I've had a couple people ask me about how I make armatures for my needle felted figures, so I put together a simple tutorial. It's not pretty, but I hope it gets the point across. This method basically uses a cork board as a wire jig. I've not heard of anyone else using this method, so I figured I'd share, since I find it very helpful. All my armatures are made with this method. The smaller armature in the last picture went on to become Fluttershy, and the other one was supposed to be Phere but I broke it later. XD
Well, since I was making an armature for another pony, I decided to document the process to make a tutorial like a couple of you guys have expressed interest in. I've seen another sculptor use this same technique (dragon and beasties) but I don't think it's that common. It's kind of tricky, but I find it a hell of a lot easier than making separate pieces for the body and then trying to get them to stay together without moving. You can basically use this for any kind of quadruped, and after you read this it would be pretty easy to figure out how to add more limbs, like wings.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. This is my first tutorial ever, so I might not be entirely thorough. I also would rather have had this all in one tutorial, but SAI doesn't allow you to make anything more than 10,000 pixels wide or high. So two parts it is!
Here it is! This didn't take as long as I thought it would, but I did have to spend some time moving things around because I almost ran out of room, and I was definitely not going to make a part 3.
Anyway, I hope this tutorial helped. I find this method way easier than piecing together different parts of wire, but some people have nice success with that. This is just how I do it, and I think it's a nifty little way to do it, so I wanted to share.
This is my very first tutorial, so please comment and tell me how I did! I'll also answer any questions anyone has. But seriously, freaking comment. If you favorite without commenting I'll punch you with a cookie.
If anyone is interested in another way to make armatures, here is the tutorial made by ~SnowFox102[link] She is an amazing felter and gave me a lot of advice when I got started. This tutorial helped a lot, although I'm pretty damn incompetent at connecting the separate wires, which is why I do mine this way. But it is easier to make each piece with her method, so if you are having trouble with my method then give her's a look!
Since I've benefited from so much good advice from tutorials on DA, I've decided to post some of my own, in the interest of helping others and giving back to this awesome community. There are lots of tutorials out there, but I haven't seen one yet for doing Pony Plushie Fetlocks, so I decided to post one. Now, keep in mind this is only how I do Fetlocks; it's probably the most inefficient way to do them, but it worked well on the last stallion I did, so it should work for you!
I am working on Pt 2 now, and it will include how I sew the bottoms of hooves in order to get them looking, well, hoof-shaped. It took me forever to figure it out, and I am still tweaking it. I promise you, it's not magic.
This tutorial assumes that you a) have a pony plushie pattern already, and b) have a basic sewing skillset. I would also highly recommend a sewing machine, but I suppose you could do it by hand (but I don't envy you the hand cramps you're going to have later).
Also, I am in no way endorsing Mountain Dew and M&Ms; they are my sewing snacks of choice, so I had to add them to my tutorial.
MLP:FIM belongs to Hasbro & Ms. Faust; the pattern & method shown are my own creation. If you would like to use my method, go ahead! (I do not give out my pattern, however) Please link back so I can see what you made.
Thanks for looking, and I hope that you find this tutorial useful!
Part 4 of my tutorial for making embroidery files in Stitch Era. This should about wrap things up! Make sure to save your progress and save the mirrored eye separately XP
I only included some brief tips on setting up the embroidery machine. The machine instructions will provide way more information, I just added some of the things I had to learn on my own.
With my sloppy handwriting I didn't have much space, but use the tearaway stabilizer underneath the fabric and the water soluble stabilizer on top. The water soluble stuff is necessary for minky; if you don't use it the fur will poke up through the stitches. You don't need any stabilizer on top of fleece.
After this point, if there are problems in the embroidery, just go back to the file and edit some more like in this part of the tutorial.
Mini Dashie Sewing Scissors 6 pieces of felt Light blue thread Sewing needle
Cut your pieces of felt to look like those pictured in the photo. The long similarly shaped pieces will be her tail, the claw like pieces are her bangs, and the three similarly shaped pieces are the back of her mane. I didn't want to attempt my normal Dashie mane pattern on pieces this small because it would be an absolute nightmare to sew. So, this tutorial will be detailed and simple.
Hope this tutorial can help you, I like this socks because they fit ponies well ^^. Sorry if you find some grammar mistake, I'm not native speaker u.u. But I think its clear (hope so!!! Y-Y) If you make them I really want to seee!! >w< just give the link of your pony with this kind of socks
EDIT: I also make custom plushies! Please check out the rest of my gallery!
I hope this tutorial can come in handy for you all! Feel free to post questions and I will answer them by and by.
I believe you all can make wonderful plushies! <3
EDIT: Here are a few tips and tricks I have picked up from Redditors:
Eight_Quarter_Bit: "for those members without a lot of confidence in free-hand sketching eyes, I bet you could probably cheat and find a vector of MLP eyes, drop it into a document editor to set its dimensions on a page, and print it out as the pattern to go by. This would also make it easy to make sure both the left and right eye were identical but mirrored."
ghostway: "A couple suggestions/personal preferences:
- Instead of a generic felt-tip pen, there's a blue embroidery marker pen you can buy just about anywhere that has embroidery supplies. Doesn't stain, and even if it did, it washes right out with water. (There's a white pencil that does the same thing, but it's rubbish.)
- That said, I cheat horribly and use the reversed printout backing method for doing the outlines. But everything I do is just framed fabric, not plushes, so I don't know if that'd cause problems.
- When I do the outlines, I understitch and overstitch. That is, first I do the outline with one or two strands, and then I satin stitch over it to fill in the solid color, and then I go back and re-stitch the border around there (at four+ strands) with a straight stitch, or my new favourite, a modified split stitch. It's possibly overkill, but I don't want to run the risk of leaving a gap between the satin-stitched areas and the outline.
- For really tiny round areas, like the smallest white highlight on the eye, I prefer a french knot, pressed flat.
- Also, a note to anyone out there doing this for the first time: when filling in with the satin stitch, do the entire width of the area with each stitch; don't try to do it in a series of little centimeter-long stitches. I made that mistake on my first piece, possibly because I was transitioning from cross-stitch, and the result was really shoddy looking and just generally not good."