Ryuk from Death Note

I am a big fan of Death Note. If you are not familiar with this manga, then you might have not heard about Ryuk, a very bored god from the Shinigami realm. He is a tall and skinny character that could give your nightmares with his sharp teeth and bulgy yellow eyes. He is not exactly evil, he is just a very bored supernatural being that will do anything that serves his own interest and amusement… Yeah, that can be evil.

I wanted to make a crocheted version of Ryuk for the longest time but it looked so challenging that I gave up on the idea until now. I started to work on the legs last December and just finished putting on the last accessories one month later.

I love crocheting Fan Art. Replicating fictional characters from movies or video games allows me to challenge myself and learn new techniques in the process. Ryuk was not easy to make, it took a lot of patience but I am really glad I tried. I love my Shinigami.

One of Ryuk charateristics is that he loves apples. He would do anything for apples, he’s a cheap date. Good thing I always have apples around the house!

Ryuk carries “Death Note” notebook on his side with a skull on it. He has a lot of accessories that I hard to find so I had to think outside the box to replicate his belt, rings etc… His body has wire inside, it allowed me to bend him into his grotesque crooked shape.

You can’t really tell on the pictures, but he is quite tall (about 20 inches). I was going to keep it for myself but decided to give it to my little nephew who is a fan of the Death Note anime series… I am such a good aunt!

My journey with Ryuk was very inspiring. I am amazed at the creativity and imagination of the artists that create these characters, they are super talented and I can only hope to be that creative someday.

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Baby Captain America

It’s already the end of the year and I just finished my last doll until 2019. A friend of mine asked me if I could make her a baby version of Captain America and I immediately said yes, I was very excited to start this project. I started two weeks ago and just finished it today. Here is the result:

I used a pattern by Mariya Kozlova – Baby with Dummy to make the base. It’s a free tutorial to crochet a baby doll which is well written and easy to follow. I only had to make a few adjustments and color changes to turn it into Captain America.

I crocheted this doll with Red Heart Super Saver and a 2.75mm hook.  The stars, the A letter, and wings are cut in white felt. I did make the head a little smaller than instructed on the pattern because I was afraid it would be too big with the mask on top of it.

The mask was my biggest challenge because I had never crocheted one before. My first attempt was a fail, I had made the holes too wide and too loose. It took me three tries to get it right which is not too bad considering that I had no idea what I was doing.

I considered making a pacifier that looked like his shield but opted otherwise after realizing it would be too much going on. It had to be one or the other and I can’t imagine Captain America without his signature shield. No pacifier for this baby, he’s a tuff one anyway!

I had a lot of fun crocheting this little Captain America, I couldn’t have finished the year on a better note. I am really looking forward to next year for new exciting projects. I have a long wish list!

This is my last post of the year so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year. See you in 2019! 🙂

Another doll, another challenge

Phase two of my “improving my skills” with my latest challenge: a doll and her bear. Last year I went through a creativity crisis that put me into a funk for a while. It is during this phase that I started sulking in front of the TV and became addicted to a reality show from Japan called Terrace House. If you are not happy about your own life, lose yourself by watching over people live! Ironically, this reality show was my inspiration to get back to what I love to do and break the wall that kept me from improving. Terrace house is a dating show but it also involves people who use that bridge to find out what they want out of life or achieve their goals. They were my inspiration to turn off my TV and work harder. Lauren Tsai in particular, a talented artist who spent most of her time drawing and focusing on her passion, is the one that motivated me the most. This doll is the product of that inspiration, I am in love with making toys again.

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Now let’s talk about the doll. I used mercerized yarn to make this doll. Mercerized yarn is mostly used to make dollies but it is also great to crochet small amigurumi toys. I really liked working with that type of yarn and I think I will use it a lot more in future projects.

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I embroidered the eyes but this time I used a different technique that made the task much easier than my previous attempts. Still, I found it very hard to embroider eyes on a small head, there isn’t a lot of room to do your stitches and you are not careful you can end up with eyes too big for the face.

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The bear and the hat was a last minute decision. I had intended to just make the doll with her bag but since I am in challenge mode I thought I might as well try to add more. I am glad I did because it turned out really cute.

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So if you ever get into a creative hole and need to find a way out, I recommend Terrace House. It’s a great distraction to stop thinking about yourself while vegetating in front of the TV. You might find the inspiration to get back to what you love to do like I did!

Happy crocheting!

New doll

I have been crocheting for years and even though I get a lot of compliments on my work, the feeling that I haven’t reached my full potential yet has been frustrating lately.  At this time of the year, I usually get ready for the Christmas fairs and events that take place during the winter season. Not this year, this time I decided to solely focus on learning new techniques to improve my skills and just practice.

My first challenge was embroidery. My Rurouni Kenshin was my first attempt in embroidering eyes and I was very happy with the result. For my next step, I was going to make a shapeable doll with clothes, and shoes made separately. I also wanted that doll to have a body shape to look a little bit more realistic. For this task, I used this Catwoman tutorial to help me with the steps (this pattern was probably translated from another language because there are a lot of terms that do not make sense, I had to guess a lot).

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First steps: arms and legs

I normally use Caron Simply Soft yarn to crochet dolls but since this was an experiment I tried a yarn with a different texture, the more sturdy Sugar’n’ Cream. I am not sure I will use it again to crochet the body because I like the softer texture of Caron better. I do like the sturdiness of the clothes, I think I will use that brand for that exclusively.

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It took me three weeks to make this doll, I had no problem with it until I reached the torso. It was the most difficult part, I had to redo it three times. I am still not happy with the shoulders but with practice, I will figure it out.

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I had never made clothes separately so it was quite a challenge, especially the shoes. I wanted her to wear sneakers but I couldn’t find a pattern small enough to fit her size. I used this baby sneakers tutorial as a base for the shoes and improvised to make them smaller. The skirt was the easiest part of the entire doll, surprisingly. I loved how it turned out, very casual and sporty.

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Like I mentioned earlier, this is my second time embroidering the eyes. This doll was more challenging because the head is quite smaller than my Himura doll. I also embroidered the lips for the first time, it was quite easy.

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Now that I am a little more familiar with this type of pattern I am ready to crochet another one. I think I will crochet a smaller version of this doll in different clothes. The more you practice the more you learn!

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I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will give you the inspiration to try new challenges in your crochet adventures. I will post about the next doll I am going to make and talk about what I did differently and what I learned from my mistakes. Also, stay tuned because I am going to post a really cute tutorial to make a really cute owl ornament. So many projects, so little time!

Happy crocheting!

 

Himura Kenshin

I gave myself two challenges last month, one was to learn how to embroider eyes and the other was to make one of my favorite manga characters, Himura Kenshin. I started working on this doll at the beginning of September and finally put on the last touches yesterday. It took a lot of patience but I am very happy with the result.

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Himura Kenshin is a former assassin turned wanderer in search of redemption during the Japanese Meiji era. He is distinguishable by his orange hair, his purple eyes and the scar he wears on his cheek. He is a manga character that was also featured in an anime and live action series.

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I started the doll by crocheting the head, then practiced embroidering the eyes until the face was so worn out I had to start all over again. I tried different tutorials from Pinterest and YouTube before figuring what worked best for me. It took a lot of patience and I think I spent an entire day just trying to get it right.

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I had the most fun with his Kimono. I love crocheting costumes, it’s always my favorite part. The skirt was not worked in rounds, I crocheted the front and the back separately and sewed both sides together with yarn. It was rather easy even though I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.

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The hair was quite a challenge. First of all, I had to make a decision on the color.  It’s between a reddish and orange color, except for Takeru Satoh version of the character (live action) which has much darker tones. I opted for a deep and vibrant orange because red would blend too much with the kimono and more fun to work with than a darker shade. I made the hair in layers to achieve some volume, and for that reason, it took me a long time to cut, glue and spray the entire head. It is nerve wrecking because any mistake might ruin the entire doll. I have a love-hate relationship with my glue gun for that very reason. The key to success is time and patience, crafting will definitely teach you patience!

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The last challenge was his Katana. I really wanted to add it to the doll because I cannot imagine Himura without his sword. I didn’t know what kind of material to use to make one, I had to improvise and think “outside the box”. I ended up using felt and after trying different versions I opted for the one I liked best. (Here is a fun fact about Himura sword, it has a reversed blade which was made that way because he had sworn to never kill again after ending his career as an assassin).

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I love my little Himura Kenshin, maybe I should consider making a crocheted version of Kaoru to keep him company. I definitely want to make more manga characters, they are so much fun!

Here are links to different tutorials to embroider eyes:
Step by Step pictures by Feri_Dolls

Youtube Tutorial by Petus Ochoa” target=”_blank”>Youtube Tutorial by Petus Ochoa

Another step by step pictures by Fery-Y

Happy crocheting.. and embroidering!

Goblin Fan Art – Part 1

You might or might have not heard of a Korean TV series called “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” (Goblin). If you have, you are probably a K-drama fan just like me. I have been watching this series on and off for the past two weeks and it really inspired me to drop everything and start another fanart project: Kim-shin, and his bride.

Kim Shin is an immortal goblin who is in search for his bride, the only one who can remove the sword piercing through his chest. Once the sword is removed, he may finally move to the afterlife and rest in peace. That’s the first character I decided to take on, an exciting challenge for my crochet cravings.

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I was so inspired, it took me three days to make this Goblin… I just couldn’t stop. The first day I worked on the head, body, and feet. The second day was spent crocheting the arms, then the hair. The third day was the most excruciating because I had no idea how to make a sword.

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The head, body, and feet was the easiest part, I just wanted the doll to be very cute and small. the fun part began with the hair, Kim Shin has a very stylish haircut that is not easy to replicate with yarn. I had to play hairdresser with scissors, glue, and hairspray for a good couple of hours. I tried to work slowly because one mistake would ruin the entire doll (I think I held my breath for the entire time.)

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I saved the best for life, the sword. My first attempt was to crochet the entire piece, but after several attempts, I realized that I didn’t have a hook small enough for that. The sword ended up being too big for his small body and for a while, I wondered if I would find a solution to my problem. I really tried to think outside the box and ended up using a wood stick and some cardboard that I wrapped with yarn. It took me an entire afternoon to do it but in the end, I was happy I had found a way.

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Now that I am done with the Goblin, I can work on his bride. She is going to take longer to make because she wears more layers of clothing and carries a backpack on her back. Her trademark is a red scarf she wears most of the time so I will have to make that as well. I can’t wait to have the bride join my Goblin on the shelf. They are going to look so cute together!

 

Jasmine Fan Art

This month I decided to go back to one of my favorite crochet hobbies and challenge myself with another fan art project. This time I picked Jasmine from Aladdin because I love her costume and her hairstyle. After three weeks of on and off crafting sessions I finally finished it today:

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Every doll I make is always a new challenge, and this one was no exception. I thought the hardest part would be to recreate her almond shaped eyes but truly the hardest part was her outfit, especially the pants. It took me a few trials and errors to achieve what I wanted but it was all worth it because I learned some new techniques in the process.

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I think she turned out really pretty, I really love her face. I had a lot of fun playing hairdresser while styling her hair and working on her accessories. I decided to crochet all of her jewelry instead of buying metal pieces from the craft store for a change. I wanted to see if it would look pretty just using yarn. I think it turned out well!

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I am very happy with my little fan art doll, she is now standing next to my computer. Who knows, maybe Aladdin and his magic lamp will join her someday!

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