Sweet, sweet curiosity.

This blog is all about things I have made. You can find intense embroidery, paper quilling mania, crazy gingerbread houses, masks, puppets, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Monday, September 10, 2012

More Zombie inspired embroidery! How Fun!

With this most recent embroidery swap, I have been feeling really into the Zombie movies as of late( Walking Dead Season 2- awesome...), so when my partner listed this quote " Rule #2: Double-Tap." I thought I would use it. For those you who don't understand, it's from the movie Zombieland and its one of the main character's rules.  The rule really makes sense because how many Zombie movies have you seen where they kill the guy once but he comes back alive and they have to kill him twice? If you just kill him twice to begin with, you don't have to worry about them coming back alive! It's also kind of funny. So I decided to approach it in a kind of comic style way.

 I used watercolour paints to get the red and green circus top pattern. I like using watercolours with embroidery better than acrylics because you can still sew through them really nicely without worrying about crunchy fabric.  However, it does mean that I can't wash it out afterwards. I know a lot of people do that because of iron on patterns but I just use sunlight and a window as a light box and trace my pattern once I have designed it.
I do love searching for the perfect font and this time I used American Captain for "Rule # 2" and American Purpose Casual for "Double-Tap". I believe they both came from fontsquirrel.com which right now is my favourite font site.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Zombie movie inspired embroidery

For a recent craftster swap, I made this piece of embroidery for someone who is a big fan of Simon Peg and Nick Frost movies. I did a lot of research over popcorn, discovering once again how funny these two are. After watching Hot fuzz and Shaun of the Dead I came up with one design, and executed it. Then I hated it and started over.. The second design I stuck with though!

 I chose to do it in a cross hatch style, although I wasn't totally satisfied with around the eyes as they look a bit racoonish,  I had a lot of fun of with this though.
 In the movie several people tell Shaun "You've got some red on you" in reference to at first a red pen that has leaked on his white shirt and then later when he is covered in Zombie Blood. This movie is so funny...
I also took a long time picking my font ( as always...) This one is called Neoretrodraw and is a free font. Hope you like it! I know my partner did which makes me super happy!