Brooklyn students embroider their ideas: Part 16

In Korean, translates to "Eat less junk." by Nina

“My Aida cloth project is in Korean and it says, ‘Eat Less Junk.’ I’ve wanted to eat healthier for a while but when I started working on this I actually began to follow my message. It took a lot of persistence and hard work to make the Aida cloth because it would get knotted and the needle would get stuck. I persisted to the end though and achieved my goal. Now I can officially say that I’m eating healthier. It’s not about weight it’s about being a strong, healthy person and achieving my goals.”

Nina, you have a great attitude and should be really proud of yourself! I can tell you from experience that when I started to eat healthier, I felt a lot more confident because I was achieving my goal. Your focus on being healthy is really admirable. And your piece looks marvelous!

Never say never, by Jessica O

“Viewers can learn that I never gave up on my cross-stitching. I followed my pattern very well. I didn’t need the number line because I had an imaginary one. I used graph paper. I loved doing the project from beginning to end.”

I’m so glad you liked the project Jessica–it looks great! I hope you keep cross stitching if it’s something you continue to enjoy!

Neat handwriting, by Sebastian

Sebastian wrote: “Viewers can learn from my personal message that I need to work on my handwriting. I worked on 14 count cloth so I had to split all the threads. It was challenging. My project shows how my technique worked out, and how it helped me. One thing viewers cannot see is that the back of my project looks just as neat as the front. : ) ”

Sebastian this looks great and you are right: splitting threads is trying on one’s patience sometimes. My husband loves the back of my embroideries too–the “map” the threads make as they overlap and criss-cross each other is really beautiful! I’m glad you liked the outcome of your project.

Brooklyn students embroider their ideas: Part 15

Be a hard worker! by Jackie

Anyone who completes a cross-stitch project like this for the first time is definitely a hard worker. Keep it up Jackie!

Be with the flow, by Michael

“I always had trouble focusing in class. So I decided to do this message to remind me to be with the flow of the class. I made a number line. I ended up really liking it in the end.”

This turned out really great Michael! Your border is a nice addition to the image, too. Good luck with your goal, I bet you’ll have it done in no-time!

Text code, by Elijah

Elijah wrote: “That things look really good,” probably in answer to the question, “What have you learned from this project.” I’m not sure that my interpretation is 100% correct, but this piece looks really nice so I’ll assume that is it! Good job Elijah!

Brooklyn students embroider their ideas: Part 14

You are a genius, by Paulina

Paulina wrote: “Viewers can see that I see myself as a genius because that is the message, and they might also see that I see others as geniuses, too. I like to do art that’s why I put in that whole extra thing below the letters.”

Your hard work paid off Paulina, this looks terrific! My husband and I especially enjoyed the image at the bottom.

A good defense is a good offense, by Selwyn

Selwyn wrote: “Viewers can learn how I struggled through the cross-stitching to get to where I am now. I followed my pattern and how I wanted it to look. I didn’t need a number line to help me. My attitude changed while working on this project from, ‘This is a waste of time,’ to, ‘This is awesome!’  ”

This is really nicely done Selwyn! I am so glad you enjoyed the project–your effort totally paid off. The piece turned out splendidly!

An interesting creation, by Kaya

Brooklyn students embroider their ideas: Part 13

Don't Curse! by Kye

Kye wrote: “Viewers can learn that I may have a little bit of a cursing problem. That is why my message says, ‘Don’t Curse.’ I didn’t use a number line because it made things more difficult for me. My message is something I would like to be able to achieve.”

I can totally relate to this one Kye! I think a lot of people struggle to avoid cursing, and I’m definitely one of them! Awesome job on your piece, it looks wonderful!

Focus, by Asa

“Viewers can tell many things about me by my cross-stitching. They can tell I need to focus, because I wrote FOCUS. On the one I thought was the best I didn’t use a number line.”

It takes a tremendous amount of focus to do cross stitch Asa, and you did a great job, so I think you’re well on your way to achieving your goal! Well done!

Don't be loud! by Lily

“I am loud and that was something I felt I needed to work on (out of other “flaws”).”

I bet you could fill a whole sheet with things about you that are great characteristics, too, Lily. Like, a fantastic new cross-stitcher! Awesome work!

Brooklyn students embroider their ideas: Part 12

Take a Chance, by Muse

“The story behind my work is this: I’m always too afraid to take a chance. I try most of the time to go unnoticed in crowds and such. When Ms. Anita* told us to cross-stitch a message we were learning, ‘Take a Chance’ came to mind. Now whenever I look at it I feel braver and stronger. I added the picture of a bird to it because birds are free to fly and they take advantage of that by being brave. I want to be a bird.”

Muse, this work turned out great! Well done. It is hard to take a chance, you are right. I hope that whenever you do, the very best results are yours!

(*Teacher’s last name removed for teacher/student privacy.)

Calm Down, by Ciarra

Ciarra wrote: “Viewers can learn that when I get upset I make bad decisions, so when I am upset I have to take a moment to say, ‘Calm down.’ I did make a number line to help me with my cross stitching.”

This is a great mantra to live by Ciarra. The outline with the letters is terrific! I especially like the boat–what an excellent icon to remind us of something “calm,” like calm waters. You did a great job! 🙂

Smile and Read, by Mayra

This is really nice work Mayra. And it’s two of my favorite things to do! 🙂

Brooklyn students embroider their ideas: Part 11

Speak up and out, by Celina

“My story is that cross-stitching this message really gave me the courage to speak up. When I started this, I was running for Student Council Treasurer and was practicing my speech. Although I didn’t win, I practiced my public speaking. Also, on the last day I worked on the Aida cloth, I gave props at circle to Jessica O. for giving me the same colored string (variegated red) from her baggie for my cross-stitching. I felt more confident after giving props.”

You should be so proud of yourself Celina for your achievements! I bet your speech was awesome, and it is so great you showed “thanks” to Jessica O. for her generosity. Way to go! 🙂

Practice PEMDAS, by Byron

I had to look up “pemdas” do find out what it meant. I’ve been out of math too long apparently! It means: “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.” (per wiki:) It is an official anagram standing for the parentheses, exponent, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction order of the mathematical order of operations.

Good luck Byron on your PEMDAS! And nice work on your cross stitch!

Kayla, sleep. by Kayla

“At the time I was doing this project, I was not getting enough sleep so I chose this message. I made a number line but it didn’t help me. People can learn from viewing my piece that I’m persistent.”

This piece turned out really well Kayla, nice job! I hope you’ve caught up on your Z’s!

Brooklyn students embroider their ideas: Part 10

In Spanish, translates to "The Time is Now," by Isoke

“From my cross stitch personal message project, viewers can learn that I’m working on my time management. As I continued with my project I made additions to my pattern and decided to keep my number line on my aida cloth. My number line helped me with my letters especially because it was in Spanish. Working on this helped me change the way I think about time. I am more constant with my time now.”

This is great Isoke! Time management is a skill everyone has to learn at some point, especially for college. You will be very well-practiced by the time you get to college someday (what an advantage that will be, trust me!)!  Well done! 🙂

Follow your dream, by Ruby

This is a fantastic affirmation Ruby–and it is a beautiful piece of work too! I followed my dream, and haven’t regretted it yet! 🙂 Nice work!

Live 'n' Learn, by Wells

This looks great Wells! Wonderful job, and a great motto, too!