Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Boba Fett Keyring

Phew, I have literally only been crafting for other people lately! It was my friend Kirk's birthday at the start of June, and as he's a massive Star Wars and Bobba Fett fan, I decided to make him a plushie keyring.

I used this free quilting template as a template for the keyring. Check out the series, it's for a Lego Star Wars quilt and I really wish I could make the whole thing.

Boba Fett keyring

Boba Fett keyring

Boba Fett keyring

The only addition I made was stitching the yellow stripes on his helmet. I then stuffed him and added some purple ribbon with a keyring clip to the top. He turned out pretty awesome I have to say, and only took about an hour from start to finish, so great if you need to whip up a gift in not a lot of time.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Pacman Coasters

Ages ago, I promised my friend Marco I would make him some perler bead coasters. As his birthday was in May, I decided to make them as a present for him. He originally wanted Futurama ones, and then picked IT Crowd ones, but I could not find a free pattern for either, so I just decided to make some Pacman ones to go with the geeky theme.

Pacman perler bead coasters

Pacman perler bead coasters

Pacman perler bead coasters

Pacman perler bead coasters

Pacman perler bead coasters

I used this free set of patterns and picked the four ones I liked the best. I honestly could have made a massive set of them though because there were so many cool designs.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Muppets Wedding Cross Stitch

In May I had two wedding a week apart, so there was a lot of crafting between us moving house! I had picked this pattern for my derby friends Kirk and Griz pretty soon after they said they were engaged. They had mentioned they were thinking of having this song from The Muppets movie somewhere in their wedding, and I found this while browsing geeky wedding cross stitch on Etsy. It actually turned out on the day this was the song that played as they walked out after getting married, so I was super happy with my choice.


Wedding cross stitch

Wedding cross stitch

Wedding cross stitch

Wedding cross stitch

Wedding cross stitch

Wedding cross stitch

Wedding cross stitch

You can get the pattern for this piece from notsomodernmillie on Etsy, and I can't say enough good things about it. It was so easy to work with, and super easy to customise it with the right date and initials. I love love love a cross stitch with no backstich, and this just looked so lovely when it was done.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Friends Wedding Embroidery

This post says Friends wedding embroidery, and that works on two levels, if you ignore the grammatical error. First of all, this is actually a Friends, the TV show, piece of embroidery. Secondly, it was stitch for my friend's wedding.

My friend Cat loves Friends, and so when I was thinking of making her something for her wedding, I really wanted to make her something to tie in with the show. After a quick search on Etsy and Pinterest the same quote kept coming up for Friends themed love related gifts.


There was a few cross stitch patterns out there already for this quote, but I wanted to stitch something myself. Embroidery is just so pretty.

Wedding embroidery

Wedding embroidery

Wedding embroidery

Wedding embroidery

Wedding embroidery

I traced this image of a cartoon lobster for the main picture, and then used this text for the words as I really liked the font.

For the main body of the lobster, I decided I wanted to work beads into my embroidery. I saw this cool lobster hoop art, which gave me the idea, but what looked like beads in the thumbnail was actually spotty fabric! So I stole an idea from something that wasn't even using it! Whoops!

I used some nice pinky salom coloured beads on every second stitch, and I really love the effect. It took about the same amount of time as embroidery but just looks that little bit extra special.

I also bought some heart print fabric, as well as the heart shaped buttons, to make it extra love themed.

I really love how it turned out, and I'll definitely be using more beads in future embroidery! 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Master Shake amigurumi

Well, it's been some time since I posted. A good couple of months! I have a couple of really good excuses though. I've literally had no time for crafting, so there was nothing to blog about, which has made me quite sad. It's also meant my New Year's list has gone out the window. But I've finally found time to not only craft, but also post about the couple of things I've finished since the last time I posted.

So excuse number one: We bought a house!

We bought a house

This is super exciting, as I literally never thought we'd be able to afford it! We bought a lovely house out in West Lothian (which is on the outskirts of Edinburgh) and it's just lovely! So much better than living in a third floor flat.

Excuse number two: This little bump.

Last selfie in the flat. We're officially out. Me, the giant and the bump are off to a more awesome life. ��

That's right! We're having a baby! And because all my energy has been going into growing this little bean, I've been sleeping most evenings rather than crafting!

But anyway, back to the crafting. Way back in April it was mine and the husband's first wedding anniversary. The theme for the first year is paper, so I decided to make him an amigurumi of one of his favourite TV shows Aqua Teen Hunger Force, because Master Shake is a milkshake, and the cup would be made out of paper. Get it? Sort of.

Master Shake crochet

Master Shake crochet

Master Shake crochet

Master Shake crochet

Master Shake crochet

Master Shake crochet

I'm so happy with how he turned out in the end, but the pattern was quite difficult to follow. I got the pattern for free from a blog called Nerdigurumi, which also has a pattern for the whole set of Aqua Teen Hunger Force characters.

Most of it worked out fine, but when I made the lid it was far too big for the body. The body finishes with a stitch count of 52, while the lid was 72, and unsurprisingly, huge. I had to pull it back a couple of rows and just put the lip for the lid in where I thought it looked right. I would have asked the maker of the pattern about it but in her FAQ it says "Stitch counts and I don’t get along… seriously, I took out a restraining order. I do my best to get it right, but I don’t have this hobby so I can do math, so you’ll have to forgive me if things don’t seem to add up sometimes.", so I thought it was probably best to leave it, as some other questions on the blog didn't get the nicest response. Oh well.

The important thing is Donald loves him, and he looks awesome, even if he was a pain in the butt. I was eyeing up the other characters, but I think I might leave them in case they melt my brain!

I used double knitting wool for the whole thing, as well as some embroidery thread and felt for the features, though I can't remember exactly which wool it was a I used as the craft slump/moving has wiped my brain. But as it's mainly white, so I don't think it's too much of a problem!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Embroidered Duvet Update

After being so excited to start this project, I feel like it's been quite easy for it to take a backseat to other things. I'm always aware it should be getting done, but as it's a purely selfish craft for me, there's no real rush to get going on it.

I didn't do anything on it last month, so in March I was determined to do at least one pattern.

I managed this lovely Loch Ness Monster (you can get the free embroidery pattern here).

Embroidery duvet

I mixed it up a bit in terms of stitches this time, and using Sublime Stitching's Embroidered Effects, I tried to split stitch on the water and the stem stitch on the body of the monster. I decided just to use back stitch on the monster's details.

It was quite fun to try different stitches and I can definitely see how different they look on the finished piece.

So we're two patterns down and probably about 100 more to go!

Embroidery duvet

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List for 2015. You can check out my progress here.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Draw Once a Month - March

This month I decided to use a medium I haven't really used since I did Higher Art, chalk pastels. I quite like working with them but they are messy and hard to control if you start doing things a bit wrong.

I found this picture of BMO from Adventure Time and thought he would look quite cool done in the messy fashion of chalks.

Bmo

It's not the most complicated piece of art I've ever done, but it was quite fun to try using something different. Once I started using the black, things got a bit messy, but I'm still happy with how he turned out. BMO is always cute!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List for 2015. You can check out my progress here.