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Playing ketchup

Yesterday, my Shakespearean Star Wars project was linked by the @starwars Twitter feed. Cue fangirl squee. I had the most hits to this blog ever. Which would be great…. if my last post hadn’t been in June. *facepalm*

It seems I’ve been too busy stitching, reading, fangirling over ‘Doctor Who’ and doll collecting to make a post. Doesn’t excuse my slacking. But that’s what I am. A slacker of epic proportions. Principal Strickland would have loved me. Anyway, I haven’t posted because, well, I just haven’t had anything to say. For five months. OK, now that just makes me pathetic. Oy.

So here I am, playing catch-up on some of the stitchery projects I’ve completed in the past few months. So, without further ado, more geek craft:

One has to wonder if Mario learned the trick to getting past the Boos from the Doctor.

This one came about after looking at some Mario sprites. Doctor Who/Super Mario mash-up. I am such a dork. XD

Because Time Lords need support, too.

I had to do this one twice, as the first go-around, the bottom part of the scarf looked just too wonky for me.

It's just as easy to get lost in a book as it is inside the Tardis.

Because I needed an excuse to do yet another ‘Doctor Who’-themed bookmark.

And now for something completely different....

This was done with glow-in-the-dark thread. Picture it. *oooooh*

In which I get a little ambitious....

My largest and most complicated piece to date. You can see close-ups here. *cough*cheap plug*cough*

I’ve got more stuff in the works. Mostly Tardises, because I really am that obsessed. But I’m also feeling compelled to do My Little Pony, too.*crickets*

That’s all for now. I’ll try to update this thing more often than once every five months. No promises, though.

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Geek Craft: Literary pursuits

I’m always late to the party. I only just discovered “The Hunger Games” trilogy and George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series a few months ago. I did two cross stitch designs for these series.

The Stark family motto, "Winter is coming."

My first time using 28 count fabric. So many tiny, little holes!

 

Katniss' mockingjay pin.

Used variegated floss for variety.

Will probably be throwing these up at my Etsy shop soon.

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Geek Craft: Jayne Cobb

If you asked me to pick a favorite character from “Firefly,” I don’t think I could give you an answer. But I will admit that Jayne Cobb does hold a little special place in my heart. How could you not love the Hero of Canton?

I was playing around in my cross stitch program and ended up making a cute but grumpy-looking owl. For some reason, he reminded me of Jayne. So I stuck a pretty cunning hat on top and came up with another bookmark design.

He aims to misbehave.

Grumpy owl is grumpy because you interrupted his reading time.

Both he and his pattern are available in my Etsy shop: http://craftycompanion.etsy.com.

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Geek Craft: Shakespearean Star Wars

So, a while back, I got this goofy idea to combine two of my favorite things: Shakespeare and Star Wars. I didn’t know if I could pull it off. For one, I didn’t have a pattern for R2D2 and C3PO so I’d have to make them myself. My first few tries were disasters. R2 looked all right, but 3PO always came out looking rather squashed. Then I found patterns online for Gundam Wing character sprites. Inspiration hit and my first-try C3PO sprite looked pretty good.

"Never was a tale of more woe... than this of R2 and his 3PO"

Now that I had my sprites and quote, how to put them together? I found a nifty medieval-style border in a blackwork book that I modified a bit and put that around the whole thing. But it was still missing something. What else could I add? ROSE BUDS.

In hindsight, I probably should have used lightsabers, but I really dig the juxtaposition of droids and girly flowers.

I have other “Shakespearean Star Wars” ideas I want to explore. But I think I shall find a simpler border to use next time, as this was such a pain in the rear to do.

Haven’t decided if I want to sell this finished piece or not. I like it, but I’ve nowhere to hang it. Woe. 😦

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The Crafty Companion

So. I’ve done it. I opened my own Etsy shop, The Crafty Companion. I only have five cross stitch patterns available so far, but I’m planning to add more. I’ve also got some finished stitchings done, but I’m waiting to add those until after I get back from my weekend trip. I’m hoping I’ll make a couple of sales, especially since I’ve got a ton of design ideas.

Finished a few new “Doctor Who” designs recently. One is brand-new and the other two are framable versions of designs I’ve put on bookmarks.

I already had a Dalek bookmark, so of course I needed a Cyberman to go with it!

I used Satin floss to do my Cyberman. Probably won’t do that again, as that stuff is as difficult to work with as the metallic floss.

"If something can be remembered, it can be brought back..."

It’s blue on the outside. It’s bigger on the inside. Inspired from the fifth season episode, “The Big Bang.” This finished stitching will be for sale next week.

This guy needs his own fan club.

I really liked the bookmark with this little guy on it, so I had to do one that could be framed. He’ll also be for sale next week. He’ll probably also show up again on a tea towel…

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Geek Craft: Time and Relative Dimension in Stitches

I bought a pack of blank aida bookmarks off Etsy a while back, because trying to make my own would most likely have been disastrous. I envisioned adorning them in various geeky designs, but somehow, the first five all turned out “Doctor Who.” Not that I’m complaining, really.

This bookmark is bigger on the inside.

My first bookmark of course had to feature the Tardis. Sadly, I totally misremembered the quote from “The Eleventh Hour,” as I did not have access to the DVDs at the time. But I think it works. I may do this again with a different quote or maybe a starry background.

Daleks taste like Skittles.

I was totally going to do this with the caption “Go, go Dalek Rangers,” but after reading Mark’s review of “Victory of the Daleks” over on Markwatches.net, I thought “Taste the rainbow” would be more hilarious.

Exterminate thirst!

Also from “Victory of the Daleks.” Because nothing is funnier than a Dalek serving tea. This one would have been perfect had I not miscounted and actually got the design centered. A lesson for next time.

Spoilers!

Because bow ties and fezzes are cool.

I also have a Cyberman bookmark to go with these, but he’s not quite done yet. I’ll post it when I’m finished, provided I’ve not been deleted.

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Geek Craft: Green Lanterns

I know nothing about Green Lantern, other than he wears green and is afraid of the color yellow. And that there’s a movie coming out about him later this summer. But really, other than that, not a clue. But my brother is a big fan. So when I found this pattern from Wee Little Stitches on Etsy, I knew I had to make this for him.

My brother owes me big time.

Tomorrow, I’ll post some of the “Doctor Who” bookmarks I’ve done lately.

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ cross stitch

“The Big Bang Theory” is one of my favorite shows, so of course I had to stitch the characters after I found them on Etsy. It’s another design from Wee Little Stitches, and I think it came out pretty good!

BANG!

The room I took the photo in had really bad lighting, so it doesn’t really show up that this design is done on sea-foam green aida. It looks really good on the green fabric in person!

Up next: Green Lantern, because my brother had a big man-crush on Ryan Reynolds.

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Tenth Doctor and Companions cross stitch

So after I completed my Firefly cross stitch project, I thought I’d give it a go at designing my own pattern, using the basic template for people that was done on the Firefly pattern. I really wanted a Doctor Who design, and it wasn’t until after I’d started stitching my own Doctor Who design that the talented couple at Wee Little Stitches came out with a Doctor Who design of their own. (Which is amazing, by the way.) But I decided to stick to my own design, as I wanted to do Ten and his companions, and Wee Little Stitches’ design was of all 11 Doctors.

Ten and companions

I’m mostly pretty happy with the way it turned out. Some of the colors aren’t quite right. I think Rose’s hair is a little too yellow and Donna’s hair is a little too orange, but I was limited to the materials I had on hand (mainly the leftovers from the Firefly design). Martha’s shirt and jacket are too different color reds, but it’s really hard to tell since they’re so similar. I wish I’d had a different red for her shirt.

Ten, Rose, Jack

Martha, Donna

But I’m most proud of my little Tardis design. It took two days alone and I think it’s awfully cute.

TARDIS: Time and Relative Dimension in Stitches?

Next project: “The Big Bang Theory.”

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Geek Craft: ‘Firefly’ Pixel People

I’m not creative. Really, I can’t just think new stuff up. But I can copy reasonably well. Which is probably why the only things I’m moderately good at, craft wise, is cross stitch. The pattern is already there, I just have to copy it onto fabric with bits of thread.

Finding a good pattern isn’t easy, though. I’m not one for most of the available kits out there. Mostly I do the Asian-inspired kits or nature themes. That is, until I discovered Etsy and found some geeks like myself who can create. That’s where I found the pattern for the “Firefly”  cross stitch I’ve been working on for the past week.

I was so excited when I found it! “Firefly” is second only to “Doctor Who” in my list of Favoritest TV Shows EVAR. The pattern was adorable, but I’d never bought just the pattern before. I’ve always bought kits. So it was a bit daunting, having to track down all the materials myself, especially since my town is too small to have its own craft store. Fortunately, there’s plenty of online places to shop from.

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So, here it is. My “Firefly” cross stitch. It’s a design from Wee Little Stitches on Etsy. They have an amazing selection of geek-inspired designs (Justice League, Avengers, Ghostbusters, etc… check them out if you like to stitch!). I had to modify the design just a wee bit. I  only had white aida fabric, so I had to outline Book’s hair and Simon’s shirt, otherwise it would have been lost. I also added the caption, because I felt it just needed that little something to finish it off.

But, while I was studying the design, I realized just how awesome it is in its simplicity. So I started thinking, what if I can be semi-creative? Why couldn’t I do a design like this of my own characters… like “Doctor Who.” So, now that “Firefly” is done, I am going to attempt it.

Wish me luck.

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