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« on: November 07, 2009 07:15:51 PM »

Sorry about the links - I'm new and not allowed to post pictures yet. I've been lurking these forums for a long time and finally decided to post. Please note this project encompasses some of my very early embroidery work (that is to say crap), as well as some crappy later work...

I'm obsessed with the Hitchhiker's Guide series by Douglas Adams, and searched for many years for the right bathrobe. When I finally found it, I decided it needed festooning. I had only ever done embroidery with sewing thread, and had nobody to tell me obvious things like "use a hoop so the fabric doesn't pucker" or "why are you using polar fleece, are you NUTS?" - I pretty much had to learn all that through trial and error (mostly error). So here's "42" on one of the pockets:

Well, then the other pocket needed something, so what better than a sperm whale and a bowl of petunias? Had more fun with the sperm whale - the bowl of petunias was done in a hurry, and it shows:

Much later, I started picking out the Wicket Gate on the back of the bathrobe. I put it down and left it for months on end, until I had strep throat for two weeks. So I completed this while unable to keep food down, and with a fever of about 102 - hence it looks like a 3-year-old drew it:

These are all complete (though I may go back over the thread ones with actual floss), but the entire bathrobe still looks rather bare - I have evil and nerdy plans to embroider DNA around the belt, but haven't ironed out what I'm going to encode in the DNA yet - probably using binary... And I think it needs an 80s TV show version Babel Fish someplace. Perhaps a bulldozer?
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2009 01:20:36 AM »

I love it! The sperm whale looks so cute! I can't wait to see what you do to the belt Smiley


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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2009 03:51:11 AM »

This makes me super happy. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2009 07:35:39 AM »

Cool! What a great idea.

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2009 04:17:34 PM »

If it was mine I'd put the rude asteroid on it somewhere...but it looks great so far! I never thought of an Arthur Dent Robe...that's a terrific idea!

Please know that you've inspired me to put a project in the pipeline for my DH's 50th birthday in 2 years!  Thank you!!!

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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2009 09:57:47 AM »

Large amount of geek cred and qudos to you. Although I can't remember where the wicket reference is from within HHGTG.
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2009 07:43:46 PM »

This is just all kinds of awesome - love it!
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2009 09:06:39 PM »

This is quite fabulous.  I took my little brother to a production of the radio version at the local college and we brought towels with us to celebrate our geekiness, but this definitely tops that.  Also, the bowl of petunias is a genius idea.  What fun!

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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2009 07:49:16 AM »

Awesome stuff. I love the idea of hitchhikering a robe!
Also well done for not being afraid to show work you don't think is fantastic. I couldn't have done as well with embroidery.

Fantastic  Cheesy

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