Guest Feature: Comic Book Guitar

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Today’s guest feature is from Annotated Audrey: she makes mixed media art and posted a delightful Wonder Woman DIY comic book guitar project, complete with step-by-step progress photos and tutorial.

Love the red sunburst effect on the front, and the metallic accents. I’m a sucker for shiny things :)

Annotated Audrey Wonder Woman guitarAnnotated Audrey Wonder Woman guitar 2

Audrey also uses Mod Podge for her mixed media art with lovely results. Mod Podge is wonderful stuff… remember those X-men shoes and Vintage Book Grid-It I posted a while ago? This guitar makes me want to start playing with it again…

Just a caveat if you’re trying this project… if you cover the wood on an acoustic guitar it will affect the sound somewhat…

Thanks for sharing your project, Audrey!

My Neighbor Totoro Amigurumi

Amigurumi Projects, Anime and Comics

My latest project has nothing to do with crafting: you may have *ahem* noticed the shiny new blog format. The home page now shows patterns and tutorials, and the blog is visually decluttered.

Please bear with me as I transition the content: I promise none of the links will take you to goatse. I hope.

Here is a blue Totoro:

Totoro square

This is not my pattern, but I’ve made it twice and it’s wonderful. Lucyravenscar’s pattern can be found here, and she also has free patterns for grey (big) and white (tiny) Totoros.

Lying Cat Amigurumi Pattern (from Saga)

Amigurumi Projects, Anime and Comics

What’s Saga, you ask?  Stop reading my blog right this minute and go check it out at your local comic shop… if you like breathtaking art and mind-blowing stories, that is.  I was late to discover the series, but the minute I did I started work on my own Lying Cat.

Lying cat saga panelOkay, maybe it was a few minutes later.

Lying cat lyingFine, it took me a few hours, but look how she turned out!

Lying cat closeup

Lying cat front

Lying cat back

Here’s the pattern to make her: I might make the head bigger if I make another one.  Note that the mottled blue yarn and gold yarn are bulky weight and the gray yarn is worsted weight… that’s just what I happened to have in my stash, not a conspiracy to make her more difficult to make.  If this is confusing, just use worsted weight and a size F/3.75mm hook for everything and you’ll end up with a proportional but smaller Lying Cat.  As shown, she measures 15cm/6″ nose-to-rump and 25cm/10″ nose-to-tail.

Stiches used include single crochet (sc), half-double crochet (hdc), increase (inc), invisible decrease (invdec), and slip stitch (sl st).  I don’t own Saga or Lying Cat, so please feel free to use and share the pattern, but don’t sell it or the amigurumi.

What you’ll need:

  • yarn in blue, grey, and gold/yellow
  • black felt
  • needle and black thread to attach felt
  • yarn needle to sew pieces together
  • wire to make her limbs and tail posable (optional… omit this if anyone might be putting her in their mouth)

Head/body:

  • bulky mottled blue yarn, size H/5.00mm hook, work in the round, stuff as you go
  • 1) 4 sc in magic ring (4)
  • 2) sc x 4 (4)
  • 3) inc, sc x 3 (5)
  • 4) inc x 2, sc x 3 (7)
  • 5) sc x 7 (7)
  • 6) sc x 3, hdc x 4 (7)
  • 7) sl st x 3, hdc x 4 (7)
  • 8-11) sc around for 4 rounds (7)
  • 12) sc x 3, *hdc x 2 in next sc* x 2, sc x 2 (9)
  • 13) sc x 3, hdc x 4, sc x 2 (9)
  • 14-18) sc around x 5 rounds (9)
  • 19) sc, hdc x 4, sc x 4 (9)
  • 20-21) sc around x 2 rounds (9)
  • 22) *sc, invdec* x 3 (6)
  • 23) invdec x 3 (3)
  • 24…) sc around (3) until tail is long enough (I made it approximately 10cm/4″ long)… thread a wire or pipecleaner into the tail before closing it off, if you want to make it posable

Front legs (make 2):

  • bulky mottled blue yarn, size H/5.00mm hook, work in the round, don’t stuff
  • 1) 4 sc in magic ring (4)
  • 2-7) sc around x 6 rounds (4)
  • 8) *hdc x 2 in next sc* x 2, sc, FO and leave tail to sew to body

Back legs (make 2):

  • bulky mottled blue yarn, size H/5.00mm hook, work in the round, don’t stuff
  • 1) 4 sc in magic ring (4)
  • 2-5) sc around x 4 rounds (4)
  • 6-7) hdc x 2, sc x 2 for 2 rounds (4)… this makes the legs bend
  • 8) sc around (4)
  • side 1: 9) *hdc x 2 in next sc* x 2, sc x 2 (6)
  • 10) *hdc x 2 in next hdc* x 2, sl st, FO and leave tail to sew to body
  • side 2: 9) *sc x 2, *hdc x 2 in next sc* x 2 (6)
  • 10) sc x 2, *hdc x 2 in next hdc* x 2, sl st, FO and leave tail to sew to body

Ears (make 2):

  • bulky mottled blue yarn, size H/5.00mm hook, worked in rows
  • 1) ch 4
  • 2) turn, skip 1st ch, sc x 3 (3)
  • 3) turn, skip 1st sc, sc x 2 (2)
  • 4) ch 1, turn, sc x 2 (2)
  • 5) turn, skip 1st sc, sc (1), FO and leave tail to sew to head

Gray back thingy:

  • gray yarn, size F/3.75mm hook, worked in rows
  • 1) ch 7
  • 2) turn, skip 1st 2 ch, hdc x 5 (5)
  • 3) ch 2, turn, hdc x 5 in back posts only (5)
  • 4) repeat row 3 until it’s long enough to cover the back, FO and leave tail to sew to body
  • now take gold/yellow yarn, work around the border of the gray piece… alternate sl st, ch 2, sl st in 1st ch, sl st around to make the fringe

Collar and belt:

  • chain of gold/yellow yarn, leave tail to sew to body

Assembly:

  • sew limbs to body (add wires inside front and back legs if you like)
  • sew back thingy, gold collar, and gold belt to body
  • cut out triangles of black felt and sew to ears, then sew ears to head
  • cut out a small cat-nose-shaped piece of black felt and sew to head
  • use gold/yellow yarn to make eyes, then use black thread to add detail to eyes and mouth area

You’re done!  Now go wait patiently for the next issue of Saga.

Lyingcat comic 2

Right.  Impatiently, then.

Amigurumi No-Face (Kaonashi) from Spirited Away

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I love Studio Ghibli movies: Spirited Away is my favourite.  I’ve never seen a pattern posted for No-Face, and thought he’d be easy to make since his body is a simple shape.  So here it is, my first pattern!  Of course, I don’t own the character or the movie: please feel free to use the pattern, but don’t sell the pattern or anything you make with it.

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I added a twist to make him more like the movie character…

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What you’ll need:

  • black yarn (I used cheapie Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight)
  • 3.75 mm (size F) crochet hook
  • white and pink felt
  • black and silver/gray embroidery floss
  • white and pink thread to attach face and mouth to body (you could also use glue)
  • stuffing (I used polyfill with a bit of unpopped popcorn in the base)

He’s worked entirely in the round with single crochet (sc), increase (inc), and invisible decrease (invdec) stitches.  Nothing tricky here if you’re a beginner.  Here are some closeups for embroidering the face — I’ve never embroidered before as you can tell :)

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Head and body (make 1):

  • 1) sc 6 in magic ring (6)
  • 2) inc2 x 6 (12)
  • 3) *sc, inc* x 6 (18)
  • 4) *sc x 2, inc* x 6 (24)
  • 5) *sc x 3, inc* x 6 (30)
  • 6 – 13) sc around for 8 rounds (30)
  • 14) *sc x 4, inc* x 6 (36)
  • 15) *sc x 5, inc* x 6 (42)
  • 16 – 17) sc around for 2 rounds (42)
  • 18) ch 28 then sc 14 starting in the 28th sc from round 17 (this makes the mouth opening)
  • 19 – 20) sc around for 2 rounds (42)
  • 21) *sc x 6, inc* x 6 (48)
  • 22-36) sc around for 14 rounds (48)
  • 37) *sc x 6, invdec* x 6 (42)
  • 38 – 42) sc around for 5 rounds (42)
  • 43) sc around but work in the back post only (42)
  • 44) *sc x 5, invdec* x 6 (36) (work in the inside loop of the previous round, this is a bit fiddly but rounds 43 and 44 will help make a flat bottom so he doesn’t tip over)
  • 45) *sc x 4, invdec* x 6 (30)
  • 46) *sc x 3, invdec* x 6 (24)
  • 47) *sc x 2, invdec* x 6 (18)
  • 48) *sc x 1, invdec* x 6 (12)
  • 49) invdec around until the hole can be covered over by the flap of your working yarn, weave in tail to close off bottom
  • You don’t need to stuff him yet because you’ve left an open mouth

Circles for top and bottom of mouth (make 2):

  • 1) sc 6 in magic ring (6)
  • 2) inc x 6 (12)
  • 3) *sc, inc* x 6 (18)
  • 4) *sc x 2, inc* x 6 (24)
  • 5) *sc x 3, inc* x 6 (30)
  • 6) *sc x 4, inc* x 6 (36)
  • 7) *sc x 5, inc* x 6 (42)
  • Finish off and leave a long tail to sew mouth to head/body

Felt pieces

  • Size of felt pieces will depend on the weight of your yarn and size of your hook
  • Face: cut out an oval of white felt and embroider on a face (or use felt, markers, etc. if you don’t like embroidery)
  • Mouth: fold your pink felt in half, put it inside No-Face’s mouth and trace the edges, then cut out the resultant figure-8 shape
  • Teeth: use scrap white felt to cut out little teeth; I deliberately made them irregular for a scarier effect

Assembly

Don’t like sewing?  Just replace ‘sew’ with ‘glue’ here, unless you’re really expecting a lot of wear and tear.

  • Sew face to front of head (over middle of mouth area)
  • Optional: stuff lower 1/3 of body with unpopped popcorn kernels or other heavier stuff (helps with stability)
  • Stuff remaining head and body with stuffing of choice (I used polyfill)
  • Use the long tail on your black yarn circles to sew them into head/body to form the roof and floor of No-Face’s mouth
  • Sew pink felt figure-8 into mouth (pink thread)
  • Sew teeth into mouth (white thread — it didn’t show through the black yarn if I pulled it tight)

Now have fun scaring people with this guy!  Or just use him to store your spare coins ;)

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