Game of Thrones Craft Round-Up

Hey everyone! It’s been forever I know. It’s been a pretty shitty year, and I haven’t felt up to any blogging, but Game of Thrones is back! The final season is here at last, and I am not emotionally prepared… So I figured now was as good a time as any to post a round up of my GoT related cosplay and crochet over the years, starting with the earliest and working forward. Plus this post is inspired by the girl who helped me over the weekend at EB Games, where I bought the new Dany on the Iron Throne Funko Pop on a whim. As she checked me out, we got talking about cosplay and I mentioned my Dany cosplay. I gave her one of my business cards, then realized after that I barely have any pictures of said cosplay posted anywhere on my blog or Instagram. So this seemed like a good opportunity to fix that!

First up, the shorter of the categories – cosplay! I’ve done a couple of Dany cosplays over the years, though the first one was super basic. A fantasy/sci fi exhibit featuring the Iron Throne was coming to Seattle way back in 2013, and I got it into my head at the last minute that I wanted to be Daenerys. Having no sewing skills to speak of, and no time, I appealed to a friend of mine who had a thrown-together season 1 Dany costume that she’d recently worn to a GoT debate. It was too big for me and basically consisted of pinned together rags and some leggings, but when I put it on I felt powerful. I was the Khaleesi. And I was going to sit on the Iron Throne.

I headed down with a few friends, one of whom is a photography enthusiast in possession of a very big camera. The good photography made up for the questionable costume that kept falling off, and somehow he managed to make me look reasonably badass on that Throne instead of having my usual ‘mild constipation’ photo expression. Walking around the exhibit as the Khaleesi was nerve wracking for this introvert, and yet empowering. I was determined to do it again, and this time to do it right.

Which led to my project of September 2013. I knew I wanted to make her blue dress from Astapor, because season 3 had just ended and I, like so many others, was inspired by the moment that Daenerys used her dragons to take control of Astapor. I had been the Khaleesi, and now I wanted to be the Mother of Dragons. So I found this pattern online and enlisted my grandmother’s help. The extent of my sewing experience before this was a few dolls, and the only clothing I’d ever made was a misshapen hoodie and pair of shorts in high school. Neither was wearable in public.

Many hours of tears and frustration later, mostly from the damned criss-crossed bodice, not to mention the ‘dragon scale’ embroidery, it was done just in time for our yearly Halloween party. And a year later the Iron Throne came to Vancouver, so I got to sit on it again! Better costume, but worse photography since my friend with the good camera wasn’t with me. Oh well. It was awesome anyway! And the real dress was on display so I spent about ten minutes staring at it trying to figure out how the damned bodice went together.

Ironically I don’t really have any pictures of this dress that I’m super happy with. I need to do a proper photoshoot one of these days! But here are a few I do have. 🙂

At the Game of Thrones exhibit in Vancouver in 2014:

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Waiting in line for the exhibit with my dragons.

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A different time on the Iron Throne! This time at an Improv show I went to a few years back, where they had the Iron Throne on stage and let people take pictures on it.

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With mini-me at FanExpo!

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Dany could be the Doctor, right? I’d watch it.IMG_2300

The dress has gone through a few modifications over the years – I replaced the Velcro that was holding the side together with a zipper (my proudest moment!), adding some extra fabric when it became too tight (a less proud moment), and redid the entire underskirt at one point because it was too long. And my wigs have progressed from crappy $20 shiny party wig to marginally better $30 EBay wig to good quality but wrong style Arda wig, and finally to the Arda ‘Grace’ wig which is probably the best I’ll get without buying a lace front. I still have things I want to fix on that costume, but all things considered I’m pretty proud of it!

I’d love to do one of Dany’s season 7 costumes, but I’m not cosplaying or going to cons much anymore. Maybe one day. 🙂

Ok that  ‘shorter section’ went longer than expected. And now, on to crochet! Ironically, the first Game of Thrones crochet piece I ever made is also the one I’m still most proud of, and the one thing that I’m most known for. The full story can be found at my blog post here, but the short version is that nearly 6 years ago, on May long weekend 2013, I decided I wanted to crochet something Game of Thrones related. I could have started with something small, like a doll. Instead I went big. And then my friend Sam enabled me. And then this happened.

 

My Game of Thrones blanket has gotten around – it’s been my booth backdrop for FanExpo Vancouver on multiple occasions, and it once starred in a GoT stage parody show. These days it mostly just hangs out on the back of my couch. I’m still super proud of it, and every once in awhile someone messages me to say they’ve made my blanket themselves and it always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. 🙂 If you want to make your own blanket, the pattern can be found free here!

FanExpo Vancouver booth 2015, with my blanket prominently displayed!

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That one time my blanket starred in a theatre show. I think the fame went to its head (if it has a head).

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Fake George RR Martin sitting on my blanket. 🙂

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Next up I decided it was time to make some dolls. This was during my phase of experimenting with felt clothing over crochet body bases – not sure how well that worked, and they are old now so I don’t consider them my best work by any means, but they were cute enough. 🙂

Jon

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Dany (season 1) – back when I took photos on my DARK BROWN COUCH because that seemed like a good idea.

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Dany (season 3) – I still have her, so I could take a picture against a white background…

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Tyrion! Back to the brown couch haha. And I made his eyes different colours like in the books. 🙂

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The only shot I have of Arya. It’s not a good one, but she’s off in someone else’s home now so it’s the best I have.

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Around the same time I also scaled down my Stark blanket panel and made this pillow. 🙂

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And then there were dragons! These weren’t designed by me, though, they were designed by the talented Kati Galusz. Awesome pattern, and the wings are poseable because they have wire in them! Now I had proper accurately coloured dragons to carry around with me when I cosplayed. 🙂 Drogon can usually be found pinned to my shoulder when I’m Dany at a con.

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Ok this is a little one – a Greyjoy kraken! My friend Kate is our resident Greyjoy, so one year I made her this kraken. Naturally the cat stole it.

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And finally, skipping forward to the present, my new Jon and Dany dolls! I went to Iceland for a couple of weeks in February, and I was determined to make Jon and Dany dolls to accompany me around the country and to the various filming locations. Iceland is such a spectacular country, and it’s particularly Game of Thrones-esque in the winter! We visited several of the places they filmed, including Thingvellir (home of the Eyrie, among other scenes), Dimmuborgir (used in various scenes beyond the Wall, and known for its incredible rock formations), and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (home of Mt. Kirkjufell, aka Arrowhead Mountain in season 7). Also got to walk on a glacier, visit an ice cave, and see the Northern Lights for the first time ever!! Which was incredible. <3 Anyway, Iceland can be its whole own other post (one day, in theory), but for now here are a few shots of Jon and Dany as they explore the real-life Westeros. 🙂

Diamond Beach by the Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon – incredible huge ice chunks contrasted against the black sand beach.

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Chilling out after a long day of driving along the Eastfjords in pouring rain. As we reached our accommodation in Egilsstadir the sun finally showed its face and we had some beautiful light as the sun was setting. Such a romantic moment for the young aunt & nephew – I mean, young couple!DSC_0826

Daenerys hanging out on a post. Somewhere in the north? I think?DSC_0894

Dimmuborgir! Very nifty. This area is also where Ygritte stole Jon’s sword and then led him into the Cave o’ Sex. Which is also close by, but we didn’t get to visit because we were on a guided trip with a set itinerary. Oh well. Jon didn’t get to bring his aunt – I mean new girlfriend – to his old flame’s sex hideout. DSC_1000

And just for fun, some Photoshop messing about. 🙂 My dragons didn’t actually accompany us to Iceland, but that’s what Photoshop is for!

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And that’s all for now! I have a ton more Iceland pics I should really post at some point – stay tuned, hopefully it’ll be sooner than another year until you next year from me! 🙂

– Julia

Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

This Harry Potter baby blanket is perfect for the budding witch or wizard in your life! Download the pattern chart below for free, and enjoy! If you have any questions about the pattern, please email me at waywardpineapplecreations@gmail.com and I’m happy to help.

All details below are based on US crochet terms. I made the blanket charts based on crochet, but it works well for knitting too.

Supplies

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (or something similar) in the following colours:
    • Black, gold (for crest), red, yellow, green, grey/silver, blue, bronze/brown (used for both  Ravenclaw and for the shaded part of the crest, or you can get a different brown for the crest if you prefer)
  • Size H / 5.00 crochet hook
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Quilt fabric for backing (black, or whatever you prefer)
  • Sewing machine to sew on the quilt fabric (or do it by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine)

Size/gauge

Finished blanket measures approx. 1 metre by 1 metre, and is slightly taller than it is wide. The gauge doesn’t matter other than the fact that a tighter gauge will make a slightly smaller blanket, and vice versa.

How to Assemble and Read the Chart

There are four separate chart files, which each needs to be printed and taped together to make one large chart. You will work from right to left and bottom to top, not counting the chain. Each chart is 65 stitches across and 70 rows tall, so when taped together the total chart is 130 stitches across and 140 rows tall.

Start by chaining 131 in black, then the first stitch of the first row is the first pixel in the bottom right corner of the chart. One pixel corresponds to one single crochet. For the odd rows you’ll be working from the front, and for the even rows you’ll flip it and be working from the back. Make sure the ends are always hanging to the back/wrong side of the blanket – so sometimes they will be facing you, and other times they will be on the other side from you.

I subdivided each chart into 5×5 boxes since it helps me count my stitches. I like to make a little mark beside each row so I know which direction I’m going, and I cross off/scribble out each row in sharpie as I finish them. Like this:

 
This is the Hawkeye panel of an Avengers blanket I was definitely not making at a certain point in time. I dug it up recently and may still (not) make it, but we’ll see!

Colour Changes

There are various techniques for changing colours, so it really just depends on your preference and whether or not you care about what the back looks like. I recommend lining the blanket so it won’t matter what the back looks like. I personally carry each colour behind as I work, so I end up with a ton of loops at the back of the blanket. Sometimes I will also cut a colour and pick it up later, depending on how far it will be until I need it again. I hate weaving in ends, though!

If you don’t want to line the blanket, you can either crochet over the colour you’re not using (though it tends to bleed through, I find) or cut the yarn each time you change colours and then weave in all the ends. There are a LOT of colour changes, though, so this may drive you insane! You could also do a combination of the two, crocheting over the unused colour when you have a lot of quick colour changes, and then cutting the yarn when you have larger gaps between colours.

Border (optional)

The blanket in the picture doesn’t have a border, but I recommend adding 1-2 rows of a black border just to make the sides look clean. You could also use the house colours or gold for the border, up to you!

Backing

I recommend backing the blanket in a quilting fabric, which will be soft and light for a baby (and at least one side of the blanket will be easy to clean!). You can hand sew the quilting on if you don’t have a sewing machine, but it will be a time consuming process. If you have a machine then it’s pretty quick and easy to just sew the quilting to the blanket all around the edges. Just fold the edges and pin all the way around, then feed it slowly and carefully through the machine. It’s a bit terrifying at first (when I did this with my Game of Thrones blanket, I was convinced that the crochet stitches would get caught in the machine and rip my beloved blanket to pieces), but just be careful and it will be fine. 🙂

And the charts!

Click on the picture or caption to download the charts. Print each one, trim the white off where needed, then tape carefully together so make one big chart. The background is in black, but I’ve left it white because there’s no sense in printing off that much black I figure.

Gryffindor

Slytherin

Hufflepuff

Ravenclaw

 

Etsy Store Announcement!

Exciting news everyone! I’ve just added a bunch of items to my Etsy store – namely, I’m going to start selling my custom-designed hand-made crochet dolls! For over a year the only thing I’ve had up there was my Baby Groot crochet pattern, but I had various leftover dolls sitting around from FanExpo and such, so I decided to take the plunge and just put them online. Some of the dolls on there are already made and ready to ship, but I also listed several that previously sold so they will have to be custom-made for anyone who orders. I have 14 dolls up so far, check them out over at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WaywardPineapple!

 

 

Plans for the future include more dolls, and definitely more patterns. I’m aiming to post a pattern every week or two – that’s my New Years Resolution! So stay tuned. 🙂

Star Wars Christmas Ornaments

Happy Star Wars weekend everyone! Are we all super excited for The Last Jedi?? I definitely was – saw it last night (no spoilers I promise!) and seeing it again tomorrow night. To commemorate the occasion, I’ve written up patterns for the three Star Wars Christmas ornaments that I’ve designed over the past couple of months, and am sharing them for free! Right in time for the holidays, so you too can have a tiny Rey, Leia, or Porg to hang on your tree. 🙂

Enjoy the patterns, and let me know if you have any questions!

Rey pattern cover image

 

Leia pattern cover image

Porg pattern cover image

A Conspiracy of Pineapples

Hi everyone! It’s been nearly a year since my last post, and and those who have been here before may notice that something has changed. Become more… tropical. And pineapple-y. What happened, you ask? Where did Vancouver Crafty Geeks and Erika go? I promise she hasn’t died in a mysterious pineapple-related incident! But after a year of neither of us posting, we decided that there wasn’t much point in continuing that blog. I’ve been wanting to start my own brand name and get more serious about blogging and pattern posting (we’ll see if that actually happens), and the majority of posts on the blog were mine anyway, so with Erika’s blessing I imported everything over to WordPress, bought a domain name, changed Erika’s posts to ‘guest posts’, did some other revisionist history to some old posts, and reopened as Wayward Pineapple Creations!

Why pineapples, you ask? And why is the pineapple wayward? How can a pineapple even be wayward, and what does any of this have to do with crochet? All very good questions, and I promise there are answers… I’m just not entirely sure what they are. Pineapples came about for a few reasons. First, they are yummy. Second, I had a minor obsession for awhile with pineapple-related imagery thanks to my fling with the Psych fandom. Third, and most importantly, I recently discovered the existence of a secret and dangerous organization… one that could probably get me killed for even mentioning it… a dark secret hiding behind the pineapple and flamingo imagery that permeates summer… the Tropical Illuminati.

*looks around furtively*

You’re probably wondering now, what the holy pineapple-y hell is the Tropical Illuminati and what does it have to do with any of this? Don’t ask questions! The first rule of the Tropical Illuminati is we do not talk about the Tropical Illuminati. But if you insist… the not-so-short version is, this past spring I embarked upon that most Canadian tradition of a day trip across the border to purchase goods at somewhat cheaper prices and at exciting stores we do not possess such as Joann’s and Dress Barn. As we entered store after store, a terrifying pattern began to emerge. Pineapples, flamingos, and palm trees. Everywhere. In every store. In every window display. They were following us, haunting our dreams. We returned to Canada, thinking we were safe up here in the frozen Arctic with our moose and beavers, but the pineapples and flamingos persisted! They could be found at every turn, in the most unexpected places. Just when we thought we were safe, another would emerge. Our friend dubbed this strange phenomenon the ‘Tropical Illuminati’, a grand worldwide conspiracy to lull us all into a sense of false complacency with cute tropical images before beginning the true invasion.

…or it was just the start of summer. Either seemed equally likely.

Anyway, the point is I spent a ridiculous summer making silly jokes about flamingos and pineapples, and buying merchandise in their images such as super tacky porch lights, so when the time can to name my blog, it was on my mind. I’ve been trying without luck to think of a name for YEARS. I went through a ton of generic boring crochet and geek related names. Anything fun or clever seemed to have been taken. I came up with ‘wayward’ because I wanted something to connote travel and wandering, to go with my Groot travel photos. It was very nearly Wayward Geek Creations. But it just lacked a certain… something. (something pineapple-y?) Eventually I decided to just embrace my own weirdness and name myself something fun and a bit kooky and inexplicable. Hence, the Wayward Pineapple was born. Now I just need to design a pineapple amigurumi!

In the meantime though, I designed my logo which I’m super happy with. I spent about an hour sketching random pineapple designs and then hit upon the idea of making the pineapple look like a ball of yarn – complete with crochet hook! And if you actually made it through reading the above drivel about the Tropical Illuminati, you may notice that the hook is pink… because the flamingos are in on this too, the feathery bastards.So what can you expect to find on Wayward Pineapple Creations? Much of the same as Vancouver Crafty Geeks, really. I have various new dolls since last year that I’ll post about, and gradually I swear to god I will actually write up and post some patterns. I also have a ton of traveling Groot (and other dolls!) photos to post from various trips over the past couple of years.  While I get my butt into gear to write up those actual travel posts, check out my Instagram @waywardpineapplecreations where I’m gradually posting pics from those trips as well as recent (and old) doll creations. I may also still do the occasional guest feature post, because I have some nerdy creative amazingly talented friends and they make cool stuff I want to show off. 🙂

Ok that’s it for now! I’ll be back soon, with actual crochet pictures I promise. In the meantime, stay safe and watch out for the Tropical Illuminati.

Also, if for some crazy reason you want to learn more about the Tropical Illuminati, head over to my good friend Sam’s blog The Artisan Penguin, where she’s written a whole blog post on the matter. So far she hasn’t died in an avalanche of pineapples while being pecked to death with flamingos so I think we’re safe. For now.

FanExpo Vancouver 2016

Thanks to everyone who came out to our booth at FanExpo Vancouver! It was a great and successful weekend, and we loved meeting fellow fans and artists. If you took one of our cards and are here checking us out for the first time, you can find Erika’s (cross-stitch) and Julia’s (crochet) contact information/Instagrams/etc on our About Us page – Instagram is probably the best place to follow us to see what we’re working on, but we’ll make an effort to keep this blog updated too. I have some patterns I want to type up now and post, and I definitely need to do some more traveling Groot posts (my New Zealand trip was back in March and I have a ton of pictures, but just haven’t gotten around to it). Stay tuned!

 

Pocket Dolls Part 4: Stranger Things – Eleven

I had intentions of making at least 1 blog post a week, and suddenly it’s been nearly 2 months… whoops? But we’re at the one month countdown to FanExpo Vancouver, so I’m going to get back to it and post more of the dolls that will be at our booth next month! First up – Eleven from Stranger Things.

Like pretty much everyone I know, I inhaled Stranger Things in less than a week while cowering on my couch under blankets. In retrospect, watching alone at 11pm might not have been the greatest idea. I loved it from start to finish, so of course I had to make a little Pocket!Eleven for FanExpo. 🙂 Check her out below. I have a design drawn up for a Pocket!Dustin as well, so we’ll see if that happens.

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. 🙂