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Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 | 2 comments

Giant Yarn Donuts Made to Order

Giant Yarn Donuts Made to Order

Early last month, we told you about the special project for the Del Ray Yarn Bombers – the construction of a half-dozen yarn donuts for the new Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee shop, commissioned by owner Rob Krupicka. We’re happy to report that the donuts are well on their way and are looking quite scrumptious! Our inspiration was a box of the actual hand-crafted donuts we admired, photographed, and gobbled up. We sketched out various ideas for making the donuts, after settling on a light brown for all of the bottoms. Amanda is holding the smaller prototype that Stephanie created to test out her idea for the pattern. Once we finalized our initial ideas, we got busy ordering supplies and making the plans come to life. Here’s glimpse of the donuts in progress, starting with the #1 pink frosted donut. What you’re seeing here is one of four panels with the main donut batter on bottom and frosting on top. Stephanie is brushing the yarn with a cat brush...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 | 8 comments

The Del Ray Yarn Bombers’ Donut Commission

The Del Ray Yarn Bombers’ Donut Commission

What do you get when you take yarn, old tires, and a crew of hard-core knitters? Yarn bombed donuts, of course! This is the latest project for the Del Ray Yarn Bombers commissioned by Rob Krupicka, owner of the new Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee opening soon in Old Town. We’re just coming off of our recent Art on the Avenue project where we yarn bombed a collection of chairs that now reside in various restaurants on the Ave. And we’re excited to get going on this endeavor, especially knowing it involves frequent donut samplings. Rob enticed us with a dozen at one of our Art on the Avenue workshops recently to get our creative juices flowing. We admired the variety of toppings before devouring them, and the photos now serve as a way for us to design the knitting patterns. One of our star yarn bombers, Stephanie, a math whiz, has already figured out how to knit the donut shape. Even if I can’t understand the math, I have...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 | 1 comment

DIY Athena Costume: The Reveal

DIY Athena Costume: The Reveal

We’ve led up to this moment with two prior posts on the construction of this exquisite warrior Athena costume. Part 1 showed Helena’s mother Amanda constructing the helmet. In Part 2, we showed the crocheted aegis (or cape), as well as the other important accessories she made by hand like the tunic, breastplate, gauntlets, and leg guards, and sword. In this post, the photos tell the story of Amanda helping Helena transform into her favorite Greek goddess, a proud moment for both Mother and daughter. Awesome work...

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 | 3 comments

DIY Athena Costume Part 2: The Aegis

DIY Athena Costume Part 2: The Aegis

In part 1, we took a look at Amanda’s meticulous handiwork in constructing a helmet for her 7-year-old daughter Helena’s chosen Halloween costume — the warrior goddess Athena — based on the imagery in the Olympian series of graphic novels. For the remainder of the costume, Amanda deliberately chose to diverge from George O’Connor’s vision of Athena in the comic. “His art is incredible, stunning stuff,” she says. “However, what works in a two-dimensional format to suggest athletic movement, the rippling and snap of a cape (or aegis) mid-leap, would just look limp in person.” She goes on to explain that the origin of the aegis in the comic is that it is an item of power owned by Zeus. He gifts it to his favorite daughter. After Athena kills Pallas the giant, she incorporates his flayed skin (which can’t be pierced by swords) into her aegis. Later, when Perseus brings the head of Medusa (a former priestess of Athena) to her, she incorporates that as well. It’s portrayed...

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Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 | 1 comment

DIY Athena Costume Part 1: The Helmet

DIY Athena Costume Part 1: The Helmet

Amanda’s 7-year-old daughter Helena is an avid reader of the Olympians series of graphic novels and declared she wanted to dress up as the goddess Athena for Halloween this year. So, Amanda set out to make a costume by hand using the book as inspiration. After researching various ways to make Athena’s helmet, Amanda found herself learning some new, complex skills. Luckily, she has started the process early as you’ll see as we take you through the steps. She says her initial inspiration came from a post on Instructables for a Greek-styled helmet. It demonstrates card stock strengthened with resin and then built up with bondo car repair filler. “This is apparently a go-to technique for props and cosplay,” she says, “such as storm trooper armor.” Instead of using the exact technique for forming the dome, though, after further research, Amanda decided to use a Star Wars Boba Fett dome pattern instead. The Boba Fett dome was designed for paper folding using a computer application called Pepakura that creates papercraft...

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