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Hi all, for this month’s post I am excited to share what I have been working on recently.

I have been making plush prototypes for a new line of collectable plush, made by Funko. Toy lovers amongst you will surely be familiar with Funko’s “pop” vinyl toys and their bobble heads of licensed characters. The new line of plush are named “Fabrikations” and are unlike anything else out there.

 

Boba Fett prototype by Scrumptious Delight

 

This is how they are described:
Fabrikations is a new line of 6” soft sculpted figures. Each figure features a rotating head and vinyl accessories. These soft sculpted figures were created with the collector in mind. Each Fabrikation Soft Sculpture is filled with a dense foam to achieve a high-end lush feel. In addition, each Fabrikation is weighted to allow each figure to stand securely on the surface of your choice.

 

Harley Quinn prototype by Scrumptious Delight

 

I have to give a shout out to Funko toy designer Ben Butcher, who came up with this idea for a unique line of plush and who has been awesome to work with. He is an amazing artist, so you should click on his name to find out. What an amazing feeling to be involved in the process of bringing these new collectables to fruition.

I thought you might like to read about a little of the process. So here it is folks, through words and pictures the story of the creation of a plush prototype from my perspective, me, the plush maker.

 

Yoda nearly done by Scrumptious delight

 

It all starts with the delivery of a box of fabric and a 2D design. On that design I will have a front, back and side view, there may also be a few images of details and there will be written notes of things to consider. The notes will be things such as “Use this fabric for the cape” or “His head is at a slight angle“.

From here I make a cardboard form of the head which helps me to turn the 2D into something 3D. My basic method for doing this is to cut from cardboard the shape of the front and side and glue them together in an X form. Then I add in horizontal pieces at regular intervals and at this point I have a shape that I can measure, make marks on and hold fabric up against. for the body pattern something more flexible is better, paper is my material of choice…check out those paper pants!

 

Cardboard forms

 

 

paper pants

 

If I feel it is necessary I will make a fabric form of the basic shape. This is like a better version of the cardboard form. You can draw on it, sew on it or pin fabric to it, it will also give you an idea of how your fabric will behave, if you have to compensate for too much or too little stretch or whatever.

 

fabric forms

 

Sometimes I go straight to my flat paper pattern, sometimes this step comes after the fabric form. Either way there I will usually find myself tweaking and adjusting and often end up making several heads per prototype and enough arms for an octopus!

Obviously being a prototype the finish and the details are important, the prototype serves as a point of reference for the manufactured version. Details on this tiny scale are time consuming but they really bring the plush sculpture to life. There may be additional conversations at this stage, to make sure the prototype will be as envisaged.

The first prototype I made was Yoda, he was bigger than the others and there was a lot of emails back and forth to get him right, by the third prototype less changes and communication were needed.

 

Yoda notes

 

When the prototype is complete, it is shipped off to Funko in Seattle, the paper pattern and instructions are emailed and I await the next set of designs :)

 

Yoda

 

The first run of Funko Fabrikations are set to hit the shelves next month. I believe, you can already pre-order them.

 

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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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I am a sucker for all things Star Wars and all things Scrumptious Delight.  (I have two of her cotton candy creatures hanging next to my mirror over my kitchen sink. Friends always tell me how cool they are!)

Boba Fett by Scrumptious Delight.

Boba Fett by Scrumptious Delight.

Look at how she made the fierce bounty hunter Boba Fett so hopelessly adorable! She is truly a master plush maker.

Boba Fett from behind, by Scrumptious Delight

Boba Fett from behind, by Scrumptious Delight

Be sure to check out her insanely whimsical and skillful plush creations in her flickr stream and etsy shop.

Too Cute Tuesdays are brought to you in association with our friends over at Feeling Stitchy!

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It's Plush Delights brought to you by Scrumptious Delights!

Okay I have to come clean, this is a completely self indulgent blog post. Yes, I thought it would be interesting to blog about plush that incorporate sewing and needle felting skills and yes, I like to read what other plush artists have to say about their work. Mostly though, I just adore the work of Jennifer of Violetpie and I had questions I wanted to ask..it seemed less stalkery through a blog interview! If you are not already a fan I am sure the following photos will turn you into one too.
Reading past this point will probably cause you to start you own Violetpie collection…you have been warned!

 

-Your signature style is a perfect combination of different influences all wrapped up in a tiny package which makes them perfect for collecting. Retro, Japanese, high quality, low brow, quirky and impossibly cute. How did you find your way to this style and how would you describe it?

I’ve always had a taste for whimsy. It took all kinds of different turns in my previous life as a painter, but when I discovered, or rediscovered toys, I began just trying to my hand at tiny felt fabric animals from some free patterns I’d found online….they happened to be retro-style patterns from the Japanese toy designer Ayumi Uyama..so there is that Japanese take on retro that has been swirling around for the past few years in toyland. I guess you sort of summed up how I would describe what I’ve ended up doing…I try to make things “impossibly cute”…not sure I always succeed, but I get a kick out of it when I do a little squeal upon finishing a piece.

 

violetpie cat

 

-When and what was your first plush project?

Oh gee…no idea what was first. Maybe my Cheshire Cat? I sort of jumped right from small sewn felt to boiled wool and mohair things…

 

Cheshire cat by Violetpie

 

Poodle by Violetpie

 

-What came first, sewing or needle felting and what compelled you use the two skills together?

After trying the little sewn felt animals, though I had fun with them, I felt limited, and that’s when I decided to buy a needle felting kit on ebay. That was maybe 2007. I made a little jointed panda, and it turned out nicely, but I didn’t take to felting right away. I guess I took it back out when I realized there was something I wanted to create that just called for felting. And that’s still how I use it. I do make all-felted things, but not as much these days. I have an old bear from childhood, a Rushton sad bear, that inspired me to felt a face and add it to the furry body. That bear, and seeing Mark Ryden‘s interpretations of those old rubber-face toys, really got me going.

 

 Chloe, Violetpie's first piece combining felting and mohair

 

Vintage "sad bear" from Jennifer's collection

 

-Which is your favourite plush piece to date?

I guess I’d say my curly jointed bunnies…but I am pretty happy with how my big, all-felted Humpty Dumpty turned out too.

 

curly jointed bunnies by Violetpie

 

 

Humpty Dumpty by Violetpie

 

-I am super excited about the 3 new patterns you have started selling, a mini bear, rabbit and elephant.Do you have any tips do you have for sewing these or advice on where to get the supplies.

Oh thank you Becky! I’ve wanted to get some patterns going for so long. My tip for sewing is to practice. I don’t consider myself anything near a pro…I’m sure a lot of my techniques are not at all correct…but I think like most things, a lot of practice is a good thing. Trial and error. As far as supplies, I work mostly in mohair and now silk velvet. I get mohair from Knoevelkes in the Netherlands. And I get small pieces of silk velvet from various Etsy sellers. eyes and joints, I get from Glass Eyes Online…but I also have a stash of Japanese vintage eyes that I’ve scoured ebay for. Those are a rare find.

 

Elephant by Violetpie

 

Needless to say I have already purchased my patterns and my collection will likely literally multiply like bunnies with plush versions of my Pudding and Sundae all over the house. If you want Violetpie original made by Jennifer you should check out her Etsy store.

Oh and did I say self indulgent post? Oh well, here you go pictures of my real bunnies, Pudding and Sundae :)

 

Pudding

 

 

Sundae

 

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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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Casie of BeBe Babies and Friends creates some crazy cute miniatures.

Tiny elephant by Casie

Tiny elephant by BeBe Babies

Check out the insanely adorable, mini creatures waiting for you in her flickr stream, etsy shop and blog. They are things that make you go Awwww.

Tiny bat by BeBe Babies and Friends

Tiny bat by BeBe Babies

Too Cute Tuesdays are brought to you in association with our friends over at Feeling Stitchy!

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