Gifts That Tie Generations Together

Stuffed Menagerie

BuschN animals01webNancy Busch wanted something a little different from her mink fur coats.  She wanted a Monkey, a Pony and a Dog–so that is what we made!

People often ask about the patterns I use and, with my bears, it is complicated because the patterns are an amalgamation of several patterns that I combined and then, those patterns have morphed over the past 16 years as I adapted them to work with every kind of material thrown my way :)  However, I don’t get to do different animals that often in an average year so I usually use an existing pattern.

BuschN monkey01webThis was the first time I’ve used this monkey pattern.  I normally like to use the monkey pattern from the book Adventures in Toy-Making by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith (published in 1976).  It is a fun pattern and I like the look.  However, there was a pattern in another book I have Sew Soft and Cuddly Animals by Donna Childers (published in 1978) that has had me intrigued for some time so I decided to give it a try.  It is a more difficult pattern, but I do like that the features are more defined.  The face, ears, foot and hand pads are made of doe suede.  It had the right texture to go with this fur.

 

BuschN pony01webThis pony pattern is also found in Sew Soft and Cuddly Animals.  It is my favorite for thicker fabrics or fur usually.  There is another really good pony pattern in the book Easy-to-Make Stuffed Animals & All the Trimmings by Jodie Davis (published in 1992) but the legs are somewhat thin so they don’t work as well with thick fur or fabrics.  For this pony, I chose to add some of my own contrast black mink on the hooves and found some died black fox for the main and tail.  To help him stand, I did sink small dowel rods wrapped in poly fiber fill into each of his legs

 

BuschN dog01webFor the dog, I have a lot of different dog patterns to choose from–including a variety of breeds–however, I keep coming back to McCall’s Crafts Pattern #M6620.  I’ve used this pattern many times and really like it for a basic dog even though it has a couple of different breeds represented.  It isn’t a particularly easy pattern, but the finished dog usually actually looks like a dog :)

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Janice sent most of her mother's wedding dress to have us make special Christmas ornaments from it for friends and family. The dress was made from a lovely older satin but the satin was too heavy to wrap over a foam ball like our normal ornaments so we had to come up with a different option. I chose this star option because it allowed us to hi-light the satin. We did add some lace for contrast and our own sparkle buttons at the center. The final ornaments were very elegant.
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Janice sent most of her mothers wedding dress to have us make special Christmas ornaments from it for friends and family.  The dress was made from a lovely older satin but the satin was too heavy to wrap over a foam ball like our normal ornaments so we had to come up with a different option.  I chose this star option because it allowed us to hi-light the satin.  We did add some lace for contrast and our own sparkle buttons at the center.  The final ornaments were very elegant.

Fairy Godmother Creations shared a Mike Elsass.

This Sunday you can wander through Mike's Studio and galleries at Front Street. Just one of the unique experiences to be had on Third Sunday at Front Street. You can find him at 1001 E. 2nd Street. Go through the B-C door to the third floor--while on your way, stop in at some of the other unique studios open and see the great array of talent that Dayton has to offer. THIS Sunday from 11a-4p.
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Ok, I shared my first draft dragon so it seems only fitting to share the version done for the customer. The garment was her husband's jacket. I had two fabrics to work with from the original jacket a dark blue denim and a looser wove cotton plaid.

Neither of these fabrics were ideal for this kind of detail work, but I decided the plaid would make a more interesting fabric for the main body of the dragon and the dark blue would be good accent. I made some adjustments to the original pattern to accommodate the fabrics and I'm really pleased with how this guy turned out. I had my assistant Meagan helping me on the production.
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Ok, I shared my first draft dragon so it seems only fitting to share the version done for the customer.  The garment was her husbands jacket. I had two fabrics to work with from the original jacket a dark blue denim and a looser wove cotton plaid.

Neither of these fabrics were ideal for this kind of detail work, but I decided the plaid would make a more interesting fabric for the main body of the dragon and the dark blue would be good accent.  I made some adjustments to the original pattern to accommodate the fabrics and Im really pleased with how this guy turned out.  I had my assistant Meagan helping me on the production.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 3 new photos.

Roberta sent her wedding dress to have several gift pillows made for loved ones. Her dress had quite a bit of tulle and we tried to incorporate just a touch in the pillows by using it over the satin in a couple of places. Each pillow has just a touch of each of the primary materials from the dress.
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Roberta sent her wedding dress to have several gift pillows made for loved ones.  Her dress had quite a bit of tulle and we tried to incorporate just a touch in the pillows by using it over the satin in a couple of places.  Each pillow has just a touch of each of the primary materials from the dress.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 3 new photos.

Jama Badinghaus brought her wedding dress to us to have a christening outfit made for her daughter. Jama's dress was made for her by someone close to her and she wanted to continue the tradition of something custom made with the materials.

We chose to use the lovely satin for the bodice and put emphasis on the lace for the sleeves and skirt. These truly were lovely fabrics to work with. In the end, I decided a sash with just a dash of added sparkle would finish it off nicely. We also made a matching headband using the organza from the original bodice.
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Jama Badinghaus brought her wedding dress to us to have a christening outfit made for her daughter.  Jamas dress was made for her by someone close to her and she wanted to continue the tradition of something custom made with the materials.  

We chose to use the lovely satin for the bodice and put emphasis on the lace for the sleeves and skirt.  These truly were lovely fabrics to work with.  In the end, I decided a sash with just a dash of added sparkle would finish it off nicely.  We also made a matching headband using the organza from the original bodice.