Seal, draft 1. Head is okay, front flippers are okay, neck is too long, hang on seals don't have THIGHS what is even happening here
Upholstery velvet has almost no stretch, so things like the silver dragon are straight-up three-dimensional geometry. Minky has a LOT of stretch, so things like these little critters are a little geometry, a little art, a lot HEY LETS SEW IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
There's also a certain amount of "okay let's make it fill the hoop and then re-proportion from there."
Basically, it's the opposite of what I'm doing with the dragon sculptures: with the dragons (and unicorns and whatnot) I'm pushing *my* abilities as well as the machine's (which is why there are SO DANG MANY goofs in my feed: getting everything aligned in a machine I'm *not* in charge of the accelerator on is a challenge sometimes), where with these patterns I'm targeting an audience with minimal sewing-machine experience that wants to put a piece of fabric down and have ✨magic✨ happen.
Yes, that's another in-the-hoop plushie. Getting three dimensions is the real challenge with those. For instance, here's an in-the-hoop fox by one artist: http://d2a2wjuuf1c30f.cloudfront.net/product_photos/27662961/WSFox1_original.jpg
And here's a conventionally-sewn head by the same artist: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/7c/a2/93/7ca29340bb8f9bca514199c76e70e7ce--fox-pups-viscose-rayon.jpg
I'm targeting people who want something closer to the second, but who for whatever reason don't wanna use a conventional machine to get there.
Look at this tiny little orca!
I sized it down for a 4x4 hoop and... that made it smaller than I had imagined. It’s a bit finicky but still easier than trying to sew something that tiny on a conventional machine. And it’s three-dimensional while still being entirely in-the-hoop which has been my grail as far as designs that will stand out in the market.
(Yes, that’s it compared to the Boston Terrier Orca, I don’t even know where the purple one is right now.)
(no, I'm not shopping for quilting machines, it just came up on a thread site)
Also say what you will about Etsy's fees, it is *really* nice to just pop into the dashboard, print postage *and* a customs form automagically, sign it, tape it onto a box, and have something I can hand to a small-town[ship] postmaster and have him scan it and... that's it. For an overseas shipment. I would have been in and out in 30 seconds if we hadn't commiserated about "those poor French people" and the Notre Dame fire.
@anaisfae Pink dragon bids adieu to its compatriot, who has a LONG flight ahead. (Also I got so excited I didn't write anything on the packing slip so: thank you!)
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