Baby Umbreon, Star appliques (or something?) and Heartless..

These last couple of weeks, I’ve been travelling a lot, but I was still able to whip these guys up!

First off, I made this baby Umbreon following the pattern from Aphid777 on Deviantart Any mistakes were mine and since I don’t really know what I’m doing with needlefelting.. The face seems a bit off to me.. but, I am happy with how it came out and would recommend her pattern. There were maybe only 2 spots where I had a hard time following, but as I was making most of the Umbreon in the car during a road trip… I’m not sure if it was just me not following right.
He was made using Canon one pound yarn in black and a gold color (I have now of course lost the labels.. lol)
He took me about 2-3 days (car rides and interruptions) to complete.


Next, because I had fun stabbing the little needle things into yarn.. I tried to make a cat.. It sorta looks like one?



I bought this book with tiny needle-felted animals. They have some tips and tricks in the beginning (which I totally half read..) and then the “patterns” are kinda just breaking the animals down into shapes.. I.. honestly wasn’t that impressed with the book. My guess is that if you knew more about needle-felting, the book would come in handy, but me knowing nothing made it hard for me to follow so instead, I improvised and goofed around.

Next is a heartless!
The Heartless took me a handful of hours to complete.


This was totally improvised. I used the same black yarn I did for Umbreon. He has some pipe cleaners twisted around in his antennae and in his arms.

Then I made a heart.. half-following (meaning I started and ended with the pattern but improvised much of the middle as I zoned out) this pattern from Little Yarn Tales
I have no idea what yarn I used as I had lost the label a while ago and it was just a random ball in my pile.

LASTLY! I was having fun with some crochet thread (size 10) and made 4 stars. The flower-looking rainbow star on the far right I improvised but then decided it didn’t look enough like a star, so I ended up using part of this pattern from Ahookamigurumi (The part being the star then I saved it in case I ever want to make Captain America shields.)

All of them used a size G hook, EXCEPT the stars where I used a size 7 crochet hook.

What have you all been up to this week?

Life update!

Hey all!
These last few weeks have been crazy.
I found a job and will be moving within the next month for said job. That means that things may quiet down here for a small bit of time as there’s lots to do before I move (like actually finding a place to live.) This really has cheered me and I’m hoping that means that I’ll be able to finish up all my zodiacs before the end of the year. (Also, how is it September already??)

I have probably… 60% of Gemini finished. They need legs/arms (I got half a leg done) and clothes. Hopefully you’ll like what I did with them.

Also, I want to get better at needle felting because I really wanna make this awesome Umbreon which the even more awesome Aphid777 was kind enough to share a pattern for. Seriously. You all should check her out She has an amazingly detailed Halloweentown Sora and she has shared patterns for ALL her Evee Evolutions. I’ve seen her work before as I stalked found her Skull kid and I honestly love the detail work she puts into them.

Lastly, there’s going to be a new baby in our family and I kinda wanna craft ALL THE THINGS!
What’s your favorite craft for babies?

Anyway, that’s about it. Happy crafting everyone!

Stop Motion..

I don’t know how many of you all know about Stop Motion Animation.. Honestly, before this week, I knew it took a picture and generally involved clay or an object moving fractionally. I knew movies like the Wallace and Gromit ones, Coraline, and Nightmare Before Christmas employed it. And I knew I was fascinated.

Honestly, I love to rewatch Corpse Bride, or Coraline, or any of these movies and I just stare in amazement at the way it all comes together.

Well, after some extensive research… On way more than I’d ever need to know.. I tried my had at making one… or three. They’re choppy, with the longest being only 10 seconds long (though, it probably should have been shorter, but, I didn’t like how fast it seemed before)

The first one, I used my digital camera that I love so much and windows movie maker…

Anyway, have a gander.

This next one came out a little blurrier than I’d like. I was trying a different program in the hopes I could get my camera connected to my computer with onion skinning.. with no luck. But the program allowed me to set the frames per second, so I decided to play with it for the next couple of videos

I’m also learning my camera better, and trying out the manual mode.. This led into a lot of research (that I need to review as my head starts spinning a bit) on the different settings. One day! I swear! lol.

The one thing that this did was it made me appreciate even more all the work that goes into any stop motion animation movie. And get me excited to see Kubo.

Succulents.

One of my favorite things lately are crochet cacti and succulents. I just find them fascinating. Like my last post, these pictures were taken at Flamingo Gardens.

The little pots I was able to pick up at the craft store. All the plants (except the dark green one in the ceramic pot) were made with a size 7 hook and crochet thread. The dark green one is embroidery thread and that same size 7 hook.


This guy I made by ch 18-20. sc all the way down, ch 1 and turning. 2 sc, then ch 15-16, sc all the way down again.. and I kept repeating over and over until I got the desired effect. I wrapped it in a circle, sewed it all together, and then used some superglue to keep it in the pot.


I do have to say my favorite is the prickly pear. The coral cactus (I think thats what it is?) I made by using the same method I did for underwater coral. The dark green I followed a similar method as I did for the plant above, but instead of rolling it into a circle, I folded it a few times. The last two, I didn’t really write down what I did.. Oops.


Even Nveryll approves of the fake plants.

I hope you are all doing well! Happy crafting.

Nveryll

I make a lot of dragons.

No.. Really. I make a LOT of dragons.

Still, I love making them as each one comes out unique and I love experimenting with faces.
Anyway, Meet Nveryll.

I love how these pictures came out, truthfully. My mom, some of my crochet, and I visited Flamingo Gardens over the last weekend. Flamingo Gardens is a 60 acre botanical gardens and animal sanctuary stationed in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It is home to a few cougars, a lot of birds of prey, and others. From my understanding, they try to rehabilitate and release where they can, but in some cases the animals are either too hurt or too used to humans for them to be able to. Its really beautiful, as long as you don’t mind sharing the pathways in the front 10 acres with the resident Peacocks and cats that roam around. Oh. And if you go early enough, watch your heads for the peacocks tend to sleep in all the trees surrounding the big banyan. Honestly, if you have a chance you should go check it out. One of the most crowded areas for birds however, was the Flamingo Lake. Nveryll loved taking these pictures with the flamingos!

Dust Bunnies!

Hey all! I don’t know how much you all like fuzzy yarn, but every since I’ve gotten the hang of it with my puff balls, I love using it. Granted, I usually make puff balls… which, I have a lot of floating around…. So, I decided to try something different.

The yarn is Lion brand pelt in Red Fox and Blue Mink. I used a G hook still, but the yarn itself calls for an N. Mainly, I like to use a smaller hook because it gives me tighter stitches.
The basics? I nearly followed my octopus pattern to a T except that instead of making 8 legs, I made 2 and I flipped the bunnies upside down so that the legs were actually ears.

Anyway, I really like the look of these guys and the pelt yarn is a bit hard to see, especially the blue mink due to the dark blue and the black. Still, I love how it came out. There will probably be more dust bunnies in the future as I liked them so much.

Spinning Take 2

About a year ago, during the last Tour de Fleece, I learned how to use a drop spindle. It left me with a small amount of yarn (I still have not weighed/measured it) and it was rather fun to use. It did take me two weeks to get there though.
I put it aside as I got distracted.. I mean, while I really liked spinning, I was more interested in crocheting and making little things… I still am truthfully. Then I moved as well, which made my crafting mojo kinda putter out for a bit. (I’m going to move again soonish though.. possibly.. so hopefully I won’t lose my focus again!)
Not to say I didn’t make things.. but without my light box.. I was kinda sad to see the quality of my photos and was irritated by not having the space to make a new light box.. (I still don’t have the space yet, but I’m learning to live with my subpar photos.)
BUT. but.. What my mom had sitting in her living room was two spinning wheels. Why? She likes the look of them and one of them has been there for nearly as long as I could remember. The other.. I don’t know how long it has been in the house. Probably five or ten years…

I spent about two weeks, staring at these two that she uses for decoration. I looked them all over, seeing what they were missing, what they needed to be fixed, and then researching them online to see what I could do to fix them.

The older one, I never did get figured out.. >.> It’s bigger, and I think it needs something with the treadle.. But then, I was lazy and didn’t bother to pull it out completely.

The other one is an older model Ashford Traveller. It’s a single treadle and it creaks a lot because it hadn’t been taking care of in the best way.. Probably why my mom got it. Someone figured they couldn’t use it, and my mom picked it up for decoration. She had the flyer for both of them and after a little hunting as it got placed somewhere random, one bobbin.
There was some rust however in the flyer’s… tube? My terminology fails here. So I cleaned it up by using a little bit of sandpaper (and somewhere I read that on the metal after you use sandpaper you use a little bit of olive oil) and now the thing works like a charm.
Almost. It still squeaks. But, for someone who is learning and doesn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new one since she IS learning, it works great. Oh! And I made a driveband out of some crochet thread.. Why? Because I wanted to get it working WITHOUT having to wait on more parts to come in.

All that was left was getting some fiber.

That’s where etsy comes in. I ordered a bag of random mismatched “mostly mohair” fiber, because I WAS learning and I didn’t mind having a random bag to play with.. Though, when I’m more experienced, I’d love to have a straight colorway.. One day!

My yarn came out decent. Its going to take me a lot of practice. The strand I have took a lot of cursing and breaking and then I’d get some rhythm to it, and have to stop because I needed to draft again.

However, the yarn starts off as bulky, and ends up going to really thin.. I also chainplyed it as thats what I understand so far.. One day I’ll learn more!

I measured this hank though using a ruler.. so my measurements may be off… It was just slightly over 30 yards (I think 33 yards, but I kinda forgot) and I have no idea what I’m going to make with it. Lol.

I don’t know if you can see the different sizes in there, but I’m happy because it’s mine. Even if all I use it for is to hold it up and shake it in people’s faces.. It’s mine. lol.