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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Teddy bear season on: December 16, 2010 08:44:17 AM
Oh my, he is nothing short of absolutely adorable! I'm very impressed indeed.

I'm sure the lucky recipient will love him very much. Smiley
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Serenity Rose "Nekomimi" Doll on: December 14, 2010 08:03:00 PM
Your first ever doll? I think you're a natural at this! The level of detail is great - her pendant looks superb, as does her outfit.

I do love Runo's patterns, they're very adaptable and have very clear instructions, so I think you made a good choice by starting with one of those. Smiley (I've used parts of a couple of them to make Forte, and a mannequin, myself. I've also noticed that adapting the arms to be attached with safety-joints instead of thread lends itself well to Runo's patterns.)

If you don't mind me sharing it, my advice about sewing the head in place is to stuff the neck firmly, stuff the shoulders firmly, and then de-stuff the body just enough to fit the part of the neck that will be inside of it. After a bit of tweaking the amount of stuffing in the shoulder-area, I find that this tends to hold the neck steady enough to stitch the neck and head in place properly (it's almost like having an extra helping hand). Of course, this can also depend on the slipperiness of the fabrics you're using for the body, so it may not always have good results all round (it definitely does work quite well with cotton drill and with polycotton blends, though, in my experience).

Thanks for posting about Serenity Rose - I hope you'll post more dolls in the future. I'd love to see them. Smiley (Thanks also for the shoe pattern link - that one looks like it'll be a useful one to have!)
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Purple & Silver Cloth Doll on: December 14, 2010 07:41:51 PM
And thankyou for sharing pictures of your wonderful doll. Smiley (Thanks for telling me the title of the book, too! I'm going to have to go and add that one to my wish-list.)
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Caught up in makeing plushies...help..lol.. on: December 13, 2010 05:56:14 PM
^ When I, personally, say "legit", what I mean is genuinely available in that format. To my knowledge, a lot of those e-books (if not all of them), appear to be scanned from commercially-sold books - some of them seemingly quite recent. If this is the case, then it's actually copyright infringement... Sad

By the way, I'm really, really sorry to be so off-topic here. I don't want to detract from this thread, since you're showing off the adorable plushies you've made. Smiley I look forward to seeing more of them!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Proto-dragon! on: December 13, 2010 11:43:01 AM
I love this dragon. I think I might have to buy this pattern at some point, too

He's a LOT better-made than when I attempt a test-run at things, that's for sure! Tongue

I use a pen. A blue one is best. Fleece has a fuzzy side and a less-fuzzy side, and it's easy to mark on the less-fuzzy side.
I second this, although I tend to use those purple air-drying disappearing-ink pens myself.

Also, I would like to suggest a different method, although it's only suitable if you want to keep the look and softness, but lose the stretchiness of the fleece: I sometimes trace the pattern pieces onto some sort of regular cloth (most often white cotton-drill, as it's got a good weight and sturdiness, and I like to work with it) in order to use this as a backing, then add a seam-allowance, cut these out and apply fabric glue to the outermost edges in order to stick the pieces to the fleece. It makes it a lot easier to follow the lines, especially if you're working with dark-coloured fabrics - it also prevents any markings from showing through the main fabric. It's a bit long-winded, and it isn't suitable for everything, but I've had some excellent results with it on teddy bears and some other creations. Tongue
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Caught up in makeing plushies...help..lol.. on: December 13, 2010 11:34:25 AM
Is this legit?
I hate to say it, but I don't think it is. I notice that amongst the e-books is a Sanrio (Hello Kitty) one, but I'm pretty sure that Sanrio have not issued such a thing as a free download.

They are very cute, though, but I won't be making use of the downloads.
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Purple & Silver Cloth Doll on: December 11, 2010 09:24:25 AM
Oh, wow, she's pretty. Smiley

If you don't mind me asking, how did you make her hair and facial features? (Also, if I may be a bit cheeky, could I also ask what book the pattern came from? Tongue)
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: El Chupacabra!!!! on: November 27, 2010 08:16:58 AM
That being the case, I very much look forward to seeing them - it's not often that you see plushie cryptids!
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: El Chupacabra!!!! on: November 25, 2010 09:47:07 AM
Every once in a while, I see a project that really jumps out at me, and this is one of them. Smiley He has such personality, and a really cute face.

Are you planning on making any other cryptids?
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Doll from vintage 40's pattern on: November 15, 2010 06:51:33 AM
Oh, wow, she has a brilliant face, and she's excellently-made. Smiley If you don't mind me asking, how did you put her hair in place? It looks great.

Thankyou for providing the eBay link, by the way - I really like 1940s patterns, and I can see that the seller has quite a few that I'll probably pick up.
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