How do you prefer to orient the nap of a fuzzy fabric when using it to make pony or animal plushies?
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Top to bottom
Front to back
Other consistent direction (specify s'il vous plaît!)
Every which way

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adamlhumphreys's avatar
I think Top to bottom and Front to back are both equally valid. I guess it really depends on how you want your fabric to stretch. It would be awesome if there was a program that could reshape a vector based pattern dependent on fabric direction and type. :D
thurinus's avatar
Yeah I was asking this question because I was wondering if people used the knit stretch to control shapes of the face and legs, which is what I'm thinking of doing.
adamlhumphreys's avatar
I hear you. Well, I know I do. It's all a matter of where you want more play to occur. :) I remember when I sewed my Bon Bon and somehow managed to be 90 degrees off. :XD:
valleyviolet's avatar
Some napped fabrics have two-way nap that mirrors across the center of the fabric. This confused the crap out of me when I first started working with fake fur.
Thysania's avatar
Wow! I have never seen (or noticed, maybe) this kind of fabric before! Cool and weird!
WhiteHeather's avatar
I figure people are more likely to pet it top to bottom so that's the way I always orient it. I also always make sure that the nap on the nose gusset is oriented in such a way that it feels smooth if you stroke the nose.
thurinus's avatar
I'd think people will stroke ponies front to back on their bodies, but their heads do take up a bulk of their mass which is indeed stroked top to bottom. Nap going front to back feels natural for the torso but wouldn't feel good for the legs, though, which means splitting pieces and having unsightly seams :P
WhiteHeather's avatar
Yeah I feel like the greater percentage of the body makes more sense to have it going top to bottom and I want to have it going the same way in all places since it can look a pretty different color when you have the nap going one way right next to it going the opposite way.
PheiPlushies's avatar
:icontwilightsmileplz: Body top to bottom, head front to back.
NazFX's avatar
I orientate it top to bottom, to make things more simple. Part of me wants to orientate it the way it should flow on a horse, but I know people wont pet the plush that way.
thurinus's avatar
But... I do pet my plush that way :(
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