Blazing Saddles Cross Stitch Read It Pattern

This new and fun Blazing Saddles cross stitch Read it… cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!blazing saddles cross stitch read it pattern

The quote for this pattern comes from the “Harumph” scene. When his secretary has an urgent telegram from Rock Ridge, the Governor replies: “Read it, read it… you wild bitch.”

I have always thought that this quote would be a great present to a friend who is a voracious reader with a good sense of humor. I can also see this going to women who appreciate writers such as Dorothy Parker, Anais Nin, Alice Munro… there’s just too many excellent woman writers to list here.

Here’s a clip of the scene. The “Read it…” quote comes at about 1:35 into this video:

I think it’s funny that while this quote is directed to a bubble-headed scantily-clad secretary, I have always thought of this project as for intelligent, independent-thinking literary women.

If you’re a new visitor to my blog and a Blazing Saddles fan, you might also want to see two of my previous projects (below). The first is a cross stitch of the list that Harvey Korman dictates; a list of the worst scum and scoundrels he wants Slim Pickens to round up to attack the town of Rock Ridge.Blazing Saddles

The second project comes from Lili Von Shtupp as played by Madeline Kahn. When someone knocks on her “dwessing woom” door, she replies “Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome, c’mon in!”blazing saddles cross stitch pattern willkommen bienvenue welcome c'mon in

I’m especially fond of the border of books on this project. I used two variegated flosses, DMC 4135 and DMC 4030 (both available in my Etsy shop), for the books in the border.

This Blazing Saddles cross stitch Read it… project stitches up quickly and is suitable for cross stitch beginners and experts alike. It was fun to put together!

Blazing Saddles Cross Stitch Pattern – C’mon In

This new and very fun Blazing Saddles cross stitch pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!

blazing saddles cross stitch pattern willkommen bienvenue welcome c'mon in

The quote for this pattern comes from Lili Von Shtupp as played by Madeline Kahn. When someone knocks on her “dwessing woom” door, she replies “Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome, c’mon in!”

Cornflower blue 2I designed the floral border pattern in honor of the “Teutonic Titwillow” as the cornflower is the national flower of Germany. I spent quite a bit of time trying to get the floss colors as close as possible to the vibrancy of the real flower. At the center of the flower, I used DMC 4245, a variegated floss, to try to convey the mix of dark purples and blues.

You may see that variegation a bit better in the photo below which is of the work-in-progress.blazing saddles cross stitch pattern c'mon in work in progress

blazing saddles cross stitch pattern c'mon in lili von shtupp pink sequinsI used another variegated floss, DMC 4190, in the smaller central border. This is a nod to the pink sequined number that Lili put on when she was seducing the “shewwiff.”

“Ah! I feel refweshed!”

 

 

 

Blazing Saddles is a riot, of course. There’s no way they could get away with making the movie now. That fact makes the movie that much more precious to me.

I plan on hanging this project in our guest bedroom, but I can see this also working really well in entryways, powder rooms… anywhere you might have guests and/or movie buffs who really appreciate Blazing Saddles. I guarantee this is one of the more unique “Welcome” signs you’ll ever see!

If you’re a new visitor to my blog and a Blazing Saddles fan, you might also want to see one of my previous projects (below). It’s a cross stitch of the list that Harvey Korman dictates; a list of the worst scum and scoundrels he wants Slim Pickens to round up to attack the town of Rock Ridge. The words in the pattern are available in my Etsy shop as well.Blazing Saddles

I had an absolute blast designing and stitching this Blazing Saddles cross stitch project, and I hope you enjoy it too!

Blazing Saddles Quote Framed and Ancora Imparo Update

My Blazing Saddles quote cross stitch project is framed and complete! She’s gorgeous – I couldn’t be happier with her. From starting the design to stitching every word and even to picking out the frame, it was a blast working on this project.
Blazing SaddlesThe framers told me they would notice the little things over time as they worked on it; the mane and tail on “horse,” the way the dash in “shit-kickers” was a pile of poop with flies over it, the steam coming out of “train,” how the “s” in “vipers” looked like a snake… all the little nuances I always hope that people will pick up over time.

She’ll be leaving me soon as she will be a Christmas gift. I’ll miss her, however I know where she will be and I can visit her anytime.

If you’re interested in the previous updates and more info on this Blazing Saddles quote project, here’s Update #1Update #2, Update #3, and Update #4.

And the patterns for individual words are available to purchase in my Etsy shop! Here is the listing for the word patterns and the listing for the alphabet pattern.

In other project news, I passed a major milestone on my Ancora Imparo project – ALL of the background fill is done! YEAY!

Ancora Imparo WIP #15

She’s still my fabulous monster at 22 to the inch… When I filled in all the background, I started with the gray letters first, then the inner red border, the light blue border next, the outer red border after that, and finally the ivory center fill. All this fill took a LONG time, and I just can’t tell you how nice it is to get this project closer to completion.

Up next: oodles of green backstitching representing vines that will join all of these isolated flowers into a more cohesive whole. The backstitching will entail a ton of careful counting, but I’m hoping it goes faster than the background fill. I can’t wait to see the finished project…

Blazing Saddles Update #4

She’s done! Well, the stitching is done – I’ve got to get her framed and then she’ll be absolutely done. But she turned out beautifully!

blazing saddles quote cross stitch project stitching complete I want rustlers... and Methodists!

The outlining on cut throats, snipers, Mexican bandits, and ass-kickers turned out really well. I used two strands on snipers and ass-kickers, and only one strand on cut throats and Mexican bandits.

blazing saddles quote cross stitch project stitching complete left half I want rustlers... and Methodists!

One thing I’m concerned about is someone taking offense from this project. I surely hope everyone reading this post has seen the movie Blazing Saddles as then you understand how brilliantly funny is this quote and indeed the entire movie.blazing saddles quote cross stitch project stitching complete right half I want rustlers... and Methodists!

This scene has two genius performances. The first is Harvey Korman dictating the list and making it seem effortlessly spontaneous. The second is Slim Pickens desperately searching his pockets and only at the last minute finding his paper and pencil. Poor Madeline Kahn just had to stand in the background for however many takes this shot required.

I will admit that this project took longer than I originally anticipated, but it’s been worth every second. To see each letter and word get completed and to see this project come to life has been a real treat.

I’ll only offer individual words for sale as I do NOT want to get into trouble with copyright lawyers. Here’s the first listing on Etsy for “bull dykes.” There’s very little in the way of LGBT themed stitching projects out there so I figure this is a great way to start sharing the words from this Blazing Saddles project!

If you’re interested in the previous updates and more info on this project, here’s Update #1, Update #2, and Update #3.

Blazing Saddles Update #3

I’ve been doing great on my Blazing Saddles cross stitch project. So well, in fact, that I’ll post two updates in one! First up:

blazing saddles quote cross stitch project work in progress

The above photo shows 15 words complete. The white in “snipers” and “Mexican bandits” is showing up well in this photo, but I’ll have to outline them in a bit of black to make them show up a bit better in person. I’m liking the darker outline on “ass-kickers” than the lighter shade from my previous update. I’ve also decided that I’ll complete the outlining after all of the cross stitch is done.

Skip ahead a week or two and…

blazing saddles quote cross stitch project work in progress

Dang, I’m loving this project! 21 words done, and the light is starting to shine at the end of the tunnel! The cross stitch on the top three rows is done, and at I’m least halfway on the last two rows. I love to see progress, even if it’s just a couple letters every evening. When complete all the stitching, I’ll post more detailed images of some of the more interesting designs.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the source of this quote, it’s from the brilliantly funny and risqué movie Blazing Saddles, directed by Mel Brooks. Visit my first post on this project for more information about the movie and a link to the clip with this quote. It’s a genius scene.

Blazing Saddles and Ancora Imparo updates

Blazing Saddles WIP #2
I’ve finished the next five words in my Blazing Saddles work-in-progress (here’s a little more info about the project), and I’m loving every letter in it. The only thing that’s been unexpected is how the color of “ass-kickers” is hard to see against the background fabric. I’m going with an outline to help define the letters. You can see my first attempt in the photo – then I decided that the outline color wasn’t quite right, so I’ve tried it again with a different color to much better effect.

Ancora Imparo WIP #14Because of the B.S. (snicker!) project above, I haven’t made much progress lately on my (lovely monster at 22 to the inch) Ancora Imparo needlepoint project. She’s lovely, but all that ivory fill is not nearly as exciting as seeing lots of faster progress on Blazing Saddles. This summer I have given myself the goal of finishing both B.S. and A.I. Man, they’re both going to be amazing when I’m done with them! I’m determined! I can do it…

Intro to Blazing Saddles and other Projects

Blazing Saddles Project

First up, I wanted to share the first WIP (work in progress) of my latest project – a needlework tribute to Blazing Saddles, one of the funniest movies ever made. The stitching is of a list that Harvey Korman dictates; a list of the worst scum and scoundrels he wants Slim Pickens to round up to attack the town of Rock Ridge.

This scene has two genius performances. The first is Harvey Korman dictating the list and making it seem effortlessly spontaneous. The second is Slim Pickens desperately searching his pockets and only at the last minute finding his paper and pencil.

Here’s the cross stitch thus far:
Blazing Saddles WIP #1I’m having some fun with this project! I’ve started from the center and am working my way out from there. Some of the words will be just one color – like you see with “murderers,” “con men,” and “hornswogglers.” However, a lot of them will have some fun elements – like the nits on “nitwits” and the rug pattern through “Indian agents.” Stay tuned to my Twitter and Flickr feeds for more updates!

Digital Conversion

The second project I want to mention was more of a personal project rather than a stitching project, but I’m proud of it all the same. I just finished converting all my old videotapes and cassette tapes to digital. Now some of you may be thinking “WTF is she still doing with that old crap?” Good question. Let me give you a little of the backstory.

Anchorage skylineWhen I was about 12, my parents divorced, my Mom moved me from Anchorage, Alaska, to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and my Dad became the best long-distance father EVER. As Mom couldn’t afford cable TV, Dad would send me care packages with videotapes filled with the best stuff to cheer me up – Dennis Miller Live from HBO, Sifl and Olly from MTV, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and lots and lots of standup comedians from HBO and the early days of Comedy Central.  I watched these tapes religiously. They provided a great distraction from all the drama of being a teenager. So there’s some great comedy and some great memories on those tapes that I was just unwilling to simply throw away.downtown

[Gee, do you see any similarities between the two cities? One does happen to be 5500 feet higher than the other one, but aside from that…]

I could have taken these tapes to a company that would have just converted them to DVD for me, but I had some issues with that. First, the shows that were taped were all jumbled up. Dad would record stuff as it hit the TV – he wouldn’t have one tape for each show. Second, there were some advertisements mixed in that I wanted to edit out. Third, some of the tapes were six hours long (remember Extended Play recording mode?). Fourth, I really didn’t feel like paying a lot of money for this service.

So I did a little research and ended up buying this little dooflatchie. I read the Amazon reviews, and took the chance that it would work out. For roughly $30, I figured I’d give it a shot. It took some doing to get it to work (and like other reviews state – their user manual and customer support are pretty much useless), but once I got the hang of it it worked fine. My biggest complaint is that the longer the tape, the more the video and audio would get out of synch. I managed to work around it by splitting the rips into 15 minute chunks and then having to edit them back together using Windows Movie Maker. Pretty tedious work.

Beckwith Box 1But the good news is that I did it. I started ripping tapes to my hard drive on January 27, and finished burning the last DVD and ripping the last cassette tape on Monday, May 27.

I’M DONE!

This was a major job – I must have spent a couple hundred hours working on this. But the relief is profound – I was able to save some great comedy and some great memories for my Dad and myself with this project.  Also, I was able to recycle two and a half book boxes full of videotapes and cassette tapes and streamline my life just that little bit. This is what I call progress!

Are any of you tackling similar major streamlining/memory projects?