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21  In a land of myth and a time of magic [pic heavy-ish] in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: May 31, 2013 01:13:16 AM
I recently had a little give-away on my tumblr as a sort of Thank You to the internet (and those that inhabit it Wink) at large for all the warm & fuzzies that are sent my way in regards to my crafting stuff. The winner requested a Merlin plushie and I was more than happy to oblige -- that hair! those ears! I mean, how could I resist? Wink

He is made from all the usual suspects; faux fur, deer suede and fleece.

His eyes and eyebrows are needlefelted, though now I'm painting the mouths on because I find it a lot less mess and better end results.

He sits unaided quite easily -that's how I designed the pattern- but he will also stand once he's propped against something (Merlin is a bit lazy you see Wink).

I made the buckles out of craft foam (and then painted it silver) because I didn't want anything remotely scratchy to take away the soft & huggable-ness of him.

His jacket is removable and his blue tunic is long-sleeved under it. His neckerchief is also removable, just tying up behind his head.

The picture I was using as reference had him with this little drawstring pouch attached to his belt. I'm not sure what it's for (it's been a long time since I've seen an episode) but I figured it must be important, so I gave plush!Merlin his own fully functional version. Cheesy

I think he turned out quite well, and I'm rather glad the winner liked Merlin more than Arthur -- I'm not sure how I would have coped with having to make chainmail. Wink
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22  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by FabledStitches on: May 20, 2013 06:49:33 PM
So many neat projects so far, you guys are quick!!  Cheesy

Challenge: Multimedia
Team: Commercial Free All-Stars
Project Geekdom: TV - Doctor Who
Bonus Points:  Nerdy / Super Bonus
Project Name: River Song's Diary Necklace
Brief Description: I knew straight away that my choice would be blue, I mean, TARDIS, hello? Wink I decided to try my hand at making a mini version of River Song's diary for a necklace. It didn't come out quite as neat as I'd have liked (it's hard working in miniature, I'm used to working on a large scale :/) so I may have to have another go somewhere down the road.  But each page has been stained with acrylic paints and there are two signatures in the book -- although I still need to leave it under a heavy book for a day or two to flatten it better, it wants to burst open and reveal all it's spoilers. Wink
Project Picture:

I know the pages aren't blue, but as the focus is meant to be on the cover of the book more than anything else, which is totally blue, I'm hoping it fits the requirements. Smiley
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23  The Girl Who Waited in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: May 18, 2013 03:19:57 AM
Amelia 'Amy' Pond is one of my favourite companions from Doctor Who and I knew, after I made a little 11th Doctor plush, I needed to make her, too.  

Oh! And her hair is NOT that fluro/eye-blinding orange colour. :/ I have photographed her twice but whenever I put any kind of lighting on her, I can't get a good picture. I may have to have yet another go tomorrow. It is actually a really nice orange like this (work in progress pic):

I've been working to try and add in more details to my plushies -- since most of my plushies are one of a kind dolls, I figure I might as well make them the very best, with as many details, as I can. Wink  I used silver metallic thread for her 'zipper' which I loveeeee. And bonus, I even got to use some of those "fancy" stitches on my machine that I never thought I'd use. Cheesy

And while I had both Amy and the Doctor, I knew I had to get a "permission to hug' photo.

Thanks for looking! (And if anyone has any tips on photographing orange, feel free to leave them! Wink)
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24  Geronimo! The 11th Doctor plush in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: May 06, 2013 03:32:54 AM
I've been making some alterations to my sitting plushie pattern and having just recently started watching --and fallen in love with-- Matt Smith's doctor, I knew he would have to be my first character to try.

He's 18inches(45cm) total length and totally hugabble. I am not-so-secretly in love with his lil suspenders and bow tie. I made him a fez, though it didn't turn out exactly as I imagined it so I am thinking I am going to make him a lil sonic screwdriver instead.

I'm working on Amy Pond as well, because the doctor needs a companion. Smiley  I really hope you guys like him and think he has somewhat of a passing resemblence to the doctor. Wink Feel free to drop me a comment, we loves them preciousss, we loves them. Cheesy
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25  Re: Preparing for the Summer Nerd Games (discussion thread) in Craftalongs by FabledStitches on: April 27, 2013 12:44:41 AM
I wish I knew how to make badges.  Sad  Anyone have any suggestions?  I really have no clue and would love to have a music badge.

I whipped up a quick one if you'd like to use it. Smiley  (Although I can take off/change the little tagline if you'd like, it just popped in my head so I added it, Cheesy Cheesy)

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26  Paranorman Plushie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: March 26, 2013 03:23:05 AM
Oooh, look! Something unrelated to The Walking Dead or Doctor Who! Wink Cheesy

This little dude was my first attempt at an animated character. His hair was certainly a challenge and took a bit of creative thinking and more than a couple of haircuts, but I'm super stoked with how he turned out. Smiley

Also a first for me, I made removable clothing! *does a little dance* I am no longer afraid of zippers. Wink

These little sitting plushies are my new favourite thing to make; they're so soft and squishy and they come together relatively quickly.

Oh! And for those who aren't familiar with the character, this is what he's supposed to look like:

I do hope I'm not spamming the board; my new sewing machine has me finishing projects a lot faster than I used to. ^__~
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27  Daryl Dixon. Again. :P in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: March 24, 2013 05:38:36 AM
I know, I know, I just keep making the same character over and over again.  Grin But this little dude completes the trilogy; I am just rather smitten with the character show.  Cheesy I am working on Rick and Michonne plushies so I can have a little trio of cute, zombie a$$-kickers around. Which you know, could come in handy when the plush zombies attack. Wink

Normally once I'm finished a plushie I'll see little things that I wish I'd done a bit differently (I'm sure some of you other perfectionists know exactly what I'm talking about Wink) but I am (strangely) completely happy with this little guy.

He is made mostly from deersuede and fleece with faux fur hair.

He sits by himself quite well both with his arms out and in "kitty" style. Wink

And of course he wouldn't be Daryl without his little winged vest.

As always, if you're reading this, thank you for taking the time to stop in and have a look-see. Feel free to leave me comments letting me know what you think! (I'm totally a robot from the future, powered by feedback.  Cheesy)

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28  Assassin's Creed plush in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: March 21, 2013 05:33:18 PM
I was asked to make Connor Kenway (I think! I am bad with names of characters I don't really know. Cheesy) from the video game Assassin's Creed, in his spiffy 'Captain of the Aquila' outfit.

(right click> view image to see them larger/more detail).

SO. MANY. DETAILS.  Shocked Cheesy

I love making plushies, but the best part is when I get to play mad scientist and have crafty experiments.. and this guy had so many things I'd never made before, it was like one big crafty experiment!   ...although his hat drove me to the edge of insanity. Wink

Overall, he is one of my favourite plushies I've made to date and I thank you for stopping by to take a look. ^__^
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29  The Walking Dead board game in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FabledStitches on: March 12, 2013 04:52:23 AM
So I'm posting something un-plushed here for a change!  Tongue

For the Walking Dead swap, my partner has 5 kids and apparently they all love zombies so I figured I'd make her a board game. ..I didn't know at the time there is actually an official Walking Dead game (I'm a bad fan, I know!). But this one is much easier to play. Wink It's like Trivial pursuit...without the trivia.

Initially I was going to buy a trivial pursuit game and upcycle it to fit my needs, but then I remembered seeing teag's great Harry Potter game where the box was the board.

And I decided to go that way instead.

The aim of the game is to get around the board and visit each spot - the hospital, the farm, the CDC and the police station to collect supplies in the form of a supply card. I would have liked to have made little polymer clay pieces to collect, but this was a last minute idea and I didn't really have time to make 28 little supply pieces.

Once you have all four supplies (food, ammo, medical supplies & vital information (We're all infected!)) you need to get back to the safety of the prison to win.

The game CAN be single player, you just set a baseline score of how many rolls of the dice it takes to collect everything and get to the prison, and then for subsequent plays you try and beat that score. ...but it's always more fun to try and beat other people. Wink

The player's pieces are polymer clay chibis; Daryl (complete with zombie ear necklace and winged vest), Glenn, Andrea, Michonne, The Governor, Carl and Rick.

It was actually really hard to let this one go, and even for a rush job I think it turned out pretty good. Making the Governor, with his one eye, was the most fun I had that day. Wink
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30  The Walking Dead patchwork bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by FabledStitches on: March 12, 2013 04:30:54 AM
My first post on this board! \o/  Heehhee, it feels like something worth celebrating. Wink

For the Walking Dead swap I participated in recently, my partner had a lot of bags, particularly Teesha Moore (?) and other patchwork bags on her pintrest so I thought I'd give it ago. It was about an hour (and three dozen needle-stabs) into my first patch, when I realized handsewing isn't really my forte. I really wanted to make a bag so I decided to focus on my strengths; one of which is photoshop. So I designed the bag, and each little patch and then printed it out on inkjet printable cotton, cut out each piece, sewed it on to different coloured felt and then zig-zag stitched everything together on the machine.

Et viola; a printed patchwork bag! Or pouch. Whichever. It's my first ever, so I'm sort of ridiculously proud of it.

Side one;

and two;

It's a mix of the show and the comics, featuring quotes and motifs and images from both.

Thanks for clicking my link and taking a look. Wink
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