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Topic: Octopus of DOOM!!! It will eat yer ship!  (Read 3962 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!)
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« 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!
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« 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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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2011 02:09:59 PM »

That is a brilliant idea! I love the octopus. Very very cool!
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2011 06:54:40 PM »

Thanks!!

The ship is a pattern from Urban Threads!  It was so much fun to stitch!
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2011 08:14:19 PM »

Wow, what a cool idea. So well executed!
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2011 09:11:11 PM »

I really love that fabric. It fits so well!
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2011 06:34:36 AM »

this is an awesome diptych.   So very beautiful, and clever!  and the octozombie is hilarious!  I love when screw ups turn funny.
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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2011 12:12:13 PM »

amazing work... and you have a wonderful imagination to come up with the idea for this.....the fabric you used is perfect!!

(Im glad my tutorial helped you with the backs!!... Im really happy that its getting used)
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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2011 01:28:58 PM »

ROFL... this is epic.  Your original embroidery is absolutely beuatiful... but I can't help it.  Zombopus is the best part, I spit spaghetti all over my monitor (luckily I'm at work lol). 
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2011 01:43:03 PM »

The double-hoop idea is genius. I love the background fabric--the lighter "above water" one with the ship, and the darker "depths" one. What an amazing project! Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2011 09:06:30 AM »

Thanks guys!!  I'm so so glad it was well received, you know that moment you finish something and think: "OH no.  What did I do?  What if it doesn't make sense to the rest of the world??"  Yeah that went through my head a few times, haha!
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« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2011 01:14:37 PM »

You did such an awesome job with this! It's great!! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2011 02:46:47 PM »

This is brilliant
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2011 07:22:37 AM »

You've been StitchPunk'd! Amazing work!! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2011 09:08:28 AM »

I love the ship!  You did a great job  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2011 10:21:12 PM »

I remember seeing this in the swap gallery! This is fantastic! Are you sure this is only your third embroidery? I love the detail in the ship. Really awesome stuff!
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« Reply #25 on: May 09, 2011 05:59:03 PM »

thanks so much guys!  i had a ton of fun working on it!

definitely my third embroidery, it's one of my favorite new hobbies.   Grin
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« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2011 09:17:08 PM »

I have to say that the hooplas are AWESOME, but the stuffed Zombopus made me laugh really hard Smiley Thanks for showing us the prototype!
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