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« on: March 22, 2006 12:17:39 AM »

He began as a mission.. It was nearing my brother's birthday and I wanted to create something spiffy to carry the travel-moolah I wanted to give him for his up-coming trip to Japan. After two months spent picking out the perfect colors, postulating the best way to make yarn dreads, and poking myself in the shin too many times for comfort with that darn felting needle..

..Mr. Pretty was born!



I made him up as I went, starting with the same shaping used for the marsupial tote (from debbie stoller's SnB) as a base for the body. When I finished his body I stopped twisting the corner stitches so he'd have a naturally round head. At the top I binded him off, stuffed him almost-full of polyester fiber fill, and folded the corners in before sewing him up to give him a nice round head.

 

A few extra details.. like bright blue DREADS, some tiny little feet, t-shirt-like stitching around the neck and a back pocket to stash the cash.. and he was ready for the wash!

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Mid-wash.. poor little dude. (you can see a lot of his stuffing came out in the washing machine..)


..and all done! well, almost.. he needed a good shaving after all that agitation!  Grin


Close-up of the needle felting on the back of his head..


Now that I've made him, I would have done a few things different.. For one I'd figure out some kind of lining to keep the polyester fill inside when felting in the washing machine. Almost half of his original stuffing came out in the wash. Perhaps some kind of mesh bag? I'd also like to try putting some kind of weight in his bottom to hold him down better when he's sitting.. he has a habit of flopping over as he is now Cheesy

I hope you love him, lord knows I do.. how ever am I going to muster up the courage to pack him up and send him off to little-bro?



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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006 12:20:22 AM »

He's very cool.  I can see why you'd have trouble giving him up
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006 03:34:20 AM »

Wow!!!  Kudos to you for making up the pattern!

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2006 05:29:44 AM »

That is so adorable.  I keep wanting to make a knit toy that is large, but there's so much on my plate right now.  I'll have to try something like this soon.
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2006 07:28:32 AM »

OMG HE'S SO AWESOME!!  your brother is a lucky dood.  awwww i want a mr. pretty of my own now!

*runs off with her s'n'b book*
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2006 07:50:47 AM »

Mr. Pretty is, well, pretty! Way to go on making him, you did a really really great job.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2006 08:02:49 AM »

Wow Wow Wow love him, Wonderful job
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2006 11:18:06 AM »

He is fanTAStic!

You've put so much thought, energy and love into this gift!  You must have one heckuva brother  Smiley

My only suggestions on the redo would be to felt him prior to stuffing him.  When he's done felting put any kind of dried beans in the bottom and then fill the rest of the way with the fiberfill.  If you're feeling fancy you can buy plastic toy stuffing pellets for the bottom but I see no need to spend the money.  When I made my toy from Jess Hutch I just found some beans from the pantry and stuck them in.  My toy sits up well and also has a lovely 'heft' to it that makes it yummy.

If you do another - show us!

Oh, and how DID you end up getting the dreads to work?  They are perfect!
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2006 03:35:39 PM »

Oh he is pretty!  Really well done, I especially like the little details like the mock t-shirt stitches, his name stitched in.
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2006 05:34:53 PM »

This is one of the coolest things ive seen on crafster.
Totally original, and your stitching is beautiful.
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2006 05:52:10 PM »

He is awesome.

I would sleep with him every night!!!

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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2006 06:23:35 PM »

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Almost half of his original stuffing came out in the wash. Perhaps some kind of mesh bag? I'd also like to try putting some kind of weight in his bottom to hold him down better when he's sitting.. he has a habit of flopping over as he is now

Maybe you could use a pantyhose...
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2006 06:58:58 PM »

He is fanTAStic!

You've put so much thought, energy and love into this gift!  You must have one heckuva brother  Smiley

My only suggestions on the redo would be to felt him prior to stuffing him.  When he's done felting put any kind of dried beans in the bottom and then fill the rest of the way with the fiberfill.  If you're feeling fancy you can buy plastic toy stuffing pellets for the bottom but I see no need to spend the money.  When I made my toy from Jess Hutch I just found some beans from the pantry and stuck them in.  My toy sits up well and also has a lovely 'heft' to it that makes it yummy.

Hee. I weighted a stuffy's feet with lentils a little while ago.  But when I gave him to my friend I made sure to tell her never to wash him! Prolonged soaking and agitating in the wash could make for an interesting soup  Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2006 08:49:59 PM »

he's adorable.

im curious about your piercing, i dont think ive ever seen one like that before, is it across like your eyebrow, or can you not see the end in the picture and theyre 2 different piercings?
sorry to get off topic
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2006 09:15:06 PM »

oh wow that is terrifyingly awesome (ok so he's not completely scary but i didnt want to hurt his feelings shush!) i wish i had one of my own to love and cuddle and and run around in fields with. ok so im getting a little carried away but he is so great it isnt even funny. way to go!
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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2006 09:21:00 PM »

That is the cutest thing I've ever seen!!! How ever did you do it? Too bad I can't knit, or I would be making one of these adorable little things right now!! He is awesome!!! LOVE<3<3
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2006 09:46:57 PM »

Really nice execution of a really rad idea. I love the script you felted on, it's perfect!
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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2006 10:26:22 PM »

they sell polyester beads (like in Beanie Babie's) at most craft stores.  I was just wishing I had picked some up for a project I'm working on.
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« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2006 12:38:39 AM »

That's so adorable! ^^

I don't know how you'd give him away, I'd be too sad. Smiley

You might also like the book, "Stupid Sock Creatures" by John Murphy.
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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2006 08:33:33 AM »

oh wow he totally rocks! great job! i've always wanted to mak a rondome stuffie....never have the time though...
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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2006 09:11:29 AM »

Very cool and original! I'm sure your brother will love him. I agree that you could try felting him first and then stuffing him. I've used rice before to weigh down stuffed guys (lack of lentils - which I wanted - and too impatient to go get some). I put the rice in a cone coffee filter and tied it closed with string so it wouldn't leak out. Then stuffed it up in there and voila! A guy who didn't fall over.

You should definately make more, you could make them all different Mr. Prettys. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2006 09:56:25 AM »

 Grin so cute!!


im curious about your piercing, i dont think ive ever seen one like that before, is it across like your eyebrow, or can you not see the end in the picture and theyre 2 different piercings?
sorry to get off topic

i want to know too, very interesting piercing ive been trying to figure it out and havent yet Undecided
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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2006 10:27:46 AM »

Mr pretty is fantastic!!! What a great project!!!
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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2006 12:46:12 PM »

could you have felted him unstuffed, and left an opening in his bottom for stuffing (!sorry, i mean that innocently!) to stitch up later?  i've never tried to stitch something i've felted after-the-fact...
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2006 01:15:10 PM »

WOW! Shocked Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments and feedback! I'm just overwhelmed with the good feelings.   Cheesy

My only suggestions on the redo would be to felt him prior to stuffing him.  When he's done felting put any kind of dried beans in the bottom and then fill the rest of the way with the fiberfill.
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Oh, and how DID you end up getting the dreads to work?  They are perfect!

Thanks LeSophie! I did a lot of pondering as to whether I should stuff him before or after felting. I opted for before only because I had to do a lot of sewing around his head to close him up.. It seemed with my sewing skills (which are not so awesome) it would be better to sew him up first so all my sloppy stitches could be felted away in the wash. I was also worried the fabric might be too stiff after felting, but we'll have to just see. I'm thinking with pretty no.2 I will go with the felt first, stuff later option and mebbie give him some more hair if he needs a cover-up.

I loved the dreads too, Cheesy To make them I took two strands of Lambs Pride worsted and made super big iCords on 10.5 DPN's in varying lengths. I tried to give them a bit of a "natural" dread look by adding lumps here and there with some slight increasing and decreasing. Next time I'm going to make the lumps bigger though, I don't think they really showed up well in Mr. Pretty's hair..

You should definately make more, you could make them all different Mr. Prettys. Smiley

I plan on it! My LYS just got in new stock of the Lambs Pride Bulky and I went a little crazy. *blush* I now have enough skeins to make myself a little army of Mr. Pretty's.


im curious about your piercing, i dont think ive ever seen one like that before, is it across like your eyebrow, or can you not see the end in the picture and theyre 2 different piercings?
sorry to get off topic

Hey Zelda! Cheesy Hey no worries, it's a fun piercing and I love it. It's just a surface piercing.. though a rather long one at that. It's done with a two and a half inch piece of tygon (plastic surgical tubing) that's strung under the skin and connects the two balls which are screwed right into the tubing. I'd never seen this kind of piercing done as a horizontal eyebrow before, and I was really intrigued! I know this is off topic, so if you'd like more info send me a PM and I'd be happy to share more.. if you're ever here in Portland OR, the shop I had it done at is called Straight to the Point and their owner, Alex, is an expert with the tygon. I highly reccomend.
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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2006 01:58:10 PM »

could you have felted him unstuffed, and left an opening in his bottom for stuffing (!sorry, i mean that innocently!) to stitch up later?  i've never tried to stitch something i've felted after-the-fact...

That's a great idea! I don't know why, but I keep thinking there has to be this huge hole in the top of his head to make it work.. but you're right, it could just be a small opening left in an inconspicuous area.. hmm.
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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2006 03:31:57 PM »

What a harrowing adventure, and such a cute little guy!  Felted stuffies certainly have exciting "how I was born" stories.  ^^ 
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Damn!  Why DON'T I know how to knit!  Tongue
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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2006 04:45:50 PM »

I love him! I loved him so much I made three! But I didn't have that much wool yarn, so I used wool felt from shrunken sweaters and sewed him together, and made dreads out of wool roving!. Trust me, they are extremely cute..I wish I could show you pics..but anyway it's a thought for those of you who can't knit!
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