Natalie Owen worked on the greatest cross stitch pattern I think I’ve ever seen: the Star Wars poster by the Hildebrandt brothers. It’s 13″ x 16″. Natalie used the black cloth to her advantage here and did the piece as negative space, so she didn’t have to fill in all the black spaces with stitches. It used 50 colors of thread.
For me, I known of the Hildebrandt brothers from their Marvel paintings in the 80’s and 90’s (they were Alex Ross before Alex Ross ever was!), and just found out they were the ones responsible for creating this iconic poster.
So it’s the time of year when you may be busting out your holiday baking supplies, ready to get your peanut butter blossom and jam thumbprint cookie on. That’s cool, if you want to be like everybody else. But we here at GeekCrafts are prone to take it up a notch. A rather geeky notch. In which case, this project will probably appeal to you.
Callye Alvarado at Sweet Sugar Belle has come up with a clever way to repurpose several ordinary holiday cookie cutters into Star Wars greatness. In the picture above, check out how a candy corn becomes an Imperial Cruiser, a wrapped candy becomes a Tie Fighter, an ornament becomes the Millennium Falcon, and a bell becomes Darth Vader. On her blog, also see examples of a morphing tombstone, Santa Claus, spider, and skull.
Will you be doing any holiday baking this month, either geeky or generally festive?
Links of Interest
Do you need to geek up your patio or porch? Then how about adding your favorite little astromech droid?
Paul Ryan of Xtinct 3D Design in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, crafted this “Alderaandack” chair out of CNC-cut cedar wood.
Hmmm, I just realized that the originators of both of my Star Wars geek crafts today are Canadian. I wonder if the Great White North is planning any kind of attack on the rebels.
Origami is one of those things that always seemed like magic to me when I first learned it. A few folds here and there and poof! A piece of paper had turned into a swan, or butterfly. So in true Geek Crafts fashion, I’ve found two ways to turn origami geeky! The first is the most iconic ship of the Star Wars universe – the Millennium Falcon.
Courtesy of Wired Magazine, Yourdailyfix.net has posted an illustrated tutorial on how to fold your own version of Han’s beloved ship.
“She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.”
“You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought!”
And, in case you’d like to make Luke’s ship to accompany Han, Xenobia has posted instructions to make an origami X-Wing over at Instructables.com. Just try not to get it stuck in any swamps.
A few pieces of paper, a bit of time, and you can make your own Rebellion fleet! And remember, “Do, or do not. There is no try.”
These home-made t-shirts at ilovetocreateblog look pretty great, and don’t appear to be too difficult to make.
I especially like the negative Yoda tee on the right, which looks like he might be standing in front of the lights of a spaceship. As usual, these methods could be applied to so many great and iconic geeky franchises. Just pick your favourite character/spaceship/vehicle/insignia and go nuts! Make sure you check out ilovetocreateblog to see how these tees were made.
Spooky over at Oddity Central wrote, “The Star Wars universe has millions of fans throughout the world, and some of them really invest a lot of time and money into their passion for the franchise. Case in point, a group of German Star Wars enthusiasts who created an almost life-size model of the iconic Tie Fighter spacecraft out of wood, steel and plastic.
“It took an army of hobbyists two years to complete, but the 1:2 scale Tie Fighter recently unveiled in Eichenzell, Germany, is a true DIY masterpiece. 20 Star Wars fans of different professions, from financial brokers to policemen and architects, put their blood and tears into this 5.30 m wide, 4.80 m long, 4.30 m high and 1.4 tons heavy model of the Galactic Empire’s starfighter. They worked in 12-meter-wide parking garage and spent an estimated €14,000 ($18,500) on necessary materials. The steel and aluminum frame alone cost €6,000 ($8,000), the wood was mostly provided for free, and the giant plastic ball that makes up the cockpit cost €1,900 ($2,500). Luckily, they had a couple of generous sponsors who took care of the bills.”