07 August 2011

William & Kate: royal wedding sampler in QR code

Another wedding sampler entry from another blog of mine, repeated here as it also fits this blog's focus.

Inspired by a QR code cross stitch sampler by Omega Chicken on Craftster - I found it on Mr X stitch here - I got to thinking about QR codes, and how their grid lends itself to cross stitch. (I'd been thinking about them in relation to their possibilities for work, and this took me sideways into stitching options).

OK, why not stitch a QR code royal wedding cross stitch?  Very 2011!  Bamboozle 'em proper in fifty years' time!

There is a recommended wording for royal wedding souvenirs.  Read all about it here.  The wording is:
To Commemorate the Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton, 29th April 2011


And that wording is represented by this QR code.  Really and truly.  I generated it using the free online QR code generator here.  Try this online QR code decoder if you wish to check my veracity: http://zxing.org/w/decode.jspx.  If you have a smartphone, you can get free QR reader apps - just point your smartphone's camera at a QR code using the app, and bingo, up comes the information in the QR code.

If, at this point, you are wondering what the heck a QR code is, it's like a barcode but it can do more, convey more information than a number.  Read the Wikipedia entry here.  You'll see them around - the SMH sometimes uses them to link readers to further contents, and advertisers are jumping on the bandwagon.

The size of the QR code is influenced by the amount of content.  So just : Will + Kate looks like this:
(Generated that with the same QR code generator as above).

Will I get stitching myself?  Dunno.  But if you'd like to borrow the idea for your own personal use, you are welcome.  If you do, or you link to this entry, do leave a comment so I can follow your progress!



PS/Added later: here's a gallery of more cross-stitch and sewn designs incorporating QR codes:

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