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
Ever since I saw Rise of the Guardians I have been wanting to make Jack Frost and Pitch Black dolls. I just fell in love with the movie and it seems the way I express my adoration for things these days is to plushify them.
I made Jack and Pitch with my new 'pocket plush' design. They were a lot more work than I was anticipating, so they're definitely one of a kind dolls. Jack has his staff that he can 'hold' with the help of magnets. Pitch is 13inches, Jack is 11.5inches and the little Nightmare plushie - my first ever attempt at making a pony - is a wee 4.5inches. He's been "glittered-up" to make it look like he's made of Pitch's nightmare dust.
And now I shall try to refrain from my usual super-picture-overload.
So.. I made another thing! ..Another Doctor Who thing. *hides* I can't help it, it's an addiction. I am addicted to making small, stuffed versions of Doctor Who - particularly David Tennant, probably because he is adorable, and since I cannot have my own real version, I make mini stuffed versions.
I have made a few more sitting versions that I haven't posted here because, well, it feels like the same ol' thing, but this guy, he was a total experiment and a labour of love (and a lesson in frustration!) but I am so pleased with him. He may just be my favourite thing I've made to date.
I am obsessed with altering old patterns and creating new ones, and this was definitely a combination of the two. I made a whole new body pattern and tweaked the existing head pattern, rigged up an armature system (or two) and then the real fun/frustration started. This pattern isn't all that much smaller in total height than my usual dolls, but it is a lot smaller in general size. The proportions are completely different which made making clothes for him a real challenge.
I went through two yards of fabric doing test clothing pieces for him before my inner perfectionist quality control checker was satisfied. I also made seven different shoe prototypes until I was happy - in fact, the only 'first attempt' that made it to the final product was his Sonic Screwdriver (even his head and socks were second versions )
He is 17inches tall and can sit and stand by himself, without aid, fairly easily.. which makes putting him in cute, random poses ridiculous amounts of fun... which will explain the following bajillion photos.
His outer coat is removable...
But personally, I prefer it on.
(The seam/vent on his coat is straight, I swear, I just didn't notice I hadn't straightened it out until after I took photos. :/)
He can sit as easily as he stands..
And I made his little Sonic out of Apoxie Sculpt and then painted and glazed it.
And then of course, come the doctor-y (and random!) poses, just because..
And here's a random one because I thought it would be fun to make him pretend to be a Weeping Angel.
Thanks for reading - I hope I didn't maim anyone's internet connection, trying to load the bucketload (TARDISload?) of pictures!
I've decided to try my hand at a quilt and I want to put together the two things I love; applique and rag quilts. I have done a bit of searching and haven't found any applique rag quilts but figured I'd just wing it and see what happens. I have it (vaguely) planned out and I'm on to my third block and I suddenly realized that perhaps there's a reason I've never actually seen one. So, quilty people, is there any reason not to mesh these two things together? I know it won't be so pretty on the reverse side, but is there any other reason that it doesn't really seem to be done?
I am a complete quilting virgin so any input would be gratefully received! Or if my google-fu is broken and anyone has found an elusive rag-applique hybrid, please leave a link!
When my nephew asked me to make a plushie of Sora from Kingdom Hearts in his Halloween Town get-up for him to give as a birthday gift, I said sure, no problem, I'd have it done on time. ...Small problem, I didn't realize how crazy detailed this guy was. Pretty much everything required custom patterns which requires testing and altering and testing again...
Needless to say I didn't get him done on time, but I did make a little heartless plushie to go along with him as a sort of "sorry it's late!" gift.
I made his fingers poseable, his little wings can be posed as well, and for once, his hair stays (mostly) in place! He does have another eye under that little pumpkin maskinator (half mask, half fascinator?) but I forgot to get a pic of it.
Halfway through making him I got a bit "bleh" with him because he just wasn't coming together how I wanted. But there is a wonderful point in making something where it just starts to look how it's supposed to and it seems to get its personality, and I just fell in love with the little guy by the end. ...as you can probably tell from the thousand or so pictures I'm about to throw at you.
So I shall stop prattling on now and get with the picspam.
Oh and the pattern for the heartless plush is not mine, I used a pattern by "Risachantag" on Deviantart.com if you'd like to make your own.
The amazing Poppet-making Goddess Lanikins graciously agreed to do a swap with lil ol' me, and this was what I came up with for her. We gave each other a list of characters we love and would like to see plushified/poppetfied and on her list two things caught my eye; Michonne (from The Walking Dead) and ZOMBIES. A perfect combination!
For this plushie I actually tweaked the proportions and added 2.5inches to my standing pattern so I could add in some more details.
Oh, I know her ears look a lil lopsided in the pics -I only noticed that after I'd gotten snap happy, but I unpicked one and re-attached it (hopefully) in the right place.
Her sword holder thing (technical term) is removable - those little clips are fiddly to open but they do open.
And her sword (is it a katana? I'm so not a weapons person) is also removable. It's made from craft foam, which in hindsight was not the sturdiest material to go with but I wanted it thin enough to be semi-authentic and light enough that she could hold it, and wouldn't make her fall backwards when it was in its sheath.
I know she is supposed to have two walkers but.... I'm pretending Daryl used one for target practice.
Oh! And I gave her fingers! I wired them because I wanted her to be able to hold not only her sword/katana/whatever, but also the zombie's chain.
Her hair is yarn and took foreverrrr to arrive, but it was worth the wait, I think. Each strand has been individually sewn into her head, and I kind of cheated and her bandana is sewn into her head, too.
Her zip is uh, a little on the OMGHUGE side, but I cannot find doll-sized zips anywhere here, which makes me sad face. But the zipper is functional, so at least there's that!
I tried to give her Michonne's signature "I can and will slice your face off if you annoy me" look. The features are all needle felted as usual.
Her little walker friend... hee, he was a swap "extra" so I let myself have a little fun gore-ing him up a bit.
But to be fair, if you'd been turned into an undead type person, had both arms and half your face hacked off, you're going to be a bit messy, you know? I even got to put some "dirt" (in the form of paint) on his pants! \o/
His face. O__O I had no idea on how I was going to pull off the "no lower jaw" look. I did some test with trying to make a plush with half a face, which all turned out as truly spectacular fails, haha. I ended up painting it to (hopefully) give some kind of illusion of him missing his jaw.
While making these guys I developed a new and overwhelming adoration of eyelets. I use them on everything I can now.
And look, more eyelets.
Her gloves were a last minute addition that I can't picture her without now. I think they turned out super cute, although I hadn't noticed I'd used her "skin" fabric for the straps until I'd put them on. Derp. -.-
I didn't realize until I was checking out reference pics how blinged out Michonne is. I mean, her belt is pretty sparkly (but I'm sure that's a strategic move to try and blind walkers or something. )
...and would you look at that, I seem to have run out of pictures. If you got this far, reading all my crafty rambles, I salute you! And if you feel like dropping me a comment, I adore you.