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Topic: 'The Walking Dead' Daryl Dixon plush!  (Read 13221 times)
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« on: December 18, 2012 11:09:25 PM »

Sooo...this guy was a challenge. A BIG Challenge. From hair colour and style issues to needle felting conundrums and figuring out how to make a crossbow, I think he has been the biggest learning curve so far!

I didn't want to make him look quite as umm, not quite angry but....fed up with everyone else's idiocy? as Daryl often comes across, lol, so I tried to give him a sort of unimpressed yet not hostile look instead. I'm not sure if I pulled that off quite right, but I think he's cute so...I'm going to have to say in the end, he gets a pass. Wink



The wings were rather hard to do given the scale, but they had to be there -- they're almost as iconic as the crossbow. Wink The wings are hand cut pieces of felt, with painted detail. The vest itself has those little snappy hole things. Rivets? Forgive me if I sound utterly derpy; I am completely self taught when it comes to sewing and I don't know about 90% of the correct terminologies and names for things.  Huh



He has an internal upper armature like all my plushies so they can be useful and hold stuff....like crossbows. Wink



The vest comes off and he has his signature sleeveless shirt underneath.  Oh and his zombie ear necklace... made from plush zombies! (No real zombies were harmed in the making of this plush.)



Faux fur is a pain in the butt to style, but I'm really happy with the end result! The back of his head you see here is actually the result of his third haircut!~ I think I spent about and hour just staring at a million screen-caps, trying to figure out why Daryl's (Norman Reedus') hair looked a different colour in nearly every picture I saw. I finally figured out that Season 1 pics showed much lighter hair than the later seasons, so I ended up going with the darker hair because, well, I like it better. Wink



The crossbow is the product of about an hour and a half of work and probably three hours of agonizing over how to make it, lol.  In the end I think it's recognizable and that's all that matters really, right?  But he has only one arrow left so he better make it count! Wink



I initially made the zombie ears more realistic, but then realized that a plush Daryl would hunt plush zombies so they had to look like his ears only, well...bloody. Wink



His face is needle felted, as are his eyebrows, mouth and facial hair. The facial hair - Lips sealed - let's just say Daryl started out looking like a very special kind of 70's star, with a huge mustache before I came to understand that understated was the way to go. Wink



Thank you for taking the time to look at my newest little plushie, and cookies to you if you actually read through all my rambles!  Cheesy Comments are always appreciated. ♥


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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012 03:43:20 AM »

He is great!! I love the attention to detail you put into your plushies!!! The minor things is what makes it come together so nicely Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012 05:33:04 AM »

I LOVE HIM!! You did an amazing job.  The vest is really cool.
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012 06:50:07 AM »

You are so talented! He is uber cute and cool at the same time. Good job!
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012 10:16:10 AM »

Love him, he's awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012 01:13:25 PM »

Amazingly good job.  He is super cute, and I love his expression.
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2012 08:18:04 PM »

omg I love this...I want this....lol
He is my favorite character....Norman Reedus is one of my favorite actors. This is a true tribute to him, good job!
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2012 10:21:23 PM »

Wow!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2012 11:13:56 PM »

Thanks very muchly for all the wonderful feedback, guys & gals!  Cheesy

He is great!! I love the attention to detail you put into your plushies!!! The minor things is what makes it come together so nicely Smiley

Thanks!! I admit, I am super detail-orientated - which is funny because I absolutely love looking at simple "less-is-more" plushies so much and admire them for their simplicity.

omg I love this...I want this....lol
He is my favorite character....Norman Reedus is one of my favorite actors. This is a true tribute to him, good job!

Thanks so much! Isn't Daryl (and Norman) absolutely fantastic? They better not kill off Daryl or they'll be getting a very sternly-worded letter (decorated with tear drop stains!) from me! haha. Wink
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2012 10:40:16 AM »

Daryl?  You made Daryl!!!!!  This ROCKS!!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2012 11:58:40 AM »

I love love LOVE him! His is awesome! the angel wings on his jacket are super cool! And his crossbow! Now he is ready to go zombie slayin! Def hitting the ROCKS button!
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2012 12:57:22 PM »

HaHa! I'm so tickled by this. You had to include the infamous "necklace!" Great work.
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2012 08:25:24 PM »

His hair is awesome! Good Job
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2012 10:56:49 PM »

Your stuff is so freakin awesome! Pinning this right now!
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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2012 02:31:58 AM »

Aww, you guys are so lovely! I've got to say that I do love making these little guys so much, and would continue making them even if no-one ever saw them, but all these sweet comments make the 20-odd hours of putting a plush together seem all that much more worth it. Wink Kiss
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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2012 04:02:31 PM »

Just adding my voice to the chorus - Love the plushie, love the show, love Daryl, love Norman.
(And I'll join that letter-writing campaign - but I don't see it happening.)
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2012 04:26:43 PM »

This is amazing. I love your attention to detail, and I think you have captured his look really well.
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« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2012 05:22:44 PM »

Holy smokes, I'm blown away by the face detail! It's amazing! I'm seriously in awe here.
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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2012 07:54:44 PM »

Awesome! I've never watched Walking Dead, but this guy looks great!
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« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2012 11:21:49 AM »

Daryl is my fav!  Awesome!
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« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2012 05:51:25 PM »

You know, plushies always make me the happiest when I see a well crafted one. But I don't think I've even been completely blown out of the water by one, until today. He is PERFECT. The DETAILS on him are amazing. And hie expression is dead on. Oh what I would give to have a plushie this amazing, and of such am amazing character no less. GREAT JOB!
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« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2012 07:24:20 PM »

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU so much for all your amazing feedback!  Kiss Kiss
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« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2012 03:20:09 AM »

I just started watching The Walking Dead (*cough* I'm watching the last episode of season 2) after reading the comics and I'm slowly starting to like Daryl! You made him so cute!! Cheesy
That hair!! That crossbow!! omg amazing!
You used fur for the hair? That's a great idea!
How do you make that upper armature? I tried that before but it just keeps poking through the felt Sad
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« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2012 09:46:17 PM »

I just started watching The Walking Dead (*cough* I'm watching the last episode of season 2) after reading the comics and I'm slowly starting to like Daryl! You made him so cute!! Cheesy
That hair!! That crossbow!! omg amazing!
You used fur for the hair? That's a great idea!
How do you make that upper armature? I tried that before but it just keeps poking through the felt Sad

Thanks so much!  Cheesy

For the armature, I really just use some wire running from one hand to the other. Just cut the wire (or pipe-cleaner, florist stem, or whatever you're using,) to the size you want + about an inch. Fold half an inch on each side back on itself with pliers, sort of like a rounded "U" so the pokey bit (technical term Wink) isn't facing out towards the hand and can't poke through the fabric. I haven't used felt before but in theory it should work just the same. Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2012 02:51:29 AM »

omg, why didn't I think of that!! XD Thankyou! Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2012 04:56:00 PM »

This!  Ah, this is amazing!  Both cute and wonderfully made.  I absolutely love it!
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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2013 07:00:44 PM »

Wow, that plushie is amazing! I love Daryl too, he's my favorite!
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« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2013 04:38:01 PM »

Thank you Rousseline and Lhiannan!
And Riechan, you're welcome!
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« Reply #28 on: January 04, 2013 12:31:29 AM »

As a lurker and a large fan of The walking dead i felt compelled to comment and tell you just how wonderfull this plushie is.!
your talent is amazing!
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« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2013 12:53:50 AM »

Aww, MissFloppyears (love your username, btw!) thank you so much! I'm touched that you de-lurked just to leave me feedback (and such nice feedback at that!!).  Kiss
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« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2013 05:45:32 AM »

oh myCARL GET IN THE HOUSE!goodness graciousWHY THE HELL IS CARL NOT IN THE HOUSE?!me!!!
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« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2013 07:04:07 PM »

Amazing, I love his face and hair! Great job!
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« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2013 01:53:37 AM »

Thank you muchly!
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This is honestly the awesomest plushie I have ever seen.
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He's one of the characters I like the best (so far, I'm not quite caught up yet) and this plushie is just so darn cute! great work! I'm jealous!!!!
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« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2013 02:04:26 AM »

Aw, thank you guys! I actually have another version I've been meaning to post. I should get to that soon.  Wink
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