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Greetings to all the new people! I have been here awhile but don’t have an post so: most of my these days is made with my sewing robot, a RPi-connected embroidery machine that I do unconventional things with, like make plushies and fabric (with a bias). I post a lot (like, a LOT) about process and mistakes, including what I’m learning as I run my new Etsy shop. I live in South Jersey, just across the Delaware from , am a mom, and I have .

Canary and kelly green are up next, both of which I have a 4" dragon in already. After that I think it's the new bluebell, which I don't but I should probably pause and do 4" ones while I'm doing the 3" because that's a niiiiiice color.

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Gonna hafta make sure I have large and small in all colors just so I can have an "are you my mommy" picture in every listing.

Here's the answer to the can-you-spot-the-difference: the logical conclusion (well, for me anyway) to the Big Baby is to make a Big Adult: 175% the scale of the usual dragons.

It does not lend itself to the usual production methods, and I expect it exceeds the structural limits for the wings to stand out even a little, so it won't be a regular thing.

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There's a big difference between these two pairs of dragons, and it isn't the wing fabric or horns (or the black's unfinished state).

Can you see it?

mastodon.art/@silverseams/1048

mastodon.art/@silverseams/1048

There's a big difference between these two pairs of dragons, and it isn't the wing fabric or horns (or the black's unfinished state).

Can you see it?

mastodon.art/@silverseams/1048

mastodon.art/@silverseams/1048

Or maybe that one will just get a Halloween-fabric wing. That minky (JoAnn's Sew Lush, or SLush for short) is like trying to sew jello. 😩

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I boogered up the wing (that "black" is (1) not pure black and (2) sooper-stretchy, this is why I had never even unwrapped that remnant) and will try again tomorrow.

Dear Mr. DeJoy (and Congress): I expected you would have this whole situation resolved *before* I ran out of stickers. 😒 migration.bigcartel.com/produc

tfw you're scrolling through Etsy and you see one of your own dragons in a listing that isn't yours and are briefly confused: etsy.com/listing/764193127/dra

I don't color my dragons (minky doesn't take dye well, and painting them such that it doesn't mat the fibers is teeeeeedious) so that's an aftermarket modification which is actually what caught my eye; otherwise I would have glossed over it as just another one of my own listings.

The flame minky is "digital," which means it's white minky with the design printed on it. (Literally with a modified wide-format inkjet printer.) It's shorter pile than the yarn-dyed minkies, and I'm not sure how I like it. I've been trying to figure out what the head reminds me of and I've finally figured it out: capybara. (From the front it's more llama.)

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Those two are the first of the kind I've taken to calling "Big Baby": approximately the same pattern as the 3" baby dragon, scaled up as far as will fit the big frame. They come out a little taller than the 4" adult dragon.

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Finished the flame minky dragon, and also the first of the Halloween dragons.

(also yes that is galaxy minky photobombing the scene. 🤫)

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The iPad struggles so much to take pictures of blue. It's better in the lightbox but I'm not going to that much trouble. Anyway, new blue color (not just new to me, it's one of Shannon's latest batch of new colors): bluebell. Clockwise, that's midnight, peacock, and electric blue beanies, plus a wing from the baby blue baby dragons. It will either adjust it so the baby blue looks white, or so that everything looks like a night scene, nothing in between. 🙄

The funniest thing about the internet is discovering that you are not a unique snowflake, that there are a lot of other people like you. That have the same kinds of problems as you... and are willing to laugh about it.

It's oddly comforting.

This thought brought to you by running across this: etsy.com/listing/594400965/i-f which, uh, ask my sister about her wedding dress sometime...

Not to be outdone, UPS temporarily misplaced an entire trailer and so my new fabric colors will not arrive until tomorrow (which is fine I still have a half dozen or so to get through first).

UPS doesn't even have the excuse of being messed with for political purposes. 😆

I dunno what Mom embroidered in light orange but I guess she did a lot of it? (I suspect it went with metallic golds for Christmas embroidery, which she did a lot of.)

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