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1  Invader Zim Embroidery Designs in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by NeitherSparky on: April 29, 2009 03:50:15 PM
Okay here is a thread for my original Invader Zim designs. Since you can get Zim and GIR patches already at Hot Topic and stuff I'm more interested in doing the other characters. So here is Dib and Gaz that I designed to put on t-shirts for my brother and myself. We like to match when we go out, lol. We're such nerds. The wrinkles are because I just stuck the cloth in the scanner without ironing it. These are the samples and a bit small, the characters on the t-shirts were enlarged to about 8 inches high. The text under each one is a quote by that character from the show.

Designed in Embird Studio and stitched on a Janome 350e. If I do more Zim characters I'll post them in this thread. I'd like to do Professor Membrane at least. Smiley
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2  Beetlejuice Patches in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by NeitherSparky on: April 29, 2009 03:15:15 PM
Here are some patches I made in Embird Studio. Smiley (I'm aware of the fraying on the edges, these are just samples.)

This is the largest one, eight inches wide by about 5 and a half high (the biggest my machine will do). Intended for like, shirts and messenger bags. The background of the logo is stitched with glow-in-the-dark thread. Smiley

Small Beetlejuice and Lydia patches, five inches high. I need to make Lydia smile, lol.

If I do more BJ characters I'll put them in this thread. Smiley I use a Janome 350e.

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3  Homemade Thread Rack in Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions by NeitherSparky on: March 05, 2009 04:59:14 PM
Inspired by tattfae's post, I made this today:

I had already made a rack for storing my thread so why not this. Wink I would have bought a homemade rack I saw on eBay but I needed a place for my bobbin thread (the large cone) also so I had to come up with something myself. The screweyes have been opened slightly for easy threading, btw. It looks a little ghetto but whatever, lol.  Cheesy
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4  Lifesized Max (Sam & Max) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by NeitherSparky on: February 19, 2009 09:46:42 PM

I made this guy about a year ago, to take to conventions. He's Max from Steve Purcell's comic Sam & Max. He is lifesize, so about three feet tall not including ears, and he has a full plastic armature and a swiveling neck. The best place to see more photos of him is on my account on Telltale Games, so click here if you want to see.  Grin

The fabric used was actually a plush terrycloth because I couldn't get any lightweight fur. I molded the eyes and nose from Sculpey and glued in little loops of wire on the backs to make them into buttons. He would be able to stand on his own if it weren't for the weight of his head. I used large doll armature for his limbs and there's a piece of PVC pipe for his "spine". His feet are actually made from large loops of doll armature as well, and there's small armature in his fingers. My sewing machine decided to die not long after I started him so most of this was done by hand. My Dremel died while making him too so the plastics were mostly cut with PVC-cutting wires.

Clearly, Max is the Destroyer of Machines.  Cheesy
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5  Intarsia Beetlejuice Hoodie in Knitting: Completed Projects by NeitherSparky on: February 14, 2009 08:26:25 PM

Here's the first intarsia design I made myself. I took some Beetlejuice lineart, elongated it (as a knitted image tends to squash) and used PC Stitch to make it into a graph. I then knitted it on my Bond Sweater Machine with the intarsia plate. This is actually the second time I knitted Beetlejuice, when I did the first one I used a pretty bad sweater pattern (its nice and big though). I later made another from a better pattern and added a hood. A friend of mine has it now.  Grin
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6  Intarsia Olive Oyl Dress in Knitting: Completed Projects by NeitherSparky on: February 10, 2009 03:54:53 PM
Well I checked my posting history and I have never posted any of my machine knitting...shame!! I'll post some of them, one at a time. Wink

So here was my first Bond machine intarsia project - and it was a doozy lol. I got the design from a knitting book called Popeye and Friends (all King Features characters - I have to make the Haagar the Horrible sweater sometime!). I didn't use the actual dress pattern they gave though as it was for a skinny person, so I basically made a long sweater. So, that would be why it looks like a long sweater. Wink Anyways I made this about two years ago. (Btw if this is wrong section I'm sorry, I didn't see a section just for machine knitting.) Ignore the binder clips at the bottom, I was trying to uncurl the hem. I have since taking this photo changed the sleeves to short, its nicer to wear now.

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7  Wilt from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by NeitherSparky on: August 07, 2006 07:05:29 PM
Hey guys I'm new here and I thought I'd post my latest project. In July I made this eight foot tall Wilt doll for a friend of mine who co-admins my Foster's Home fan forum. I took him with me to the San Diego Comic-Con and had the bottom of one shoe signed by show creator Craig McCracken and his wife Lauren Faust.

Me with Craig and Lauren. Smiley

He's mostly made of fine plush fabric - his shoes, smile, and good eye are broadcloth, his socks are t-shirt material, and his number 1, wristband, and the stripes on his socks are fleece. His wonky eye is made from a clear plastic ornament with the hanger trimmed off with my Dremel and a painted wooden ball dropped inside. There is a pouch of polybeads (or "beanies") inside each shoe and his rump to weight them, and a PVC pipe runs through his body for stability.

The hardest part of the whole thing (because to be honest, he was incredibly easy to design) was his eyestalks. I figured I would just use some doll armature I had ordered from the dollmaking company years before and hadn't used - now this was the BIGGEST diameter the company made, and it's pretty hefty. I also had some three-way connectors I was going to use to make the zigzag in his wonky eyestalk (I cut the extra side off with my Dremel). So I popped apart the lengths I would need - one for his good stalk and three short ones for the bad one) and went to put together the wonky one. OMG. They would NOT freaking pop back together!!! (Think of ball-and-socket joints.) They just wouldn't! My brother tried helping me, I tried using bricks like a vice to hold them still, I tried pliers - I tried everything, they would NOT pop together. -_- Know what I had to do? I had to put a sanding attachment on my Dremel and SAND the balls down until I *could* get them together. It was INSANE. If I ever do anything like that again I am ordering smaller freaking doll armature. Anyways. Thank God for my Dremel, eh? Wink Everyone go buy one right now. It comes in handy in the oddest of places.
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