Plush Toys

Kate Blandford's Deviant Discoveries

This week I have scoped out this adorable plush appropriately named ‘Flossy’ by Hanna Mancini. Flossy is made from wool felt, an up-cycled embroidered doily and some pretty impressive hand stitching. If you liked this piece then you have to check out the rest of her felt creations on dA by clicking here. You can also buy an original hand made piece on Etsy. Come to think of it, my mantle piece is looking a bit empty…

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It's Kate BlandfordKate Blandford is a craft and doodle enthusiast currently working in Bristol. With a penchant for cross stitch and pixels, Kate produces work dabbling in both the handmade and the digital. Her work was once described as ‘shabby chic for Satanists’ due to her love of embroidery, twee skulls and Slayer. You can visit her website here: www.kateblandford.com

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For this month I thought I would share with you some of the tools that I like and find useful in my plush making.
All the crafty people I know, be they bought or found, collect and hoard materials and supplies for their craft. It is the curse of the crafty person being able to see the potential in all these things that eventually clutter our homes…”err hello, fabric hoarders anonymous??”.
Every once in a while I will sort through my fabric stash and donate the pieces I have been holding onto for too long.
Certain tools though, will get used all the time and stay with you for years. If you ever have the mischance to lose such a tool (this happened to me recently) you will find yourself lost and will find yourself replacing said tool, with a backup and a backup for your backup (it just makes good sense to back up your backup).
Pins and needles are run of the mill supplies for anyone who sews but I especially love these glass headed pins. Pins are small and can easily get lost in furry fabrics. The last thing you want is a plush with a hidden pointy surprize sewn in, the large glass heads on these pins make them easily visible.

 

glass headed pins
I have had this huge needle for more than 20 years, I bought it in the UK and it has moved with me to Portugal and France and Canada. I both love it and am terrified of it. I have other large needles but this is by far the biggest, I use it for attaching eyes, making string joints and needle sculpting on larger plushes. I am always afraid of getting impaled on it!!

 

big scary needle
My most recently acquired handy gadget here is this bobbin holder. I liked it so much I went back and bought a second one a week later. Inside the box is high density foam, the bobbins sit in the bobbin sized cut outs and won’t budge until you pull them out, no more annoying dangling threads to get tangled. Even if you drop this box while open the bobbins will stay in place.

 

bobbin organizer
I discovered these paddle punches about 4 years ago, they had already stopped making them at that time. Now I don’t understand why they would stop making them, the design is so simple and there is nothing to go wrong with them, plus they are well made, I’m pretty sure you could drive a truck over these things and they would still be intact. I use them for cutting shapes out of felt, it saves time and also gives a consistent result. You place the felt on a cutting mat and and position the punch on the fabric, give it a wallop with the hammer and presto, you have your perfectly cut shape!

 

paddle punches
The tool that recently disappeared and had to be replaced (times three) in case of a repeat incident was my awl. I use this for making holes to place safety eyes , the couple of weeks I spent without my awl were pretty unhappy.

 

awl you need to make holes!
The thing about safety eyes is that they a made to be safe ie: impossible to remove. The backs are a tight fit and placing them can hard on your thumb joints luckily I have this handy tool to help attach the backs, an old thread spool can work too though.

 

tool for fitting the backs on safety eyes
Obviously my machine counts for an invaluable tool too, helper is optional. Helper may or may not have had something to do with the disappearance of the awl.

 

is this sewing machine up to cade madam?
Share in the comments if you have any crafty tools you can’t live without.

 

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Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

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The Cutting & Stitching Edge | Contemporary Embroidered Art from Mr X Stitch

A quick Edge post this week, with this compelling video about Ayano Tsukimi who livesin Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley.

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.

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Well this month finds me up to my eyeballs (quite literally, I am making something BIG) in work with deadlines coming for me at break neck speed. This being the case I thought I would just share a couple of websites with you where you can find charitable plush.
I know that sometimes plush can seem a bit frivolous and these days it is hard for most of us to justify spending on something unless it can be eaten, worn or is really, really useful.
I am going to present a couple of options where you can buy some plush and feel good about it being very useful. These are plush with a cause.
First off the extremely popular and well known Flat Bonnie.

 

Flat Bonnie, hay and poos

 

Flat Bonnie was created to help bring awareness to the life of bunnies in shelters and rescue centers.

 

Flat Bonnie, Shelbun

 

Flat Bonnie plushes are made for people who love bunnies and for people who may want a real bunny but are not ready to provide the proper care and finances needed to raise the bunny.
A generous portion of all sales is donated to bunny/animal rescue organizations monthly.

 

Flat Bonnie, a lonely road
Flat Bonnie isn’t just about bunnies, she makes other animals too and if you follow one of the links you could contact her about custom work.
The photos are just so much fun!!

 

Flat Bonnie Axolotl
Next is A Monster to Love. I briefly met two of the makers at last year’s Plush You show in Seattle, the plush are designed and made by twin boys Sam and Ben and their dad Ray. I didn’t really get a chance to talk with them but I did take one of their business cards.

 

A Monster to Love, the makers
The information I found on their website left me impressed. When you buy a monster its twin (an identical monster) will be given to a child in need, you can even have the second plush sent to a specific child, of your choosing.

 

a monster to love blobs
From their website: Buy a monster and support some awesome kids AND get something pretty sweet for yourself!

Whenever you buy a monster from A Monster to Love, we give a monster to a child who could really use a monster to love. Sometimes they are children that cannot afford a monster or a child who is in the hospital and could use a friend to hang out and snuggle with.

 

A Monster to Love Bird dog

 

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Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

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