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1  Embroidered mobile video game! in Needlework: Completed Projects by jamian on: August 17, 2012 07:35:04 PM
I just finished my first mobile game, Brownie: Spirit of the Woods!  I hope embroidery is the appropriate category-- it might fit toys, dolls and playthings, or miscellaneous--but the embroidery is my favorite part! Smiley

The basic premise is that a storm is coming to the woods, and you're a bear riding on a broom, scooping up stranded critters and rescuing them before the storm catches up to you. You steer Brownie by tilting your device, and tap the screen to rescue the critters. It's just a super-simple, cutesy game Smiley

I've been wanting to make this game for awhile, but I was feeling uninspired as I tried and failed to draw good graphics (especially since we had gotten rid of our Wacom tablet, and I was having to draw using a mouse, which you have to have really steady hands and lots of patience for!) But then it hit me: okay, maybe I'm not great at digital art, BUT, I am a crafter--what if I could make the graphics out of fabric? I had never seen this done with games before, but I was inspired by the felt books I've seen on here, as well as Clare Beaton's work, which looks fabulous.  So I set out to do just that, and I'm so happy I did.

I just had to make a few basic art objects, took high-res photos of them, and then I replicated them for the game.
Here are the trees, Brownie, and the critters you're rescuing:

Brownie is made from an old towel, the broom is made from a twig in our yard and some rope, and the critters are made from old pillowcases and various fabrics (I love to recycle! Smiley).

For the end screen, I didn't do embroidery because I wanted it to look a little different than the rest of the game. So for the trees, I braided a bunch of strands of yarn, and then lined them up and sewed them together, maneuvering the different braided strands to make branches (if that makes sense...) I threaded metallic gold thread throughout the trees. Then I scattered some felt fabric for the leaves, and used the same brown towel I used for Brownie to make the ground. It has a sheer red, yellow, and orange tulle fabric for the background, but it's hard to really see it because the "sun" is shining so brightly.

And one of my favorite parts is that even the text is hand-stitched. To make this, I just stitched the alphabet, and then turned it into a font using a program called Hiero Font editor. It turned out to be more time-consuming than I had expected! It may not look as crisp as a regular font, but I think it's worth it to have everything onscreen be handmade.

One thing I learned is that even a simple game takes a tooooon of work and time (this game took about 6 months, although not full-time). I also learned that it's worth it to keep tweaking until you're happy (even though at a certain point, you have to accept what you have!) For example, at first I only had a pretty basic camera, so the graphics weren't crisp or clear at all, so it was definitely worth it to upgrade my camera!

And one last note: The sound effects are made from my 16-month-old daughter's babbling noises, which I love <3

Here are some screenshots:

And the trailer, (which was a craft project in itself!): http://youtu.be/g23rDbT7Y3s

Thanks so much for looking--I appreciate any c&c!
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2  Grandma's picture--from black and white to colorful in Mother's Day by jamian on: May 26, 2012 04:35:23 PM
As a (late!) Mothers Day gift for my mom, I wanted to do something in memory of her mom, so I took an old black and white photo of my grandma, printed it on a fabric sheet, and jazzed it up a bit with beads, fabric, and paint. I used make-up for the skin, which worked surprisingly well. I had to lighten the original photo a bit though, so I wasn't painting over dark grey for the skin.

 I used metallic thread for the necklace and bracelet, and seed beads for her earrings and bodice detail, and pressed flowers for her flower arrangement. I might've gone overboard a little with the skirt, but she can trim it if she wants to :p

I havent mailed it to my mom yet, but Im super excited for her to get it!  Im also excited to try adding fabric and colorful details to other old pics.

Thanks for looking--c&c welcome Smiley

And the original pic:

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3  Felt color book for my baby in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by jamian on: August 08, 2011 07:18:46 PM
Inspired by all the awesome felt books on Craftster, I wanted to make a felt book of colors for our new baby, with rhyming couplets. I asked for my husband's input, and suddenly it had to have a medieval theme Wink So, we put our heads together and came up with this:

I wasn't up to sewing tiny felt details, so I took the lazy way out and used fabric pastels on white fabric, and sewed it onto felt pages.
We finished it right before her birth, and she's four months old now. No word yet on whether or not she likes it :p

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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4  Cool uncle shirt for my bro in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by jamian on: August 08, 2011 07:06:00 PM
A couple Christmases ago, my brother gave my grandparents matching shirts that said something along the lines of what cool grandparents they are, and we have a pic of my grandparents proudly modeling them--one of the last pics I got of them before my Grandma passed away...so when I got pregnant, I wanted to make my brother something about being an uncle, and I thought back to those shirts. I decided to make a similar shirt about how he's a cool uncle Smiley

Based on this old pic of him doing something weird in college: :p

I think he liked it, although I'm not sure he wears it :p My only regret is that I wish I had written a more clever text to go with it--it sounds so lackluster :p

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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5  Baron Munchausen quote in Needlework: Completed Projects by jamian on: November 26, 2010 09:38:37 AM
I'm not sure if this is an obscure reference or not, but it's a quote from Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Smiley   

My husband and I both like this quote, and it fits our view of reality Wink so I decided to cross-stitch it for his birthday. The quote alone seemed too dull, so I added some clay figures on the side. They're from another scene in the movie where Munchausen et al are escaping the moon--they are hanging from a rope tied to the moon, but it's too short, so they cut the top part off to tie to the bottom Smiley
(I wanted to make Munchausen busting through the fabric on a horse, but alas, that was a bit too daunting :p)

Thanks for looking!

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6  Seaweed dragon incense holder....thing :p in Completed Projects by jamian on: December 29, 2009 12:28:03 AM
I've always been really tempted to use seaweed to paper mache something, and now I finally did--a Christmas gift for my husband  Smiley
The castle wall is made from a canvas covered in paper mache, and the dragon is made of sculpey covered in seaweed mache.  Huh Mostly I did it as an experiment, but it turned out better than I thought it would Cheesy

And because I like my crafts to have a function, I gave him the dragonly job of incense holder:

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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7  Khaos Hive--comic blanket in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by jamian on: January 18, 2009 07:16:00 PM
I made this a year or so ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting it Smiley

In college, my husband (boyfriend at the time) had fun making some pseudo-serious action comics for the university newspaper. So for his birthday, I made him a blanket with the title and several of the panels silk-screened on it.

I enlarged and traced the panels using an overhead projector, then got to work cutting out the stencils Smiley
I had never screen-printed anything before, so it was nerve-wracking thinking I was going to mess up the paint each time I added a panel, but it turned out fine Smiley

I then sewed white boxes around the panels, and sewed a backing and satin binding on. Sewing it all together took ages, because I only know how to hand sew, but it probably worked better that way because I was constantly having to shift the fabrics around so they'd line up right (I can never seem to keep fabric held together very well, even with tons of pins  Tongue).

He was thrilled with it, by the way! Cheesy

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8  Valhalla garden in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by jamian on: December 29, 2008 06:23:54 PM
I've been wanting to make a Zen garden for awhile, and I finally got around to doing it this Christmas. I knew someone who might want one, but I thought he'd appreciate something a little more action-packed than a regular Zen garden... so I came up with the Valhalla garden (which I also thought he'd like since he's Norwegian :p ) I really didn't know much about Viking mythology before this, so it was fun to research.

I took a hinged wooden box from Hobby Lobby and covered it in Super Sculpey designs, and made a roof out of sturdy foil. I forgot to take pictures of the sides, but they have runes carved into them.  I also made axes and an eagle to guard it.

The box opens to reveal a scene from the great hall. Odin, a Valkyrie, and a warrior are drinking wine. Odin's wolves and ravens sit below in the sandy garden . The axes on the front can be used to hack around in the sand :p

Enough rambling, here are the results. Kind of a weird gift, but super-fun to make! Smiley

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9  My first try at oil painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jamian on: December 28, 2008 10:05:04 PM
This is Enchanted Rock, near Austin. I painted it on the lid of a gift box, so it has some weird texture, but I'm kind of happy with how it turned out Smiley

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10  Death knight in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by jamian on: December 28, 2008 06:21:00 PM
I am lucky to be married to an artsy man (he's a video game artist).

For Christmas and birthdays, etc, I usually enjoy making him crafts based on his artwork. We jokingly call these  "hubris gifts"  Tongue

This is what I made him for Christmas:

Based on this painting:

It took me days, but it was worth it--he loves it and is going to keep it on his desk at work Smiley
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