January 8

Hobbit Headwear

Hello All! I hope everyone had a great holiday, and that you’re fairly recovered from all the family and excitement by now. A large part of my holidays was seeing the Hobbit with other geeky friends, which inspires this post about headwear from the Hobbit movies!

Bofur, the optimistic toymaking dwarf, brother to Bombur and cousin to Bifur, can be recognized in Peter Jackson’s films by his distinctive hat and jovial personality. Luckily for all you Bofur fans,  Smree has posted a great crochet pattern that even has the same upturned brim and earflaps! Using a skein of brown yarn and gray yarn, along with an H and I hook, I think she captured its essence perfectly!

Bofur's Hat

Of course, one of the most memorable characters from the Hobbit films is the Elvenking of the Mirkwood elves (and Legolas’ father), Thranduil. Not only does he have impeccable cheekbones (curse you and your inhuman beauty, Lee Pace!), he carries off an incredible crown of branches and leaves that mark him as the elven ruler. Katy R. over at Deviantart has created a beautiful replica of this crown out of wire, DAS (an air-hardening clay), resin and a few coats of paint. You can see her photo tutorial here.

Thranduil's Crown

Hopefully, these projects have inspired you to go see the Hobbit movies (if you haven’t yet), and to made your own stylish hats for everyday wear!

January 5

Con Cosplay: World of Warcraft Leather Armor Tutorial

Leather armor by OrangeMoose at Blizzcon 2009

Blood Elf sporting Valorous Regalia of Faith from World of Warcraft. Photo by Wow.com at Blizzcon 2009

Are you planning to attend any cons this year? Have some cosplay in mind? This World of Warcraft (WoWleather armor tutorial by DeviantArt user OrangeMoose may be just what you’re looking for. Check out her cool leather armor bodice.

Leather armor bodice by OrangeMoose

OrangeMoose has stepped out her armor-making process from pattern to cutting to assembly, including several pro-tips along the way, such as buying the leather in person instead of online, to be able to inspect for hide defects, and using an old bra to help draft out the chestpiece. She also steps out her process for making the Regalia of Faith shoulders from Styrofoam.

One thing she didn’t go into was how she created the pattern – my guess is she took a screenshot of her World of Warcraft character (perhaps using the WoW Model Viewer?), and then highlighted specific design details in a photo editing program. Looking at her tutorial, how do you think she created her pattern?

Be sure and check out her Gallery for pics of the cosplay in action. Amazing attention to detail.

What cosplay projects do you have lined up for 2014?

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January 4

TARDIS Gingerbread House

It’s not too far past the holidays for gingerbread yet, is it?

No? Alright, then check out this gingerbread TARDIS by Reddit user Fortunekitty. She went so far as to post her own tutorial for other Whovians to make their own holiday treat.

tardis-gingerbread

Fortunekitty’s TARDIS is made from white chocolate mixed with blue food coloring for the icing, gingerbread, and edible sugar paper for the printed signs.

Would this count at all towards the Doctor someday being a ginger? Probably not, but what a way to try!

Category: Craft, Geek, Sci-Fi, TV
January 3

Pattern: Our Wall Is Not For Target Practice Mitts

Wandering  Tumblr as one waits for a blizzard (oh its here guys its here) reminded me of something else that was back. The BBC’s Sherlock.  I saw, webpixies Fingerless Mitts and grinned. I mean it wouldn’t be the first time, that I had a themed post so welcome back Sherlock. We are quite happy that you live again even if it took a few years.

webpixie_mitt

Webpixie used  the free pattern by Ampersand Designs  and altered the  mitten pattern into a pair of fingerless gloves. And one has to love the happy face addition on her mitts.  Mitten or Mitts, its a fun knittterly way to show your joy at returning to Baker Street.

ampersand_designs

Category: Craft, Geek, TV
December 29

Printables for a Doctor Who Party

Doctor Who printable cupcake toppers

Planning a Who-a-Thon for New Year’s Eve? I’ve got just what you need to invite friends and decorate! Kristi Duggins, aka Bohemian Bear on Etsy, has a whole slew of Doctor Who-related printables to help you get ready in a flash – no sonic screwdriver required!

Use her Printable Invitation to entice friends to attend, her DIY Bunting set to adorn your TARDIS (you have one in the corner, right?), and her Starry Night Circles to top a set of blue cupcakes.

Then when the evening is done, you can scrapbook your memories (any that the Silence didn’t steal, that is!) with her Starry Night Scrapbook set. For additional scrapbooking fodder, you can also check out the RetroDiva “Call the Doctor” digital scrapbook set I featured previously.

Which Doctor Who episode would you choose to have playing at the strike of midnight?

 

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Category: Craft, Geek, Sci-Fi, TV