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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Come on sucker lick my battery... UPDATED on: April 01, 2010 05:38:06 AM
Thanks for all the really sweet comments and if any of you make your own Berts; I would really love to see them Smiley

He's so cute I can't even handle it.  Grin

Can I ask how you did the arms? Are they actually posable?

The arms are not actually posable although due to the length and square hands they do tend to stay put quite well. They are made from two tubes of felt scrunched down with elastic inside (about 1cm wide) and then they are just sewn into his body.

I hope that answers your question Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Come on sucker lick my battery... on: February 04, 2010 03:01:38 PM
Thanks everyone for all the really sweet comments. I gave him to my amazing BF about a month ago now and he absolutely loved him. It has become a bit of a habit to take Bert everywhere with us. Including to our friends' Harry Potter theme costume party - being slightly random we decided to make him a costume too. Our friends have now decided that we have to bring him dressed up to all future parties.


Presenting Dumblebert!


Any for anyone who is interested, here is my BF with Bert. I love how much he looks like he loves him Smiley



3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Come on sucker lick my battery... on: December 16, 2009 05:29:28 PM
Thanks guys for all the amazingly lovely comments...


How did you make the mouth for Bertie moveable ? is there like a hairclip in there or something?

No, it is just because of the two layers of felt stitched together which makes his mouth quite stiff so it can hold the expression without the need for wire or anything.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Come on sucker lick my battery... on: December 16, 2009 04:08:02 AM
Since I made Bert and because the BF is away for three weeks... he has been coming on all kinds of adventures with me - it kind of makes me miss him less. Last night we went out for cupcakes with my friends in Covent Garden (in London), did some shopping, visited a bookshop, wandered through Soho and went for dinner...

Cupcakes, om om!


Got his neck squashed by a friendly busker:


Read some books:


Got mauled by strange ladies in shops:


Oh my:


Had some tasty foods:


Made a new best friend:


It is snowing here at the moment so if it settles our first plan of action is to make a Snowbot *fingers crossed*
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Come on sucker lick my battery... on: December 15, 2009 07:04:40 AM
More pictures posted on the original post if anyone is interested Smiley


He's really cute! I bet he'd love a scarf for this weather. I'm pretty quirky when it comes to naming things, but to me he looks like a Chester and his pet looks like a Binky or Binx.

Thank you... I have decided to call the little one Binx because that is too cute and the big on is now Bertie.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Come on sucker lick my battery... on: December 14, 2009 01:32:16 PM
Aww thanks guys... I really appreciate all your lovely comments. This will be our first present buying occasion so I am beginning to get scared he won't like it or something. He has a couple of soft toys so I think it will be fine but this is quite big. Eeek. Anyway, I will stop panicking about it soon enough... your comments have really encouraged me.

I took pictures today with the robot on the London underground. Will post pictures of his adventures a little bit later Smiley
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Come on sucker lick my battery... UPDATED on: December 14, 2009 05:10:33 AM
For my BF's birthday (in January) I decided to make him a felt robot because robots are amazing. I started by making a tiny pink pet robot for the big robot. It had to be pink because 'our' album is Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips. The big robot took about 16 hours to complete and has about 1,650 hand stitches. On the night I met my BF, it was an early halloween party and I was dressed as the Queen of Hearts with red felt hearts stitched onto my tutu (and a pig's heart in a box but that is probably another Craftster post), the last of these felt hearts is stitched on to the chest of my robot. He has a coin slot in his back (complete with chocolate coin), his arms and legs are elasticated and his mouth and tongue and position-able Wink

So here he his, as yet nameless Bert (short for Ro-Bert) on location in the meter cupboard:  



 
And here with his little pink robot pet:


And one for luck:



Hope you like him. We are going to go off today and do a shoot around London so I will try and post more pictures after that. I am thinking maybe he needs a scarf too and as yet he has no name so any suggestions are welcome.

Malinki xx


Edited to add: Today I took him on the London Underground... He loved it...

Waiting for the tube:


On the tube (which gives you a better idea of scale):



Finally:


I added a made with love tag to the back of his hand... It is attached with a surgical staple as once due to over-excitement I accidently surgically stapled the back of my hand Smiley It is held on with red ribbon which the BF used to tie something special. Awww!


And this is his coin slot (complete with chocolate coin) which pays homage to a whole slightly crazy afternoon spent listening to Dresden Dolls we once had.  

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Edited to add an update:

Thanks everyone for all the really sweet comments. I gave him to my amazing BF about a month ago now and he absolutely loved him. It has become a bit of a habit to take Bert everywhere with us. Including to our friends' Harry Potter theme costume party - being slightly random we decided to make him a costume too. Our friends have now decided that we have to bring him dressed up to all future parties.


Presenting Dumblebert!


He is settling in to life at my BF's place really well and has developed some new hobbies:

He has become an expert in cheese and wine:


And taken up yoga:


And chillaxing with the BF:


Any for anyone who is interested, here is my BF with Bert. I love how you can see how much he loves him in this picture:



8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My first amigurumi - Reggie the Polar Bear on: September 13, 2007 12:39:28 PM
Gosh I love the tie!

I tried to tie a bow around his neck, but he looked a bit strangled because his face is quite close to his neck Smiley  So I cut him a little ribbon tie and sealed the ends with clear nail varnish.  The tie is more in keeping with his character than a bow anyway Cheesy
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My first amigurumi - Reggie the Polar Bear on: September 13, 2007 05:49:42 AM
Such a cutie!  I love his face!!!!! (how did you make his cheeks blush?)

Thanks, it is just done with a red colouring pencil!  He wouldn't be washable without it coming off, but to be honest as I am keeping him and not giving him away that isn't a big problem.  I guess there must be some kind of proper product for soft toy cheek blush though. 
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first amigurumi - Reggie the Polar Bear on: September 13, 2007 05:16:52 AM
Hello, I thought I would share with you my first amigurumi animal ever. 

I didn't use a pattern because I am not very good at reading crochet patterns so I just sort of made him up as I went along.  I am really pleased with how he turned out for a first attempt, and without a pattern too.  Before I started I knew how to make a magic loop and increase and decrease circles and I think I am pretty good at thinking 3-dimensionally.  He is about 6 inches tall.  I wasn't really neat enough in places and I think he was a bit loose, so if I made something similar with the same cotton I would need to go down a hook size, but because he is white it is not so noticeable.  Also he does look a bit like a sheep Undecided

So here he is, Reggie the polar bear - smiling for the camera: 





Full body shot Smiley  I made him a little tie (tied in a half-windsor knot) because he looked a bit naked. 



And the side view, so you can see how chubby he is: 



Finally, despite being originally from a cold climate, Reggie wanted to go out in the garden so here is: 




I hope you like him, I need to work on my technique a bit especially the decreases.  But for a first attempt I think he came out well.  I guess now I know how to make the basic body and head shape I can do it in different colours with different ears and tails and so on and make lots of different animals Smiley 
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