Saturday, 22 December 2007

amigurumi angels!

remember my post abt N's birthday present? took me such a long time to do it, coz of work, orchestra and so many other things! but it's finally done, just in time for N's birthday! they're Angie and Elvis Angel amigurumi! for those of u non-craft ppl out there, amigurumi is the japanese art of knitting or crocheting stuffed toys. anyway, i first saw this pair of adorable angels in Julie's blog and i fell in love with them instantly! so even tho' i've never completed any crocheted project before in my entire life, i decided to give it a try. so i clicked over to saplanet's 'shop' on etsy and bought the patterns...

well, needless to say, it was quite difficult to grasp at first, but Lis of saplanet was very helpful. i kept e-mailing her to ask abt tiny details and her replies were always prompt!

anyway, after a few false starts, here's the finished result... i can't find a cream colour in the 'aminah made in japan' yarn series that the shop lady insisted is the perfect yarn for dolls. so i ended up using a light brown, which the housemate said made the amigurumi looked like 'afro-angels'! hehe... and i'm not so good at sewing, so my amigurumi's smiles are a bit weird!



i did the Elvis Angel first, coz i know i'll make lots of mistakes and i wanted the 'girl' angel to look really nice. so i decided to practice with the 'boy' angel and i did make a huge mistake! my Elvis Angel was made inside out! compare the stitches between the 2 angels in the top pic and u'll get what i mean. luckily Lis e-mailed me another additional file later on and i was able to make Angie Angel the right way.

Elvis Angel hanging...


back view of Elvis Angel...

i think i stuffed Angie Angel with too much fibrefill, coz her shape turned out to be like that of a bee! and she looks much bigger than Elvis Angel, which is so wrong! girl angels should be smaller than boy angels... ok, i'm stereotyping, but what the heck!

Angie Angel hanging...


Angie Angel side view...


back view of the wings...

this is how they're supposed to look originally... so cute rite? but compared to mine... *sigh* dun laugh, ok?

after finishing the angels, i put it into a box and fashioned a music box out of it! i found a shop selling those raw 'wind-urself music box' thingy some time back, so i got the idea of creating a music box with the angels inside. then i covered the box up with a piece of hard plastic (those that we use for book binding) which can be slipped in and out. that way, N can take out the angels to be used for ornaments or hang them somewhere if she doesn't want them to stay in the box. and i can still use the box cover to cover over the plastic and tie it up with a ribbon.

ta-dah!


N loved it!

6 comments:

SimpleArtsPlanet (SAPlanet) by Lis Chaong said...

Hey hey!

For the first ever completed project, this is a great milestone taken already!

The sewing does take some practice to perfect it, no quick tips for that though. Sewing the amigurumi parts is probably the most difficult step compared to crocheting them eh.

The beauty of handmade dolls is that each crafter has a very unique different style of her own, the end product sometimes just turned out a little different, flavored with your own style.

I am so proud of you!!! Hooray!!!

Oh, this is turning into a book!

Emily said...

Oi, for your first ever crochet project, it HAS TO BE, MUST BE a doily lah! But hei! very good work you did with the dolls. So envious! Adorable!

stargal said...

Lis, thanks for dropping by and commenting. these angels made me wanna try out other ami!

emily, i absolutely refuse to make a doily! doilies are for aunties lar... hehehe... i wanna make cute stuff! but thanks for ur compliment...

Biow said...

wah.. comelnya..

you can crotchet? oh man.. u'r so aunty.. ke ke.

stargal said...

biow, aunty hor? *sigh* but at least i only make cute stuff, NOT doilies!

t said...

ahhaha

u can start doing one pair for my bday too! Thank you in advance ar!
*wink*

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