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I made an indy game!

I made an indy game!

The humble little indy game I’ve been working on is finally up on the App Store! Get it here!: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id884931157 This is was my first experience taking a complete game from concept to market solo. It's also why I've been away from DA for so long :P Please give it a try if you have an iOS device! If you like it, spread the word and leave a review! If not… well you can still leave a review; I appreciate any feedback you’re willing to offer :). The Android version is in the works, so stay tuned. Thanks for checking it out!

What kind of long-pile fabrics do you use?

What kind of long-pile fabrics do you use?

I've never worked with long-pile fabrics before so I thought I'd ask here in case someone who sees this has. I'd like to make something that would have a minky body with an identically-coloured but much more shaggy tail. What would you folks recommend shopping for in this case? Thanks for any help!

Stopping plush-making indefinitely

Stopping plush-making indefinitely

Plush-making has been an amazing hobby, but I think it's now time for me to move on. Thanks, everyone, for your support throughout my journey, and apologies to those who started following me expecting more.

Watchers falling off, or just me?

Watchers falling off, or just me?

So I noticed that my watcher count had dropped somewhat recently. I wouldn't normally give much thought to it since I understand that interests can be fleeting, but I found that people whom I've come to respect immensely were among those I had lost. I can't help growing a little paranoid that I might have done something offensive. :( If so, I'd like to know what so I may make it right or apologize. Oooooor... it could just be a DeviantArt bug. Is anyone else experiencing something similar?

How do you deal with Minky seams?

How do you deal with Minky seams?

So one minor but persistent problem I've had when sewing with Minky is the way the fibers sometimes get caught in the seams, leaving a relatively prominent groove. This also happens to some degree when embroidering on any substantially-napped fabric. I've tried searching online about this quirk, but have not found any articles addressing it. Have any of you who have worked with Minky experienced this problem, or is it just me? If the former, how do you resolve it? Thanks for any help!

Sulky embroidery floss colour matching tool!

Sulky embroidery floss colour matching tool!

For all the standing I do in front of the embroidery thread shelf at Joann matching colours to a reference sheet, I've always had this nagging feeling that I could have picked better colours for the pony cutie marks and eyes. I've found brand conversion tools online, but no reliable RGB-to-thread conversion. I recently came across a spreadsheet offered on Sulky's official site that gave RGB value equivalents to their entire offering, and I got this idea to build a tool to help me narrow down candidates for a target colour. Thought I'd share it with anyone who might find this useful :) ----> http://www.thurinus.com/threadmatcher/

Need recommendations for new Embroidery Software!

Need recommendations for new Embroidery Software!

So it looks like Sierra is discontinuing the free version of Stitch Era, Stitch Era Universal, sometime in 2013. The announcement was actually issued early last month, but I only noticed it today while creating the embroidery stitch files for the next pony. I had a good run with Stitch Era, but would prefer to explore and switch to other embroidery software as soon as possible. Do any of you have recommendations for good alternatives? It'd be nice if they were free, but I wouldn't mind paying for them if they're priced reasonably. Candidates must be able to export to Brother's PES stitch file format, and preferably be able to import vectors

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Quick reflection time! 2012 was generally uneventful, but still a good year for me. I started it in a rut and had prepared to close my dA account due to inactivity, but slowly picked drawing back up with encouragement from some colleagues and good friends. I soon followed this with pulling my old sewing machine out of cold storage of almost 5 years, and starting to re-discover tailoring with some simple outfits. Before long, I felt creatively active enough to justify making myself a premium member for the first time since joining in 2006. 2012 was also the year I got into MLP:FiM. While I still have qualms about embracing the "brony" label s

Reddit?

Reddit?

I've been refraining from using Reddit for various reasons, but am now considering it as a venue to gain some exposure. To those who use it to showcase work - do you folks find it beneficial? Does it come with some less-than-desirable baggage? I'll have to admit that its culture is still somewhat foreign to me, so any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

Doll Hats?

Doll Hats?

Does anyone know where I might be able to get cowboy hats meant for dolls in various sizes? I'm planning Applejack next, and I'd prefer to present her with a properly-formed felt cowboy hat. I've tried aftermarket hats meant to fit the 18" American Girl dolls, but those are a bit too big for my ponies... need them about 20% smaller. I'm hoping not to have to add hat-making to my repertoire just yet, so any help would be appreciated!

How do you embroider? (Updated with findings)

How do you embroider? (Updated with findings)

Update: I've done several experiments since asking this question, and have come to settle on the following settings to produce the best embroidery: Stabilizer: Heavyweight cut-away for the very best result (I used Pellon), or 2 layers of medium-weight tear-away (I've tried this for both Pellon and Sulky). Use a water-soluble stabilizer on top of Minky to keep the nap down so the pile will not show through. Needle: Standard sharp needle, even on Minky. Some recommended ballpoint needles, but the result turned out a bit more sketchy than I'd like. Embroidery File: 7stitches/mm density, 5 units of fixed pull compensation for pattern fills, a
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