Me, again!~ I thought I'd drop in and share my latest creation, Norman from the movie ParaNorman. I just finished this guy yesterday. He's 19 inches tall -- and barely fit in my lightbox so I could take pictures!
His hoodie was a lot of fun to make (I'm getting better at working with zippers ) with a working zip, and functional pockets, though the hood is a wee bit small to go over his adorably oversized head. ^_^
I am so happy with how he turned out, I hope you guys like him, too. ~Meli
Today I finished this little guy, after a bit of stressing, I'm really pleased with how he came out.
This is Ichabod Crane from the new-ish tv series Sleepy Hollow. I adore the character and his fish-out-of-water (fish-out-of-time? ) adorableness. He's made out of all the usual things; deersuede, fleece, faux fur, faux leather, and some evil fraying cotton fabric, and features machine embroidery, hand painting and needle felting (basically ALL the things ).
And his hair.. ahh, Ichabod has such lovely hair. ~dreamy look~ I did my best to capture the look of his lovely locks, adding in the ponytail and styling it was a lot of fun.
So many techniques in this doll; machine embroidery, hand painting, needle felting, general sewing.. he was fun to put together and turned out even cuter than I was hoping. But then, I've always been partial to this particular doctor..
He is dressed in his blue suit because the thought of pinstriping fabric myself is more than a little daunting, besides - he gets his rad red & white converse shoes with the blue suit, so it's not all bad!
He sits by himself easily, but won't stand unless propped against something. His coat is removable, but I think it looks a lot better on -- like he's about to dash off and go on an adventure somewhere.... or somewhen.
A lot has changed in the months I've been away - not least of all my username - but I figured what better way to get back into the swing of things than with two of my favourite characters (Ten is getting his own thread in just a minute). Hopefully you aren't sick of seeing these guys just yet.
I've changed up the way I create my doll faces, which I think gives the doll a whole new look. They're now done with a combination of machine embroidery and hand painting. And for this little guy, he wouldn't be complete without his winged vest, so I cutesified (which is totally a real word ) them to match his sweet little face.
I received from WeeFreeRhie today and I am in love! She made me a lovely hand-embroidered scarf with some of my favourite Lord of the Rings quotes; "Speak friend and Enter" (I burst out laughing when I read that one! It is where I got my username, afterall. ), "A wizard is never late" and the ever inspiring "If you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
My pics aren't the best, sorry, I couldn't find my camera and had to use my ipod camera. WeeFreeRhie, if you have better pics, please post them. Couldn't get it all in frame, either, it's super long! It is backed with really pretty swirly~star fabric. I don't think I'll be using it as a scarf-- I couldn't bare to get it dirty! I'll be hanging it in my craft room instead.
Thank you so much, again, WeeFreeRhie, I adore it!
I come bearing pics of a plush that is neither Doctor Who nor Walking Dead! --Don't faint.
I have been wanting to make a Spock doll since I made Merlin -- the haircut did it, I think. But I recently decided to tweak my 'pocket plush' pattern and decided Spock was the perfect test subject -- err, I mean character to make.
I *had* to do the lens flares -- Star Trek fans will understand.
He stands 12 inches tall, although thanks to my love of giving dolls over-sized heads, he doesn't actually stand on his own, but he has a handy little doll stand to help him.
I knew I had to give him individual, poseable fingers -- because he needs to be able to do the Live long and prosper salute, right? Right!
I think my favourite part of him may actually be his adorable little ears... I suddenly have an inexplicable desire to make an army of elf plushies.
His face, rank sleeve stripes and his badge are all machine embroidered. I was worried about trying to embroider that tiny little badge with the holes in the design, especially on fleece, but my machine managed it pretty well. I was pleasantly surprised!
And there you have it! Mr. Spock! Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my little guy, hope you like him.
If anyone has seen the dolls I've made, they would know, straight away, that I am a mad Walking Dead fan. A while ago, I just so happened to meet another amazing (and yes, mad) Walking Dead fan who wanted a Daryl Dixon doll and I was more than happy to oblige -- I mean, getting to stare at pictures of Norman Reedus for -ahem- research, how could I say no?
This is only the second time I've used my poseable plush pattern, and I made some more tweaks (because my brain never lets me leave well enough alone) and I'm super happy with the result. The new armature has a few limitations but overall holds poses better and provides more stability. He can even look up and down, and tilt his head to the side (a feature which will come in handy when I get around to making that Castiel doll I've had on my To Plush list since forever).
He's a smidgeon over 17inches tall (about 44cm I think). I made his poncho removable with velcro because it wouldn't fit over his over=sized adorably large head.
His crossbow is made of felt and three coats of paint, oh and a pipe-cleaner. I even gave it a little trigger so he can actually put his finger on it.
Of course he has his angel wings, looking a bit dirtier than usual this season. And that red fabric in his pocket is Carol's headscarf he found in the tombs and never gave back. It was a special request. I couldn't find any good pictures of what the scarf actually looked like; all I could see is that it was red with a lot of white and some brown so I had to wing it.
He is completely self-standing, and even has little poseable fingers which can be used to, ahh, point at things? His red shirt and jeans were painted to be the right colour when my searching for similar coloured fabric proved futile.
And this is the first time I've used my newly acquired embroidery machine to make a doll's face. It was a weird experience, sewing his head, turning it right side out already with a face. It gives the doll a different feel to the felting I used to use but I really like it. It seems more polished somehow and a lot easier to clean!
His jeans are the most detailed I've made to date, with functioning pockets, belt loops and even those little stud things near the pockets (I don't know what they're called or what they're for, but they're there! ). He also has his knife -which was made from Apoxie Sculpt- in it's (fake)leather holder.
Annndd bonus shot! This was me, after watching tonight's Walking Dead episode..
Looking at him, it strikes me that he's not really dirty enough to have been hanging around in a zombie apocalypse for a few years, so I guess he's been doing his laundry regularly. ......And I have been rambling, as usual, haven't I? So this is where I shall thank you, lovely viewer, if you clicked on my link and read all my crafty rambles! I do hope you like this little Daryl -- he was almost as fun to make as he is to play with!
More dolls! I thought I'd just combine both sets in one thread, rather than taking up two more spots on the board. This time, yes, I'm afraid there's more Doctor Who (can we say obsessed? ) but also something new! Sherlock dolls!
First up, A Study In Pink Plush! Sherlock dolls!
It is always super fun to try new characters, and a little nerve-wracking too, but I was super happy with how these guys turned out. They're probably some of my favourite sitting style dolls I've made (but shh! don't tell the others that! )
John was one of the easiest dolls I've ever put together - he didn't make a fuss about anything! Just like John, right?
Sherlock was a little more challenge, as was to be expected. First, he wears way too many layers of clothing. The coat caused me fits to try and tailor right, and his hair had to be custom curled because I couldn't find curly fake fur anywhere that didn't look like it had come from a poodle.
The Doctor Who Dolls are dressed in their outfits from "The Idiot's Lantern" and it was a bugger to dress them up like that, too.
The suiting fabric for Ten is from Spoonflower and let's just say - I'm not a fan. But it may be my favourite 10!hair I've done to date, so that's something!
Rose's dress was made from some weird slightly fuzzy pink fabric that sort of shed/disintegrated when you cut it - I got it everywhere! >.< I had fun making her little pink accessories; hair band, shoe bows, little flower for her jacket. Quite possibly my girliest plush, ever.
Thanks for taking a peek at the results of my crafty adventures --and, if you're reading this -- for reading my crafty rambles, too! <3
I think I'm the last to receive (about 8 months later.. ) but I have to say it was so worth the wait!
After my partner flaked on me, our lovely organizer Babalina angel-ed for me, but that package was lost somewhere between her continent and mine , so I was given another angel; the wonderful DeadBathDucky! This package turned up today and I've gotta say, it rocks so hard I may have gone a little overboard with the pics, as I'm want to do.
Everything was wrapped up with adorable little zombie themed stickers. ^_^ The first thing I saw were the extras; gorgeous Japanese papers, a folding fan and DOCTOR WHO stickers and Calendar pages which are going to be decoupaged onto...something! I shall find something!
The next thing I found was this adorable glass jar (so well wrapped it arrived in one piece!) with a "Caution: Zombies" sticker. Inside were cute little beads and spooky eyeballs, a Walking Dead key chain (which my keys are now proudly attached to), zombie stickers, a brilliant etched tooth-look necklace, sweet-spooky skull earrings and the most adorable little felt squirrel!
Next I found the most adorable little fellow, a little Zombie named Johnson, who I was assured wouldn't try and bite as long as he was allowed to keep his balloon. From what I can see, he's made almost completely out of pipe-cleaners and even has little bits of bone and blood and intestines hanging out -- he's brilliant!
And then -- yes, there's more! -- I found the most brilliant diary. Seriously, this thing is SO FLIPPIN' COOL. ^__^ DBD said she wasn't going to send it because it seemed "off" but umm, no, no, no, I'm so glad she did, it's perfection! The most iconic scene from the show, the 'Don't Open, Dead Inside' door complete with barred door and zombie fingers! Hee. The zipper opens so you can access the diary. How neat is that? Yes, very.
And then, the most amazing, phenomenal, mind-bending thing I have EVER seen. The miniature zombie terrarium. I mean, this thing is TIIIIINY and the figures inside are just miniscule. I don't even know what they're made of - toothpicks would be too big! And how DBD managed to make them actually LOOK like people (well..zombies ) and paint them - I just, I have no words for how awe-inspiring this is. I had to use extreme-macro mode to get the images.
How on earth did you make that?! I just... I'm speechless.
Thank you so, so much DBD, you are an amazing crafter and a total sweetheart and you spoiled me rotten! Thank you for being such an angel.