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Topic: Mixed Media Monkeys! (collaboration with storerboughtcreations)  (Read 1497 times)
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« on: August 26, 2016 01:54:56 PM »

My good friend storerboughtcreations and I have been wanting to do a collaboration project for quite a while now, and we finally got around to it!  She is absolutely amazing with yarn, whereas I usually use fabric, so we decided to make some monkey plushies using both of those!  I just finished the second one, so here are the wonky little monkeys!

We wanted to each keep one monkey, so first SBC crocheted the arms, legs, tails, and ears for two monkeys. She chose grey and pink for her monkey, and a combination of turquoise, salmon, and purple for mine (I love it!).  I forgot to take a photo of the pink monkey ears before I sewed them into the head, but here are the rest of the yarn pieces she made:

She mailed all of those to me, along with some neon fabric for her monkey, and some sketches she'd made for reference about the head and body size she was imagining to go with the limb length, etc.

I worked on her monkey first, choosing colors to go with the yarn and fabric she'd sent me to applique the face, and I found some cute heart print fabric that I thought could go well with the 80's vibe she likes.  Then I sewed all the pieces together... and even after completely redoing the head three times, I still got one of the ears backwards, oops.  The position of the arms is off too, but it's been a good learning experience! I've made VERY few plushies ever (I think I'd made a total of three before these ones, and they were very simple and flat), and was doing all this through trial and error, so the monkey came out pretty wonky, but I think he's got some quirky charm!

I managed to fix a couple of my mistakes on the second monkey, like the ears and arm placement.  Most of the fabric I used for this monkey came from old used clothing.  I loved finding stuff to go with the rich colors SBC chose for the yarn!

This project was really a challenge for me, but I'm always inspired by SBC's adorable plushies and hope to keep getting better myself!  It was super fun collaborating too, and we already have some ideas for things to try in the future! XD

Feel free to PM me about personal swaps!  Hoopla, TM Patches, mug rugs, magnets, felt, ornaments, etc...

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2016 02:41:37 PM »

These are adorable! And I'm thinking a great idea for a swap - I need a knitting friend!
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2016 02:44:34 PM »

Wow! I loved doing this collaboration. I look forward to doing many, many more! Like I already mentioned to Roler, I have decided my monkey's name is Wonky. Did you decide on a name for yours, Roler?
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2016 03:26:35 PM »


I have named my monkey Rhonda. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2016 08:09:44 AM »

So cute!

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016 09:06:59 AM »

That's a neat way to do a collaboration by mail and the pair of colorful simians came out great!  They have a Lalaloopsy-meets-Raggedy Ann feel to me.
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2016 11:22:58 AM »

I love the use of the two different mediums. The crocheted appendages totally meld with the fabrics you picked for the head and body.
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