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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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!

Kokeshi doll

Kokeshi dolls are traditional miniatures originated from Japan. There are different styles, but they share the same characteristic, they have no legs, and no arms. They are made with wood, and since amigurumi has become a popular form of crochet, you can also find them made with yarn.

I love these dolls, they are so cute. I have been making a few in the past years, but every time I make a new one I try to do something different. Here is the last one I crocheted, I think she turned out really cute.

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I love using different colors for the hair and dress every time I crochet one. It’s a lot of fun to try new combination, I picked burgundy, green, and blue this time around. I embroidered the eyes with black yarn, sometimes I use safety eyes but I think I like it better this way. I like to try different shapes for each one.

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It’s also fun to try different hairdo, one bun on top, or two buns on each side. You can really get creative and try pig tails, add braids etc… I went with the simple bun on top, and decorated it with a flower, and a ribbon. I added a little piece of accessory on the side to add to her looks.

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If you look at traditional Japanese costumes, you will see that there are different kind of bows attached to the back of the dresses. Mine is very simple, I just used felt and some glue.

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I finished my project by gluing a wood circle to the bottom of the doll. It keeps the doll from falling over, and the yarn from getting dirty. Watch out, once you start making these miniatures, it’s hard to stop!

Happy crocheting!