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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Hedge Hamster Creature on: June 19, 2009 03:39:16 PM
I started out with the intent to make some kind of rodent woodland type creature, and this is what happened! He looks kind like a mix between a hedge hog and a hamster.

I single crocheted the body leaving the bottom open to stuff (picture a long hat like shape). Then went round and round pulling the lighter colored yarn through the back and top to make the fur (kind of like latch hooking). Once all the little loops were pulled out to cover the back I cut them in the center so he would look all fuzzy. Next, I sewed on the patches of felt, single crocheted two half spheres for the cheeks and attached, single crocheted 2 circles for the ears and stitched the pink felt in, sewed on two beads for eyes, stitched the whiskers, and sewed on a pink knot for the nose. The paws were made by just chaining 3 loops of 6 and gathering them at the bottom. To complete, I stuffed the body with foam stuffing and then single crocheted a circle to enclose the bottom. Done!

Materials used: Cotton brown and tan yarn, light brown felt, pink felt, 2 black beads, 1 pink yarn knot, white cotton thread, foam stuffing.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / From Boring Pottery Barn to Unique and Useful! on: June 04, 2009 06:45:27 AM
This is my first Craftster challenge, and I've had a great time participating! My project is a container that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as: A stand alone decorative object, storage container, vase, coin jar, or candle holder!

I made it so a standard jar (such as a spaghetti sauce jar shown above) could fit easily inside. This way it can be used for real or fake flowers. It also helps if using the container as a storage device for some objects, like coins or pens, that might damage it.

Used as a vase..

Used with lights (or candles)..

I made the top thick enough so that it could be used upside down as well. The  bottom is a solid coil, so when turned upside down it has an enclosed top - giving it a more decorative sculpture look than the open top.

Close up of the bottom.

Close up of the side coils.

Close up of the side base.

My Process:
I cut up about a million strips of magazine paper (about 2 1/2 inches) then folded into a strip about 1/2 inch wide. Then I coiled that strip around the tip of my finger and glued that down to make a small cylinder. Then I just wrapped more strips around and around until that made a large circle to make the bottom (see the bottom close up picture). Next I kept gluing the strips but raising them 1/4 inch high and higher to make the sides. I then made all the small coils in the center using the same process I did to make the bottom but made the strips about 1/4 of an inch rather than 1/2 an inch. I glued those coils to the base one at a time. To make the top I used the same process I did for the bottom except that I removed the center of the circle to have it be an open top. Finally I glued the top on to the coils in the center and covered the entire piece in about 3-4 coats of Mod Podge!

Thank you for checking out my little creation!! Smiley
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