Amazing! I love this! I am more of a crocheter myself, but I'll have to give this a go... as soon as I have enough material that is. You must have so much: all those different fabrics, colours of embroidery floss (?)... Wow.
@Granite_turtle: thanks, it was fun to see it develop in different colours. Not so much different though, I took out the blue and swapped it for dark orange and green.
Hmm, that's strange! Perhaps compare hooks then, just to make sure. That's not what you'd expect if both say 5.5 mm, but if her octagon is 2 inches larger, I think you're right and her hook is probably bigger. Luckily she only did one!
I can buy them at my local yarn store, but like someone here said: that's much more expensive than buying them in bulk. I've bought my plastic safety eyes at www.glasseyesonline.com. Their Etsy store that is, but I cannot remember the link to that. They have a very large selection of eyes and teddy bear joints.