Pocket Dolls Part 3: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This week I’m back to posting my Pocket Dolls that will be on sale at FanExpo Vancouver in November – next up, Star Wars: The Force Awakens! I’ve made tiny versions of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren, check them out below the cut.

Rey

The biggest challenge for Rey was the hair, and I obsessed for awhile over how I wanted to do it. I thought about sewing individual strands to her head and then forming them into buns, which I did for a larger Rey I made (I’ll post pictures of her, too!), but that ended up being hell to work with and it just fell apart unless I sewed it all in place. I ended up crocheting a base of brown directly into her head (so her head is half flesh/half hair). Then I crocheted three flat pieces that are wider in the middle (started with single crochet then worked up from half double to double to triple crochet for the middle couple of stitches, then back towards single) and sewed them into loops that I then sewed on to her head. I think it worked ok. 🙂

The staff has a pipe cleaner down the middle to keep it from being too floppy, while avoiding using actual wire that could poke out (especially if a child buys it). I’m desperately hoping that a tiny Rey cosplayer will buy her so I can take a picture of Tiny Rey with Pocket Rey. There are lots of little girls dressing up as her at cons (which I love!), so fingers crossed.

Finn

Finn was actually the first of the SW Pocket Dolls I made. Don’t have much to say about him; I think he’s cute. 🙂

 

Poe

Poe came second (I was putting off making Rey because of her hair…), so Finn wouldn’t get lonely. I’ve added a couple of details to his flightsuit but I think I might add some more, still. It’s hard to get much detail when they’re small, though. Even so, he’s recognizable especially when paired with the others.
 

 

Stormpilot feels. <3 Cuddling up together.

but uh oh… someone’s coming to ruin it all…

Kylo Ren

On my concept sketch for Kylo Ren, I just wrote ‘MORE EMO’ and ‘bigger ears’ lol. He does in fact have slightly bigger ears than the others; I added one extra stitch. Could probably be more emo, though. He needs a Hot Topic tee shirt. 😉

 

 Fight, fight, fight! Go Rey!

 Our new Trio. 🙂

That’s it for now – more coming soon!

Free Pokeball Pattern & some exciting news

First up today, I have some exciting news! If you’re in the Vancouver area/Lower Mainland, come down to Geek Crossing in Maple Ridge and you’ll be able to see some of my crochet works on display and for sale! They just opened up as a craft studio and homemade shop, showcasing works by local geeky crafters and providing a space for crafting workshops. I have a few Pokeballs in there, and my Pocket!Captain America amigurumi that I posted about a couple of weeks ago. My next project is to get crochet kits put together to sell in the shop and at FanExpo. They’re aren’t quite done yet, but soon!

Speaking of Pokeballs, I’ve been making them like crazy the past couple of weeks. They’re quick and easy, and I figure they will be popular at FanExpo in November. Plus it’s fun flinging them at my friends as I finish each one and proclaiming that I’ve caught them. I know there are already lots of Pokeball patterns out there, but I figured I’d add mine to the pot. 🙂 Check it out for free below the cut!

I took a couple of tries at this to figure out the size I wanted. The first one was too big, the second too small… this one was just right. 🙂

Hook size – H / 5.00

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver in red, white, and black

Main ball

With red:

Magic circle 6
Inc ev st = 12
Inc ev 2nd – 18
Inc ev 3rd = 24
Inc ev 4th = 30
Inc ev 10th = 33
SC around for 3 rows = 33

Change to black

SC around for 2 rows = 33

Change to white

SC around for 4 rows = 33
Dec ev 10th = 30
Dec ev 4th = 24
Dec ev 3rd = 18
Dec ev 2nd = 12

Stuff firmly. I found it takes a lot of stuffing, just keep going until it’s the right shape and is relatively firm.

Dec ev st = 6

Finish off and close hole. Hide the ends inside the Pokeball.

Front button

With white:

Magic circle 6
Inc ev st = 12

Switch to black
Crocheting in back loops only – Inc ev 2nd = 18

Finish off and cut, leaving a long tail. Sew onto the Pokeball, over the side with the colour changes to hide them.

And done! Now you too can throw Pokeballs at all your friends in an attempt to catch them (though this may also cause them to run away… if this happens, just throw harder.)

 

Pocket Dolls Part 2: DC Comics Universe

Today I’ll be sharing my next set of Pocket Dolls for FanExpo Vancouver, this time from the DC universe – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Supergirl. I confess I’m more a Marvel than DC girl, but I do love the Nolan Batman films and I enjoy the various DC TV shows right now. And I’m definitely looking forward to the Wonder Woman film. 🙂 Check out individual pictures below the cut!

The Flash

I made the Flash first, as a commission for a friend of mine. He turned out pretty cute and since the show is popular right now (it’s definitely my favourite of the DC tv-verse) I made another one to sell at FanExpo.

Supergirl

I made Supergirl as a birthday present for a friend, but I may still make another one for FanExpo. She was my first attempt at a female pocket doll; I tried to give her some shaping to make her more feminine… it didn’t really work. Oh well, I’ll keep trying.  I really like how she turned out though!

Superman

That symbol is a pain to cut out – I did Supergirl’s with foam, which was too thick I thought, so I used felt for Superman. More important was including the forehead curl. 😉

Wonder Woman

I had more luck with body shaping this time, but either way it’s just not possible to give much shape to such a small body. I’m happy with how she turned out, though, and all the little details were fun! She’s got a whip at her side as well, you can see it better in the second picture.

Batman

I tried a different style for the cowl compared to the Flash and I like how it worked out. Since I wanted actual safety eyes (and some flesh) coming through the eyeholes on the Flash, I made his head first and then made the cowl and sewed it on separately. With Batman I decided to go for plain white eye shapes (using foam), so I crocheted the black right into the head and then worked slip stitches around the face section to give it some height and separate the black from the flesh. I think it worked well!

(that Bat-symbol is a pain to cut out though, even worse than the Superman symbol!)

That’s it for this time! Stay tuned, there are more Pocket dolls coming plus other things. 🙂