Felted Bigwig

I did get some sewing done today – not ideally as much as I should have – but some, so I’ll have a proper post tomorrow.  For now, here’s another little felted animal I made today – it’s Bigwig, from Watership Down (my favorite book.)

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He stands about 2″ tall.  I wanted to make him all scarred and lop-eared, but it was too small for me to do any detail.  Still, I quite adore him. 😀

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felted wool cat

I was bad last week and I didn’t update the blog even once… sorry!  I am working on a few things, but I seem to have hit roadblocks on every project I’ve started lately and that combined with some unexpected busyness in real life means I haven’t gotten a whole lot of sewing done.

My mum recently started to learn how to felt wool, to make little creatures and such, so I gave that a try with her today.  Here’s my first crack at it.

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If you’re wondering what it’s supposed to be, it’s an evil kitty sitting on a flying cloud.  He flies around and sees into your soul with his empty, sinister eyes.  Anyhow, not too bad for my first attempt at this felting stuff – although I did poke enough holes in my fingers to make a sieve in the process.

Anime Central is coming up in mid-May already – yikes!  It really crept up on me!  I’m going with my little sister again this year and I’ve been planning, but not working on our costumes yet.  I’ll be making two for her, at least one for me, and one for my other sister, who’s going to come and hang out with us for a day.  So I’ve got quite a lot to do in the next few weeks – I’ve just started one of the costumes but I’m not very far yet, because of, as I said, unexpected roadblocks.  I’m hoping to get a good start with what remains of this week, because I’m going to be out of town my next off-week, and after that, it’s April already!

exploding creeper!

hello again! I haven’t been too busy lately. I had my surgery last week, and I’ve been taking it very easy. but I have been juggling a few light projects to keep busy.

this is one that I whipped up over the last two days. it’s a birthday present for my nephew, who just loves Minecraft (who doesn’t?!) he’s got all kinds of Minecraft merchandise already, but one thing he doesn’t have is a creeper that actually comes apart.

it’s made of felt, the same way I’ve made other dolls before. the edges are done with a blanket stitch, and I cut all the pieces of the cubes individually, instead of making them out of one piece, because I thought that would help to keep the square shape better. it turned out pretty well.

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the most annoying part was painting on all those tiny squares. I used plain old acrylic paint, and it took me probably two or three hours overall (I took lots of breaks. :p) he just looked too plain in flat green, so I like the look of the paint.

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stitching and stuffing the “head”. I neglected to take pictures of the rest of the assembly process, but all the pieces went together pretty much the same.

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I wanted to get one of those little sound chips, like the ones you put in stuffed animals to make them say “I love you” or whatever, so that it would make the creeper sound when it exploded. but I couldn’t find anything like that and the party is on saturday, so I nixed that idea. would have been cool, though.

my next immediate project is a mother-of-the-bride gown I’m making for a theater friend. I’ll be working on that this week, and depending on how it goes I might post some pictures. the pattern and fabric is gorgeous, so I’m looking forward to starting on it.

tiny angel.

some quick pics of the feltie I made my grandmum for her birthday.  she loves angels.

 

that’s all for now.  been too busy for much else.  *sighs, faints*

mini Marie – finished!

I think she ended up pretty cute.  the pom-pom shoes are particularly a favorite part of mine.  I added the over-skirt in the end because the dress was looking too plain, and the neckerchief because the neck was looking too plain (and for, well, accuracy. :p)  but I like how she turned out.  everything is made of felt, except for the neckerchief which is made of a scrap of cotton voile and some vintage lace I found laying around.  the hair was a bitch, though.  turns out felt won’t hold a curl, who knew?  but I faked it with some hot glue.

in retrospect, the only thing I wish I’d done differently was to put wire inside the body, so that she’d be posable.  on her own she doesn’t stand up that well, so maybe more petticoats as well?

mini Marie Antoinette

some in-progress pics of what I’m making my mum for Mother’s Day this year.  she loves all things Marie Antoinette, so I was pondering over what to get her this year, when I remembered I had piles of felt laying around waiting to be used up.

she’s mostly done; the sleeves are all I have left of the body, and of course she needs a head.  I based her gown off the blue gown with the red belt from the movie, which has always been a favorite of mine, and one I do someday want to recreate in full.  I have to say, it was fun to make it in miniature.

I based the doll body off the patterns at Nuno Life.  I wasn’t thinking ahead, so I made the body round, and then thought, how am I going to make this dress look right?  the answer: stays, of course!  they’re even spiral-laced in the back, to be period-accurate, because I’m a geek.  (of course, she’s glaringly lacking a shift to be really accurate, but I didn’t want it to be bulky.)  the gown, in fact, is en fourreau, as well for accuracy.

will post some more pics when she’s finished.  hopefully better quality pics.  I couldn’t find a good place to photograph this, since my place is a disaster area at the moment.  I’m moving in a few weeks and there’s crap everywhere D:  in light of that, I’m not going to try taking on any big projects until after I’m moved, but I already know what I want my first one to be: an edwardian corset.  I’ve started gathering supplies and I’m itching to get working on it, but I have to stop myself.  eek. >_<