Friday, February 3, 2017

Pixie Kits Are Available Again...and with Fabric Choices!

With the positive response we've had to the Pixie Kits, we've decided to add options for different fabric choices!



Recently we had some difficulty locating our preferred fabric, Alova Suede Cloth, in the proper colors for pixies.  Our supply got so low we ended up having to take down our kit listing to keep enough in stock for orders.  But alas, I have good news!  We managed to locate a new source.  And, with all the different fabrics we've been experimenting with as alternatives, we thought we would offer up some of our favorites to you.

We really like how adorable these guys look in Minky Cuddle.  It's a super soft and fuzzy fabric that comes in many colors that is pretty easy to sew with.  Kids will love to hug and squeeze stuffed creatures made from this stuff.  It can be a bit pricey for the Shannon brand compared to others and cheaper options like polar fleece, but it is worth the extra cost.  It will hold its shape better then fleece.  We are still searching for a slightly darker blue between the two pictured here.

We also tried a few other types of suede cloth with varying results.  There are so many types of suede cloth out there.  Be sure you are getting one that is fairly sturdy and doesn't fray.  We also tried a knit velour.  We really like this fabrics very subtle stretch.  It holds its shape well and keeps the legs and arms slim on the pixies, while still not wrinkling around curves.  However, it is a little frustrating to sew with.  It has a tendency to crawl a bit.  We also weren't as thrilled with it's faded blue color.  Hoping to find this in a slightly brighter blue.

Would love to hear what you think of the new color combos.  Still having delays on the House Elf Tutorial.  Thank you all for the patience.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More Magical Creatures Inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Since the Fantastic Beasts movie and our 4th year party, my mom and I have been working on a bunch of new Harry Potter creatures including nifflers, bowtruckles and grindylows.  If you've been following my facebook craft page (https://www.facebook.com/crafty.mieljolie/), you may have seen a few of these.



Here is the latest bendy posable Pickett the Bowtruckle and a test Niffler.  Still working on a 2nd attempt at a Grindylow.  We found a neat fabric for him.  Just waiting for mom to sew the head and arms on.  But, we've really been enjoying making a new simpler kid friendlier version of our house elves and pixies.



Mom has been wanting to make an attempt a knee hugging "house elf on a shelf" dolls for quite a while now.  So, this past holiday we finally made one.  He turned out so cute, we are planning to offer them in our Etsy store year round, soon.



We are calling them Teacup House Elves due to this photoshoot we did with one.



They are much smaller and simpler in construction and stand a mere 10" compared to the 14-18" jointed elves.




We were having fun and tried a Winky and Kreacher, too.



We got to thinking this might be a good kid option for pixies, too.  We're calling these Pocket Pixies because they are smaller than the jointed or mobile ones.  (Even managed to alter the removable wings to attach with velcro instead of pinbacks.)



Then, to test her improving skills, mom had to try to make them as small as possible!



And, man were they tiny.  As frustrating as they were, I don't think she will make these again anytime soon, but it is adorable.  :)



At less than 4" tall, it is the smallest doll we have successfully attempted.  She may try another small two-toned jointed one later.

That's it for this post.  Hope to have many more new crafts the next go round.  Until then, keep on being crafty!