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« on: May 04, 2009 11:12:34 AM »



This is Miyoko, she is of distant relations to the species of Plurbits!

Plurbits were designed by Heidi Iverson (http://www.mciverson.com/). Her pattern can be found in the book "Softies Only A Mother Could Love."

I learned a few things with my first experience with felt that will help me with future projects:

1. It can fray easily.
Look for strongest area of the fabric before cutting.

2. Allow for plenty of seam allowance.
Don't want to stitch anywhere near the edge where the fabric is weak.

3. Pull tighter when stitching by hand.
But not so tight that I tear the felt.

...and I did stitch her all by hand.

She burst at the seams on her neck, though.
This was a combination of stitching too close to the edge + not stitching tight enough + overzealous stuffing.

Of course the sight was saved by an old standby: a knitted scarf!
On second thought .... I decided to think of it as a sapphire necklace!



More on Miyoko can be found here on my blog: http://thehappyhooker.blogspot.com/search/label/Miyoko
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009 11:17:57 AM »

She's adorable!
I can't believe you did it by hand-- I have so much respect for hand sewers!

I'm so slow at it myself, and when I'm done my hands twitch for hours. D:
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009 12:05:44 PM »

Thank you, Asheri!

I actually bought Softies Only A Mother Could Love because there were things I could sew by hand. I had to toss my broken sewing machine -- just days prior to having a sudden urge to make plushies!

The hand-sewing turned out to easier than I thought -- and quite relaxing. =)
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009 12:45:18 PM »

I love Miyoko, the colours are fab as is the way you did her face. And I think the sapphire necklace is just the thing... garnets would not go with her colouring! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2009 12:52:54 PM »

Too cute. I love it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009 11:49:24 PM »

PlumCrafty ~ Miyoko is very impressed at your fashion-know-how! I know she is happy 'cos she is tap dancing, and she only tap dances when she is happy!  Cheesy

LoveClutter ~ Thank you! And Miyoko says she loves you too!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2009 09:56:59 PM »

Very different and interesting!  I love the colors.
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2009 08:40:45 AM »

Beautiful embroidery work! I'm always impressed by people who have the skill and patience to hand sew and embellish their dolls.
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2009 07:24:47 PM »

Teffy ~ Thanks! I was definitely going for different!

CausticMuse~ Thank you so much! It was my first time hand sewing and embellishing anything stuffed! =)
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2009 06:14:03 AM »

How cute and colorful.  Great for your first project.  I just love it.  What kind of felt are you using?  If it's craft felt which is man made, it will tear.  If you can find wool felt or a blend (as long as you're not allergic), it is less likely to tear.  Wool felt can come thin or thick and the thin type is way cool.  Also if you go to the second hand stores and pick up wool skirts or sweaters, you can make your own wool felt.
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