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.

Hidden Panda Purse

I have a friend, her name is Julie (I have more friends that just Julie, but this post concerns only her). She’s a bit bonkers about pandas, even though frogs are clearly way better than pandas. I wanted to whip up something cheery, yet pandary for her, and decided on a little coin purse.

Coin Purse

The fabric was one of my fat quarter impulse buys which I am prone to, but it’s clearly bright and happy. “But wait!” I hear you say, “wait! I thought you said, Lyn, that this was pandary!”. Well it is. I hid the pandas inside.

Sneaky Pandas

See, this way, should Jools choose to use her coin purse in public, she can hide the fact that she’s a panda nutso from the general population, and see pandas only for herself. Surprise! Pandas!

There are two kinds of purse frame you can get, sew in or glue in. I went with sew in, because me and glue don’t always get along very well and sometimes there’s angry words.

Stitched Frame

Of course in this close up you can see where I botched the thread. Don’t look. The thread obviously goes through the pre-punched holes, and is for the most part hidden behind the inside of the frame, so it’s pretty neat and tidy.

Overall, this came out okay. I’m not 100% happy with the shape, but I can improve that next time (sorry Jools!). It also came together really quickly, the longest part is sewing the purse onto the frame. Getting the purse and lining done was the work of about half an hour.

To make this, I followed the tutorial at Skip to My Lou.

Batscarf

My fiancé is, if I’m honest, a bit of a nerd. He’s pretty into Batman also. So much so that I am not permitted to mention Shark Repellent Spray, which is a shame because I personally think that is the best thing that ever happened in Batman. He’s also pretty keen on sending me links to handmade nerdy stuff which he then makes sad puppy eyes about. I promise to make him one and then never do, because I am a terrible person.

To make it up to him, and also to keep his neck warm, for Christmas this year I made him a Batscarf. Not so terrible afterall!
Batsignal

I haven’t done a proper tutorial, because it wasn’t that complicated really and any crafty types out there can figure it out. Starting at the top, we have the Batsignal, which is made of felt. The yellow felt is on top of the black because it was easier to place the logo correctly like that. It’s blanket stitched around the signal, and while I did plan to blanket stitch the actual signal onto the scarf, it turns out I’m quite lazy and used the machine. So lazy, so quick!

City Skyline

The city skyline is, I think, Singapore somewhere. It’s another layer of fleece over the dark blue, machine stitched around and then cut out – so much easier than pinning little skinny buildings down and then having the machine eat the fleece halfway along. The windows are more felt. These are hand stitched on because the machine, as I just mentioned a second ago, eats little things. To be honest, I was going to skip the city lights, but I’m glad I didn’t – it looks so much better “lit up”

Batman

At the bottom, to break up all the black and balance the design (good lord that sounded good, I’m writing that down on a piece of paper to use again) I put in an outline of Batman himself. I like to think he’s gazing out over the city, about to respond to the call of the signal. Or he could have his back to the city, but also  have his eyes closed. Works both ways.

To hide the back of the stitching, the whole thing is backed with black fleece and then topstitched around the edges, which was a bitch to do on the three layers at the bottom, but worth it. I like the border effect.

Whole ScarfI’ve thumbnailed the last shot as it’s long, and also I know you like to click things. The whole thing is just over 5 feet long, and hopefully will keep the chap warm in the face of the Chicago winter, which is very snowfilled because it’s ridiculous.