saw this at the bookstore and had to snap a pic!
thanks to my friend chris for sending this along!
in the nerd craft field guide this specimen sits in the class: movies, television & books, in the genus: literal, in the family: star wars
there are instructions to make your very own too. enjoy!
“If you have a pair of old brown socks with holes in them, instead of sticking them back on your feet make your own Hammerhead sock doll! Otherwise known to his Cantina pals as Momaw Nadon, this gentle Ithorian was sitting quietly in a darkened booth that fateful day that Luke Skywalker wandered in.” more….
this looks like a great way to really try something new with my sewing machine. i’m a little lost as to what to make, but have some ideas. i’m going to be using fleece, i’m pretty sure of that; but what to do with it and how to show some true originality will be the challenge! check out contest details here.
“It’s chilly out there! When weather turns cold, it’s time to fight back by sewing up some new warm gear. We want to see what awesomely cozy creations you can make, so we’ve teamed up with SINGER to bring you the Sew Warm Contest!
The rules are simple: make a new Instructable that shows how to sew up something to fight the cold, and publish it before the contest ends. There’s no limit to the function, or materials used in your project. Sewing is required, either with a sewing machine or by hand with a needle and thread.
We have some fantastic prizes to give away, including a Futura SES-2000 All-In-One Sew, Embroider and Serge Machine, dress forms, and sewing baskets. As an added bonus, every winner will also receive an Instructables Prize Pack that includes a t-shirt, patch, stickers, and a one-year Pro membership.
So get sewing and show us something warm and toasty! We can’t wait to see what you’ll make.”
Thanks to Natalie Zee and the team at Craftzine for featuring my space in their round up of reader spaces. If you are at all on the fence about dedicating space to crafting I hope their series helped to push you over; I know it worked for me!
It’s been so much fun this month gathering up all the inspiring photos for the Craft Space posts we’ve been doing. Now, we’ve turn the tables onto you! Here’s the craft space of one of our friends, Beth Goza who transformed her guest bedroom into her own crafting heaven.
All of you have been so great responding or emailing us photos. We can’t get all the photos on our site but we will do our best this week to show as much as we can! This is jus the start.
More photos of craft spaces from CRAFT readers via Facebook after the jump!
per the talk i gave last summer at gnomedex, i will do my best to document the nerdcraft taxonomy that i have been playing around with for some time. for those of you unfamiliar with taxonomy; it is essentially the science of classification; or more simply organizing neat stuff into clever categories.
the genesis of this project came about from me being an avid internet user (addict) who spends a lot of her time (ok most of it) following blogs, sites, communities, podcasts, etc that have to do with crafting. i found that i was particularily delighted by items that blended two of my passions: fiber arts & the realm of nerdy interests. after a while it became clear that there were enough of these amazing projects popping up to merit some sort of classification system. and thus the field guide to nerdcrafting was born.
to keep myself from going too crazy and maintaining a certain level of focus i limited the domain i would follow to things made by hand. domain being the highest taxonomic rank and for my purpose the qualifier that would rule out items manufactured. as cool as the darth vader head that bre pretis showed being printed by a makerbot is, it falls out of my field guide since it was not constructed by hand.
the next level down in the taxonomy is the kingdom; and in this case it is nerdcraft which isn’t necessarily crafting done by nerds, (although more often than not it is); it is making things that you could say lie in the realm of the nerd.
following both domain and kingdom is the phylum; which is where my personal passion lies: fiber arts. whether it is knitting, sewing, cross stitch, crochet, needle felting, or any sort of combination of the above i am absolutely in love with the fiber arts. although within the domain and kingdom of handmade nerdcrafting there are many other options to focus on: papercrafting, metal work, painting; i’ve chosen to stick with fibery geeky goodness.
in the case of class which can be likened to genre i have three that i’ve currently identified:
movies, books & television – the example below being the fabulous princess leia buns designed, knitted and modeled by the very talented ansley bleu.
games & gaming – this example, i’m proud to say, was knitted by me based on a pattern designed by famous british designer alan dart.
science & technology – probably the class that produces the most suprises; science & technology is a popular genre of the nerdcrafter. the example below was knitted by the genius of the crafty hedgehog who has also made the pattern available for sale!
stay tuned because i will be writing follow up posts that delve into the families and species for each of these classes, with even more amazing (dare i say jaw dropping, smile inducing, hearty laughter provoking) samples from across the web.
finally, when i do post photos of species please note there will be two genus in which they will likely fall.
the first is literal; which is a literal representation of the subject captured. for example these adorable super mario mushrooms created by emily b. miller of chilly skyline for her husband’s cube at work. the pattern is also available!
the second is conceptual, which is more of an homage or tribute to the subject and an original presentation by the artist. in this case wonderfully warm wooly wrist warmers with the same cute super mario mushrooms as above. brought to you by the uber cool and talented vickie howell.
so to quickly recap my nerdcraft taxonomy, it is:
phylum: fiber arts
classes: movies, television & books; games & gaming; science & technoloy
genus: literal and conceptual.
the fun is watching the families (think star wars) and species (felted sarlacc pillow anyone?) unfold!
so next up with be filling out my field guide and continue to grow into the nerdcrafter i aspire to be. hope you’ll join me for the ride.
world of warcraft hearthstone pillows posted to craftster.org. these awesome pillows are the clever idea that lilninjabear had for gifts to give her gamer brothers. they look so comfy!
thanks to boing boing, fasionably geek, my friend cassie and the magic of the internetz here’s a round up of nerdcraft for the week of jan 11th.
WoW Epic Apron – you can buy one of these beauties from cafe press or if you have a nice friend with an embroidery machine just purchase a naked apron and make one of your own!
Nerdiest Sweater Vest in the World – the author of happy seamstress is my current HERO for her amazing blending of nintendo love with knitted goodness. and in case you love this vest as much as all of us do and knit; she’s posted the pattern too!
Vintage Video Game sweaters – because mom’s are awesome boing boing posted reader scurra’s sweaters that his mom made back in the 80′s. it was an all around banner week for nintendo lovers everywhere!