thwip!

June 6, 2017 at 16:43 Leave a comment

this spiderman doll here, is exactly why i retired from commissioned work a few years ago.  my creativity needs to be paired with spontaneity, or i feel overwhelmingly stifled. just some insights into my eccentric soul for you.

from the moment that some spiderman-loving friends of ours announced that they were expecting, my brain began drafting a pattern for this guy.  i thought i’d share some of the creative process with you guys, because although i don’t take orders anymore, i still love sharing! 

my go-to for almost any of the superhero toys that i’ve made, is this base pattern here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403946.0.   

step one- print it out, including the picture. especially the picture. (forgive the roughness of this photo- i abuse my tools.)  

once i have the printed photo, i VERY LIGHTLY colour over the pattern, developing the character design. feel free to reference google!  one of the many reasons that i love this pattern, is because of the stitch definition in the photo. once i have the design in place, i can transfer the drawn design into the written pattern quite easily.  if round one is coloured red in my photo, round one is made with red yarn on my hook.

once the body is complete, and i’m ready to move on to the details, i really turn into the swedish chef from the muppets. i throw together a bit of this craft, a bit of that,  and there’s no real planning involved- it’s a creative frenzy.  enjoy it!

it’s important to be mindful of the recipient of your product.  this toy was going to a baby, so i needed to make sure all design elements were secure and would survive chewing, drooling, and freqent trips into the washing mashine.  i had also put the doll through full wash & dry cycles prior to assembly, for that reason. 

so, details: the chest spider was needle felted on. the eyes were made of felt, then sewn onto the body. the face-line things (what are those called?) were a combination of sewing and needle felting.  you can see in my original sketch, the lines on spidey’s face are black, but in the finished product i went with red.  again, keeping in mind the recipient– with the black lines the doll looked “cool”, but a little fierce. the finished product also looked a little top-heavy,  so i ripped off the black lines and tried again with a more subtle approach. 

the finished product was well-received, and i’m loving watching it unexpectedly pop up in instagram photos of my current favourite baby.   

obviously this is not a “beginner” technique, but i’m hoping that an intermediate crocheter would read my words and think “i can do that!”

here are some of the other amigurumi that i’ve made from this basic pattern, using the same technique.

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