FP: A Mighty (Small) Dragon

Handsewn felt dragon

This dragon came as a kit, and when I unfolded the pattern sheet I thought “Oh, I’ll have to blow that up on the copier”. Haha, nope. The pattern was actual size and had some tiny, tiny pieces. This little guy is 14cm from the back of his wings to the tip of his tail, and the tops of his wings are about 11cm from the base. He fits perfectly in my hand, which is how I was going to measure him for you until I realised your hands might actually be a different size to mine.

He was kind of fiddly in places, but I think he turned out pretty well. I did take a shortcut with his arms. The pattern has the fingers individually cut out, but I looked at that and thought “Nope”. Instead, I popped in some stitches to divide the fingers after I stuffed the hands. He took a fair while to sew, but it was a joyful project. Of course it was, otherwise he’d be half sewn and shoved in a drawer (the fate of everything that turns out boring). The arms and legs are jointed, so he can be posed a little bit.

The kit is from Winterwood Toys and is available in several colourways. I went with Rainbow, obviously. The kit is really really good, I have to say. You get the pattern and instructions, the felt, thread that matches your felt, the buttons for the joints, thread for the joints, beads for the eyes (5 of those, presumably in case you drop one as they’re tiny), the wool roving for the head and a needlefelting needle to attach that with. Also a huge amount of wool stuffing, which is a delight to work with after years of the acrylic stuff. I had a heap left over, so I’m stuffing a tiny felt bear with it now.

Temperature Scarf: August (and bonus unicorn)

Temperature Scarf for August

BAM! There it is! I actually finished the month this morning, so perhaps a little cheaty but you won’t know if I don’t tell.. you.. ah. Damn. Anyway! One more day under 10 and as you can see at the end there, Spring is starting to Spring upon us so I can relegate the lavender to the Granny Squares bucket now as I don’t think I’ll be needing it again this year.

Scarf until the end of August

So long now! I mean the scarf is long, not that I want you to leave. I’d like to think my stitches are more even and all that, but I think they’re probably not. The edges are a lot less wonky for August though.

Now, it’s been almost a month since my last post and you’re probably all “Is that all you’ve been up to Lyn? Slack much?” to which I say “Mean.” I’ve been working on a few bits and bobs, some of which will end up here when they’re finished, and also making two more Unicorns.

Two Unicorns

Twinsies! These are off to their new homes tomorrow. As before, the pattern is by Woolhalla and the felt is from Winterwood Toys.

Last, but not least, here’s my 1 Second Everyday video for August which (like July’s video) is included here because it’s got a lot of crafting in it. Because that’s what I do that’s interesting.

I will hopefully be back with stuff to talk about before the September installment of the scarf, but I make no promises.

Rainbow Unicorn

A while ago I was whining on Plurk about how I didn’t know what to make. My friend Evie was all “Pfft, make a unicorn for me!” so I did.
UnicornI really should set up a proper place to take photos that isn’t just the kitchen table with the newspapers cleared off the end. I also, in the future, should wait for all spiders to vacate the area (you can see him on the left). I am nothing if not professional with this blog. Wait, no, I meant nothing like professional. I get those mixed up.

Anyway. Unicorn! He came out pretty well, even if I do say so myself. The pattern is the horse pattern from Woolhalla. I chose it over other possible horse patterns because it has an actual horse shape to the legs, hooves and back – I grew up around horses so I appreciate the little details such as the form of the back legs. It did have it’s fiddly moments – popping the diamonds in at the front and back was a bit of a fiddle and I didn’t do the head straight. I think it’s okay though, he just looks a bit like he’s seen something interesting to the side. Unicorn Head

I pondered for a considerable amount of time about how to add the horn. I made several out of felt in various methods but nothing really worked. Then I remembered I have bags of roving for felting, so I did that. The horn is wet felted which was quick and easy. Then I sewed it in place. The eyes, as you can see, are beads because my embroidery skills are not so hot and I wanted him to look somewhat even. It also took me a while to decide which colour to do the blanket stitching in until I remembered I had a couple of skeins of rainbow thread for some long forgotten project.

The felt I used is from Winterwood Toys, an Australian store selling all sorts of dyed loveliness (and are actually quite close to me I discovered. Once I’m employed again I will certainly run at them waving my debit card). I don’t plan to make this blog a “Buy things here!” sort of thing, but the quality of their felt is excellent, the colours are glorious and the shipping is quick. So you know, buy stuff there if you’re looking for nice felt and other things to make things with. I also got some of their “sea dragon” felt, which is the most delicious shades of orange with just enough pink to not be too pink.

Mr Unicorn is currently tucked into a Postpak on his way to Evie, who hopefully will love him even though he’s slightly wonky.

Postcrossing Teddybear

For the last 5 years I’ve been involved in a thing called Postcrossing. This is a postcard exchange project where you send a postcard to a random member, and when it arrives your own address goes to someone else to send you a postcard. I’ve sent over 1,400 cards to date, and of course have received as many back. It’s a lot of fun if you’re a snail mail person, a postcard person or just a “spreading random cheer” person! The project itself has just turned 8 years old and the Postcrossing Team ran a small contest asking people to celebrate Postcrossing creatively. So, of course, I did. May I present to you Mr Postcrossing Bear (not the snappiest name in the world, granted)
Mr Postcrossing BearThe Postcrossing colours are red and blue (which I’ve always assumed is from the old Air Mail envelopes, but I might be wrong), so Mr P. Bear here is done in  both. I wondered for a while about doing each section in different colours (so each arm would be both red and blue, for example) but then decided it would look neater just split down the middle. The seams match pretty well, though you can see the snout twisted a little bit in stuffing. This is an easy technique – you join your two fabrics together, then cut the pattern piece from the joined fabric, placing the colour change where ever you like.

Bow Tie

To stick with the Postcrossing theme, his bow tie is printed with a scattering of postcards, and includes the Postcrossing Logo. His belly, foot pads and inner ears are printed with postmarks and vintage writing. These bits were all done with printable fabric, which is fabric you can feed through an inkjet printer. It’s nifty stuff and produces quite a good print, but can be fiddly to work with (or at least the stuff I used is). It’s an openish weave, so it frays easily and it’s very thin so the belly is actually  backed with more fleece so the stuffing wouldn’t show (and to make him squishier – I like a squishy bear).

Very pointy darts

The fabric, though thin, is not really made for shaped work and you can see here the leg darts are a lot pointer than they should be. Part of this might be the fleece behind it, but I don’t feel like the printed fabric shapes well. It’s really designed for adding panels to quilts, bags and clothes. It works well enough.

Anyway, Mr Postcrossing Bear has won me a little something from the contest, so pointy darts be damned, I’m pleased with him. I don’t know what I’ve won, I’m presuming it’s postcards. Lots of very creative people did some awesome stuff, you can see a slideshow of the entries at the Postcrossing Blog.

The pattern I used for this bear is from The Funky Friends Factory. Designed by Pauline McArthur in Queensland, Australia, Funky Friends patterns are an absolute joy to sew. The patterns come with clear, step by step instructions which make them a breeze to complete, and the designs are entirely adorable. This bear is “Izzy Insomniac” from the instant downloads section.

Socktopus

Having just bought a pattern for a felt horse from Etsy, I was poking around on the internet in order to put off actually starting the horse (it has small bits. Fiddly) and ended up at Pintester. Just in time for round two of the Pintester Movement, my timing is so awesome. This time around, the very important rules are that you need to re-test something the lovely Pintester has already tried. So I looked at every single post and was able to rule out a lot quite quickly:
– Not having anything resembling nail polish in the house, I’m unable to play with the nail projects.
– Having just cut off all my hair (with kitchen scissors, thank you) I can’t really do the hair projects without some kind of wig based assistance.
– Being exactly entirely uninterested in the Kitchen Arts, the food stuff was out. Also I’m a vegetarian.  Also kind of too lazy to wash a million dishes for a mug full of potentially toxic cake.

Craft it was. To narrow it down further, I wanted something either really cheap to make, or something that I already had all the materials for. Socktopus it was!

Socktopuses

On the left in purple stripes is the original Socktopus tutorial over at The Hatched. On the right with the cold dead eyes is the Pintester version. Indeed.

I had a spare sock from the Stupid Sock Creatures phase I went through a couple of years ago (which I might revisit, they’re mad fun to make). I’m sure leopard print is a perfectly natural pattern for an octopus. I did actually take a photo of the sock, pre craft. However I have decided I will print and frame this, for my own collection of photographs of socks I once loved. So here’s the finished Socktopus.
Leopard Print SocktopusHe looks kind of sad. Perhaps wistful. Pondering his reason for being, probably. I followed the tutorial from The Hatched almost exactly, but as I don’t trust glue on fabric I sewed the eyes together instead. This added considerable time to the project (and therefore considerable time to the “I’m making a horse, honestly” procrastination).

Socktopus EyesYou  might be able to tell that one of the blue bits is blanket stitched on, and everything else is whipstitched. Can you believe I actually forgot how to blanket stitch after doing the one eye? I can’t, but it happens to me a lot. I can do it, then I suddenly cannot. Odd how my brain works sometimes. You can also see where the white thread went all loopy in a couple of places. I call these “features”.
Stuffing PoopMy thread around the bottom of the stuffing was slightly too high and too loose, so if you were to turn Mr Socktopus over and have a look between his legs (you might, I don’t know what  kind of person you are) you’d see he’s pooping stuffing. Maybe that accounts for the wistful look in his eyes.