First of all, thank you for your ongoing support! I feel guilty that I haven't had much time to respond to many of the comments and notes I've received. I've been meaning to put together a "frequently asked questions" page for some time now. I hope it helps!
- What type of yarn and hooks do you use?
I usually use worsted weight (medium weight 4) acrylic yarn and a size F hook (3.75mm) for most of my works. Occasionally, I will use a size E (3.50mm) to make smaller pieces as needed.
- What yarn brands do you use?
I started off using mostly "Red Heart Supersaver" yarn since it was inexpensive. I've expanded into other brands for a greater range of colors including: "I Love This Yarn", "Lion Brand", "Impeccable", "Vanna's Choice", and a few others. Basically, I will use any brand of worsted weight yarn if it comes in the color I want. I am easy to please
- Do you sell your patterns?
I do not sell my patterns since I usually make copyrighted characters. I do have a few patterns posted for free here: aphid777.deviantart.com/galler…. However, I do not have patterns for all of my works. Most of the stuff I make comes from my head as I work, with the help of reference photos. I have no idea what I'm doing a lot of the time, believe it or not.
- How do you make the eyes on your works?
I used cut-out felt for my earlier works and sewed the pieces to the surface. Nowadays, I needle felt directly onto the surface of my works after assembling it. I have a simple, brief tutorial here:
- What materials do you use for needle felting?
I use a special needle felting needle to make eyes. These needles have notches that catch the wool fibers and condense it together as you stab. I like using coarse needles because from my personal experience, the material sticks better to the crocheted surface. Most of the time, I use wool roving for eyes and details. Occasionally, I will brush out some yarn if I don't have the color I need and use it as my "wool". I prefer wool over brushed out yarn because it layers on more smoothly, in my opinion.
- What do your abbreviations stand for?
Ch: chain stitch
Sc: single crochet
Hdc: half double crochet
Dc: double crochet
Inc: single crochet increase
Dec: single crochet decrease
Sl st: slip stitch
FO: fasten off
- Do you have any tutorials?
I do not have any tutorials. However, there are tons of resources on YouTube and online that teach the basics of crochet. If you are a beginner and are interested in learning how to make 3-D stuff, I would recommend looking up these basic stitches: chain stitch, single crochet stitch, single crochet increase, single crochet decrease, magic ring.
- Do you sell your work?
Crocheting is just a hobby and a stress-reliever and I mostly make things based off of copyrighted characters, so I wouldn't feel right making a profit off of them. Sorry!
- Can I sell things made from your patterns?
I would prefer that you didn't sell stuff made from my patterns since I am posting them for free as a learning tool. Thank you in advance!
I'll continue to update this periodically as needed!