Friday, 26 September 2014

Micro Crochet Dragon

I think everybody is pretty fascinated by dragons when they first hear about them but I think I first fell in love with dragons when I watched the animation The Flight of Dragons when I was a kid in the 80s. It was a pretty awesome movie - it had talking dragons that came in all different types and sizes, as well as wizards, knights, a beautiful princess, James Earl Jones, even a Don McLean song! (You want to find this movie and watch it right now, don't you?) I haven’t seen it in years but I’m guessing the animation may seem clunky by today’s standards. Still, so many fond memories.

Why am I writing about this, you’re asking, well, I’ve made a dragon. He has a wing span of 9cm/3.5in and a of length 9.5cm/3.7in.






Even though he’s not that small, I class him as a micro project. I made him from rayon embroidery thread and polyester thread, using my 0.4mm crochet hook. I used 28 gauge jewellery wire throughout his body and wings so that he can be posed. I found the rayon thread to be quite weak - I had several thread breaks (paired with several minor panic attacks). I liked using the rayon for the wings because it made a nice fabric, it's more flexible than polyester, but I think from now on I’m going to stick mostly to polyester for the micro projects.

Some progress photos:








I’m aiming to make two more dragons by the end of October (I’m thinking black/gold and blue/white at the moment). I’m planning on listing these dragons in my Etsy store when they are done. I’ve also started on the large, disembodied head I mentioned in my last post. I will keep you posted on all projects.


Cheers, guys!

K.

P. S. There is no pattern for this dragon. I will not write up patterns for my micro projects mainly because I don't believe they would translate well into patterns.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Skrillex Doll

Hi, everyone.

It’s late here in Perth, quiet, a little cold. I’ve got my favourite knitted jumper on and I’m listening to a good song (“Shake it Out”, Florence + The Machine). I thought it was a nice moment to start posting again. It’s been a while. I didn’t mean to be away for so long but life kept getting in the way, as it does, and time just moves way too fast.

Since I last posted I haven’t crocheted much but I did manage to finish a doll. It was by request and it was in the likeness of the musician Skrillex. The doll is 45cm tall, made with acrylic yarn and a 2.75mm hook, and has wire throughout the body so it can be posed.


I used stitching to shape the abs and separate crochet pieces for his chest. His torso ended up being covered by his t-shirt but the shaping was more for practice than for anything else.



His hair is brushed out acrylic yarn. I crocheted his eyes using sewing thread and a 0.6mm hook. His glasses are made from wire and are wrapped in black yarn. I used glue and black tape to secure the yarn.

 

I think he turned out well. I really enjoy crocheting people, especially the faces. I have an urge to crochet a large disembodied head, something large and odd that would go under a glass dome. I might make that my next project after the current one.

Currently I’m working on another micro amigurumi. It’s a red dragon and it’s going well so far. I’ll have photos to post soon.

Okay, I’m going to go and browse some craft sites and listen to some more music.

Wishing you all lots of creative wonderfulness.

K.
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