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This is the giant post of boyfriend craft

Over the last year or so, I have been making various pieces of crafty awesome for my boyfriend (also awesome). But I have been exceptionally lax in blogging these creations. So, in an extremely tardy fashion, here are some of the geeky boyfriend crafts I have made over the last year:

Birthday! A quote from his favorite Terry Pratchett character, Sam Vimes, from the book Night Watch – the flowers at the bottom are lilac blossoms, which are seriously plot-relevant in the book.

Also, a cross-stitched triceratops birthday card! The triceratops is from from Makoto’s Cross-Stitch Super Collection, which has fantastic mini-designs.

Christmas! Cthulu cross-stitch from Needlenoodles, and Zombie Vampire from Zombie Felties. We had at the time been playing a lot of Arkham Horror; on reflection, that fed heavily into my crafty psyche. Plus, cutesy Lovecraftian nightmares and steampunk-style zombie vampires are just cool, y’know?

Valentines Day: a heart, of course! I stitched this ages ago, but could not pass it over as a Valentines gift: it just struck the right note between geeky and romantic.

Anniversary! A Weighted Companion Cube from Nerdigurumi (and also, well, Portal). Made after we began cohabiting, and therefore crocheted in secrecy, at odd times and in weird places. Stitched with love and weighted with glass beads, your Weighted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

Aaaaaand birthday again! A hand-embroidered felt d20, of my own devising! Again stitched as a covert operation. The project began as a crocheted d20, but in the end, felt was a much more manageable medium, especially with that much embroidery and sewing-up. While it’s not entirely game-legal, it does roll surprisingly true!

 Also, I made a Jaffa marble cake with dark chocolate ganache. It was delicious!

Needless to say, we are well suited in our geeky tastes.


Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Craftiness


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A mailbox full of awesome – part one

Blogging has been slow lately, because all the things I’ve made recently are under gift-embargoes – you’ll see them eventually, but not quite yet…

In the meantime, I thought I’d show off some of the things that other people have made for me. I’ve been participating in Phat Quarter swaps for quite a while now, and they’ve inspired me to make a whole lot of cool stuff. I’ve also received some really awesome stitchery – and not only is the embroidery fabulous, but it’s so much fun getting parcels in the mailbox :)

The swaps happen every month which has five Fridays, and the most recent one was a book-themed swap. I made a Hogwarts letter for Lisa’s Tea Time and I received this from the blue pixie:

I was so excited when this blackwork Death of Rats arrived! I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, and this guy is one of my favourite characters. The blackwork shading is just amazing – I’m especially impressed because blackwork has always eluded me. I always love it when I receive something I could never have made myself!

Another recent mailbox arrival was a package containing these pieces from the Phat Quarter music swap, stitched by Frau Shizzle:

We had both pretty much resigned ourselves to their absence; three months after mailing, they still hadn’t managed to make their way from Germany to Australia. And then suddenly, about a week ago, the parcel arrived, and it was AWESOME – I’d already seen the pics, but the reality was so much better! The gramophone is beautiful, with really detailed and intricate stitchery. And The Dresden Dolls are one of my favourite bands, so the embroidered lyrics are just perfect. I’m so glad that they made it here, despite the tribulations of rain-damaged mailing addresses, bumbling postal services and examinations by Customs.

Later this week: A mailbox full of awesome – part two!


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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in Craftiness


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My latest swap piece (for the Phat Quarter Music Swap) has reached its destination, so now I can finally show it off!

At the start of the swap, I asked my partner what music she liked, hoping that inspiration would strike. It didn’t. I looked at her well-thought-out list and my brain went: “yep, yep, musical taste, yep, right…now what?”

I decided that instead of stitching lyrics from a song I didn’t know, or something equally painful, I would go for music as a whole. And since I have a soft spot for gramophones, that’s the idea I went with.

I grabbed an image and twiddled it about until I had something resembling a pattern. Then, I messed about with cake plates and lamps until I had something resembling a lightbox. Then, I got to work.

However, once I’d stitched the horn of the gramophone, I was stuck. I looked at the very intricate, and yet very boring gramophone stand, and I thought “I have to do better than that”.

At this point, it all got a bit ‘meta’. It took me a long while to hit on the right idea; once I worked it out, I felt very foolish for not immediately realising what was needed:

An Ipod Gramophone.


Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Craftiness


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Cheerful misanthropy

I first read the poem Wishes of an elderly man about five years ago; it very much appealed to my sense of apathetic misanthropy. I also thought it was something that my Dad would appreciate. (I had to get my outlook on life somewhere, of course.)

So, when I was working out what to stitch for my Dad’s 50th birthday (other than lemmings, that is), this poem leapt swiftly to mind:

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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Craftiness


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This is why swaps are awesome.

I just got a fabulous package in the mail. From Paris. It contained this piece of amazingness:

It’s a hand-embroidered shiatsu massage chart, made by feminizzle for the Phat Quarter Zen Swap. (And the starburst artwork in the background? The envelope. Even the freaking envelope is awesome!)

Swaps are brilliant. I now own genuine Parisian emroidery. And all I had to do was make something on the “zen” theme and send it to someone else.  (And as soon as that piece hits Edinburgh, I’ll be posting all about it!) Inspiring theme + willing recipient = craft win.
There is clearly no bad here. And this is why swaps are awesome.

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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Craftiness


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