Yes, it's totally necessary crediting Meliadhor twice on the same piece AND I'm doing it again here (original pattern © *Meliadhor), because without them, this would have looked like a a winged pearl-pink rhino in a terrible blender-related accident. I am not exaggerating.
So yes, those of you who follow my Twitter should know what this is!
Having spend a lot of time sighing over the adorable custom plush-ponies created all over the world, I decided to try my hand at the strange art of pony-sewing. This is the first and probably last result of that.
This Cadance is made of your everyday, run-of-the-mill felt, multiple colors of string (including shiny gold, o mai!) and some conveniently-shaped beads we had lying around. As our glue is one stubborn arse, almost everything is sewn together, with the exception of the pink and purple strands of hair, as well as the bead in her cutie mark. Speaking of which, how did I already own beads THAT perfect for her mark?! What sorcery is this-! D8
The pattern is altered slightly from Meliadhor's original work, partially because I wanted a more slender build for our alicorn-lady, partially because felt is tough to wrestle on such a small scale.
I know she's no super model compared to what the rest of Bronydom can create, but I'm still extremely proud of what I managed to do with this. I've never done anything like this before and I had some crazy fun with it. Cadance is one fancy princess-dame. However, it's unlikely I'll ever get into such a big plush-related project again, so constructive critiqz are pretty much wasted on me, I'm afraid. Still, a comment always makes my day, so don't be shy about leaving some either way!
- First off, a big thank-you to my very own mother, with whom I can share this pony-crazieness. She volunteered to be my human sewing machine, knowing that my weak-jointed little middle-class hands weren't fit for long hours of punching needles into felt. Without her, I would probably be in the hospital getting my fingers popped back in their sockets right now. Or in a mental institution for being so obsessed with ponies I'd disfigure my hand-tentacles. One of those. Anyway!
- Second, all the Bronies who never seize to inspire. You folks are completely bonkers, putting so much work into things that... well, aren't work. I know some of you get paid, but most of you just like ponies that much, which is amazing. Just keep being awesomely crazy, 'kay?
- Third, MELIADHOR! AGAIN, YES! BODY-PATTERN, ALL THE STUFF! NEVER COULD'VE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU. Thank you again for giving us n00bs a chance at feeling awesome. ;D
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Did you use a bead for the cutie mark? Smart, smart!
Oh, somewhat off-topic, would you happen to have tips for putting eyes and manes/tails on? I've got this plushie sitting around with no mane, tail, or eyes. Kinda like Slenderpony.
As for the eyes and things, well, I mostly fiddled around with it until it looked right, but I'd recommend using glue for all the little details. It's not quite as durable, but it's prettier than stitches and easier to place (and if you screw up *cough*likeIdid*cough*, re-place) correctly.
I also found that the mane was easiest to make look right through building it up in layers. I've seen a lot of people try to rework the cartoony two-dimensional manes into three-dimensional models, but I personally think it's easier to control if you cut out the mane-shape in a flat 2D-shape and then add width through gluing more layers to it. Don't know if that makes sense.
I see where you're coming from with the glue, but how would you go about getting them on? Just gluing them?
Same can be said about the mane, where I'm not quite sure how to manage to get it on.
The mane we did sew on, though. It's just the different layers that are glued together. Sewing it along the hairline on the neck makes for a nice effect.
Interesting. If I weren't working with layers, just one piece of fabric, how would that work? Do you think I could just try sewing into the top of the head?
The head is a bit tricky, but using a reference of your pony in question will take you a long way.
I mostly just shuffled my way through, rigging things as I went. If you can make the whole head kind of "flow" towards the nose, it gives this really elegant look.