A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
October News Announcement: Crafting your Halloween costume this year?  Enter it for a chance to win prizes!  Read the spooktacular details here.
Total Members: 308,416
Currently Running With Scissors:
320 Guests and 8 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1] 2 3  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Octopus of DOOM!!! It will eat yer ship!  (Read 6304 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
Offline Offline

Posts: 851
Joined: 30-Apr-2006

warning: do not eat your fortune.

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« 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

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 317
Joined: 30-Mar-2010

View Profile
« 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

Want to get notified instantly when someone adds a project of yours as their favorite? Support Craftster and unlock more features as a Friend of Craftster!
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 5715
Joined: 03-Oct-2009

View Profile WWW
« 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.



Stalking me?: http://pinterest.com/allegorical/

50 in 2011: 14/50
Sketchbook Project 2012: Untitled
« 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.

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. . . . I would rather have cheese.
Offline Offline

Posts: 344
Joined: 25-May-2010

mama. crafter. nerd. feminist. gardener. lezzer.

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« 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! 

I blog about crafty things at http://sistertwisty.blogspot.com/

I used to be Chuggypig
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2011 05:01:18 PM »

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

Offline Offline

Posts: 851
Joined: 30-Apr-2006

warning: do not eat your fortune.

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« 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

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 4069
Joined: 13-Aug-2007

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2011 11:01:55 PM »

Awesome! I especially love the ship!

Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Mermaid Tail Blanket
October 19, 2016 Featured Projects
Tute Tuesday: Vanilla Extract

Comparison Shopping

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.