MOVED BLOG

Hi everyone! Some may notice this blog looks slightly different, I messed with the template this evening and lost some info and screwed up the layout a bit…. enough to bother me! So, I have been wanting to move the blog over to Blogger for a while and looks like tonight was the night!

Please come follow me at the new blog! I will leave the old content up on this blog.

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Kitty Plush

Finished two kitties last night! These were for a custom commission but I may make a few for the shop sometime as well. Each cat has a bendy tail to add a little movement to these guys.

My Design Process and Amigurumi Tool Box

A couple times a week I get emails asking about the design process in making my plush and what tools I use. In this post I’ll be sharing it all with you, how I design a toy, what tools I use and how I take an inspiration and turn it into plush form. A lot of my colors come from outside inspiration. I do a lot of flickr searching and adding pictures to my favorites on a daily basis. I’m always on the hunt for a picture that jumps right at me and screams plush! Other than flickr, street graffiti inspires me the biggest. The unusual color combo’s, layers of graffiti… all of it inspires my color palette.

Inside my tool box, oh boy! My husband calls it a death box cause it’s full of needles, scissors and pins. I’m very protective over it since I have a 2 year old in the house and she thinks all things shiny are toys. Here’s what I keep in m box and what I use them all for:

  • Threads: For sewing on eyes, I love colored thread to contrast the eyes with or I use Sulky iridescent thread
  • Scissors: Trimming yarn and thread (although I often use my teeth)
  • Pin Cushion: Holds my needles and pins
  • Needles: I use a long embroidery needle to weave in yarn ends, sew my plush together and sew on the eyes & mouth
  • Pins: Normally I use T pins or blocking pins to hold my pieces together as I sew them on the  plush (like pin the arms to the torso…) I use ball pins as well sometimes too
  • Hook: All my plush are made using a size C hook since I make them all with sock yarn (fingering weight)
  • Needle Felter: The wooden handle thing holds a needle felting needle in the tip. I use this to tack down the mouth sometimes so it doesn’t shift from a straight line to a frown or smile

Not shown in the tool box:

  • Yarn: To make the plush!
  • iPhone: I use an app called Knit Counter to keep track of my rows and multiple project. You can keep many projects in it and they can all have counters, love it!
  • Music or TV: To keep me company while I work on plush. I highly recommend listening to Radiohead or Sigur Ros (huge fan) for music!

 

The boxes I use to store all my tools in are small. The top bigger box is my amigurumi tool box, I keep all the tools you saw in the previous picture in there. I got this small box at Walmart for like $3 and love it. It’s great size and fits into my tote bag nicely. The bottom longer box is one of the boxes I use to store sequins. I use an embroidery thread box (the big flat clear ones) to store more sequins in as well, should have taken a picture of that one too… err. I got this box at Joann’s, it was around $3 and has a lock on the far left (purple plastic) that unlocks each top door when you push it in. Great box if you have a little one who loves glittery things!

My design process! I use a sketch book (or whatever paper pad Zoë hasn’t drawn in) to draw up some idea’s. I don’t do it all the time for my plush, but it’s beginning to be a normal process now. I always start wit a light pencil sketch, then trace my little monster or plush idea in permanent marker and then I’ll erase the pencil. I color my plush drawings in the color palette I have in mind or from a picture inspiration.

For the top pink monster I got my color inspiration from this image here. I took the pink & dark pink spotted animal coloring and used them as my base monster & dress. Then I took the teal sky, red star and brown outfit and incorporated the colors in the pointy earflap hat on my monster. Hard to see in the sketch, but I plan on doing a teal & red striped hat with brown edging & ties.

For the bottom monster I got my color palette from this image here. I love this image! It’s been a favorite of mine for a long time, I think the colors are gorgeous! I finally got to using this color palette on a plush and can’t wait to start him! I took the main colors: teal and green (hard to see, but there is green under the dots) and turned it into the monster color and dress. Then I took the orange, red and yellow dots and incorporated the color palette to design my earflap hat. The hat is orange and yellow striped and will have red ties.

I hope this answers some questions and helps you with your plush making… or other crafts and art!

 


 

 

Working on Today

My work space this morning. Working on the last commissioned plush, uploading pictures, blogging and drinking iced chai! I decided to creep out of bed at 7 and try to get some work done, it didn’t last long sadly. I’m hoping to get more work done today hopefully *cross fingers*.

I finished the main part of the panda hat yesterday and added pink trim last night. I love these colors, the yarn just makes me so happy. I’m hoping to get the ears done today and take some finished pictures of the hat too! The next one I make will defiantly be slightly bigger and in black and cream, I may give this one to Zoë after all… she loves it and cried when I had to take it off her, then I hid it behind the couch pillow. Eeep!

I really like the inside of the hat’s texture. I’m normally very picky about having the right side of my work show, but I may keep it turned inside out for this project. I’ve been wanting to make some plush using only slip stitches, I should really try it out and see how it looks. You can see a good example of what a slip stitched amigurumi here although I’m not sure if it was done using only slip stitches, it could be worked through the back loops only as well.

Lastly, I’m finishing up the last commissioned plush, a cream colored kitty! I’m really hoping to finish these two cats up today or at least this weekend! The pieces to the orange cat are already made, just waiting for the cream pieces. I want to sew and decorate them together, pictures will be up once I finish them! :)

Panda Hat Progress

Finished the Panda hat base today! Instead of doing the traditional black, I decided to go for some bright pink! I’m using some Colinette Cadenza yarn in the Fire colorway, my favorite yarn ever! Tomorrow I plan to make a quick run and pink up more white and black to make a traditional panda hat… yup, a second hat! I just love this pattern, it’s really easy and fast to whip up. But I gotta say, I used size H hook instead of the F hook and it’s really snug if you follow the pattern straight, I had to add 4 extra rounds. The next hat I’m going to work one more increase round at the crown before working it straight, plus the additional 4 rounds. I’m hoping it will fit a bit better if I do that. I may end up giving this hat to Zoë, we shall see… if I don’t fall in love with it after I add the ears!

Today’s Hooking (haha)

Woke up this morning to see a gigantic Rambo sized scratch across my little ones face (ahem, cat ran over her head while she slept). She’s ok, I just feel horrible about it. Then I decided to have a milky chocolate Cadbury  candy bar for breakfast… now I’m crocheting a panda hat for myself! So it’s been a different morning. I’m heading over to my parents house today with Zoë for a little family get together. My grandpa was visiting for a few months and is heading back to Iowa on Friday. Lets hope I can get some crochet done over there today and finish the last commissioned plush! Yay! I’m just about done with the big parts, all that is left is limbs, ears and a tail. Yay to quick pieces!

In other news, I have an awesome mini interview with Anna from Mohimochi Land coming up on Monday! I’m such a fan of her knitting, she is one of my inspirations to crochet tiny things to go with my plush toys. Also, after my giveaway winner announcement on Monday, I will start the process of moving my blog over to blogger! You can see a sneak peek of it now, I’m still testing out different layouts and posting. See it here! As much as I love WordPress and it’s easy way of posting, I’m just limited in customizing. I’ve been back and forth on the move for a while, WordPress is like my home, so it feels a bit odd to move blogs. I’m hoping you all will come follow me on there when I switch! I’ll be doing a giveaway again when I make the move! :) :)

** Forgot to mention the panda hat pattern! Here’s the link to it on Ravelry: Panda Bear Hat Pattern **

Goals and Likes

 

Today I’m really hoping to concur a few goals in sight. First goal, to finish the pieces to the last commissioned plush. Second goal, get my pattern shop set up on my website, as well as get my hubby’s pictures up on his site. My last goal, make it till lunch, I’m starving!

Smell of: a clean litter box!

Taste of: Strawberry & Banana Gum

Sound of: Radiohead playing in the bedroom

Touch of: my glitter painted nails

Sight of: Vinyl toys up on the shelf

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