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11  Petersburg Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by nautilus on: September 29, 2009 10:01:58 PM
One of my good friends wrote a thesis on Andrei Bely's Petersburg (an early 20th century Russian novel with a very unique style...comparable to Ulysses in its originality and incomprehensibility). I decided to make a cross stitch for her of the book's cover, with the map of st. petersburg overlaid (on the cover the man's coat is checkered, but I substituted in the road layout and the river). I also included the equation for time dilation because my friend's thesis was about distorted perception of space and time in the novel. Finally, I looked through some of the book in Russian to try to find a quote exemplifying the style of the book and also relating to space. It says, basically: "Petersburg not only seems to us but also appears to be--on maps, in the form of two circles sitting one inside the other with a black dot in the center, and from these mathematical dots, dimensionless, it energetically announces that it--exists".
Yeah...I read this book and did not understand it. But I like the way the cross stitch turned out and my friend did also.
It appears I forgot to iron before taking pictures. Also did not remove sketchy duct tape frame.

Details showing that I used too much tension while cross stitching...bleah.




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12  Wiz from D.N.Angel & Rorschach from Watchmen Cross-stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by nautilus on: March 17, 2009 03:56:14 PM
Inspired by my sister's D&D cross stitch (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286573.msg3247401#msg3247401), I wanted to make my first project something relevant to my nerdy interests. So...Wiz from D.N.Angel (it was my gateway anime, so I guess this is fairly significant)



After finishing Wiz, I decided to make Rohrschach from Watchmen.


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13  "Neutral Good" alignment cross stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by nautilus on: January 10, 2009 04:56:13 PM
I made this cross stitch for my best friend; we recently had several discussions on D+D alignments and this is hers. The little people are in theory in the style of the webcomic Order of the Stick, however it turns out that it is pretty challenging to render stick figures in cross stitch.


The little slogan was yoinked off some website selling tshirts.
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14  borg costume (homecoming week) in Costumes: Completed Projects by nautilus on: October 17, 2008 03:41:49 PM
So, people dress up pretty intensely for homecoming week at my school. Our theme for one of the days was "Inseparable," and my lunch group made plans to go as the Borg from Star Trek. Somehow, I let myself be pressured into dressing up as the Borg Queen...
Reference picture: http://www.incognitocomics.co.uk/_pics/FS_2455001.jpg


This was not only my first time using pleather, but also my first corset. The craftsmanship is kind of shoddy... Church keys= PAIN.


Craploads of bobby pins + hairspray + wires stolen from the electronics lab = alternative to bald cap.

We made "Resistance is futile" sign for the pep rally. Yep.
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15  Golden Crane Pocket Plane in Quilting: Completed Projects by nautilus on: September 28, 2008 08:53:55 PM
Inspired by craftster, I made my first quilt this past winter break (but have only just gotten around to posting the pictures).

The pattern is from a book and called...brass rings? I work several hours a week at the public library and spend far too much time browsing the quilting books.

It's hard to tell the size from the picture, but it is a bit bigger than my college-issued Twin XL bed.
The title Golden Crane Pocket Plane comes from 1. The golden crane fabric, which is awesome and 2. the backing fabric, which reminds me of the pocket plane--basically, your own little bit of Hell your characters can retreat to: a pretty cosy place actually--from the fantastic computer game Baldur's Gate 2 (or rather the expansion Throne of Bhaal). So that is why the back doesn't match the front at all.

A closer look at some of the fabrics

And the pocket plane back

Quilting is (moderately) straight lines "in the ditch".
I really love quilting because it allows me to buy cool fabric and put in on display in neat ways; I'm now working on a table runner for my dorm coffee table and I will definitely start another full-size project soon!
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16  Companion cube in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by nautilus on: September 07, 2008 07:10:52 PM
So I realize everyone else played Portal last fall/winter, but I played it just before going back to school this fall. Therefore, like many other people, I made a stuffed Aperture Science Weighted Companion Cube, with a pattern devised from some screenshots. I made it approximately the size it is in the game, I think, though I possibly never bothered to set up portals to look at myself while I was carrying the cube.

It's made of fleece so it's very soft.  It came out kind of uneven, but I am happy to have my companion cube with me at college (and it's the envy of all my friends)!



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17  Nerdy cakes (Kirby + Kyouya) in Dessert by nautilus on: August 20, 2008 10:05:54 AM
Hopefully, the pictures work.


Kirby cake! The feet are covered in marzipan, as well as the features. I felt kind of bad gouging out his eyes (to eat them)...


Kyouya from the manga and anime Ouran High School Host Club. He was drawn with food coloring on marzipan. My sister made this one, but we're sharing this account.
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