Crafts with Pizzazz: Drax!

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Hello from Bee!

Well, as part of my Guardians of the Galaxy crochet, I’ve shown you Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, and Gamora, so this week is all about Drax!

Drax was definitely one of the easier Guardians to make. As with Gamora, I was able to use my “people pattern,” just without adding hair or changing yarn colors for a shirt.

As for Drax’s tattoos, I ultimately used pieces of colored felt. In the movie, the tattoos are fairly elaborate; however, I decided to base my crocheted version on the simpler design on the comic/TV Drax.

And here they all are: the Guardians of the Galaxy! 🙂

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Crafts with Pizzazz: Gamora!

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Hello from Bee!

Next up in my series of Guardians of the Galaxy crochet is Gamora.

Fortunately, I did not have to make up a new pattern for her as I did with her teammates, Rocket and Groot. I followed my regular “people pattern,” using the same format I did for Wonder Woman with a bit of added embroidery to create a halter-top look.

The fun part about making Gamora was figuring out her multicolored hair. In the movie, she has dark hair with magenta tips. As I didn’t have any multicolored yarn, I tried wrapping magenta embroidery thread around the ends of the black yarn I used for her hair, but it looked too bulky. I ended up taking pieces of the thread and using slip-knots to attach them underneath the black yarn, which, when brushed back, showed through just enough to give that highlighted look.

Do you have a favorite Guardian? Leave a comment below! 🙂

Crafts with Pizzazz: Groot!

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Hello from Bee!

Well, I’ve posted about Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon; now, I’d like to show you Groot!

Although I’ve made several baby Groots before, as I’ve shared in my previous posts, it took a while to figure out proportions for a full-sized Groot, especially because he is considerably taller than the other Guardians. The head is relatively similar to the one I use for my baby Groot, but after I finished it, I went back and worked a few rows into the top for the square branches. I also increased around the top of the body to give Groot a more broad-shouldered look and worked in a few extra rounds for Groot’s feet, which added to his height.

For the vines, I just took some pieces of the brown yarn I was using and sewed them around Groot. I also tied on a few pieces of green yarn for leaves like I had done for Pickett.

Looking good, guys! 🙂

Crafts with Pizzazz: Rocket Raccoon!

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Hello from Bee!

I apologize for the long delay between posts, but I am excited to share some new crafts I’ve been doing!

For our “blogiversary” last summer, I posted about my crocheted Star-Lord. Now, I’d like to share the second in my Guardians of the Galaxy series: Rocket Raccoon!

Of course, I wanted to make my Guardians as close to scale as possible. As Rocket is much smaller than the others, that meant I couldn’t use my “people pattern” for him. Fortunately, I had worked out a smaller pattern for Yoda that I was able to reference. All I had to do was modify the legs to make them a little longer, shorten the ears, and add a snout and tail. I used brown and black felt to add the details to his face and clothes.

Who’s your favorite Guardian? Leave a comment below! 🙂

Crafts with Pizzazz: Star-Lord!

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Hello from Bee!

Well, WordPress recently notified us that Nerds with Pizzazz has been officially up and running for a year! Boss-Bot and I would like to take a moment and thank all of you, our followers and viewers, for your generous support. We look forward to continuing to share all things geeky with you!

When we started our blog last year, I inaugurated the ‘Crafts with Pizzazz’ section with a post discussing my first crochet project: a Dancing Baby Groot that, when I posted the picture on Twitter, gained a ‘like’ from “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn himself! Since then, I have made a variety of beloved Marvel characters, and in honor of our ‘blogiversary,’ I would like to return to the theme of my very first post and present to you my crocheted “Guardians of the Galaxy” Peter Quill, (somewhat) also known as the great Star-Lord!

I’ve wanted to crochet the Guardians for a while, especially Star-Lord, but I first needed a way to revise my jacket pattern to make his awesome space-pirate coat. My first two attempts at making removable coats for Mary Poppins and Bert yielded decent results, but I wasn’t overly pleased about the garments’ bulkiness, and kept trying to figure out a way to work around it.

After figuring out vertical stripes for Spiderman, however, I realized that taking away the removable aspect was the way to go. I crocheted Star-Lord’s body in the maroon coat color, using my vertical stripe technique to add in a block of light blue for his shirt. To make it look like the shirt was underneath the jacket, I used maroon when crocheting his arms/sleeves and added rows of maroon surface slip-stitch crochet on either side of the vertical color change. I also went back in and crocheted three-quarters of the way around the bottom of the jacket in the same manner that I made Luke Skywalker’s tunic to give the coat its full-length appearance.

Star-Lord’s messenger bag is a piece of folded flat single crochet attached to some chained brown yarn. His beloved cassette player is also a flat piece of crochet with felt accents. The headphones are two in-the-round orange circles attached to the same type of black craft wire I used for Dr. Bruce Banner’s glasses, and the headphone cord is a single piece of embroidery thread.

Happy blogiversary! 🙂

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Crafts with Pizzazz: Dancing Baby Groot!

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Hello! Bee here today – thanks for looking at our blog!

As Boss-Bot mentioned earlier, I really enjoy crafting – anything from oven-bake clay sculpture to felt-board characters – and I am excited to share my work with you!

About a year ago, I decided to learn how to crochet. I’d seen plenty of pictures online that proved crochet lends itself perfectly to geeky crafting, particularly when it comes to amigurumi: the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting little stuffed toys.

Fortunately, unlike intricately-patterned blankets or lace decorations, the majority of amigurumi only requires a few basic crochet stitches – mostly single; sometimes half-double or double – a couple of hooks (I have a trusty E-4 hook that I use for pretty much everything), a good yarn needle, and some felt or embroidery floss for those little finishing details.

Armed with instructional books (Allison Hoffman’s AmiguruME is a particular favorite) and some how-to videos, I began teaching myself how to crochet, and it wasn’t long before I was able to piece together my first project: Dancing Baby Groot!

Admittedly, when Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” first came out, Boss-Bot and I weren’t exactly sure what to expect; “Guardians” was one area of the Marvel Universe with which we weren’t too familiar. (A talking raccoon? In space?)

In any case, we went to see the movie, and with its fantastic cast, action/comedy plot, stellar music, and the kind of heart one can only get from a giant loveable tree, it quickly became one of our all-time favorites. James Gunn did such a great job of giving this group of lesser-known Marvel heroes their well-deserved big-screen debut.

That being said, the movie really made me want a little baby Groot of my own, and since the store-bought versions hadn’t come out yet, I embarked (tree pun intended) on my first crochet project.

I actually free-handed the entire project – which ended up being two simple in-the-round cylinders for the head and stem, and a couple of flat pieces for the arms and bits of bark. The face and leaves are felt, and to make him stand up in the clay pot, I put an unfolded paper clip inside the stem.

I’m still so excited by how well he turned out! He’s the perfect dance partner when I blast the “Guardians” soundtrack. 🙂

Since completing my Groot, I’ve made several others for family and friends. With more crochet experience, I’ve been able to scale down the pattern into a much smaller version that’s great for gifts.

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And especially now that “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” has been announced, it’s definitely going to come in handy!