Inside the Theme: Craftamageddon

//Inside the Theme: Craftamageddon

Inside the Theme: Craftamageddon

This month we’re getting crafty! Scissors and glue, paper and paint, yarn and thread… the list goes on and on! When it comes to crafting fun things we’re on board for any and all of it! DIY cosplay? Yep! Home decor? That, too! Probably too much glitter? Absolutely. Each month we ask 5 hard-hitting questions as we go Inside the Theme. Play along on the forums! You can take these questions to your blog, to your Tumblr, anywhere!

  • What is your favorite type of craft, and why is it so amazing?
  • What would your preferred weapon in the Craftamageddon be?
  • Where on a scale from “Look At This Pair Of Shoes I Just Made” to “What Do You Mean You Own A Pair Of Scissors?” do you consider yourself? Do you have any funny craftastrophe stories?
  • 3 Things You Would Bring To A Deserted Island, Craftamageddon style! (Because why wouldn’t you bring a glue gun and washi tape as opposed to survival necessities and loved ones?)
  • Show us a DIY project you are (sort of mildly) proud of

KimberleeJ

What is your favorite type of craft, and why is it so amazing?
I have to pick just one!? Well then. If that’s how it’s got to be. Knitting. Or crocheting. Both. They have shared attributes so don’t judge me. I’ve been a crocheter longer than a knitter, but I love them both. Fiber arts in general are amazing because at it’s most basic level what you’re doing is taking a giant ball of hair and transforming it in to a beautiful/practical piece of art. Whether you make blankets, gloves, baby clothes, or bikinis it’s amazing to watch as it takes shape.

What would your preferred weapon in the Craftamageddon be?
My weapon in the craftamageddon will totally be a set of knitting needles. Practical. Deadly. Plus no one ever tells you “don’t run with knitting needles”. Take that scissor aficionados.

Where on a scale from “Look At This Pair Of Shoes I Just Made” to “What Do You Mean You Own A Pair Of Scissors?” do you consider yourself? Do you have any funny craftastrophe stories?
I was about to say I’ve never made a pair of shoes, because I’m not a cobbler. Then I remembered that I have crocheted quite a few pair of slippers. Which kind of counts. But not in the same way that it would count if I was the guy in Kinky Boots.

Craftastrophe? Other than the zillion projects that I’ve started and then forgotten about and never finished? Oh, that’s just a craftrilege (like sacrilege, see what I did there?). Well, there was that one time when we were really ambitious with a clay project in elementary school. We were going to make a model of the Parthenon. I’m fairly certain that my bff got dragged in to this hair-brained idea against her will. Anyhow, the columns were coming right along until I left them on the wooden board we were using to roll them out and put it straight into the kiln. I’d say that nearly causing a fire on school property is not such a good way to craft anything. Thankfully, the large quantity of smoke alerted someone who wasn’t an overeager preteen to the near disaster.

3 Things You Would Bring To A Deserted Island, Craftamageddon style! (Because why wouldn’t you bring a glue gun and washi tape as opposed to survival necessities and loved ones?)
Desert island? Staple gun, staples, and a gratuitous yardage of parachute fabric.

Show us a DIY project you are (sort of mildly) proud of.

Yep, made this shawl.

Yep, made this shawl.

 

Joj

What is your favorite type of craft, and why is it so amazing?
I like anything that involves glitter. But really, if there is anything remotely “whimsical” about the thing in question, I’m down. I particularly like mixed media art so painting objects, making collages and mosaics, etc, is pretty fun for me.

What would your preferred weapon in the Craftamageddon be?
Hot glue gun. Don’t mess with me.

Where on a scale from “Look At This Pair Of Shoes I Just Made” to “What Do You Mean You Own A Pair Of Scissors?” do you consider yourself? Do you have any funny craftastrophe stories?
I’m sort of halfway between. I guess I’m pretty crafty but I definitely go through, well, phases. Sometimes I made ALL THE THINGS and then I’ll go for months or even years without doing anything like it at all. I did GLITTER some shoes once, though. Wanna see?

glittershoes

3 Things You Would Bring To A Deserted Island, Craftamageddon style! (Because why wouldn’t you bring a glue gun and washi tape as opposed to survival necessities and loved ones?)
Set of needles, embroidery or other very strong thread, and hydrogen peroxide. I will be able to stitch up any cuts and sterilize them to boot.

Show us a DIY project you are (sort of mildly) proud of.
I already did! See my shoes? ^_^

JenJ

What is your favorite type of craft, and why is it so amazing?
Sewing! I love sewing and making things with my sewing machine. I find it so fulfilling to see the finished project. So even when I’m ready to throw my machine against the wall or cry because of an uneven stitch, the end result is always worth it!

What would your preferred weapon in the Craftamageddon be?
Scissors! Sharp and extremely useful in the oddest of situations.

Where on a scale from “Look At This Pair Of Shoes I Just Made” to “What Do You Mean You Own A Pair Of Scissors?” do you consider yourself? Do you have any funny craftastrophe stories?
I guess I’m about 75% of the way to full-on craft lady. I can make a lot of things and I own a lot of crafting tools, but I don’t necessarily enjoy crafting all the time and all the things. Sewing up a cute pouch, making a perler bead magnet, yes please! Hemming curtains, sewing up holes in a shirt, no thanks!

3 Things You Would Bring To A Deserted Island, Craftamageddon style! (Because why wouldn’t you bring a glue gun and washi tape as opposed to survival necessities and loved ones?)

  1. Again, scissors. They are multi-purpose.
  2. Lots of light cotton fabric. For clothing and shelter purposes.
  3. Yarn for tying things up.

Show us a DIY project you are (sort of mildly) proud of.
I’m a big fan of the look of the hobo bags I sew.

Finished Star Wars hobo bags for Toronto ComiCon. #conprep #starwars

A photo posted by Jen (@sparklegirljen) on

SummerJ
What is your favorite type of craft, and why is it so amazing?
Sewing! When you are done, you have an item you can wear, or a blanket to keep warm or a bag to hold things! I love watching my machine turn two pieces of fabric into one. Like magic!

What would your preferred weapon in the Craftamageddon be?
A hot gun gun. A) I can burn my enemies. B) I can use it to make things we will need to survive.

Where on a scale from “Look At This Pair Of Shoes I Just Made” to “What Do You Mean You Own A Pair Of Scissors?” do you consider yourself? Do you have any funny craftastrophe stories?
I’m about 80% or somewhere in the “Give me two hours and I’ll whip something up!” range. Fun Fact – I HAVE made my own shoes before… (I took a leather working class when I was younger and one of the projects was to make moccasins.)

3 Things You Would Bring To A Deserted Island, Craftamageddon style! (Because why wouldn’t you bring a glue gun and washi tape as opposed to survival necessities and loved ones?)

  • Scissors – to cut things
  • Yarn – to tie things
  • A bottle of red paint – to create my rescue sign!

Show us a DIY project you are (sort of mildly) proud of.
I made this super awesome dress out of Star Wars fabric to wear in Disney World at the premiere of The Force Awakens!

Like 300% humidity, but super awesome!

A photo posted by Sums (@thefinchery) on

StewieJ

What is your favorite type of craft, and why is it so amazing?
Beer making! Why do you think they call it craft beer?! I’ve never made my own beer, but I have always wanted to try it. A craft I do have actual experience in is cosplay crafting. Putting together last minutes costumes with a bit of craft foam and a hot glue gun is my specialty. Also, I am not sure if this counts – but digital crafting in the form of graphic and web design is something I’ve loved for 15 years now! Creating logos, picking colors, scouring pretty fonts… that is my craft through and through.

What would your preferred weapon in the Craftamageddon be?
I could do anything with a hot glue gun. Anything.

Where on a scale from “Look At This Pair Of Shoes I Just Made” to “What Do You Mean You Own A Pair Of Scissors?” do you consider yourself? Do you have any funny craftastrophe stories?
I’m pretty horrible when it comes to physical crafting. I am impatient, and heavily rely on the “Undo” or “Delete” button on my computer, so I tend to make a lot of irreversible mistakes. I once tried to crochet a scarf but it ended up becoming a small, lumpy, slightly triangular-shaped dishrag, which I promptly threw away. I once tried to iron tulle/sheer sleeves on a Sailor Chibimoon costume. Pro-tip – heat and that fabric do not go well together. I have more hot glue gun burns than I care to disclose.

3 Things You Would Bring To A Deserted Island, Craftamageddon style! (Because why wouldn’t you bring a glue gun and washi tape as opposed to survival necessities and loved ones?)
A variety of colorful sharpies, posterboard, and a hot glue gun (of course.)

Show us a DIY project you are (sort of mildly) proud of.
Here are a few of my favorite cosplays I crafted. For Kaylee, I covered a jumpsuit in stinky shoe polish to give it that “worn by a dirty mechanic” look. I also obsessively searched for which Japanese symbols she had written on it, and sharpied them on. Finally, I hot glued a different spin on her cute patches, using pieces of cut up baby outfits I found in the thrift store. For Princess Luna, I used craft foam and felt to create a unique human princess form of a pony. I re-purposed a really bad 80’s prom gown and layered over it a perfect hanky hem black sheer top to personify the pony.


Image credits: craftsy, scarred-spike.deviantart, susiedesigns.wordpress, Sohalb Khan on flickr, the UK telegraph

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