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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pyramid Head from Silent Hill on: October 31, 2011 05:38:41 PM
My boyfriend and I had a Halloween party on Friday night. We woke up on Friday morning asking ourselves: "What costume are we gonna wear?" So we needed a quick costume that doesn't cost much.

Because we're big videogames geeks, my boyfriend decided to go as Pyramid Head, the main villain from the game Silent Hill 2 and also seen in the Silent Hill movie. He made the costume almost all by himself, mostly based on images from the movie version of the character. I don't have any work in progress shots though...

So here is the costume!

He started with a beige fleece piece that I already had at home. He cut it in the shape of an apron (the original character has only a half apron and no shirt, but my boyfriend is more prude than that Tongue) He then went outside and put dirt and splashed red paint mixed with water to make the dirty/gory look of the apron. 

He then did the hat/headpiece with a cardboard box and a lot of duct tape. He then made the eyeholes and put some screen to cover the holes (the screen is only part we had to buy). Then he also put dirt and some reddish brown paint on the headpiece so it looks rusted and gory.

The big weapon was made by his brother some time ago (duct tape, foam mats, PVC pipes), so he "borrowed" it and put dirt and red paint on it too.

And the finishing touch: red paint on his arms Wink.

Another shot of the costume!

Here are 2 pictures of the Pyramid Head from the movie:

And a last picture of him with me and my own costume (I'm dressed as a Moogle from Final Fantasy, I know the contrast is funny  Grin) I'm not entering the contest though, it's only my boyfriend's costume.

Hope you like it, sorry for all the gore though!  Smiley
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dragon Warrior 1 quote cross-stitch pillow on: October 22, 2011 05:58:40 PM
I saw a post here on Craftster of a pillow with a quote on it and I knew that I wanted to do one. My boyfriend is a big fan of the Dragon Quest games (named Dragon Warrior from 1 to 4 and Dragon Quest starting at the 5th), so I decided on a quote that my boyfriend and I both love, from Dragon Warrior 1 on the NES.

In this game, you play a little knight that roams the world killing baddies to find and kill an evil Dracolord. At the beginning of the game, the king tells you that his daughter has been kidnapped by a dragon. At one point, you kill the dragon and bring the princess in your arms all the way back to her castle, so she falls in love with you. If you talk to her in the castle, she says "Dost thou love me Hero?" If you answer "No", she'll say "But thou must!" and ask again "Dost thou love me Hero?" She won't let you leave until you answer "Yes" to her question. You can answer No for half an hour if you want, she'll continue pestering you until you say Yes. We found that pretty funny Cheesy.

I decided to use the exact same font as in the game, so I found the pixel chart for the alphabet from the game and a picture of the screen with the text from the princess to make sure I had the same wording, punctuation, etc...

And the fabric on the back

It's around 9 inches by 13 inches. I would have liked to do it more square, but I had a problem with the black canvas and didn't have enough to do it. It's still cute and my boyfriend liked it!

Sorry for the long story, but I wanted to put a little bit of context because I'm pretty sure that there isn't a lot of people who would have recognized the quote!   Cheesy
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first plushie! on: October 18, 2011 01:53:16 PM
So I got a new sewing machine and i wanted to test it by doing a plushie! I draw the shape directly on the fleece. I wanted to do a weird monster that has different sized arms and everything. The eyes, teeth and heart are made of felt.

I started knitting him a sweater, because I think he looks too naked!
14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Big Daddy from Bioshock! on: October 15, 2011 06:23:06 PM
I found the pattern for a Big Daddy bouncer from Bioshock something like a year ago (link to pattern is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338073.0, very well explained) and I always wanted to do it, but I was a little bit scared at how complex it looks! When I saw that my partner in the Videogame Swap was a Bioshock fan, I knew that I had to shake myself and do it!

So here is my Big Daddy amigurumi!

At first, I had bought yellow buttons for the eyes, but they were too big. I then decided to paint safety eyes red. It took a couple of layers (is layers the right word here? Sorry for my Frenchie English Tongue) but I got them looking like I wanted! In the end, I love the red eyes!

I also had a lot of problems with the wire frame. At first, I tried doing it as it is explained in the pattern, but using embroidery floss over the wire instead of yarn (doing knots like in friendship bracelets). It didn't look good, so I tried just rolling the floss around the wire, and it was even worse! So then I decided to take 2 wire and twist them and then use that to built the frame. It's not as nice as I would want it to be, but I was running out of ideas, so I decided it was good enough!

In the pattern, there is 5 fingers in the left hand, but I was too lazy, so I did a kinda mitten with a thumb.

Here's another shot.

And a last one, just for fun!

I'm really proud of it!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mario Bros hat and scarf set! on: September 24, 2011 05:36:23 PM
After the success of my Link hat and mitten set (see the post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382247.0 (I realised after writing the post that you can see the set on my profile picture... lol!)), I knew I had to do another set! The videogame Swap was the perfect occasion!  Cheesy

Here is a hat and scarf set with Mario Bros that I made for my partner, since she really loves Mario.

Another shot. I wanted to block the scarf, but I really didn't have time before sending it... The part of the scarf with Mario is actually a pocket.

It was really fun and fast to do!  Smiley
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dry Bones from Mario Bros cross-stitch and quilted bag on: September 22, 2011 02:04:22 PM
I couldn't decide wether to post this project here, in the quilting or in the bags category... Oh well, it fits here!  Cheesy

Here is a bag I made for my partner in the Videogame Swap. I started with the cross-stitching and then I wanted to make something original with it. So it ended up as a bag!

Here is the front of the bag.

A close-up of the cross-stitch pattern...

And this is the back of the bag.

I took the cross-stitch pattern (with the words) on SpriteStitch and the pattern for the bag itself at Wal-Mart. The bag normally has fabric squares on both sides, but I modified it to fit the cross-stitch.
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Portal 2 cross-stitch! on: September 19, 2011 05:14:58 PM
I made this small cross-stitch for my parter in the Video Game swap. My partner and I share a love for Portal and GLaDOS. I wanted to put a quote from her, since she has so many great lines in the games! Also, it was really fast to do!

Now I want one for myself!  Wink

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks, shawl and cowl! IMG heavy on: September 19, 2011 05:07:30 PM
Oh my, I haven't posted in a while! Here are three projects I made during the summer (even if they are winter things Smiley )

Here are some socks made with a pattern from the book "Country Weekend Socks". That book has awesome socks pattern, I can't wait to start another pair!

Here is the details of the diamond pattern. It was easy to do even if it doesn't look like it!

I took the pattern for this shawl in a Knit Scene magazine that I bought last month. The colour is really off in this picture, it is a lot greener in real, the colour is grass green. And it's really big, the lenght is around 55-60 inches. I haven't blocked it yet, but it's the next step!

Detail shot!

This cowl comes from the book Cowlgirl, that is also a very great knitting book. I used Vanna's Choice normal and shiny yarns together (a normal pink and shiny pink and a normal grey and shiny grey). I really love the result!

The picture is horrible, but at least you can see that the shape of the cowl on me. Gonna keep me warm during the harsh Canadian winter!

And that's only part of what I did this summer   Cheesy
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Totoro cross-stitch on: June 21, 2011 07:51:10 PM
This is the cross-stitch I made for my partner in the OTT Miyazaki Swap. My partner said that she loved Totoro with his umbrella, so I had the idea right away to cross-stitch that image.

I found a pixel image of Totoro with his umbrella and I modified it so it fitted the number of stitches for a 4 inches hoop. After that, I took a small part form a background from an old videogame that had a kinda Miyazaki feel. Put the 2 images together and ta-da!

It took me a couple of days to stitch and I am pretty pleased with the result!

This is the picture that my partner put in the gallery when she received.

And this is the picture I took myself before sending.

What do you think?
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby blanket and bag! on: June 17, 2011 11:02:26 AM
This is a baby blanket I made for a friend who's gonna have a boy next month. She likes green and brown and more neutral colors and I decided to spice these colours a little bit with some teal. She and her husband loved it! It's a square, around 2 and a half feet long (and large)

Here it is with the fleece backing. It wasn't the best idea, since I don't have a walking foot and the backing was a little bit stretchy... I wanted to quilt on all the lines of the squares, but because I had problems with the backing, I only made a line in the middle in both directions.

Here is a knitting bag I made for my mom for her birthday. She chose the fabrics, so it wasn't a big surprise, but she loves it anyway, and uses it. The picture is not that good though...

Here is a closeup of the fabrics used for the bag.

I'm working on bigger quilts, can't wait to be done!
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