>I finished the embellishment: a loopy flower. When I saw this felt flower tutorial
I knew it would be a perfect match for Perrin's bag lining. I found the cutest little button for the flower center in my stash!
I have a little progress to report on Perrin's Starling ... and a little is better than nothing. Baby steps, baby steps.
I stitched the label for her bag at Crafing in Public night last week.
Several people have asked about the fennec fox's size. I tried to make him tiny, like a real-life fennec fox
. His body is 5.25" long and 2" tall. What a heart melter!
It's been so nice to have you all along on this finishing-adventure for the fennec fox. Honestly, without the public oversight, I think he still might be languishing in the dark WIP drawer. He wasn't an easy project, by any stretch of the imagination.
I tried lots of under-bumps. Even stacks of terraced felt that looked like a topographic map. No matter what I tried, the tail just didn't look right. Finally, I decided to try just cutting the fur ribbon into the 2-D shape I was trying to make in 3-D.
For most felt stuffie pieces, you use pattern pieces and trace them onto the felt. But for small details, that won't work. Felt is bumpy and fuzzy and any outlines you trace are imprecise. That just won't do when you're making circular eyes or curvy nose detailing.
Not much to say except ... awwwwwww ...
When I found this ribbon on the notions wall at the local fabric store, I about died. This was about a year ago when I last had a bee in my bonnet to finish up the fox. I had worried about the tail. I've used feather boas for tails in the past, but I thought that might be too fluffy for the fox. This ribbon is perfect.
Fennec foxes have very dark eyes with a hint of glowing brown-gold. I wanted to add a little color, but not too much. Their eyes are very shiny, too, so there's a tiny white glint in each eye.
I maintain that the word "face" is tied in first place with "pickle bucket" for funniest word in the English language. For a demonstration of the funniness of the word face you can watch the first 30 seconds of the trailer for movie The Good Girl
. "It's called Cirque du Face, which means circus of the face. It's all the range with the Frenchies." Ha! I love that I have something to say when we see someone covered in ridiculous makeup walking down the street.
Talk about a long term project. I've been working on the fennec fox for over a year. I'm not sure when I started it exactly, but I do remember I was feeling really really guilty
about not having it done last November.
Went to the park again after work and got some more stitching done. It was HOT today, but all the sudden the sky went dark. We started towards home but we didn't beat the rain. We ended up having to duck under awnings and in door ways *three* different times to keep out of the serial deluges.
OK, these are the most fun things EVER to make. I love making them so much that I had to consciously and diligently promise myself to not make more than five. There are just so many other fun things to do. If I let myself, all I would do until the end of time is make mushrooms.
Well, the third time was the charm. The blue spotted mushroom was my third prototype and it was perfect. I've scrapped the first two prototypes (I tried to retrofit them, but it was a no-go). Now I'm just cranking them out.
I've been feeling like crap for days, so I'll let these photos speak for themselves.
Create quick and easy daisies from felt. Each step is accompanied by a photo.
I fell in love with Angelina's
son Max when I read this post
. Not only is he the weird and wonderful son I would have loved to have had, I see a little bit of myself in him. So, when Angelina mentioned in passing that Max would probably love a headless bunny egg
in his Easter basket, I immediately promised he'd have one.
I decided against the green sequins I originally picked out. You can see them in the last post
. Instead, Stanislav got some snazzy mini-stars suckers. Let me tell you, it's a *pain* to put on the suckers after you've sewn on the legs. My floss kept getting tangled in all his loopy legs.
When I posted the Supercute Sea Creatures
pattern, I gave the first five commenters a free copy. Lucky for me, June, of Planet June
was one of those people.
She made these adorable all-white sea creatures using my pattern. Her post includes a details about how she sewed each creature and a close-up photo of each, so go read it
For all you crochet lovers, June sells awesome amigurumi patterns
for a staggering array of cute animals. Definitely check them out.
I'm so excited about completing another pattern, which you can now get on the free downloads
page. I designed the octopus in April, and he languished on my craft table since then. Just last week, I decided to re-do my starfish
pattern and add a jellyfish and fish to the group.
They are all easy-to-make and perfect for customizing. There's lots of room for experimenting with color combinations and embellishments. I think an all-white set would be really cool, too. There are a couple extra photos in the Futuregirl Supercute Sea Creature
Each creature is between 3 and 4 inches tall and wide, which makes them the perfect size for ornaments, package tags, or clip-ons for backpacks.
I originally designed the Bad Eggs
around Easter of 2006. I did a set of four in black with embroidered designs. At the time, I thought subversive Easter eggs (traditionally-colored eggs with non-traditional imagery) would be hilarious, and I got my chance to make some when they were accepted for the Anticraft book
Look at that squirting arterial blood! I can't tell you how much I love that decapitated bunny. It warms my heart. I couldn't be happier about how it turned out. The white-on-white embroidery outlining his leg doesn't photograph well, but it looks good in person. His tail is a bunch of floss loops making a 3-D puff.
Ahhhh ... a cute chick with a taste for eyes. Chirp! The eyes filling the basket are made with a tiny sequin and a black seed bead ... and embroidered eyelashes. I do realize that if a chick was digging the eyeballs out of peoples' heads and collecting them in a basket that they wouldn't still have eyelashes, but I think that makes it all the more creepy. :) It totally oogs me out that the chick is holding an eye by the optic nerve.
The other two eggs in the Bad Eggs set are based on the original designs. One is embroidered with 360° flames and the other has evil eyes on each side in alternating warm and cool colors.
Certainly, you could make non-snarky Easter eggs with the pattern ... but why would you? ;)
** update: This pattern is now available as a free download
Yay! I can't believe how fast I finished up the pattern and all the web changes I needed to make. The PDF includes the pattern pieces and instructions for both an adult and a baby seahorse. They are super cute, if I say so myself.
You can check out the seahorses made by my awesome testers in the Futuregirl Seahorse Stuffies
Flickr group. Thank you so much Korallin
, and Sara
I should have mentioned in my last post that Andrew is the genius behind the seahorse photos. He's the one that knows how to light things, knows how to position things, and knows how his camera works ... you know, everything. I've learned a ton from him since I started this blog. We always have so much fun setting up the elaborate photo shoots together. He's the best and I'm so lucky he's mine!
Last night after I posted, I tied my copy of Crochet Me closed. I'm totally serious. I didn't just do it for the blog. I haven't even opened it once - not once. I think if I hadn't tied it closed, I would have been crocheting today instead of finishing up the pattern. Now I'm so excited to get started on swatching!
** update: pattern on free downloads
I'm *this close* to finishing the pattern and instructions for the my seahorse stuffies. I know I shouldn't say anything before it's ready, because I'm totally jinxing myself, but I'm sure it'll be up soon!
I'm including the pattern and instructions for both adult *and* baby seahorses. The adult pattern looks just like Sasha
and the baby pattern is what I used to make the two little cuties pictured here.
The only thing holding me back is that I just got my copy of Crochet Me in the mail and I'm fighting the urge to start swatching for the Icelandic Cowl. I've decided that I'm going to use every bit of my will power and not open the book until I have the seahorses finished and posted.
I'm not sure if I'll be able to resist ...
Here's a little behind-the-scenes shot from today. It's pretty ridiculous how much I love setting these things up. Oh, I just realized I need to add 'photoshop out the strings' on my list of things to do ... I better get to work! :)
Now that I have two tutorials on hand sewing felt, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the benefits and disadvantages of both. Each works well and brings a distinct look to your hand sewn item. It's worth it to think about what sort of effect you are going for to help you choose the right stitch.
This step-by-step tutorial explains exactly to use the blanket stitch to both sew two pieces of felt together and use it as an edging. There are special tips on how to go around corners, to stitch around circles, and what to do if you run out of floss in the middle. Each step is accompanied by a photo.
This step-by-step tutorial explains exactly to use the whip stitch to sew two pieces of felt together. Each step is accompanied by a photo.
Sasha is made of Limbo Lime felt, plastic pearl beads, periwinkle floss embellishment, and eyes made from a white sequin and a cooper-colored bead.
This original stuffie is the culmination of 5 pattern pieces, 25 felt pieces, 50 beads, 52 sequins, and hours of sewing. Whew! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to design an octopus back in February
. I was flying high on my easy success with the owls
. An octopus is a different story.