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If anybody wonders where I have been this whole month I can tell you that I have been spending my time in a land called Kingdom Hearts, wandering around with no other luggage than my bag of yarns and crochet hooks. I spent it with a little character called Heartless Soldier, a fierce and challenging little guy that gave me a run for my money!

the Heartless Soldier was my summer project, a crochet challenge suggested by one of my youngest friends who used to play the video game when he was a kid. I am not one to say no to challenges, especially when they are as exciting as this one. Obviously I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but I was going to do it no matter how much time it would take to achieve my goal.

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One month… One month that included big fails, small victories, small fails, and big victories. The easiest part was the head and the body which is very standard if you are experienced with that type of crochet. The fun started with the feet which I thought was going to be the most difficult but ended up being a piece of cake compared to what was to follow.

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The hands… Even though I loved working on the hands I managed to make them too big the first time around. I had been so proud of the result, it broke my heart when I realized that there was no hope for them, no hope at all. I had to say goodbye to the beautifully crafted hands to start on a smaller set. RIP larger than life hands, life of a crocheteer is tuff and full of heartbreaks.

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I was almost there, I could already feel the triumph of overcoming this challenge! I just had to crochet the helmet, but a second look made me realize that it wasn’t going to be that easy, oh no, sir!  I couldn’t figure it out and for a week I just stared at my doll thinking that I was so close but so far away. First, the heartbreak, now the frustration… Life of a crocheter is tuff, full of heartbreaks and frustrations.

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I wasn’t going to let a helmet let me declare defeat, no way! I woke up one morning and a light bulb turned on,  I had to make it in three parts! I crocheted the top of the helmet, the bottom and the cone shaped top separately and sew everything together around the head. Life of  crocheter is tuff, full of heartbreaks, frustrations, and triumphs.

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I am so proud and so happy with my doll, I absolutely adore it. I bought a little doll stand where it proudly sits on top of my dresser.   It’s a reminder that for every challenge there is an accomplishment, it’s one of the many things I love about crocheting.

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If I had to make a list of things I love to do it would pick in no particular order: crocheting, reading books, watching movies, listening to music, and playing video games. Since crochet is my main hobby, I thought it would be cool to combine it with my other hobbies by incorporating all my favorite characters from diverse venues into my craft. I started on Fan Art projects a few years ago, and I can’t say that my first attempt was great but it allowed me to improve my crochet techniques in the process.

Today I am displaying my favorites. They represent my passion for stories and their characters that inspired me to pick up my yarn. Fan Art is a way to pay homage to the things you love, a form of expression.

Star Wars
Let me say that there is life before Star Wars, and life after Star Wars. These movies got me into science fiction when I was a kid, I spent my entire childhood dreaming about space travel, I still do.

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This little Jedi was one of the first Fan Art I successfully made, I spent an entire weekend crocheting the base, undoing and redoing rows until I was happy with the result. The most challenging part was the coat, I had never crocheted clothes before. I raided the garage to find something remotely similar to a lightsaber until I found a little piece of hardware in a box or random things. I absolutely love him!

World of Warcraft
I started playing World of Warcraft when the first expansion was released 9 years ago. I absolutely love that game, even though I hardly have enough time to play these days because it is time consuming. Raiding dungeons with friends on Saturday night was more fun than going out to a club or a bar. The prospect of getting some epic gear was more exciting than getting a glass of the finest beer.

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I crocheted this Tauren at the suggestion of a friend who wanted to see if I was up to the challenge. Challenge it was! I had no idea how I was going to do it, and it took me one month to finish it. Patience is the key, to not give up is the reward!

The Walking Dead
One of my favorite TV series is The Walking Dead, I have been following it religiously since the beginning. I am a big fan of Daryl Dixon, and if he dies, I riot!

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This is the first doll I made with wires inside the body, it allowed me to bend his arms to hold his crossbow, and pose him. I also used metal wire to make the weapon that I wrapped with yarn. He does has his wings on the back of his jacket, never forget the trademark.

Frida Kahlo
I didn’t know very much about Frida’s life until I watched a movie about her life years ago. I have great admiration for her work, and who she was. She lived a short but unapologetic life driven by art and bohemia, she was a force of nature. I love the way she dressed, she had a unique style that was part of the inspiration to make this doll.

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Making this doll was a lot of fun, especially dressing her up. I think this is the first time I used the help of a sewing machine, and fabric. I also put wires in the arms to pose them, but not the legs since they are hidden by the dress. I think she turned out really cute, my little Frida Kahlo.

Chrono Trigger
I love role-playing games since the days of Dungeons and Dragons, show me one and I will forget about anything else, even dinner. Crono is from a classic 90s video game called Chrono Trigger, a very likable but silent character with red spiky hair.

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Even though this was an easy doll to make it took a lot of patience to crochet all the pieces for the hair. I embroidered them to the head, and used hairspray to keep them from curling. I didn’t emphasized any details since the character is pixelated in the game, but just enough to make him recognizable.

Where the Wild Things Are
This book has everything I love about children stories, but who doesn’t love it? Max is a beloved character, and I love his wolf costume that inspired me to make this doll.

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This is one of my most adorable Fan Art project.  I crocheted the tail with acrylic yarn, then used a metallic brush to simulate fur. I couldn’t find an appropriate crown, so I bought some gold paper at the craft store that I cut in the shape of a crown, and added felt to go around it. I also used felt for the claws. I think he turned out really cute with his little whiskers which you can barely see on the picture by the way. I would like very much to make one of the monsters someday, when I have the time.

Star Wars – The Old Republic
Last but not least… This is a video game I was very excited about when it came out. It takes place long before Luke Skywalker was born, one of the many stories of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (you would need an encyclopedia to keep up with all of them). I played it on one of my friend’s computer where I picked a cute little Jawa named Blizz as a companion character. I completely fell in love with it, even though it is as lethal as it is cute with his blaster gun!

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One of the challenges with this doll was the head. It is supposed to be hidden under the hood, so you are only supposed to see the eyes in a dark shadow. I managed to achieve that effect by making the head black, and adding yellow felt that I painted with fluorescent fabric paint. It was also my first time making a hood, it took several trials and errors to get it right. The side band was cut from a piece of vinyl, which turned out not to be the best material to work with because it doesn’t hold glue very well. I found a way around it but my advice is to avoid it if you need to use glue!

Do you like Fan Art? What are your favorite characters you have made, or would love to crochet? Let me know if the comments!

 

Note: I do not have patterns for any of these amigurumi dolls, I usually improvise and take notes along the way when I need to repeat a technique, but that’s about it.

My obsession with dolls is far from over, in fact I am just getting started. Recently, the daughter of a friend of mine showed me an app called Chibi Maker on the DeviantArt site that allows you to create your own custom doll. We played with it a lot, picking hairstyles, face expressions, dress and shoes, and accessories. I had so much fun with it that it gave me the idea to use it as an inspiration for my amigurumis.

So here is Olivia, based on the chibi I had created on that app. I didn’t make it exactly the same, but the outfit and shoes are very similar to the graphic version.

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I named her Olivia because she remind me of a little girl I know with similar big black almond shape eyes. I used felt, yarn, and safety eyes to make them. The chibi from the app has a different set of eyes, but I liked this better for this particular doll.

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She is quite small compared to the other dolls I have made in the past, half the size of the other ones, about 7 inch tall. I think I will keep my dolls as small in the future, they are easier to handle.

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I didn’t put any wires in her body, it wasn’t necessary since I had no intention to give her any poses. I am very happy with my little Olivia doll, I think she turned out really cute with her little flowers in her hair. This is what I really like about crocheting dolls, the little props and accessories you can add to them, it’s so much fun!

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I think my next doll will be similar but goth style. I have always wanted to make a creepy cute doll, now is the time.

If you are interested in playing with the Chibi app for your own projects, or just to have fun with it, here is the link on DeviantArt: Chibi-Maker.

A big thank you to Lilly for giving me the idea of using that app to create my own dolls. You rock!

 

 

Before I begin, I haven’t tried this pattern yet, even though I am going to! I just couldn’t wait to talk about it, I had to share because we are all starting to roll up our sleeves for the holidays season, looking for craft ideas to decorate the house, or gifts to put under the tree.

Reindeer Crochet Pattern, by Little Owl’s Hut on ETSY

These two adorable and funny reindeers are the work of Ekaterina Sharapova, from Little Owl’s Hut on ETSY. I decided to purchase this pattern for two reasons. First, it is cute, and second, this is a new challenge for me. The reindeers are worked with wireframe, which is a technique that I wanted to learn for a long time, but never got around it. The arms and legs have fingers, which also  involves a technique I want to add to my skills.

Another good reason to try this pattern, it’s almost time for the holidays!  This is a very exciting project, and I cannot wait to post the result (if it turns out well).

If you are interested in this pattern, you can purchase it at  ETSY:  Little Owl’s Hut – Reindeer Crochet Pattern. Note that this pattern is intermediate level.

Happy crocheting!

If you are familiar with ETSY, buy or sell items on the site, you might have heard of the new guidelines that will take place in January. Until now ETSY was the place for artisan crafters to sell their handmade arts and crafts without the fear of competing with factory made products, but that is about to change. Under the new guidelines, people will be allowed to use an outside manufacturer to help make their goods. It has caused an uproar in the ETSY community of buyers and sellers who are wondering what will become of their favorite online market place. What attracted them to sell, or buy on the site was the mission statement that everything had to be handmade. Under the new policy, it’s no longer the case, and they are worried that they will not be able to compete with mass manufactured products, that what they buy will not be no longer artisanal work, and that ETSY will lose its grip on what made it unique.

From this turn around, an ETSY team called “All Handmade By ME” was created by Stacey Sobelman . This team is made of a group of artisans who only create 100% handmade craft. When I joined the team, there was 300 of us, today there are over a 1000 members, and it still growing. Anybody who fits the criteria can join, all you have to do is apply on their page.

Each member is given a team badge they can put on their banner, or anywhere on their ETSY page. It’s a great community of artisans, and artists that help and support each other, all united in the name of handmade craft. If you are a seller on ETSY, and want to check out the team, you can go to ALL Handmade By ME page, and apply there as well.

The team also has a facebook, a twitter, and just started a blog!

If you want to learn more about ETSY new guidelines, what’s happening, and this team, you can read the following yahoo article by Claudine Zap, untitled Is ETSY still ETSY?

Happy crafting!

I love teddy bears, I made several of them from different patterns I found online, but this is the first one I make on my own. I think it turned out really cute.

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I love animals, and I care a lot about their well being. Crochet has given me an opportunity to give a small contribution to animal rescues, such as the pattern I created for the organization Hope for Paws. See my post: A crochet pattern for a good cause. I was able to raise a little bit of money to donate, thanks to the people who bought the pattern so far, or asked me to make the finish item for them.

Today I was given another opportunity to contribute. I am going to make a crocheted dog for an organization called The Dawg Squad. The little dog I am going to make is their logo, and It’s going to be a raffle prize for their annual fundraiser:

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The fundraising event is called Bowling for Paws, and it is going to take place on September 29th, in Los Angeles. This look like a fun event, and if you live in the area, and like bowling, this is definitely something to check out. Click here for more information.

I cannot wait to start, this is going to be a fun project!

 

 

 


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