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Topic: Octopus of DOOM!!! It will eat yer ship!  (Read 6679 times)
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« on: March 03, 2011 04:54:28 PM »

So I'm usually a lurker and I'm trying really hard to change that.  I really love swapping and have noticed that maybe if I were more active on OTHER areas of the board I would enjoy the rest of Craftster more... I mean, uh-duh, that's why I'm here!!   Roll Eyes

Anyway -- I made this for the lovely AlmostDawn in round 4 of the hoopla swap where the theme was diptych hoops.  I decided to go with this idea of a tall ship (an evil pirate ship, so it's really ok!) being dragged down by a giant octopus.

As this idea was festering I stumbled across a few... difficulties...  1) I'd never done a hoop that would stay in the hoop.  How would I do the back so that I could have the two hoops stay attached??  2) How can I get the tentacles to "stand" up?  1) I used the wonderful tutorial by onegroovyday for the backs doing the octopus head first and half of the ship then stitching the tentacles on and finishing the ship's background.  There was a lot of flailing around... and many many pin pricks.  But I'm clumsy like that.  2) I wove some wire into the tentacles to keep them up.  It works pretty good when they are against a wall... hopefully it will work for AlmostDawn!

SO without further ado!  My pictures!

the ship

details of the ship (even my dad said: "wow.  you did this by hand?" for my third embroidery I think it looks pretty good.)

the octopus hoop

the bottom details

both of them together

more ship details and the tentacles dragging it down.

I also figured I'd so you my prototype...  I always wanted to do the octopus out of felt, but when I mentioned that to my mom she said it would look better in fabric and why don't I do it that way... well... this is why... 

I'm calling him Zombopus.  Or Octobi depending on my mood.   Grin

He's creepy... and I left out a leg... oops... I swear I CAN sew.

Thanks for checking it out!  <3

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2011 05:14:59 PM »

Oh WOW! I love the overlapping octopus and your stitch work. The colors and details are spot on! THIS ROCKS.  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2011 05:25:35 PM »

Oh my, this is so very cool!  Fantastic job - I LOVE IT!  (And I love your Zombopus!)
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2011 05:38:16 PM »

(1- I still love it.)

2-  Zombopus is kinda awesome.



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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2011 05:43:17 PM »

Really nice. I love the ship and the idea of it being attached by the octopus is just great.

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2011 06:57:04 PM »

working a piece over two hoops is super awesome. i love it!
i also love the fabric you've chosen to embroider on. it really works for the design!

« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2011 08:38:03 AM »

Oh now, this is just amazing!  Love the idea of the octopus crossing hoops! 

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2011 05:01:18 PM »

Wow, amazing, octopus on two hoops Shocked great idea and wonderful work

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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2011 05:32:24 PM »

Thanks guys!

The fabric is a scrap pack (? 12x14 panels of similar colors) by McKenna Ryan.  The fabrics are really beautiful, handdyed, just gorgeous!  I knew I had to use it for this!

I really appreciate all the compliments!   Grin

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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2011 11:01:55 PM »

Awesome! I especially love the ship!

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