for my Etsy store. So, let me know if you like them. If so, you should be able to get them for the holidays. What I love about the way these pillows turned out is the masculine appeal on multiple levels. The plaid has a throw-back to classic and masculine look, but the beefcakes are more contemporary and sexy, yet simple through the stitch and applique. In other words, I love cuddling with these guys at night.
Hey Domestigays! If you are in the United States, I hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend and saluted past and present service people for all their sacrifices and courage. Today I have some quick pictures for you! Beefcake Towels! I recently started to work out (for another big gay project) and stitched this towel up a few months ago for inspiration. Since then, I caught the beefcake bug! I’ve been stitchin’ beefcakes like they are going out of style. Thank goodness they are timeless bodies and poses. Later, I’ll post about my next big gay project and more about gay body types. (pssst! If you are in the knitting group I attend, this is the embroidery I was working on last time I was there!) X X X X X X X X X X Are you on Facebook? Then like Domestigay! Do you tweet? Follow me! (@domestigay) Have an Instagram addiction? See me there, too! (@domestigay) *New Android users, I’m lookin’ at you!* Just tag your stuff #domestigay on Twitter and Instagram or post it to the Domestigay Facebook page to see your stuff on the Domestigay blog! It doesn’t have to be embroidery or gay—just domestic! Get this Beefcake pattern from Sublime Stitching here! Related articles On Why I Need a Friend with a Disposable Income (domestigay.net)
When I say, “Crafty Girl” what do you think? I see a woman. In a cape. Brandishing a needle and thread. Running to save the world from destruction. ”Crafty Girl” just sounds like the most bad-ass domestigay super-hero there is, right? Well, that’s what D from Texas embroidered on a tote and tea towel for her crafty-girl friend for the holidays. Check out how awesome these are! And then, D also submitted this non-crafty girl memorabilia that has two too cute monkeys on it! Adorable, right? I think we should start an entire day of “crafty-girl” stuff on domestigay, don’t you? Crafty-girl Wednesdays, perhaps in which I can feature a cute craft or a girl craft like this! It’s pretty bad-ass. Now, let’s hang out and eat bananas like these monkeys for the rest of the day! X X X X X X X X X X X Are you stalkin’ me? Good. I heard that the minute you know you are over is when people quit stalking you! Go ahead, follow me on Twitter (@domestigay), on Facebook (facebook.com/domestigay), and on Instagram (domestigay). I don’t mind! In fact, submit stuff to me on these sites so I can keep domestigay goin’ with featured posts like this one!