As I mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I participated in a Whedonverse themed craft swap on Craftster. I tried to include something from each of my partner’s favorite Whedon shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Firefly.
The first item I made is probably also my favorite of the group – A Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog embroidery triptych:
It’s based on this artwork, which unfortunately I do not know the source for (though I’ve seen it used on ads for the live show):
On my rendition the silhouettes were cut out of black and grey vinyl and most of the stitching is a variation of a satin stitch. The lettering was drawn by hand on graph paper then transferred onto the fabric with transfer paper and stitched over. I want to make more of these, but on a different kind of backing fabric; the aida cloth was kinda terrible for this project. I changed my mind about doing it as a cross stitch early on, but was already stuck with using the fabric. I’m still pretty pleased with how it turned out, though of course I’m noticing a million flaws and things I want to do differently on future projects. Everything is a learning experience.
Some closer shots of each panel:
The next project I made for this swap is a nod to my partner’s favorite Whedon project, Buffy – a miniature vampire hunter’s kit. It’s a little wooden chest containing wooden stakes and a mallet, a bottle of garlic, a bottle of consecrated earth, a bottle of holy water, and a cross nestled on a little red pillow.
The Firefly themed item I made is a wooden box with a shadow box lid, in which I put Serenity soaring through space. The spaceship is “floating” on a piece of foam core board cut to shape. I wanted to pretty it up with some pinstriping on the box with gold leaf, but couldn’t find my supplies and ended up running out of time. This is one of the projects I tried using that horrible Elmer’s Earth Friendly School Glue on, which meant I had to re-glue the pieces a couple of times before it seemed like it was going to stay (and then it still ended up bubbling after it was assembled and couldn’t be fixed. Argh!).
And lastly, a box of Fruity Oaty Bars (the Elmer’s screwed me up on this one too), with artwork taken from here:
This was such a fun craft swap, and gave me so much inspiration for future projects. I hope my swap partner will be happy with the stuff I made her!