I’ve made a few small items that don’t deserve a post of their own. First an adorable owl who is made to hang on a door or hook, made in a similar way to my Zapdos.
Next, a tiny moogle that will fit snuggly in your hand. The style is based off the moogles in World of Final Fantasy. Not since Good King Moogle Mog have you been able to inflict so much damage to moogles as you can in World of final Fantasy!
Finally, a small dragon plush based on the Ruby Dragon enemy from Final Fantasy VIII. The body was a practise as I haven’t made one of this style before. When making the head, I realised just what a tiny head Ruby Dragons have! I had to get some special amigurumi eyes in as none of the plastic push-fit ones did the job. The Ruby Dragon plush is for sale on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/472371552/ruby-dragon-plush-final-fantasy-viii
Some important Riki from Xenoblade Chronicles news! This giant tub of fluff has adorned my work desk for several months but will now be going up for sale! However, as Riki was one of my first creations he could do with some improvement! First I have to do the following:
- Remove the wing-arms and re-make them. They don’t sit right and the thumbs are silly. They’ll be lighter and have wire for posing.
- Resew the joins on the arms and legs and re-stuff where necessary
- Add a voice box with 4-5 super Riki phrases (from my list of Riki sound files, or any others from the game). You’ll get to choose the phrases used.
Riki will take several weeks to be ready, particularly because the voice box has to be ordered and shipped from the USA to the UK (seriously, it’s impossible to get a voice box with AUX or USB input here). If you want to snap him up before he goes on sale then drop me a message on the contact form.
Rockruff’s evolutions have finally been revealed for Pokemon Sun and Moon. This leaves me in a dilemma, as I was going to get the Moon version, as I prefer Lunaala, but now definitely want the Sun version for this Lycanroc. May have to wait until Rowlet’s evolutions have been revealed to make a final decision (not that I have a 3DS yet)
This is my interpretation of Lycanroc, with faux fur additions and proper teddy bear glass eyes instead of the weird semi-circle eyes that he’s been given which I think gives a much nicer finish to this wolf Pokemon. I love this little pupper but have put Lycanroc up for sale as he was mainly some wolf practise for an Okami plush. He’s available here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/467687790/lycanroc-plush-pokemon-sunmoon-homemade
I added this to Etsy a few days ago but only just remembered to post about it now. This is a little door hanger (or it will stand on a shelf) of Zapdos. It’s baby/chibi sized with a happy expression. It’s still available to buy.
Marker pens can be used to add detail, highlight features or add intricate detail that can’t be achieved via embroidery (eg on a thick pile fabric) to your creations. Even if you don’t have a obvious design that needs to be drawn, markers can be used behind eyes to make them stand out or for other body details. However, not all pens are created equal – some are more suitable to certain applications than others, and some are just a no-go area all together. Here I’ll take you though the various types of pen I’ve used and my results of each.
Dark colours on light fabric
While there’s a good chance you have a sharpie or similar laying around at home, they’re not a good choice for application to fabric. These pens are oil based and long after the ink has dried you’ll find that the colour continues to smudge across the fabric. I’ve nearly ruined a few pieces this way before I realised what the problem is. The blue is the worst for it but the rest of the colours including black will continue to smudge. I’ve also tried supermarket own brand permanent markers that are a little less smudgy but still aren’t great for use on fabric.
Expensive, but one of your best bets for using markers on fabric. The colours are bold and stay fast. They wont smudge after drying. If you iron the fabric after application, the ink is very wash-resistant (only try this on cotton or general clothes fabrics. You’re likely to melt faux fur or other long pile fabric if you try to iron it). There is also a copic airbrush kit if you’re looking to create gradients in your designs.
Letraset Tria Markers
These markers are designed for graphic/interior design on paper but they also do well on fabric for small designs. I’ve found colouring in a large area of minky isn’t too even though, but if you happen to have some already they’re fine to use on fabric.
Light colours on dark fabric
I will occasionally use a dot of acrylic paint on dark minky to add an eye highlight, but when I had to do a larger design I needed something with a little more precision than a paint brush.
Pebeo SetaScrib+ Opaque
This is the only opaque fabric marker I could find in the UK, the other brands needed importing from the US (but I’m sure are just as good). Make sure that the fabric marker is specified as “opaque”, normal fabric markers wont show up the colour you want on darker fabrics. You can see from the image to the right how the Pebeo SetaScrip+ applies to 3mm pile minky. Not too gunky if you’re careful and you can definitely see the colour on very dark fabric. I got this one from Amazon.co.uk.