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.
Got a little over excited about the new series of Red Dwarf and made a little Skutter plush. I had all the fabric laying around left over from other projects so was easy to whip one up. Some of the definition is lost in the main body because of the long pile of the fur which is a little disappointing but you can feel the curved concave areas of the main robot body if you pet him.
There is aluminium wire in the neck to make it pose-able, the body to keep the rectangular shape and the mouth/claws so they can grip things. He can’t hold anything too heavy but a little screwdriver is fine. This little skutter has been helping me upstairs in the loft.
Not a very pretty plush but a cool monster and a break from making lots of Pokemon. This creature is a shadow Kargarok from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. They’re a pretty minor enemy but one that stuck in my mind as a well designed one.
This plush is made entirely of Ash grey Shannon plush fabric – and lots of it! It has detail on the face using opaque fabric markers but it is otherwise very simple in terms of colours used. The shape on the other hand is crazy with the wings being particularly fiddly. I’d seen plushes with holes sewn in them before, all Queen Chrysalis plushes, and all with comments form the creators complaining about sewing holes! Luckily they were shallow holes to sew and didn’t need any sort of fabric cone on the inside to bulk them out to the width of the wings. I hemmed the holes while the template was inside out, then turned it out and sewed up the holes as I stuffed the wings. Ended up taking a lot of time to complete.
The whole plush is full of aluminium wire so the legs. tail and wings are pose-able. The wings are a little heavy though so don’t pose too well. He’s the perfect size for cuddling and fits curled up in your arm very nicely. This Shadow Kargarok will be up for sale in a few days. I’ll post a link here once I do. If you want me to hurry up with getting it on the online shop then just pop me a message that you’re interested.