One of my previous colleagues asked me to make him the apple logo from hama beads (I showed him the ones I made a while ago) and in the middle of the crafting another friend of mine asked me to make him Megaman for his son. So I finished them both and here’s the result!
The apple was a bit tricky to make, not completely satisfied but I got tired and went to bed.. I’m always exhausted on Friday nights.
I’ve had a super awesome idea in my head for a while now and this weekend I decided to make it real. I started with purchasing white sneakers (cheap ones in case I’d fail). These ones are from skopunkten.
The second step was to do some sketching for what to draw on the shoes. I also ordered pens for coloring on textile.
And for the fun part!
I started with some light sketching on the shoes using a pencil. Be careful not to make to hard lines.. it’s not easy to remove them afterwards.
And then, time to put some color to it! I was a bit too eager to color and didn’t let the areas dry before adding a second color right next to it, this causes the color to bleed so be careful!
I must admit that I am very satisfied with the result, I wish I had this idea a few years ago, I feel too old to wear shoes with cartoons on them.
At last! It’s time to reveal the super awesome epic gift! As you might notice I am very satisfied with the result but most of all, with the great success it was! I wasn’t aware of how much Veronica likes Yoko or the fact that it’s one of her favorite characters, but apparently it is and that just made me even happier.
My first idea of a gift was a simplified Pikachu suit/costume based on a modified bright yellow hoodie. Unfortunately bright yellow is not very trendy this year so it was next to impossible to find one without any details and with the right color for a reasonable price. My plan B was to sew one myself but I realized that I don’t have that much time to spare in order to be finished this year. Luckily she mentioned Yoko one day at work and showed me the scarf.
When I got home I had forgotten the name, but thanks to my Google-skills I found her and a few episodes of Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann for further studies. The images I found were mostly cosplay or fanart. That won’t do! I always aim for perfection, so I watched the anime (I think I might continue watching one day) instead and kept searching for a decent image.
A few days later I ordered a bordeaux colored zipper, silk band, light pink and white micro fleece and some other fabric for a few upcoming projects. And then I just had to wait for the Saturday to come, no pattern to follow, just a nice picture of Yoko and an idea.
I also made a card out of the image I used for inspiration. The skull is made out of polymer clay and the card says ”happy birthday” in Japanese (yes, she was able to read it!).
Anyway, enough chitchat. Here are a few pictures!
Unfortunately I didn’t think of taking pictures along the working process but I’ll give you a quick DIY guide later on. I kind of feel like drawing the instructions so I’ll post the guide later in November!
When I was a kid, six years or so, I loved making necklaces and stuff out of hamabeads. Some were glued onto pieces of wood and used as saucepan mats or wall decorations. Tacky, I know, but I guess my mum liked them even tho they were ugly :) I remember I had pegboards in shapes of butterflies, hearts, stars, animals, squares and circles. Some needed ironing or glue and some were done immediately. I still loved it. When I got older I tried to make nice earrings, bracelets and necklaces but I was never satisfied with the result.
Now I’m back with the pegboards and enjoy the pixel-like art I can make. Mostly well known figures such as Bub & Bob from NES or a KoopaTroopa on request by my brother. I also made the warlock class icon from World of Warcraft (the trickiest so far) and the Commodore logo for a friend.
Not sure what kind of function they have, but using them as table protection (for glasses and saucepans etc) should work fine. As these are better looking than the ones I made in my early days I might even use them as decorations ;)