Adorable Felt Bookmarks

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I know traditional books are becoming a dying medium, but there is something wonderful about them. The weight and age a book can carry isn’t something that can quite be replicated with e-readers yet. So if you’re like me and still read bound books, I have some super cute felt bookmarks to share with you today!

These adorable things are handmade and designed by Italian creative artist Alessandra Rossi from Lanatema. They’re designed to not only help you find where you left off, but make it super easy as well since they sit on the corner instead of by the binding. Bonus, this also helps keep the spine from being stretched out! She has many other adorable felt creations listed up on her shop like phone cases, key chains, ornaments and even some plush! I certainly recommend you take a look if you are a fan of cute things. ^_^


Hook Up Some Halloween

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Halloween is getting so close, Sunday readers!

But it’s not too late to work up some super cute decorations. As I’m pretty sure I’ve expressed many times over, I’m a big fan of cute amigurumi and I’ve definitely found some Halloween themed ones that fit the bill. For instance, first there are these adorable little traditional pumpkins:

So plump and traditional.

So plump and seasonal! They could double as Thanksgiving décor.

Or if you are a fan of the most notorious Halloween candy, these candy corns with a twist would make an excellent addition:

The eyes have it!

The eyes have it!

I personally like to indulge in a little bit of harmless deviltry around this holiday and these little cuties can help with that:

It's really wickedly cute, isn't it?

It’s really wickedly cute, isn’t it?

Or, of course, appealing to the geeky fandom side of things is always a good way to go. This crochet Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas is a sure bet:

You can definitely opt to not fill it with bugs...

You can definitely opt to not fill it with bugs…

So there we go! Have fun adding to your ami collection while prepping some spooky décor.

Next week, I’ll take you through a nice tutorial for making a creepy and elegant Halloween wreath.

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 


A Study in Cute

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Surprise, surprise! I’m back at a convention this weekend. This time, though, I am but a humble attendee. Anime Central (or ACEN as it’s generally referred to) took place in Rosemont, IL this weekend and as it is really the first convention I’d ever been dragged to (8 years ago) it holds a special place in my heart. As you know if you follow my Sunday posts, I love cute little plushies and let me tell you, ACEN is just full of cute fuzzy plushie goodness! I’ve been following Geeky Cute Crochet for a while now but this year I got to bring home an adorable little friend from the artist’s army of squeezable dragons.

Look at his itty bitty horns and boop-able snoot!

Look at his itty bitty horns and boop-able snoot!

Juliette, the creator of these and many other charming (and quite small) crochet darlings has a little something for everyone, including some fandom critters.

Wouldn't you just love to plant these little guys in the garden of your heart?

Wouldn’t you just love to plant these little guys in the garden of your heart?

I am very impressed by her skill and versatility…plus they all are just REALLY stinking cute!

I mean, who WOULDN'T want to snap this right up?

I mean, who WOULDN’T want to snap this right up?

She has also begun to offer other crafty goodies like cross stitch hoops with a-dorkable sayings on them but truly, her business is obviously not just a clever name. To get your cute fix, Geeky Cute Crochet can be found on Etsy, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Hope you have a great week and we’ll see you next Sunday.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


It Must Be Felt

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We are into the full Spring of things here at Craft Hackers and I am no exception. I’ve professed my eternal love for plush before but in the last few years or so have noticed a new-ish trend that simply delights me: needle felting. The soft little fuzzies can be so precise in their details yet remain cute and squishy. I’ve been very impressed with several artists I’ve stumbled across at conventions and those that have come across my Etsy feed, especially their Spring inspired collections.

Look at how adorable this little one is!

Look at how quackingly adorable this little one is!

They are whimsical, they are hyper-realistic, they are geeky, they are large and they are small. Each artist infuses their creations with their own flair and it makes the art form quite diverse.

Every bunny needs one of these.

Every bunny needs one of these.

I especially like when I find some intricate designs that just pop against their base color in a plush I wouldn’t mind hiding around the house every year (except that the cats would probably also have fun with it, much to the poor thing’s detriment).

These are so eggs-ellent.

These are so eggs-ellent.

If you are curious about this art form and wonder how to get started, never fear, Etsy is here! There are actually several shops I’ve found with starter kits with several lovely color packs to choose from.

Enough to start your own heart-felt creations.

Enough to start your own heart-felt creations.

If you feel inspired to try your hand at needle felting, please show us your work in the Craft Hackers forums! I’d love to see it!

As today is a typical rainy Spring day, next week we’ll cover some rainy day activities!

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 

 

 


A Figment of Her Imagination

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Hello Sunday readers!

I’d like to start today’s post by asking, have you pledged on our fearless leader’s Indiegogo campaign yet? It’s the last day! Get thee to the campaign before it is too late! There are so many quilts/pillows/dice bags to be had!

Ok, now that you’ve done that, let’s talk a little bit more about another artist I came across at MAGfest last week: Cross’ Critters. If you love plushies like I do and let’s face it, I’m kind of a plushie hoarder, then Megan Cross has some critters for you!

So much plush goodness!

So much plush goodness!

I really admired her talent and innovation. Her needlecraft is truly a weird, wonderful work of art in this medium. She pulled me in with her fun takes on pop culture characters like the kitty Harley Quinn, the Hedgie Potter, or (my personal favorite) WhalePool.

CrossCritHarley  CrossCritHedgie  CrossCritWhalePool

The crowning glory, though, as you can tell by her lovely signage, are her Figments. These interesting little guys are monster plushies with their own backstory sprung directly from her very vivid imagination. They are each oddly cute in their slightly creepy own way.

CrossCritWalterFigment  CrossCritStellaFigment  CrossCritOllieFigment

Besides catching her at conventions throughout the year, Megan and her Figments can be found on her website, Etsy shop, Facebook, InstagramTumblr, and DeviantArt.

See you next Sunday when we’ll start thinking about Spring!

~Laura

 


Feltastic Halloween DIY

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I have a long standing love for adorable felties and stuffies. It’s only recently that I’ve started attempting to make my own. In the spirit of the season, this Sunday I bring you some DIY felt projects to start your own little army of super cute critters.

First up is a set of four traditional Halloween symbols with a great set of instructions with templates from Made to Sew. They also have some very well done tutorials on different stitches if you need a refresher before starting.

Look at how neat those stitches are!

Look at how neat those stitches are!

Next up is a really cool tutorial and pattern for those of you who (like me) enjoy making slightly odd but cute things: eyeball softies from Much XOXO.

I see what you did there...

I see what you did there…

Finally, a really beautiful tutorial from Adventures in Making for your very own sugar skull felt sachets.This is a really fantastic idea if you would like to fill them with some fall scented spices for some extra flair!

There are so many possibilities.

There are so many possibilities.

 

Whichever ones you choose to make, have fun and stay crafty!

~Laura


Crochet Holiday Bowling

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I love a good Halloween party, but the tricky part? Planning games. Adults just typically need alcohol and whatever you can scrounge up but kids can be a hard sell. Not everyone wants a wet face trying to get an apple and they can only pin the random item onto a picture so many times in one year before the novelty wears thin. Well, you’re in luck as I found something you crocheters can make yourself that is cute, entertaining, and can even be used as decorations when you’re not using them!

It’s a small Halloween bowling set! Each of the pins measures about 2.5″ tall and the eye bowling ball is around 4″ in diameter. I came across these during a crawl through the ravelry holiday selection and was utterly charmed by their simple design. The artist (mnsnow) also designed an entire second set in case some of these weren’t to your liking.

I’m sure the default is just to use poly-fil stuffing, but I say make it a challenge and put some weight at the bottom with poly-pellets! It will even help them stand easier when using them as decor during this fun and spooky holiday. ^_^ There is a special listing at their etsy store with patterns for both sets right here, or just click on the individual pictures to see the respective pattern listing instead.

~Nicole


She May Create Small…

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…but her designs have a large impact! On this lovely Sunday, I bring you the work of Anya Zoe. She works with yarn on a very small scale and in fact, when I first came across her booth at a convention, I almost passed it up. There was one thing that caught my eye in a very big way, the most amazing mini Turnip Head character amigurumi!

Love Miyazaki films, too?Check these out!

Love Miyazaki films, too? Check these out!

The first photo does not do justice to this very tiny scale, so allow me to illustrate the point with the following Darth Vader that will easily fit in the palm of your hand.

Tiny though he is, the force is strong with this mini.

Tiny though he is, the force is strong with this mini.

The detail that she achieves on such a small scale is just mind blowing to me. All of the itty bitty stitches complete with accessories truly elevates these to another level. Her selection is quite extensive and she is always adding to it.

AnyaZoeWall-EAnyaZoePokemonCollectionAnyaZoeSloth

If you are also handy with a crochet hook, Anya Zoe has opportunities for you to create some of these yourself through PatreonPatreon is essentially an ongoing crowdfunding site wherein supporters give money to an artist (or other organization) at different levels for perks. In this case, the possibilities include her amigurumi, patterns, and tutorials.

Want more adorable mini crochet creations? Anya Zoe can be found on Etsy, Deviant Art, Facebook, and, of course, Patreon.

~Laura


Posable Pascal

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Continuing with yesterday’s prop theme, today’s feature is all about a wonderfully made plush by the artist Piquipauparro.

Originally designed four years ago in August of 2011, this custom piece was a commission for a Rapunzel cosplayer. It is completely hand stitch with heavy vinyl material that was then painted afterwards to mimic the chameleon’s coloring in the movie. The neat part though? They gave him an internal armature to allow complete control of his limbs, tail and head. While not to scale as he is portrayed in the movie (they wanted something more noticeable) his 22″ size is quite an impressive bit of plush making. Piquipauparro does sell their plushies, but only by commission. You can see more examples of their work in their gallery or contact them directly through DA, Etsy, facebook and, of course, email. 🙂

~Nicole

 


Kickstarter Feature: Zorphbert & Fred Bean Bag Plushes

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You may remember the feature we did on Super Sox Shop back on May 31.  Take a look at what she is doing now!

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These Bean Bag Plushies are so adorable!  I know first hand Gina’s work so know they will be an awesome quality and can’t wait to get a pair of my own.  They have a few reward levels and stretch goals.

This is a great team up between two great artistic ladies that represents everything we love at Craft Hackers.  Hand made, yes!  Cuteness to die for, yes!  Supporting a small business owner, DOUBLE YES!  So check out their Kick Starter here and let’s support hand made.

-Toni