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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doctor Barber from Flapjack (Lots of pictures) on: October 22, 2009 07:30:09 PM
I made this plush of Doctor Barber, my favorite character from Flapjack (watch it!) over two days, using five colors of embroidery thread, six types of fabric, and wire for his arms.  (sorry for the yellow-ness in some of the pictures)

And heres my Doctor Barber plushie/stuffie! Buthes in half.

Hmmmmm what to do

Ill ask Doctor Barber.

Sawing to make sure hes completely in half

Time to stitch him up!

Okay, now that Im done being silly, heres some shots of my plushie!

Im pretty proud of my embroidery.

I embroidered his name and a barber pole design on the back of his head.


(I hope to make his hat and doctor... forehead... light bulb... thingy later)
32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kevin the bird from Up on: June 30, 2009 02:04:11 PM
I simply loved the movie Up. I’ve seen it twice and plan to see it a third time. And of course, Kevin was incredibly adorable, and I wanted a plush. I tried to find ostrich patterns to alter, but no luck, so I made the pattern myself (I made the body a little too big, but it generally worked out) and hand sewed it. I also wanted to put in some wire to make the legs, wings, and neck flexible, but I couldn’t find a tutorial or a thick enough gauge of wire, so I just twisted and shaped some thin wire together. It worked for the wings, but not so much for the rest of it. (Kevin can’t stand up)
What went into this:
Two white buttons from my great-grandmother’s sewing supplies, 5 colors of embroidery thread (yellow, blue, pink, teal, black), 20 blue seed beads, 4 colors normal thread (yellow, blue, purple, grey) and 2 weights for drapes and some wire. As for fabric I used a yellow t-shirt, an orange t-shirt, black corduroy jeans, 2 shades of blue felt, an old sweater, an old sweatshirt, fabric from a fake cat-tail I made for Animecon 2007, and an old Pokémon pillow. I seriously need to organize my craft supplies. Whenever I watch craft shows they have all these neat labeled drawers and baskets and I just stuff plastic bags and laundry baskets with stuff that gets strewn all over the house so that every sewing project becomes part epic quest to find something purple.
And now here comes the unspeakably numerous (but tiny, unfortunately) pictures. I wanted to take her outside, but the rain was not agreeing with that sentiment. Also she poses with my cat and doubles as a hat.

…(we need an Up swap)
33  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mock Turtle on: March 04, 2009 01:49:24 PM
After browsing the net, I found a disappointing amount of Mock Turtle (Alice and Wonderland. Read the original.) fanship, and an even sadder lack of adorable mock-plushies! So I got to work drafting a pattern for and hand sewing/embroidering a mock-mock-turtle of my own, and Im so happy with the results, especially the embroidery and shape of the shell. And how I pulled off making it look cow-ish without black and white spots. I used five different fabrics, four colors of embroidery thread, and four colors of sewing thread.

Also, you know how Zack is short for Zachery ? Well, since his name is mock turtle his full name is Mockery. Thats how I roll.

This is a basic turn around of Mockery from all angles. I made a little background from my fancy-tea cup collection, and my tall cherry-blossom Q cup was just the right size to prop Mockery up. Also the background fabric is an old disassembled drape. And you can see my pincushion in the background.

1. Anyway, you can see Ive basically kept the true-to-book description; calfs head, sea turtle front fins, calf back legs and tail.
2. view!
3. Swimming (?) towards you
4. Im only unhappy with two things on Mockery, one is how I closed up his back shell. I ladder stitched it, but it still showed. I might try to re-do it eventually
5. You can see his belly.
6. And his tail.
7 Close up of the face!
8. I put him on a lamp. I dunno why.
Details! (the pictures here arent as big, sorry)

1. Theres a paper clip in his tail so it stays curved up as such. The tuft is black embroidery thread I unraveled, tied, and glued to the paperclip. It came out nice.
2. I have a huge annotated book with the original illustrations, and I tried to make his head more like the illustration, but it looked too much like a deer head, so I changed it to the square, flat, front that struck me as more cow-ish. Also note the tiny horns, and you cant see from here, but I sewed his ears so they sort of curve like a real calfs ears.
3. I did so much embroidery on this thing. I did the two sides of the shell, the bottom of the shell, the nose and mouth, the fins and the ears. Normally I just do a quick nose-mouth combo and Im finished. Im so glad I didnt run out of thread. Also I love the shell-rim.
4. You can sort of see the three lines I embroidered on the fins inside and out. Not sure why I did that, I think it makes the fins look more turtle-y
5. The back legs. You can sort of see how I made the hooves cloven and the legs curved,
6. I put lines on the shell in white and embroidered Mock Turtle. the second thing I dont like very much is that its hard to see the e at the end of turtle. But other than thats its readable. (in real life. Less so in the pictures)
7. Cloven hoof action! Im very proud of how they came out split like a cow but sort of webbed looking.
8. You can see the nose and mouth I embroidered. One side of the face has a golden rose eye, the other has a shiny  green button.
9. You can see the face detail and the ear better in this one.

Yehp. Thats my Mockery. This is also one of the only recent things Ill be posting, everything else is keeping up with past projects.
34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Coraline Doll on: March 02, 2009 12:18:25 PM
I know everyone and their Other Mother has done this, but here's my Coraline doll!

1) My Coraline doll! Please note that at the time I made this I had not seen the movies yet, but was a fan of the book. The only influence of the movies was the blue hair, which is kinda rad.
2) Also the clothes she has on I didn't make, they're old doll clothes.
3) Here's the doll... nekkid. I had to show the body off, and I'm bad at doll clothing...
4) Pirouette! Or... pleae? is that even how you spell it? Whatever.
5) Her face. I'm so proud of how her mouth turned out. I used embroidery thread for the 'organic' parts (the back of the hair and the mouth) and thick black rug thread for the 'unnatural' eyes, mouth stitching and Corlaine.
6) Back of her head. Hair turned out great
7) Stitching details. This doll in 100% stitched by hand
8 ) Shiny black buttons...
9) I'm pretty happy with how the letters came out. As for the placement... I swear to god it was much higher in the original planning, but the way it ended up being sewn and stuffed, if I even try to show it to people it feels knda pervy. Eh, whatever.

Also, this marks my loss of craft posting virginity! Lets hope I get around to putting some other stuff up as well.
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