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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Scandinavian embroidery patterns or folk art on: July 16, 2010 06:15:18 AM
Listessa, that website is a goldmine, thank you! Thanks for the suggestions lisalady161, I looked at Hoop Love and they have a couple of nice ones on there!
12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Cheeky little demoness (NSFW) on: July 14, 2010 12:14:41 AM
I too would love a pattern and would definitely buy one if you make one! Its the cutest crochet ever Smiley
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Looking for Scandinavian embroidery patterns or folk art on: July 13, 2010 06:49:18 AM
Hi,
I have spent a long time searching through the archives and pattern lists so I hope its ok to post this request. I am redecorating my room in a country Scandinavian style and want to do some embroidery to go with it. I am having difficulty finding embroidery or cross stitch patterns for this, or even folk art (to draw inspiration from). So if anyone knows of any patterns (I don't mind paying if there are no free ones) or folk art please let me know, I would be so appreciative!
Madeleine
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Emmeline the Elephant on: April 14, 2010 04:44:37 AM
So cute! I love the big ears and pink fabric Smiley
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Reginald the Elephant: Completed. (First Post~) on: April 14, 2010 04:43:24 AM
Its cute, well done!
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help making Felt Eyes and mouth on: April 11, 2010 12:07:54 PM
They look great! For the teeth you could hand sew white triangles on, or make a red felt mouth with the triangles sewn on and sew that onto the face. Make sure it starts and ends about 1 to 1.5 squares in. For the eyes, you could sew some cute buttons on or for a spiral eye, draw a spiral on a piece of felt and cut into it twice, so you have taken a 'line' of the felt out. then sew this on using a running stitch going all around the spiral. These patchwork dogs are so cute and must have taken quite a while!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: sleepyhad in a flowerpot on: April 11, 2010 01:15:39 AM
Please do, be great to see! And wow, that is so crafty that you made presents and a cake, that's some talent right there!
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Small Cat Plushie on: April 10, 2010 12:57:36 PM
Hi,
I took the liberty of drafting you a pattern -


As I have not tested it out, I do not know if it will work exactly how you want it, but if you make it and want to PM me I can help adjust the pattern. This is basically how you do it, with the triangle bits sewn together as a dart (thus making it more 3D) before sewing the pieces to each other. About.com has a good article on sewing darts if this is confusing. http://sewing.about.com/od/techniques/ss/sewingdarts.htm

To use the pattern, print it out a little bigger than the size you want the plushie to be, and cut around the pieces leaving 1.5cm seam allowance, 2 of each for head and body (if you are using fur fabric remember which way up to have it - I know this sounds obvious, but when I started out I totally forgot and had the fur going the wrong way). Sew the head pieces to each other right sides together, leaving an opening on the neck, turn out and stuff. Same for the body. To sew them together, turn the fabric of the head inside by about a centimetre or two, put the neck inside and sew together. A Whipstitch or Slip Stitch are good stitches to use and there are plenty of useful tutorials on these online, just google the terms.

Phew! I hope that helps and if you have any questions, ask away!
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help finding fabric on: April 10, 2010 12:47:19 PM
I would love to help you, but you have me stumped! I would suggest just googling toy fabric and fur fabric and see what comes up. It looks like imitation lambskin but I don't think that is a proper name. Good luck anyway,
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Jointed Softies? Please Delte on: April 09, 2010 01:03:37 PM
Yes, you need to look at bear making techniques - you can buy joints that you sew one part into the shoulder and the other part into the torso, it is fairly easy to do. I had a go at making some like this for my final project at art school, and they turned out alright! The joint works like a circle that can turn clockwise or anticlockwise, but I have not seen any ball joints that are 360 degrees.

If you are interested you can see them here http://www.avdc68.dsl.pipex.com/Welcome.html under pictures>exhibition. It is just the arms that are jointed but you can see how they work? The sites really old and I'm going to take it down soon.

If you need any more help let me know and I will do my best
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