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


Artist Feature – Dani Cat Designs

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I see Dani Cat Designs at a lot of the conventions that Craft Hackers is at.  I love the look of her plush dolls, cats, and hats.  They are so well made most people (including myself at first) think they are machine made and not hand made.  They are absolutely hand made and you can even watch her create them at conventions.

I can’t believe she hasn’t been talked about before today!  Look at some of these amazing plush and hats.

Our new blogger Laura even bought the Sloth hat from her at Magfest last year!  So please take a look at her Etsy store and her DeviantArt gallery.  You can also find her at the New York Comic Con (where Craft Hackers will also be!)

-Toni