Game of Thrones Craft Round-Up

Hey everyone! It’s been forever I know. It’s been a pretty shitty year, and I haven’t felt up to any blogging, but Game of Thrones is back! The final season is here at last, and I am not emotionally prepared… So I figured now was as good a time as any to post a round up of my GoT related cosplay and crochet over the years, starting with the earliest and working forward. Plus this post is inspired by the girl who helped me over the weekend at EB Games, where I bought the new Dany on the Iron Throne Funko Pop on a whim. As she checked me out, we got talking about cosplay and I mentioned my Dany cosplay. I gave her one of my business cards, then realized after that I barely have any pictures of said cosplay posted anywhere on my blog or Instagram. So this seemed like a good opportunity to fix that!

First up, the shorter of the categories – cosplay! I’ve done a couple of Dany cosplays over the years, though the first one was super basic. A fantasy/sci fi exhibit featuring the Iron Throne was coming to Seattle way back in 2013, and I got it into my head at the last minute that I wanted to be Daenerys. Having no sewing skills to speak of, and no time, I appealed to a friend of mine who had a thrown-together season 1 Dany costume that she’d recently worn to a GoT debate. It was too big for me and basically consisted of pinned together rags and some leggings, but when I put it on I felt powerful. I was the Khaleesi. And I was going to sit on the Iron Throne.

I headed down with a few friends, one of whom is a photography enthusiast in possession of a very big camera. The good photography made up for the questionable costume that kept falling off, and somehow he managed to make me look reasonably badass on that Throne instead of having my usual ‘mild constipation’ photo expression. Walking around the exhibit as the Khaleesi was nerve wracking for this introvert, and yet empowering. I was determined to do it again, and this time to do it right.

Which led to my project of September 2013. I knew I wanted to make her blue dress from Astapor, because season 3 had just ended and I, like so many others, was inspired by the moment that Daenerys used her dragons to take control of Astapor. I had been the Khaleesi, and now I wanted to be the Mother of Dragons. So I found this pattern online and enlisted my grandmother’s help. The extent of my sewing experience before this was a few dolls, and the only clothing I’d ever made was a misshapen hoodie and pair of shorts in high school. Neither was wearable in public.

Many hours of tears and frustration later, mostly from the damned criss-crossed bodice, not to mention the ‘dragon scale’ embroidery, it was done just in time for our yearly Halloween party. And a year later the Iron Throne came to Vancouver, so I got to sit on it again! Better costume, but worse photography since my friend with the good camera wasn’t with me. Oh well. It was awesome anyway! And the real dress was on display so I spent about ten minutes staring at it trying to figure out how the damned bodice went together.

Ironically I don’t really have any pictures of this dress that I’m super happy with. I need to do a proper photoshoot one of these days! But here are a few I do have. 🙂

At the Game of Thrones exhibit in Vancouver in 2014:

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Waiting in line for the exhibit with my dragons.

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A different time on the Iron Throne! This time at an Improv show I went to a few years back, where they had the Iron Throne on stage and let people take pictures on it.

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With mini-me at FanExpo!

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The dress has gone through a few modifications over the years – I replaced the Velcro that was holding the side together with a zipper (my proudest moment!), adding some extra fabric when it became too tight (a less proud moment), and redid the entire underskirt at one point because it was too long. And my wigs have progressed from crappy $20 shiny party wig to marginally better $30 EBay wig to good quality but wrong style Arda wig, and finally to the Arda ‘Grace’ wig which is probably the best I’ll get without buying a lace front. I still have things I want to fix on that costume, but all things considered I’m pretty proud of it!

I’d love to do one of Dany’s season 7 costumes, but I’m not cosplaying or going to cons much anymore. Maybe one day. 🙂

Ok that  ‘shorter section’ went longer than expected. And now, on to crochet! Ironically, the first Game of Thrones crochet piece I ever made is also the one I’m still most proud of, and the one thing that I’m most known for. The full story can be found at my blog post here, but the short version is that nearly 6 years ago, on May long weekend 2013, I decided I wanted to crochet something Game of Thrones related. I could have started with something small, like a doll. Instead I went big. And then my friend Sam enabled me. And then this happened.

My Game of Thrones blanket has gotten around – it’s been my booth backdrop for FanExpo Vancouver on multiple occasions, and it once starred in a GoT stage parody show. These days it mostly just hangs out on the back of my couch. I’m still super proud of it, and every once in awhile someone messages me to say they’ve made my blanket themselves and it always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. 🙂 If you want to make your own blanket, the pattern can be found free here!

FanExpo Vancouver booth 2015, with my blanket prominently displayed!

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That one time my blanket starred in a theatre show. I think the fame went to its head (if it has a head).

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Fake George RR Martin sitting on my blanket. 🙂

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Next up I decided it was time to make some dolls. This was during my phase of experimenting with felt clothing over crochet body bases – not sure how well that worked, and they are old now so I don’t consider them my best work by any means, but they were cute enough. 🙂

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Dany (season 1) – back when I took photos on my DARK BROWN COUCH because that seemed like a good idea.

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Dany (season 3) – I still have her, so I could take a picture against a white background…

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Tyrion! Back to the brown couch haha. And I made his eyes different colours like in the books. 🙂

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The only shot I have of Arya. It’s not a good one, but she’s off in someone else’s home now so it’s the best I have.

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Around the same time I also scaled down my Stark blanket panel and made this pillow. 🙂

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And then there were dragons! These weren’t designed by me, though, they were designed by the talented Kati Galusz. Awesome pattern, and the wings are poseable because they have wire in them! Now I had proper accurately coloured dragons to carry around with me when I cosplayed. 🙂 Drogon can usually be found pinned to my shoulder when I’m Dany at a con.

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Ok this is a little one – a Greyjoy kraken! My friend Kate is our resident Greyjoy, so one year I made her this kraken. Naturally the cat stole it.

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And finally, skipping forward to the present, my new Jon and Dany dolls! I went to Iceland for a couple of weeks in February, and I was determined to make Jon and Dany dolls to accompany me around the country and to the various filming locations. Iceland is such a spectacular country, and it’s particularly Game of Thrones-esque in the winter! We visited several of the places they filmed, including Thingvellir (home of the Eyrie, among other scenes), Dimmuborgir (used in various scenes beyond the Wall, and known for its incredible rock formations), and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (home of Mt. Kirkjufell, aka Arrowhead Mountain in season 7). Also got to walk on a glacier, visit an ice cave, and see the Northern Lights for the first time ever!! Which was incredible. <3 Anyway, Iceland can be its whole own other post (one day, in theory), but for now here are a few shots of Jon and Dany as they explore the real-life Westeros. 🙂

Diamond Beach by the Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon – incredible huge ice chunks contrasted against the black sand beach.

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Chilling out after a long day of driving along the Eastfjords in pouring rain. As we reached our accommodation in Egilsstadir the sun finally showed its face and we had some beautiful light as the sun was setting. Such a romantic moment for the young aunt & nephew – I mean, young couple!DSC_0826

Daenerys hanging out on a post. Somewhere in the north? I think?DSC_0894

Dimmuborgir! Very nifty. This area is also where Ygritte stole Jon’s sword and then led him into the Cave o’ Sex. Which is also close by, but we didn’t get to visit because we were on a guided trip with a set itinerary. Oh well. Jon didn’t get to bring his aunt – I mean new girlfriend – to his old flame’s sex hideout. DSC_1000

And just for fun, some Photoshop messing about. 🙂 My dragons didn’t actually accompany us to Iceland, but that’s what Photoshop is for!

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And that’s all for now! I have a ton more Iceland pics I should really post at some point – stay tuned, hopefully it’ll be sooner than another year until you next year from me! 🙂

– Julia

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