BASIC TUTORIAL FOR GORDONFor those confused...SaintCady and I are friends in real life and apparently I am still signed in on her computer but she doesn't know it yet. Carry on...the rest of the post is SaintCady's tutorial for her amazing Gordon.
Okay, so I based this Gordan more off the wooden train toy, not the real Gordan in the books or TV show since the toy has much simpler shapes. I think Thomas might be harder to accurate with since he has that boxy shape midway down, but I lucked out that my son's favorite (at the time) was Gordan.
Start at the face. I worked in a spiral, adding 8 st per round until it was as big as I wanted, then I did a round with no increases in the back loop only, then a round of sc only.
Switch to black and work in sc until it's about the right amount of black (I just kept referring to the toy).
Switch to red and do one round. Then blue for the right amount. Basically try to recreate whatever the barrel of your train looks like.
Once the whole barrel's long enough do a round of sc through back loops only and decrease 8 per round until you close. (Stuff before closing of course.)
For the cab I just did sc rectangles for the sides and bottom, sc rectangles topped by curves for the front and back, then a black sc rectangle curved to fit the top. Stitch everything together and stuff. I also did a sc edge around the bottom in red. It would probably be smart to applique on the details like the windows before stitching, though I didn't do it until the very end. Stitch to barrel.
For the platform I did 2 big sc rectangles then sandwiched a rectangle of plastic canvas between and sc closed all around with red. Stitch to barrel.
Then a long black rectangle box in sc, stitched to the bottom of the platform.
For the wheels I worked spirals of sc, increasing 8 per round until big enough. Then one round of sc. Then put a circle of plastic canvas and decrease 8 per round until closed. Stitch each to the black box.
The funnel was a black 8 sc circle, then sc around until long enough, stuff and stitch on.
The dome was a blue 6 sc circle, increase 3 per round until big enough (I think just 2 rounds), stuff and stitch on.
Applique or embroider on details like face and windows.
Took forever but it was worth it!