knitxcore.: FINISHED!: a terrycloth lion.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

FINISHED!: a terrycloth lion.

my submission for softies for mirabel.

I'm so excited to finally share this with you! I've been working on her since November, and she's finally completely finished.

Don't you just love her?!!!!

my submission for softies for mirabel.

I used a vintage pattern from a "pack o fun" magazine; those lil' zines are such an inspiration! Of course my lack of editing got in the way, and somehow this lion with a mane turned into the most precious lady; once I get going going I just can't stop.

I had a tough time planning out the eyes. I cut out at least 30 different little circles before flipping out and giving up for a few days. One day, I was fumbling around the internet and finally found the answer; DREAMPETS! We all know how much I love those things. I found an eye shape that I could easily adapt (and that wasn't circle) and that was that. The sequins came much later after a bout of stash diving for more felt.

The "mane" is made of vintage rug yarn someone had given me a few years ago. I used a waldorf doll technique that involved hand sewing tons of loops and anchoring them with satin stitches in between. It took forever!

All of the other materials were vintage and sourced on etsy with the exception of felt and fiberfill. The prints are all so perfect! I didn't even feel bad or guilty about using up those last precious scraps, because it just seemed like it was all meant to be together.

I can't wait to mail her off! Tomorrow night, I'm going to work on some pompoms for Pip's daughter's wedding and toss them all in a box with this lovely little lioness.

Have you finished anything recently? Leave a link in the comments! I wanna see!

15 comments:

Lilea said...

Awww! She's so stinkin' cute!

jorjiapeach said...

awesomeeeeee. love it.

Anastasia said...

Ohhh my goodness so cute! The colors are so dreamy!!

i havent made anything... in ages....DONT LOOK AT ME

littlebirdbigcity said...

Cuuuuute! You did such a nice job! (I love the eyes)

Erin Joy said...

Mane or no mane - she's adorable! Ever since I finished my sweater blankie I've barely left the couch - something about it forces me to nap constantly...

Stela said...

That is pretty incredible! I love that it looks vintage.

Grateful4Crochet said...

O!
M!
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I do not know where to begin with my love for this lion!!!!
She is truly adorable!!!
I love her mane, the fabric on her paws, her eyes, her little bow, and THAT DRESS!!!!
She is unbelievably adorable, i don't know how you will be able to part with her!!!!
I finished a really creepy looking doll, I wanted her to be cute, but alas she's just wrong:
http://gratefulcrochet.blogspot.com/2012/01/fahlulas-finally-finished-and-she.html?showComment=1327152835611#c7065322689018855476

Sian Lile said...

love the sequin eyeliner.x
and she is a beautiful lady lion

Lisa said...

Wow - she's amazing! I simply adore her hair; looks like it was worth the effort ^_^

Paula McGrath said...

!! wow - the lion is amazing. super great work, i love it!

Dana said...

Robbie this is amazing! That hair is awesome I can't stop looking at it!!!

Kira said...

She is perfect! I am in love, what a darling stuffed animal!

Sally said...

What a gorgeous labour of love! She is simply fantastic. Well done you. It takes a lot of patience to make something quite that lovely. Kitsch too :)

Rae said...

i love her! those eyes! and the sweet yarn mane!

Danielle said...

omg SO CUTE! great job! :D

danielle thompson