Rui 🕸| Demon Slayer

Last month, after binge-watching Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, I looked up amigurumi fan art based on the anime/manga series. I found a cartload of Nezuko amigurumi followed by Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke but not a single one based on Rui. So, I decided to rectify that. The pic below stands testimony to my last statement. 😉

This murderous little demon was made using a combination of crochet, needle felting, embroidery and hair sculpting. By the way, I learned how to needle felt solely for this project [and it was mildly disturbing to realize how much I enjoy stabbing things]. 🤪

Designing the body was the easiest and the quickest part of the project. Then I had to put the project on hold just so I could practice needle felting with acrylic yarn; turns out you can make felting “wool” with acrylic yarn. So if you have always wanted to try needle felting but were uncomfortable with the idea of using animal fiber, here is a solution for you: just brush out acrylic yarn stands with a pet slicker brush until it resembles cotton candy and use that fluff to needle felt. Here’s a video I found on YouTube that shows you how to do that.

In case you were wondering, Rui’s fluffy, spidery hair was made from brushed acrylic yarn too. 😀 Here’s a shot to show you how his hair looks from the back.

After I was confident enough to needle felt tiny red dots on his face without completely ruining it, I tackled the facial details next. 😱🤞It turned out okay; not perfect but acceptable enough. Husband, on the other hand, thought the dots could have been rounder. I told him I could practice more using him as the felting mat. So he let it go at that. 😉

It’s not very clear in these images but I also needle felted a wad of white acrylic fiber [brushed acrylic yarn] along the chest and neck—peeking just a tiny bit from under the kimono—to add a bit of texture. Then it was time to stab some more red dots and embroider spider webs on Rui’s kimono. 🕸

The last part of the design—which also took the longest to complete—involved weaving in yarn strands into the doll’s head, brushing out the “hair” section by small section until they were all fluffy, and finally sculpting the hair using diluted PVA glue. Be warned though, sculpting doll’s hair using your fingers and watered-down glue can get quite messy! Make sure you have your work surface covered with newspaper. You may also need to wash your hands after every few hair sections but I guess we’re all pretty much used to randomly washing hands throughout the day by now so it shouldn’t be a problem. 😋

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading about how I made Rui as much as I enjoyed making him.

Until next time, take care and stay safe.

XOXO, Serah

Does IT scare you?

I love Stephen King. So when the movie adaptation of IT came out a few years ago, I was super excited. If, prior to watching this movie, I wasn’t scared of clowns, Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise took care of that for good.

So, imagine my delight when, about a month ago, I was gifted this amazing Pennywise pattern by Guichai Dolls. The designer, at that time, had no idea I dabbled in amigurumi design myself, neither did they expect anything in return. It was just a random act of kindness. We got in touch via their Etsy shop (I had purchased a Spider-Man pattern from them earlier, which, by the way, is super cute and super fun to make) and—bam!—­­next thing I know, I have this fantastic pattern in my inbox. I promised them I’d give it a try and send them a photo or two of the finished result after the Holidays. Now that I’ve finished making this crazy killer clown—I’m so in love with IT!—I wanted to share it here with you too. ­

The following pics attempt to recreate the part of the story where little Georgie is taken by Pennywise. 🎈

I made little Georgie using Guichai Dolls Spider-Man pattern. My only addition to the original pattern is the boy’s yellow raincoat. His hair was made using the same technique as that of Pennywise.

I love designs with lots of tiny details and this pattern by Guichai Dolls is chock-a-block with it. From photo instructions on how to turn ordinary yarn into this amazing doll hair to a tutorial on how to make your own resin doll’s eyes, the pattern packs in quite an astounding lot. The best part is, you can add as many details as you prefer to make your Pennywise really stand out or you can keep it as simple as you like.

The stitches used are basic and the 50-page pattern has tons of photos to explain everything; however, a word of caution: it’s not recommended for absolute beginners (unless you are a beginner who’s comfortable crocheting tiny limbs and inserting wire skeleton and polyester stuffing in said limbs with a chopstick). But if you have been making amigurumi for a while and are looking to get out of your comfort zone and learn new doll making techniques, this is the pattern for you.

If you’re a Stephen King fan or a fan of the horror genre in general (or know someone who is), I highly recommend this Pennywise pattern. You can buy it at Guichai Dolls’ Etsy store where it’s currently 10% off.

I hope you have as much fun making Pennywise the Dancing Clown as I did. 🎈

XOXO

Happy New Year!

It’s been a challenging year for all of us, and these challenges won’t magically disappear with the arrival of 2021. But there is always hope; hope that things will get better slowly but surely. Thank you all for your continued support throughout this crazy year. I wish you all a new year that’s filled with brightness and hope. Happy New Year! 💖

Pattern Sale

Looking for a quick Holiday gift to make? I’m running a special Holiday sale on Ravelry where you can get 50% off on all my patterns with coupon code HOL50. There’s no minimum purchase necessary to be eligible for this discount.

The coupon is valid till December 31, 2020, 23:59 Pacific Time.

Click here to visit my Ravelry store.

How to use the coupon code on Ravelry

Happy hookin’! ❤️

VOTE FOR TOTO!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Toto, my entry for this year’s amigurumi design contest hosted by Amigurumipatterns.net. Since this year’s design theme is “celebration”, I decided to showcase Kukkur Tihar [Day of the Dogs] celebrated by the people of Nepal and the Nepali-speaking populace in Sikkim and the Darjeeling hills in India.

Nepali folks, who practice Hinduism, believe that dogs lead the deceased across the river of death in the underworld and help the souls of the dead reach heaven. So, on Kukkur Tihar—also spelled Kukur Tihar, dogs are worshipped for their loyalty, service and companionship and offered garlands of marigold flowers, a tika [a ceremonial paint] on their foreheads, and special treats including sel roti, a special Nepali fried bread made of rice flour, sugar and spices [and probably a dash of magic because this bread is really delicious!]. Nepali policemen also hold a special event to worship and celebrate the canine members of their unit on this day. 🐶

The Day of the Dog falls on the second day of the five-day long Hindu festival called Tihar, the second biggest religious festival of the Nepali people celebrated around October/November.

If you think this amazing festival dedicated to our canine friends deserves a spotlight in the world’s biggest amigurumi platform, could you please spare a moment to vote for cute little Toto using the link below.

VOTE FOR TOTO

Thank you! 😊

The Fantastic Twins

Say hello to the Fantastic Twins! Twin No. 1 thinks black nail polish is the ultimate form of self-expression, Twin No. 2 loves colors & K-Pop! So what do they have in common? Like most teenagers, they are obsessed with posting a variety of content on social media, ranging from selfies to pop culture to human & animal rights!

Both twins are made from the same base pattern. This pattern shows you how to create two separate looks using different color schemes, hairstyles and accessories.

You’ll also learn how to make a movable amigurumi head; and how to use small pieces of wire to make poseable arms and removable earmuffs. If you’re making this for children, don’t worry, the pattern also gives you an option to make a child-friendly doll without using wires.

The Fantastic Twins will make a great Holiday gift for amigurumi enthusiasts of all ages. You can simply follow the original colors used in this pattern or you could customize the colors to go with different seasons and festivals. You can even customize the doll to look like the person you’re making it for! Just let your imagination play. 🙂

Buy the pattern here.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

Delirium of The Endless

Our existence deforms the universe. That’s responsibility.” – Delirium, Issue 64 – The Kindly Ones, The Sandman

It was inevitable that after Dream of The Endless [read my previous post here], I’d turn my attention to his youngest sibling Delirium. Amidst a group of rather somber-looking siblings, Delirium is visually presented as an extravagantly colorful character, which can mean only one thing in the amigurumi world—FUN(!).

While I may or may not have spent a substantially large amount of time deciding on the look for Dream, I had my path laid out for me as far as making Delirium was concerned. For continuity, I knew I had to amigurumi-fy Delirium as a child—just like I’d made her brother. So I dug into Jill Thompson’s The Little Endless Storybook and this artwork by Brazilian artist Archiri Usagi for reference.

Normally, I prefer making the head of my amigurumi last [this way, I don’t spoil the surprise for myself by revealing the doll’s facial features and hairdo—to myself—too early! 😆]. But for Delirium, I had to flip my own rule on its head and start with the head first because if you can’t get her eyes and hair right, you might as well forget it.

So I made the head first. Then I spent the rest of the afternoon [and some part of the evening] embroidering French Knot stitches on the sides and back of her head and weaving specialty yarn onto the top. I wish I could say it was fun doing her hair like this but I’ll be honest—it was tedious! I can’t complain about the final look though. 😎

Have you ever been in a situation where you could swear that you have in your stash a particular craft supply that is super critical to your project, only to find out later [read ‘near the completion stage’] that you were wrong? True story! 😫 I had decided to give Delirium a pair of fishnet stockings and I was confident I had black tulle with me. When the time came to give her the stockings, I found out I have quite a few rolls of tulle in varied colors and none of them are black! 😖

Since we are in lockdown v2 with only essential services operating—and tulle unfortunately doesn’t fall under the “essential goods” category, there’s no way I could buy it. So I chopped the leg off a new [but, thankfully, super cheap] pantyhose and sewed a pair of stockings for this little darling. And since I had spent about an hour just sewing the seams of her mini pantyhose, I HAD to take a photo of Delirium doing a Marilyn Monroe-esque pose to show off my hard work. 😋

I hope you like my yarny interpretation of Delirium and also enjoyed reading about how she was made. 🙂

Until next time!

I hope you stay safe and healthy. ❤️

DREAM OF THE ENDLESS

The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman has been one of my favorite comic books. So when Audible released its dramatized audiobook version in July, I started obsessing over this series again. 🤓 I listened to the audiobook—James McAvoy as Dream/Morpheus is an absolute dream by the way , reread the original Gaiman series and its prequel Overture [still not finished as there are 10 volumes, collecting issues 1-75], and then I brought out my hook and yarn to amigurumi-fy the Lord of Dreams.

Then I hit a roadblock: should I stay true to Dream’s portrayal in the comic books and make him tall and deathly thin or should I stick to the amigurumi principle of cuteness and make him chubby and adorable?

While I was debating this, I came across this book written and illustrated by Jill Thompson where the seven Endless siblings are reimagined as toddlers. And Thompson’s illustrations more or less decided the look for me.

Next came Dream’s cape and his power sources. For the former, I decided to go with the flaming cape based on this image [see below] from The Sandman: Overture, which is a prequel to Gaiman’s The Sandman series.

I crocheted a plain black robe and then cross-stitched the flames along the hem.

Figuring out how to make the helm was a bit challenging but this page from The Sandman: Overture worked as an excellent guide.

As for the dreamstone, I hooked up a tiny rectangular piece in red and glued flat-back rhinestones on it. Easy peasy! 😁

The sand pouch was super easy to make; an oval base and around 14 rounds of single crochet stitch was all it took to make this magical object. 😆

I hope you enjoyed this little peek behind the scenes of how Morpheus / Dream of the Endless was turned into an amigurumi. Guess which one of the Endless will be amigurumi-fied next? 🙃