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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!

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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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Petal is a character from a video game called Vainglory. I haven’t played it yet but one of my friends who is a big fan introduced me to some of the heroes involved in the gameplay. I fell in love with Petal, a really cute but deadly sniper who lives in the jungle. Since I am a big fan of video games and fan art, I couldn’t resist making a crocheted version of that character.

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There are different versions of that character that involve different costumes, but I picked the bee skin because I loved the hat and the big antennas. It was a little bit challenging because I didn’t have a lot of pictures to work with for that particular one.

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I used a 2.75mm hook and Caron Simply Soft to make this doll. She is very small, except for her ears and wings that are almost as long as her body. I really had a lot of fun with this project, I wasn’t sure if I would succeed but I am very happy with the result.

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I think the most challenging part was the three-dimensional snout and mouth. I didn’t know what technique to use because I had never crocheted anything like this before.  It took some trial and error but I have learned a lot in the process.

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This fan art project was really inspiring, I love my little Petal. I am tempted to play the game but PVP is not my forte, it stresses me out and I usually get very frustrated.

Happy crocheting!

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.

I don’t crochet Fan Art dolls often, but every once in a while I like to challenge myself with a project that involves characters I love from movies, video games, or books. Last week I got inspired, and decided to try my hands on a Tinkerbell, the beloved fairy from Peter Pan.

When I said I like a challenge, I wasn’t joking. It took me three weeks to make her, with trials and errors, and even though I am very happy with the results I would modify a few things on the pattern if I was to crochet something similar.

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The two challenges I encountered are the facial features, and the hair. I really wanted to give her eyes an almond shape but I wasn’t sure how to proceed. At first I wanted to make them just using felt, but I changed my mind and insted used a pair of 12mm blue safety eyes, white felt for the shape, and black felt for the contour. I added some plastic eyelashes to make her look more girlie. I feel that the eyes are a little too big, but it still look cute.

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I don’t know why but I always thought that Tinkerbell had her hair pulled back in a bun, that tells you how much I pay attention to detail! She definitely have a bun, but the rest of her hair is shaped into a pixie cut style. I was tempted to crochet a wig to put on her head, but I opted for strands of yarn instead.. Lots of them! I did crocheted the bun however, which I embroidered afterward with yarn.
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The wings on her back are very simple, I used double crochet and treble that I worked around a chain. I sprayed them with starch to keep them from flopping over. I will upload a tutorial next time if anybody is interested, they are very easy to make.

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Voila! This was my attempt at crocheting a Tinkerbell. I learned a lot from it, and even though she is not perfect I still like her a lot. Practicing crochet on characters that inspire you is a lot of fun, it helps you improve your skills and gives you inspiration.

Happy crocheting!

A friend of mine got tickets for a meet and greet with his idol, Gwen Stefani. He asked me if I could make a 90’s version of Gwen for the occasion, Chibi style. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, or if I would be able to do it  but it never hurts to try. I spent the last three weeks working on this doll, I really took my time. I don’t know  if I succeeded but at list I can say that I tried my best.

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I cannot tell you which part was the most challenging, every step seemed more difficult than the previous! I did look at tons of pictures of Gwen Stefani from the mid-90s, and I opted for the pants, tank top look that was her trademark during the Tragic Kingdom era.

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I had never made anime eyes before, so this was really an experiment that took several trials and errors before I was happy with the result (I probably lost a few hair over it). I used felt in 3 different colors: black, white, and dark brown. I based the design on a drawing I saw online that looked simple and easy to make. I will get more into it in my next post which will be a tutorial to make anime eyes (I will put the link here once it is posted).

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Well, now that I am finished with this doll, I can focus on Halloween and spooky fun things. I Just finished a black cat pattern that I will upload on ETSY very soon. I also would like to publish a free pattern for my blog. I am a bit behind, but I will try to catch on!

Happy crocheting!

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.


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