MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, keep checking back, as more characters and their colors will be added soon!)
MLP: Minky Color Guide:
Which minky color works best for ______ (insert MLP character here)?
This journal is an attempt to answer that question. There are more than 50 shades of minky out there, and as a plushie maker, I realize that it can be difficult to know which color will work best for the particular pony you're working on. This is made even more frustrating by the fact that many of the images of the minky do not show the true color!
I recently ordered a ton of swatches from fabric.com, and I'm continuing to collect swatches from various websites, in an attempt to get most of the minky colors. Because I have the actual fabric with me, I can compare it to the characters' colors to see which fits best, to ensure that you can make a plushie that is as show-accurate as possib
Pony ResourcesI'm routinely updating this post with new resources that people send me. So feel free to send me links to tutorials or other informational posts/deviations/links that you think might be helpful to plushy makers!Pony Resources2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been putting together a new list of pony resources over the last few weeks. It's been a while since I did the first journal post on the topic and unfortunately a lot of the original links went dead when BabyLondonStar deactivated her account. I also wanted to include some links for other non-eye and mark related things that I've found over the time I've been on deviantART.
There's a really cool tutorial by BeeZee-Art for making spiral plushie horns that I thought folks might like to see for their unicorns. I think you could also apply it to plushies where the horn is sewn in already, getting your needle in there might be a little harder though.
Once you've finished sewing your pony you may want to take
Tutorial: How to hide knotsHere's a quickie tutorial I put together on how to effectively hide knots and make your closed seams pretty!Tutorial: How to hide knots1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Tuck in your seam allowance.
Use a ladder stitch to close the seam. When you tug the thread the stitches disappear!
When you finish closing your seam knot your thread and place the needle into the same place your thread came out.
Push the needle through to the other side and gently tug the thread until you hear the knot pop through. You've successfully hidden your knot!
If you're using minky, take a needle and carefully brush the fur out of the seam. When you're finished you should have a nice pretty seam that's barely visible!
TUTORIAL: Digitizing for Embroidery! [Video+Audio]Hey everyone! So here is my tutorial on digitizing for embroidery. I took some video screen capture with Jing and commented on what I was doing! (Ohlordmyvoice. XD )TUTORIAL: Digitizing for Embroidery! [Video+Audio]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
- Photoshop CS 5
- PE Design 7
- Brother SE400 sewing/embroidery machine.
If you have PE design lite, I think this is about the same. And the process should at least be similar with other programs as well. Enjoy, and I hope this helps!
How to make your very own Helix Fossil PillowThese are INSTRUCTIONS on how to make a Helix Fossil Pillow like the one below. It is not a tutorial and I do not have pictures of the process because I didn't think of it when I was making it, and I'm not going to make another. You will need some previous knowledge of sewing to follow these instructions. I am absolutely not going to teach people to sew - there are lots of resources on the internet if that's what you want. I might add a doodled example pattern later, but that's pretty much all the help you'll get!How to make your very own Helix Fossil Pillow1 week ago in Personal More Like This
0.3 meter (1/2 yd) fabric for the pillow body (I used minky, fleece may also be an option)
Scraps of fabric for detailing in lighter and darker browns
0.25 m Medium-weight fusible interfacing (optional)
Sewing machine or really talented fingers
Scissors and whatnot
A large piece of paper for drafting
MLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with MinkyMy Little Pony Plushie StyleMLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with Minky2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What: Minky is a polyester, microfiber fabric that is extremely soft. It is often used in baby blankets and quilts, but also seems to be the fabric of choice for many plushie makers.
(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!)
These tools can help make your experience working with minky much easier...
Rotary Cutter: http://www.beverlys.com/olfa-rotary-cutter-28mm.html You can use this to cut the minky directly around your pattern pieces on a flat surface, instead of trying to pin the pattern and hold up the fabric while cutting with scissors. The smaller the blade size, the better, because they go around tight curves easier.
Walking Foot: These sewing machine accessories are very useful. When sewing, because minky is slippery, the fabric may slide around a bit and get off track, making your plushie (or whatever you're making) not as accu
How To Photograph Your CraftsThe absolute number one cause of rejection of DD suggestions for most Artisan Craft CVs is poor photography. There is nothing worse than seeing an otherwise brilliant piece ruined by a dodgy photo. But even beyond DD acceptance, if you want to people on dA to be able to appreciate your skill you need to be able to show your work off to advantage.How To Photograph Your Crafts6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Sometimes I'll tell a self-suggester that I can't feature their work because of the quality of the photography and they'll inevitably reply, "Oh, I'll have to get a better camera."
Repeat after me: the tools never make the artist.
You don't need a $9000 sewing machine to stitch a dress, you don't need a $1000 stand mixer to bake a cake, and you similarly don't need a top of the range SLR to take a brilliant photograph. It's all in how you take the photo.
To help us understand photography concepts a little more, Fella is going to help us out. Say hi Fella!
You want to make plushies? Tips and resources listEdit: added a part about fabric selection before 'where do I start'!You want to make plushies? Tips and resources list1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Ever since I posted Wolf Link and Midna I've been getting an influx of messages asking me to teach, reveal my secrets, take people under my wing, and so on. The sad thing is I can't spend all that much time one on one with everybody asking me to teach them. So I've decided to put together this massive block of text, relating some of my personal experience in plush making and listing off all my resources at the bottom. This will cover the very basics of plush and pattern making so if you are completely new to plush making this is for you, if you're not and you're just looking for resources skip to the bottom. I hope this will be helpful to someone!
First off, the reality. The big secret. The key to becoming a good plush artist is...
I can already feel the glares and exasperation but hear me out first.
One thing I've noticed with a lot of the messages I got were that a lot of people were scared of screwing up.
10 Tips for Taking Better PhotosA good photo is key to selling your plushie online. Your customer can't hold it in their hands and look at it from all angles, so it’s up to you to provide clear, sharp photos that will capture their interest and convince them to buy from you.10 Tips for Taking Better Photos1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1. Use a tripod. A steady camera means a sharper image, and lets you concentrate on framing the shot. You can get a small, simple, perfectly satisfactory tripod for about $10, or in a pinch you can prop your camera on a flat surface If for some reason you are obliged to hold the camera, grasp it with both hands, draw your elbows in until they touch, press your arms as tightly as possible to your chest, and hold your breath while snapping the photo.
2. Unlike most subjects, plushies aren't going to fidget, so you have plenty of time to compose your shot (if your plushie does start fidgeting, run away as fast as you can and call an exorcist). Make sure the plushie is centered and fills up most of the frame. Most c
Plush making advice I wish someone told meI shared this advice over on Diffeomorphismhttp://vengefulspirits.deviantart.com/journal/Calling-all-plush-makers-novice-and-expert-417399214 journal but I thought I would share it here too.Plush making advice I wish someone told me3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Shaving Faux fur:
For Faux fur plushie makers, You should invest in a WAHl Kennel Pro, I bought two Andis clippers, both gave out after trimming faux fur for a few min. Also Make sure to keep your Clippers oiled and cleaned after using.
I recommend trim the Faux fur first before cutting out the pattern, so if you do cut too deep you can always make a new piece to replace it before sewing your plush together. Make sure to trim with the fur pile not against it, or you will just cut all the fur off, you want to trim it not make it bald.
Keep in mind being a plush artist gets very pricey, with Faux fur some fur colors are rare and you will some
So you want to digitizeIn this tutorial I'm going to attempt to explain how to autodigitize images into embroidery files. There are many different software programs out there. Here is a link to some free software called Stitch Era: http://www.imprimeo.net/howget.htmSo you want to digitize2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I rarely use Stitch Era so in this tutorial I'll be showing you how to digitize using PE Design Lite!
This software is best used in conjunction with an image editing program like Adobe Photoshop. I've found that PE Design Lite is quite finicky with colors so you need a high quality vector image of the design you want to digitize.
So the first thing you need to do is find or create your design. Once you have a good quality image open your software.
Note: PE Design Lite has only the most basic of functions. For more embroidery options you'll need to buy/download more advanced digitizing programs.
Step 1: Open software
Step 2: Import your image
This is the file I want to digitize:
Step 3: Click the autodigitize button and the color grid will pop up.
Tutorial: How to machine stitch heads onto bodiesTutorial time! This is another basic tutorial that will show you how to machine stitch a plush's head onto its body. Please be aware that I can't teach anyone how to make patterns. I'm just putting together a few tips and tricks that will hopefully help someone.Tutorial: How to machine stitch heads onto bodies16 hours ago in Personal More Like This
Sew your plush's body together, leaving the entire back open.
Sew your plush's head together, also leaving the back open.
Match the head to the body and pin. When making your pattern, make sure the circumference of the opening at the bottom of the head is equal to the circumference of the neck opening of the plush body.
Sew a straight line from one end to the other.
The plush's head is now attached!
You should now have a plush with the entire back open! All you have to do now is finish it!
OC Art contestI've decided to start an art contest! it starts today, and ends on February 16Th 2014 (which is also my Birthday. yay! , but I reserve the rights to extend the contest if is necessary )OC Art contest2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Edit* Current Judges: :iconjojuki: :iconcrasydwarf: :iconchibi-pets:
The 1st Prize, will get a free pony plush, made by me! The winner can choose any kind of pony (such as his/her OC, or any show character, but with no outfits). If you win, you can ask for a filly, mare, or a stallion!
*note: the winner will have to pay the shipping cost.
The 2 st Prize, will get a Twelve Month Premium Membership ( you can go to my profile if you want to donate points to the cause)
The 3 st Prize, will be a Three Month Premium Membership
Thanks to: :iconhowlforlife: :iconkazzysplushemporium: :iconaina93: :iconamandaam: :iconcapreola: :iconnufffluff: :iconleaaventurera: for donate some points ^^
Here are the
Pricing 101Pricing 101Pricing 1015 months ago in Personal More Like This
How to determine what you should charge for your work
In light of the absolutely horrendous commission page DA started up which encourages artists to sell their work for literally pennies, let me talk about pricing artwork. Or more specifically, how I price my work.
This...guide? Advice? Thing? Highlights what I've learned about pricing throughout the last few years. I do not touch on the subject of beginner pricing, simply because there are no set guidelines for that and beginner pricing usually ends up being extremely subjective. This guide assumes that the reader is somewhat experienced in their craft and is looking for pointers on pricing. However I still highly encourage beginners to read! This is what pricing should be like, not mere pennies for hours upon hours of work. This also focuses on crafts and sewing but a lot of it is s
Plushie Making GoodnessI have been making plushes for about 2-3 months now, and have found the community amazing in providing guides, tutorials and advice on all aspects of plushie making.Plushie Making Goodness1 year ago in Personal More Like This
For that reason I thought it would be a great idea to gather all of the information that I have used into one place so that other plushie makers can get great help and guidance as well.
Here you can find a collection of free and paid patterns, tutorials and guides on pattern making.
Free Patterns & Tutorials
Voodoo-Tiki's Pony Plushie Tutorial - http://browse.deviantart.com/artisan/customdolls/plushies/?qh=§ion=&q=mlp+plushie+pattern#/d4u0t6a
haiban's Pony Pattern Tutorial - Part 1 |
Twilight video + upholstery foam in Pinkie reviewFirst off, I finally finished editing one of the livestream videos! You can watch Winter Wrap Up Twilight being made(in fast motion) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYWHxudsAN8Twilight video + upholstery foam in Pinkie review1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Now, a giant Pinkie update!
Some people had suggested that I use foam in Pinkie for various reason, and I decided it would be worth a try. Here are my thoughts and results!
I used upholstery foam(or foam cushioning as some might know it) because it's thick, regains its shape even if it's crushed, and it's available at Wal Mart in large quantities ahah.
First off it was more expensive than I expected, but still not horrendously expensive. I bought a 48"x72" piece for $65. This is enough for one and a half ponie. Second, I really underestimated its weight. This stuff is HEAVY. I was hoping to reduce Pinkie's weight by using this foam, but that didn't happen.
Fitting it in the plush:
I measured and cut large strips of the foam and rolled them up so they would fit through the body. I didn't roll them supe
Double plush pony give away!Hey everypony! As promised it's give away time for my 500 watcher give away!Double plush pony give away!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Well.. I thought alot about what kind of plush I should choose.. because the poll was erm.. ya.. not very helpful xD
I decided to give you two different chances to win!
First Prize: Winner's OC pony in my new cuddly pattern!
Second Prize: Chibi pony in costume (surprise)
international shipping included!
How to enter?
You have to be my watcherYou have to write a journal about this give awayYou have to fav this journalYou have to draw a picture of my OC Stellar Crystal (every medium allowed). You may NOT use bases or trace other peoples' art – I want to see your own originality! (pictures about nightmare night, christmas, spring and so on are very welcome!)You have to comment this journal (with picture link + jour
Sophillia's plush Giveaway Contest!Hi guys! In order to unveil what will be my new pattern for fillies, I am doing a giveaway! Please be sure to read all the rules or you may be disqualified!Sophillia's plush Giveaway Contest!2 months ago in Personal More Like This
In order to enter, you must enter a piece of art of your pony and my oc, Mona Pia, doing something fun together! Please take into account what Mona Pia likes and her personality ( read description below ).
Your entry can be anything- a drawing, digital, traditional, a sculpture, or even a plush of your own! Do whatever I you think shows off your talent best. Whatever you enter, it must be made completely by you. No using other people's work, even if it is free to use. I want to see what you can do!
No NSFW please! If you have any questions, please note me.
One winner will receive a filly version of their oc in my new pattern!
Please note that if a design is very complicated, for example like Rainbow Dash, I may simplify it. I have cerebral palsy, as some of you know alre
Plush Artist Tips!So, Since Promise left the ability to post a blog open...I'm going to take a crack at it!! Post your tips for plushing!!Plush Artist Tips!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
How do you sew hooves on? How do you get them to lay flat?
Tips for Pattern making? How do you get show accuracy? Darts or no? 3, 4 or more piece head? Why? Legs attached to belly gore, or sewn on seperately?
What do YOU use for eyes and cutie marks? Applique? what fabric? what sort of thread? Embroidery Machine? Embroidery program? Iron on paint?
Favorite pair of scissors? Rotary or Scissors? Trace your pattern or pin? Do you pin or tack?
And of course, favorite fabric to work with, why and where do you get it!
Post any random things you've learned since you started sewing, what worked for you, what didn't.
Haha, hopefully this will get some discussions going!! (and hopefully :iconLatentPromise: doesn't mind me doing this)
Mane and Tail Pattern Collection and DonationsHi folks!Mane and Tail Pattern Collection and Donations17 hours ago in Personal More Like This
This is the post where I explain how the Mane and Tail Pattern Collection is going to work and how I'm going to accept pattern donations for it.
I want to put out a collection of Mane and Tail Patterns. This is one of the things that people ask for repeatedly, but I don't have the time to design all the styles people want. I will put in the sweat and tears to vector, resize, test, and write instructions for Mane and Tail patterns that people donate to me. I will sell them as a package on Etsy and give all of the profits from that pattern package to Doctors without Borders ( http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ ).
What I need from you is donations of your Mane and Tail patterns with your permission to use them for this package. I promise I won't use them for anything else and that I'll let people know how much profit gets donated to charity at least twice a year. I will also send a free copy of the finished Mane and Tail pattern package
So you want to buy minkyI get asked this question alot and I promised a guide a while back but I'm just now getting around to making it! Here is a list of websites where you can buy minky fabric for your projects!So you want to buy minky2 years ago in Personal More Like This
www.beverlys.com - search cuddle 3
www.joann.com - search for Soft n Comfy
www.minkee.com.au - Australia
Land of Oh Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/listing/95419080/1-yard-1-mm-smooth-cuddle-minky-fabric?ref=usr_faveitems
Igloo0203 - http://myworld.ebay.com/igloo0203/&_trksid3984.m1439.l2754 - This seller has a wide color selection and the minky comes in 3mm and 5mm pile! She's located in Korea and shipping usually takes about 2 weeks, or at least that is when my orders arrive.
KYcutters - http://myworld.ebay.com/kycutters/?_trksid4340.l2559 - They sell Benartex Minkee Gelat
Pony Plushie Giveaway!EDIT: Holy potatoes, Batman!Pony Plushie Giveaway!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I've been trying to thank everybody individually, but that has proven a truly herculean task against the tsunami of messages and new faces washing over my inbox! I'll try to respond to everybody, but in case I don't, consider this my great big THANK YOU to everyone!
This is just...phenomenal beyond words. Thank you guys SO much, and best of luck to everypony!
After four and a half years of being here on DA, I've finally reached what I consider to be a rather impressive milestone--I've reached my 100th watcher! Frankly, I'm ecstatic to know that one hundred different people have viewed my art and decided that I am worth following--as an artist, I don't believe there is any greater compliment than that.
So in return for being so kind to me, I want to do something nice for all of you, my watchers!
Working with MinkyMinky is a very popular fabric choice for making plush ponies, and MLPPlushies has an article on working with it: http://mlpplushies.deviantart.com/journal/Tips-and-Tricks-Working-with-Minky-319075769Working with Minky2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Personally I prefer tacking to pinning, since minky is so thin the pins distort and pull the fabric. You can also use clamps or paper clips (although paper clips also tend to fall off). I also always back minky with iron-on interfacing, to make transferring the pattern easier, and to keep it from slithering, wrinkling and stretching quite so much.
Any other tricks you'd like to share?
Do not ever order fabric from Fabric.comAs my last journal entry stated, I've been having issues with my most recent order from Fabric.com. I know many other plushie makers are also experiencing problems with them. I would encourage everyone to avoid purchasing from them and spread the word that they are no longer a good source for minky. I placed and order for four yards of fabric and a swatch on August 26th. Their website states that orders will be shipped within two business days of purcahse. Nearly two weeks later on September 7th, I received an email saying one of the colors I purchased was out of stock and that those two yards would be canceled. They say that there is a 7-10 day wait for a refund if an order is canceled. I think this is ridiculous when I did not cancel the order myself and when I paid through paypal and they could easily refund the cost with the click of a few buttons. However, I waited the 7-10 days. ThiDo not ever order fabric from Fabric.com1 year ago in Personal More Like This