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Topic: Waffle Punk - A Stranger Things Reversed Hoopla  (Read 455 times)
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« on: June 28, 2019 09:25:30 AM »



Behold, the glorious reverse hoopla of waffle-y goodness! Wink I made this for Abbeeroad as part of a personal swap in anticipation of Stranger Things, Season 3 coming out in July. Her list of hopes mentioned that Punk Eleven was one of her favorite characters, she loved the quote "Bitchin'" (So 80's! *snicker*), and would be happy to have some kind of hoopla project. BOOM! While it took me a while to decide on how to arrange and execute the various elements, I knew immediately that I wanted to highlight Eleven's iconic oversized punk jacket and adoration of all things Eggo. I usually buy the gluten-free Eggo's (FODMAP friendly), but I carb-splurged for the Homestyle ones this time so I could use the box as a color/visual reference and also as packaging for the swap gift!



I spent quite a while trying to figure out how to beautifully represent a WAFFLE, y'all. Paint? Stitching? Shading? My 2D art skills are lame, so no... And then I realized--felt cut-outs, my favorite and most skilled form of craft applique! This led to the idea of a reversed hoopla. Usually the decorations are added to the fabric secured in the embroidery hoop, and a simple felt backing is added at the end (glued or sewn) to protect the back of the stitches and give a nice, polished finish.

As you can see, my felt circle (the body and under layer of the waffle) is the heavily decorated part of this project, glued to the front of the hoop at the very end, and the fabric secured in the hoop itself is the "backing" part, completed first. It allowed me to give the smooth finish that I wanted, while using the properties of the felt and fabric to their best advantage.

I cut the waffle felt front, drew all the waffle holes to match the box, and then laid my jacket piece over it and marked all the waffle holes that needed to be cut out to show the darker under layer. Then, I glued the waffle "net" over the darker base. I tried yellow felts first, and they just looked gaudy. I think the tan was a much more accurate toasted-waffle look in the end.

Next, I embroidered the quote text on the jacket piece, using floss colors that specifically matched the Eggo logo. I chose a chain stitch for the text, a threaded chain stitch for the B, and a whipped back-stitch for the underline.



Finally, I used a few little spots of craft glue to "baste" the jacket in place, and then stitched around it fully and added some texture details at the collar and elbow bends using a basic running stitch (Virtually impossible to see in a photo, but it's there!).

For the hoop fabric, I pulled plain muslin taught, embroidered my username and the date in the middle, and then trimmed the overhanging fabric about an inch away from the hoop. I used a running stitch to gather the edges inside the hoop and tied it off. Finally, I glued my waffle to the other side of the hoop, making sure to smooth the felt edges cleanly to the very edge of the frame wood.



And here is the final project, front and back! I believe I used a 6" bamboo hoop for this one. In the end, I had fun with the problem solving AND crafty elements of this project, and my partner was happy with it. Grin Definitely a fun thing to do all around, and I'm super stoked for the next season of the show!
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2019 09:26:51 AM »

Love it!
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019 09:31:39 AM »

Nicely done!  The reverse hoop is brilliant!
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019 09:44:03 AM »

This is AWESOME!  I'm sure Abbeeroad adores it. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019 11:26:59 AM »

Yes! I love it! And I love seeing it come together!

The first pic is perfection. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2019 12:12:09 PM »

That framing method is nothing short of genius - and by the way, LOVE the finished-project pic at the top of your post!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2019 01:02:36 PM »

This is fabulous!
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2019 04:34:12 AM »

So smart! Looks really cool.
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2019 09:19:19 AM »

Love it!
Nicely done!  The reverse hoop is brilliant!
Yes! I love it! And I love seeing it come together!

The first pic is perfection. Cheesy
That framing method is nothing short of genius - and by the way, LOVE the finished-project pic at the top of your post!  Cheesy
This is fabulous!
So smart! Looks really cool.

Thank you so much, everyone! Cheesy I had so much fun working on this, coming up with new techniques, and using new-to-me techniques, as well. I hope to see more Reversed Hooplas popping up from others in the future!

Once I had that box of waffles and a finished project, I literally couldn't help myself when it came to taking a "plated" photo... *giggles* It just had to be done. I'm glad it is as amusing to you all as it was to me. You're my people.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2019 05:58:04 PM »

I super dig this piece and great execution. Definitely bitchin'!

Watching ST now in anticipation of season 3 drop. Perfect timing.

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