Title: 3D Transforming Optimus Prime
Date Completed: August 2010
Design: Lord Libidan/Paper Robots 1999
Plastic canvas has always drawn me, it allows for the structured cross stitch to become its own structure. However, when I picked up a few sheets all of the patterns looked so boring. A boring simple house? Neh. I wanted to make something better. So I pondered for a while before realizing that plastic canvas can be used in a similar way to building blocks, and with it, you can make any shape. I knew that I wanted to push boundaries a little of what was possible, and I had only just started cross stitch, so I wasn’t afraid to fail.
I always loved fiddling with my brother’s generation 1 transformer toys and it started from there. It’s based on the original toy series so transforms into a Peterbilt style semi-tractor. Initially, I thought about making the robot itself and realized I could make joints move by using wire paper clips. One thing led to another and before you know it, I was planning on hundreds of scrap pieces of paper on how to make it transform.
It got a LOT of attention, and so I started designing a second transformer; Jetfire, a robot that transforms into a jet plane. It didn’t stop there though! I even have a Soundwave tape deck trasformer, with tapes that fit inside that transform into ratbat and laserbeak!
It’s now been featured on:
Mr X Stitch: Link
And won Penny Nickels Contest: Link
If you look out for Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine, I will be published in their March issue!
You can buy this pattern on my Etsy shop and many other transformers, so go have a look! LINK
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Hi, just wondering if this pattern is still available for sale.
Do u still sale the patten for transformers
Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post.
Hi from Kelowna,BC Canada,I just pick up my June’s issue and I was in WOW when I saw your transformer,that sure brought memories back when I use to buy these toys for my sons back then their ages are now 26,24,16 yrs old and now I have grandsons that are playing with them now,lol. Now I have 1 grandson his favorite transformer is the bumblebee the yellow an black one,can you tell me if you have the cross stitch pattern for that one if you do that would be great, so I can make it for him,and give it to as a christmas gift … when I was going through your gallery I was amazed because in my garage I have some of those up right video games, and much more like Donkey Kong, Space inventors, Baby Pac Man, Centapeed, I can go on but when you own a arcade you get to play these games. Lol.
Well I just wanted to say I love your x-stitching work please keep it up I hope I get to see more of it .. Thanks for the good memories…. Doreen
I’m afraid I don’t have a Bumblebee. i’m currently doing a lot of requests for other transformers, but I’m afraid Bumblebee is fairly low down. Sorry.