Monthly Archives: September 2010

The clock is ticking

Friends, take note that the deadline for Deluxe is approaching quickly. We want the best artists in Oklahoma and the surrounding area to be there, so if you haven’t applied yet, please do so! We look forward to seeing your work.

We craft for a living

Well, one of us does. JD McCoy, AKA JDStar, has been making custom t-shirt blankets for people all over America for the past 2 years and her work is unlike anything you’ve seen.

JD enjoys this work, and it allows her to stay home with her sweet baby Kate. All of the work is completed meticulously in JD’s beautiful Oklahoma City studio.

Give her your favorite 25 (or 30, or 36…) shirts and she’ll turn them into an awesome, usable blanket that is NOT a stiff t-shirt quilt like the kind we see a lot of these days.

You may have seen her booth at The Girlie Show last year or at the OSU-OKC Farmer’s market last winter. Her calendar is filling up, so if you’d like to give a blanket as a gift, now’s the time to start the process.

Samantha Lamb

Have you seen Samantha Lamb’s photography? If you’ve been to Cuppies and Joe, her art has adorned the walls there since their opening.
We love her for so many reasons. Not only is she one of our returning Delxue artists, but she lives a life of authenticity on her own farm in rural Oklahoma. Her blog posts are always cheerful and welcoming. Take a peek inside her world!

Fair keeps it fresh

by Rob Bennett
Graffiti Demonstration at the 2010 State Fair of Oklahoma
Yet another bit of evidence that the Oklahoma State Fair is doing its best to engage a new generation of creative people: They hosted a graffiti demonstration! Check out this set by Rob Bennett on Flickr.

What a great State Fair!

Have you been to the State Fair yet? So many cool new exhibits, competitions and demonstrations. Today I went for the second time and saw Angela Mabray, our local Polymer Clay champ – she was doing a demonstration in the Creative Arts building with other members of her guild. They do some cool work, check them out!

FAQ – For Visual People

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t have the attention span to -oooh, a squirrel- read our Frequently Asked Questions page? We think it’s important so we’ve animated it.

Come see us at the State Fair!

It’s almost time for the Great State Fair of Oklahoma!

We have been invited to demonstrate the wonderful art of embroidery on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts building. Stop by and learn how to choose fabric, transfer patterns, add texture to your piece and so much more!

Marjorie Tallchief by Cheryl Powell

Sublime Stitching has graciously donated patterns for us to use during this demonstration – lucky us! Their patterns are absolutely the coolest around. We can’t wait to see you!

Stitchalong sneak peek

The entire collection of Okie Stitchalong portraits will make its debut at the Oklahoma State Fair, but you can see a couple of the amazing pieces by Deluxe royalty Holly Hall (of Sweetheartville) and her husband Jeremy at her blog.  She chose Wanda Jackson, he stitched Chuck Norris.

Another stunner is this Kristen Chenoweth portrait from Craftyminx.

Craftyminx's Kristen

Okie Stitchalong

The Okie Stitch Along deadline has been extended to September 1!

Join the handmade revolution, by honoring your favorite Oklahoman with an embroidered portrait! Anyone is welcome to join our virtual group, regardless of skill level.

All artists need to submit an online form. Please complete the form at the same time you mail your piece.

If you’re not an Oklahoma resident, it’s OK! Just choose an Oklahoman to embroider and be prepared to mail the mounted piece to us by September 1.

Mailing address:

Deluxe OK LLC

PO Box 57853

Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Three public exhibitions are currently scheduled, including the Oklahoma State Fair in September.

There is no entry fee, however, you will need to pay for return postage after the exhibition ends if your piece does not sell. More logistics for sales will be announced in the spring, and participants will have the option to mark their piece “Not For Sale” and have it returned.

Need to learn to embroider or make a pattern?

Deluxe Artist Amy Bindel offers free online embroidery lessons! Check the site for a supply list and learn from one of the best stitchers around!

Here is an online tutorial on making your own embroidery pattern from a photo. It’s really easy! Basic embroidery instruction can be seen in this video and on Jenny Hart’swebsite

Specific stitches can be viewed here. Thank you to Holly Hall for sharing these resources!

Already know who you’d like to stitch?

Email sara@deluxeok.net

Looking for ideas? Here are a few names:

(names in RED have been spoken for)

Linda Cavanaugh

Biker Fox

Bart Conner

Wayman Tisdale

Brittany Novotny

Five Moons

Russell Westbrook

Shiny Toy Guns

Ed Harris

Mary Kay Place

Terrance Malick

Garth Brooks

Mick Cornett

Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie

Alfre Woodard

Gary England

Barry Switzer

Bob Barry Sr.

Tyson Ritter

Dwight Twilley

Kevin Durant

Brad Henry

Andrew Rice

Ferris O’Brien

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Brian Bosworth

Otto the Robot

Danny Williams

Carrie Underwood

Christie England

Hoho the Clown

Mat Hoffman, Rumble the Bison, Leon Russell, Chuck Norris, Joan Crawford, Shannon Miller, Mathis Brothers, Wanda Jackson, Shannon Lucid, Rue McClanahan, Joe Carter, Thomas P. Stafford, Dr. Phil, Hanson, Reba McIntyre, Woody Guthrie, Gene Autry, Ree Drummond, Sam Bradford, Gary Busey, Paul Harvey, James Garner, Belle Starr, S.E. Hinton, Jim Thorpe, Wayne Coyne, Kristin Chenoweth, Jim Ross, Jennie Finch, Lon Chaney Jr., Collins Kids, Will Rogers, Ron Howard, Rick Bayless, Patti Page, The Flaming Lips, Jed Castles, Waite Phillips, Geronimo, Charlie Christian, Wiley Post,  Chet Baker, Thor, Count Gregore, Bob Wills, Perle Mesta

… or any other Oklahoman who we might recognize! Obscure, quirky Okies are welcome, too!

To see just how amazing this art form can become, check out the work by Jenny Hart,the guru of embroidered portraits. And if you’d like to teach yourself, Jenny sellspatterns and kits for beginners as well as experienced embroidery artists.

There is a Facebook event page for this project. We’ll  also use our Flickr group to share progress, tips and support!

We can’t wait to see what you create!