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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Walking Dead; zombie of the week! on: May 23, 2012 01:45:53 AM
I fell in love with The Walking Dead and decided to make a two-piece plush project; Daryl Dixon shooting a random zombie in the head with an arrow! \o/ It's been sitting in my "to finish" box for awhile but after joining the HP Craft-a-long  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408525.0 >> check it out, it's siriusly awesome  Cheesy), I was inspired to finally finish him.

I am still working on Daryl, but I have just finished his little Zombie victim of the week! I fashioned him after the unfortunate fellow who was ripped in half when he was being pulled from the well.

He's made with my newest pattern -- well, the top half anyway! His eyes and teeth are painted with glow-in-the-dark paint for an extra dab of creepiness. It was the first time I've ever made an actual mouth for a plush, rather than painting it on. Each tooth is individually cut out, decayed with paint, and glued in.

His fingers are can be posed (the ones he has left, that is!)

The other wounds are made from fabri-tac dipped in red paint - it gives a lovely gooey, wet look.

His uh, entrails are made from polyfill, red roving fibres and some paint.

Hopefully soon I'll finish Daryl so he can play with the little dude and probably cut his ear off to add to his necklace. Wink
Thanks for looking!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Unicorn beanies on: May 08, 2012 02:00:19 AM
Okay so this was challenging but a lot of fun!  I found this epic sparkly yarn that just screamed MAGIC  Cheesy It's super soft and I am kind of in love with it. The ears took me foreverrrr to get right - my bin is full of "cat" ears  Wink and the horn is stuffed with polyfill.

I couldn't decide between a loose mane or a tamer plaited mane (dressage unicorn!) so I made both.

Version one;

Version two;

I'm still tweaking the pattern, trying to fix all those "invisible" problems - you know the kind that no one else but the person who made something can see?, lol.   But overall I kinda dig the way they turned out and so did the recipient, so that's what matters the most I think.  Cheesy Cheesy
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sherlock Holmes. Again. on: February 04, 2012 04:08:23 AM
One day I'll stop making Sherlock plushies. ...one day.  Until that day though, I have another, with my new pattern!

First up, sorry about the bad quality pics - my camera is having issues. :/

Sherlock is 15.5 inches tall and his coat made me want to slam myself -- and Sherlock -- into a wall. Repeatedly.  I'm going to be making a couple more, and there are some points I'm going to modify, but overall I thought it turned out as a passable/recognizable version of THE Coat (if you are a Sherlock fan you'll know all about THE Coat). 

His coat and scarf come off but the rest of his clothes aren't removable. I made his shirt about half a dozen times perfecting the collar (after learning especially how to make a collar stand) only to realize that without a neck, it was never going to work and had to go with a slightly less impressive version. :/  
His eyes were hand painted with acrylics, as always and his hair is many,  many, mannnyyy pieces of layered felt.

And just because even though they always end up going to different homes, I have to make them with a height difference. My brain.. it is weird like that. 

Comments are always welcomed! It makes all the stabbing myself with pins and so forth seem worthwhile! ^___^

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Watson, John Watson (..the third?) *Many Pics* on: January 21, 2012 04:08:01 PM
This is the third incarnation of John Watson from the BBC's Sherlock that I've made to date, and all three have been different designs... I think this little guy is my favourite so far.
He stands about 13" tall and is made out of deer suede, felt, denim and 4 ply off-white wool.
The eyebrows are a new thing -- I like that they match the hair colour perfectly and add dimension to the face but ... I don't know. I'm not 100% sold yet. Possibly because it's the first time I've done them this way and my brain isn't used to it yet? I tried painting them on but it looked strange in a light colour, and black was too harsh for a blonde plushie. I think it's just the colouring. Sherlock's eyebrows seem to fit a lot better, given their dark colouring against the pink skintone fabric. If I do another John I might give  him a very light brown hair / brow treatment and see how that works since Martin's hair doesn't seem truly blond to me anyway. *shrug*

He can't quite stand on his own; he likes to be propped again something. Wink
And his eyes are painted on with acrylic paint.
..and in a couple of days he'll have his very own plush consulting detective to follow around! Smiley

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Panic plushies - my most detailed to date. {IMG & RAMBLING HEAVY} on: October 22, 2011 01:40:41 AM

These guys were made for an amazing friend of mine who was supposed to gift them to her lovely girlfriend at Christmas, but as fate would have it, they arrived on their half-anniversary and thus they became half-anniversary gifts --- she couldn't wait!  Cheesy

Initially she asked me to make the lead singer, Brendon, of Panic at the Disco, dressed in his Steampunk outfit as seen in the Ballad of Mona Lisa video but I ended up making both him and Spencer (? I think his name is) when I found out that he was actually her gf's favourite PatD member.

I don't think I'm ever truly happy with my creations, ohaithar inner perfectionist, but I've got to admit, I think these guys turned out pretty damn cute.

The real deal....

The plushie version...

This guy had SO many details. I took a billion screencaps and was constantly checking them out. A couple of things, like the medallion, I just had to guess some of the finer details. His medal is fabric & clay and his raccoon (?) tail is white faux fur coloured with fabric markers.

I couldn't make out the time on the clock around his neck so I made it 9 o'clock - the time they stop the clocks in the video. >.< His bandolier (? bullet thingo) is made from leather and the bullets are made of clay. His clock is fleece.

Bullets!.. they're removable from their slots and cuuute. >.<

The gears are little metal jewelry findings, the speedometer thing on his arm is clay and resin, the buckles and medal are clay,

The patch is fleece and all those blots on his jacket is a mix of fabric and acrylic paint.

His top hat.. ergh. This is attempt #2. It is completely handmade so it's a little wonky, but it's wool-felt with cardboard sewn inside to help keep it's shape. The goggles... you can't see in the pic, but one lens was a transparent red.. I only realized when I'd started painting it that the red I grabbed wasn't transparent, so it looks a little odd. Fail. The lenses were actually from a kid's binoculars that I smashed apart (and had to fix the sides up with cold porcelain 'cause they kinda got a bit smooshed) with polymer clay, cold porcelain and leather accents. My mum painted the ribbon for me because I couldn't get it right -- the ribbon was initially gauzey and the paint kept doing weird things. Boo @ painting stuff.  I also used a hot glue gun for the first (and last!!) time ever to attach the goggles to the hat -- and OMG it made such a mess. I hate them. I couldn't clean it up or pick it off. Kinda ticked me off. -.-

Anndd... the top hat is removable. ^__^ I made his hair out of fleece which is a little too floppy for my liking -- hence I made the other dude's hair from felt pieces. I tried to give him a cheeky smirking expression, not entirely convinced it worked but I think he's cuuuute.

And, Little Drummer Boy!

The Real version..

The plush version;

His hair is felt -- since he doesn't have a top hat to hide under, it is stiffer so stands up better.  His jacket is the same fabric as Brendon's but I dyed it blue -- and then soaked it in vanilla to try and get rid of the ewww dye smell.  Oh. And he doesn't have the pins on his jacket. :/ It makes me sad-face but I couldn't find any like those, only actual sewing pins with colourful heads and my scissors wouldn't cut through them. Sad  His expression is supposed to be his trademark B!#ch Face look. He looks rather unimpressed to me, so.. I guess it sort of worked.

His stubble is shaded on with Prisma colours .. I was going to do paint dots as well but chickened out. It's a little darker in real life, and I hope it's okay. *_* My first time attempting facial hair..lol. His necktie thingo is a little lighter in colour than it should be, but I had a hell of a time trying to find material that would fall the right way, in the end I had to ditch the inner perfectionist and go with close enough. The pin is made of clay, his chain, which I've only just realized is too long is a polyester chain thing that is basically fabric wrapped in thread to make it look like a chain.  I made his lock from fabric rather than clay to match the clock around Brendon's neck.

His hand... thing is made from clay and fleece.  I put it on his left hand but it does change hands in the video and it is removable so it can be moved from hand to hand.

I almost didn't see this, but since I did, here it is! The skull was made of clay on a jewelry finding, and attached with some chains and various pretty chains.

Anndd... I've run out of pics again. XD  These are the most crazy-detailed plushies I've made to date, and the most frustrating. ...but my friend and her girl both seem to love them so it was definitely worth the angsting. Wink
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Neck Ruffle..thing. No Idea what it's called or how to make it - help?! on: August 19, 2011 11:50:01 PM
I'm making some steampunk plushies for a friend based off a certain band, and the costume I'm trying to make has this weird neck ruffle thing that I can't really search for tips on how to make because I have no idea what it is. If you know what it's called or even better, have any clue how to make one I would seriously appreciate your help! If all else fails I'll just gather up some material, but I'm hoping to make it as authentic as possible.  Cheesy

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Octonauts, go! on: July 30, 2011 04:05:42 AM
So this is a depature from the norm for me, Cheesy but my neice and nephew are crazy about the Octonauts and since they were coming for a visit I thought I'd make a plush for them each. I ran into a bit of a time-crunch, and had to rush through them more than I'd like, but I think the end result turned out okay --- the kids seem to like them and that's the main thing.

I had made the heads in proportion to start with (more than twice the size they are now) but it just wasn't feasible as a toy - too much stuffing, too heavy, too hard to fight gravity... so I took artistic license and shrunk them.  Wink They're completely hand-stitched, with a dab of fabric glue here and there, and certain accents (lines on hats, etc) are painted with glow in the dark paint for a little extra "ooh" factor.  The fleece isn't exactly the right colour - I recently discovered, to my shock & horror that my local craft store is discontinuing most of their fleece  Shocked so I had to make do with what was available. Undecided

and for those who aren't familiar, a reference pic:

Thanks for looking!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first knitting project; Gryffindor Scarf. on: July 23, 2011 01:00:22 AM
My first post on the knitting boards!  Cheesy

My mum bought me a vintage (aka really old) knitting machine for me for my birthday back in February but I never really did more than sit down and poke at it, cast on (and re-cast on when all the yarn escaped the needles), run the carriage across the bed, mess up the tension, break the yarn, curse at it and leave it for another day.

And then I signed up for the Deathly Hallows 2 swap and my awesome partner noted she'd love a Gryffindor scarf. So of course I became determined to beat the machine into submission. It took a lot of trial, more error and even more cursing and begging it to work but I finally got it to play nice. I couldn't find the pattern people were using for POA style scarfs (the site is offline?) so I just went by eye. I'm not sure it has enough repeats or whatever, and the edge isn't perfect but Oodelally likes it so I guess it can't all be bad!  Wink

It's knitted extra wide and then doubled over (not sure of the correct terminology!) and mattress-stitched together so all the weaved-in tails are hidden on the inside. It's made of 100% Australian wool ( a LOT of wool - I ran out at one point and had to order more!) and is soo warm. I would have trouble giving it up if I was a Gryffindor. Wink

A picture of my lovely swap partner modelling it!

Thanks for looking!!  Kiss
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sweeney Todd on: July 18, 2011 03:01:53 AM
I've spent what seems like forever making this little fellow...but at last, he's done!  Cheesy Cheesy

He measures about 19 inches from head to toe and is made from deerseude, fleece, yarn, paint-splattered flannel, cotton, leather, real pin-stripe pants and some type of faux suede material for his vest. Yarn hair, acrylic hand painted features, prismacolor facial hair & eyeshadow, and a clay razor and accents (dots on his pouchy thing and belt buckle). 

He can be coaxed to stand up, but that hair weighs a bit and prefers to sit. He's a birthday gift to a friend, so he's all wrapped up to be sent over to jolly ol' England... which is rather fitting I think.  Wink Cheesy
 Thanks for looking!~
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hermione plush doll on: July 15, 2011 07:47:05 PM
I recently participated in the amazing Decked Out for Deathly Hallows 2 swap and my awesome partner, Oodelally, listed on her questionnaire that her favourite character was Hermione and she'd like a plush doll of one of the characters...so, I made Hermione! What else? lol. I suppose I should stop making plushies for people in swaps but it's my favourite thing to make. ^_^ She's quite big..but how big, I don't know, I forgot to measure her!  Undecided Cheesy  I didn't spend my usual hour taking a zillion photos of her as I wanted to get her wrapped up and sent off, so the photos aren't all that great. 

It was my second time making a girl plush ((the first Luna which I made for a previous swap, but she was teeny-tiny so I don't really count her Wink) -- and my first time working with yarn for hair. After much trial and even more error, I made her a little Gryffindor jumper and a little scarf in the style of the super big one I sent for Oodelally.

I made her a wee copy of Hogwarts, A History (no self-respecting Hermione would ever be without a copy!  Wink) and a wand to fend off those pesky death eaters.  I put pipe cleaners in her fingers so she could (kind of) hold on to her accessories. She was a blast to make and hard to let go, but she has a great home now so it's all good!
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