If you have ever peeked at my DJ profile on the Programming pages, you may have noticed the following sentence: “In his spare time, he is reproducing a series of classic LP covers, full-scale, in 18 gauge needlepoint; his current subject is Eno’s Another Green World.”
Well, last night, around 8:30 PM Pacific Time, I completed it:
If you look very closely, you might notice a discrepancy in the type size between the first five letters and the rest of the title. At first, this amused me. I had caught the slip-up late in the process, and had already made one previous attempt at stitching the title, and decided to call it good. Then I had second thoughts, and contemplated ripping out that “ANOTH” and re-doing it. But this morning, my Irish friend Gregory, who is a pretty savvy chap, had this to say:
So here is Question #1 for KEXP blog readers: Do you think Gregory is correct, or should I strive for so-called perfection and take a third stab at the title?
Now, Question #2: What do you suggest I do for my next canvas? Previously, I have reproduced the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks, OMD’s Dazzle Ships, and Drums And Wires by XTC.
My criteria are simple: The subject has to be a record I like and/or admire. It has to have been released on vinyl. Ideally, it has enough vivid colors to keep me stimulated, but not so much excruciating detail that I have to change floss every three or four stitches. Currently, I’m leaning towards Talking Heads’ Remain In Light. (There is also a perverse part of me considering reproducing a cover that is already a needlepoint, like The Point by Nilsson or the “lost” third Silver Apples of the Moon LP, Garden.) But, as I say on-air all the time, I’m highly suggestible… so comment away!
DJ El Toro is the host of the overnight show In Between Sleep & Reason, Wednesday mornings from 1 AM to 6 AM on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and kexp.org.