gocco thanks you

2 Oct

i finally did it! i gocco’d. i’ve been putting it off for almost a year and tonight i put my nose to the grindstone and did it. and it took less than one hour from start to finish to produce 70 flat notes. that hour, of course, does not count the time it took to produce the design, which took about 3 months due to pure lack of motivation.

thank you design

the design was done in adobe illustrator. i laboriously placed each individual line segment in each ‘x’ – surely there is an easier way to do this, yes? i’m still working on the process. the cross stitch alphabet was copied from a vintage cross stitch book from the library.

my first attempt at burning a screen did not turn out. i forgot to make a xerox copy of my image. after reading about how to gocco from numerous sources, you’d think i could remember that very important fact. it is important to have a certain amount of carbon in the original image to help the burn process and xerox copies have carbon in them. so, i made a xerox copy tonight at work and then, hey presto, an hour after i got home, i had accomplished something on my crafty to-do list.

gocco machine

gocco machine

design pre-burn

design pre-burn

gocco lamp

gocco lamp

burned gocco screen

burned gocco screen

inked gocco screen

inked gocco screen

ready to print

ready to print

printing push

printing push

first print

first print

printed notes

printed notes

i don’t really have 70 people to thank right now, but i figured the sentiment isn’t going out of style any time soon. these are actually what i want to put in orders once i set up an etsy shop. i plan on making different cross stitch designs like this, but with brighter colors and snarkier sayings. they will be called… snarky samplers. i crack myself up.

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3 Responses to “gocco thanks you”

  1. Sara October 2, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I am thrilled! (And I’m also sick…)

    …looking in YOUR direction, AHEM.

    Kidding!

    (YAY!)

  2. Holly October 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm #

    Your note cards are brilliant! Love the cross stitch letters. Would you mind sharing the name of the vintage cross stitch book?…or possibly post the whole alphabet?

    Thanks so much!

  3. Megan October 9, 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    Holly – Thanks so much! I don’t know if 1975 counts as vintage, but that’s when it was published. The book is called 97 Needle Point Alphabets by B. Borssuck and I think there are a few copies available in Amazon.com’s Marketplace (http://www.amazon.com/97-Needlepoint-Alphabets-B-Borssuck/dp/0668036559/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223606229&sr=8-1). I’ll try to get a .pdf of an entire alphabet up soon!

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