Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stitch Wars Strikes Back!

The excitement for this show has been uncontainable!!! ...I wonder, is that a real word? Oh look! It is!

I've been looking forward to Stitch Wars Strikes Back since opening night of Stitch Wars (2009), when Amanda mentioned that she wanted to do it again in a few years. Inside my head I was like, OMG!!! I can't wait! Ever since then I been dreaming nothing but Star Wars.... ok maybe that's taking it a bit too far... the characters have been in my mind since the first show though. Hence the update and multiple re-prints of the Star Wars stickers. I haven't wanted to do the plush dolls outside of the show because I wanted them to be special... ok except for the Friendly Wampa that has been commissioned 4 times. But that's IT, there are only 6 of him in existence! What I am trying to say is that this show is very special to me because it was my first gallery invitation show. I want to Celebrate the upcoming Stitch Wars Strikes Back, so I created my very first Small Tips post, I hope you all enjoy them.

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Small Tips : Posts to help and support the plush hand crafting community.

Tip 1. Select your materials. In this case I am using fleece, which is a stretchy material, so I need to make sure that when I cut my pieces they are all stretching to the same side. That is very important to remember, the stuffed plush could look awkward if the material stretches in different directions.

Tip 2. If you have a pattern cut all your fabric first and pin them together. I know we want to get to sewing as soon as possible, but believe me this way saves time and avoids errors/mistakes... oh look at that I forgot the boots and belt buckle.

Much better. Those are his ears, by the belt and to the right of the head. His arms are on top of the yellow felt to the right.

Tip 3. Save your patterns in plastic bags and label them. I like to save a picture of what the final product should resemble. It helps me remember the design, and of course do multiples if necessary. I also like to write notes on my patterns, specially if its an old pattern and I have learned better ways to do things.

I hope to see you all at Stitch Wars Strikes Back at Bear and Bird Gallery + Boutique, Lauderhill, FL on opening night August 13.

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