Sunday, 25 August 2013

Heart teddy

This week I'm off Duttons and have a full week of crochet ahead of me. I'm gonna be setting up my own website and part of this is doing new photo shoots with my amigurumi so they look lovely on the website.

When I first started writing amigurumi pattern nearly 2 years ago this little teddy was the first pattern I put in my esty shop.
I still have this little bear, he sits on my bookcase but I thought I'd have a go making him again anyway. I soon found ways the pattern could be improved. I changed the feet so they had bigger pads that would support a fabric patch and changed the face, using bigger eyes and a felt muzzle patch. Other than that he's just the same.

What do you think?

 This photo is taken with a the soft filter on my new camera. I like the vintage look it gives. The fabric on the ears and feet has little strawberry's on it so I used another strawberry fabric (which I maybe should have ironed... whoops) for the back drop of the shot.

 I really like this camera affect that adds a boarder around the bear. It really draws you into the bear and makes the red heart pop. I think I'll be using this affect more and more.

 No camera effects on these two. One with heart and one without.

Finally a photo without the heart and with the boarder. This is my favourite photo:)

In other news I was asked via my etsy shop if I would make one of my chunky money amigurumis for a lady who couldn't crochet. I am always happy yo do this so the requested monkey with an additional eye patch (I don't ask questions, you want a monkey with an eye patch you got it) was lovingly made and posted off.

Today I got this lovely message from Natasha who commissioned him

"Thank you so much for making the monkey.
Myself and my fiancé collect handmade monkeys which we have created for important moments in our life( they then travel the world with us) the little monkey you made was to celebrate our wedding next month( hence the colour) and the patch was because 2 weeks ago my fiancé was rushed into hospital with an abscess on his brain that very nearly killed him, he pulled through but his sight was affected so he has to wear a patch until it recovers. I gave him the monkey yesterday and he loves him- he's now joined our 5 other monkeys and will be off on his travels with us soon.Thank you again. Have left you feedback "

How lovely is that.
 Its wonderful to think that one of my silly creations will be a treasured part of their family :)

Natasha and her hubby are going to send me some pics of the (nameless at the mo) monkey with his new friends so I share them with you all when.

Now its handmade Monday time which means cup of tea and a blog hop :)


  1. The teddy and the monkey are both lovely. I really like the teddy 'improvements' to accommodate a bit of fabric. I always put a bit of fabric in the ears when I make a teddy. x

  2. Oh he's been modernised so well! You could have hearts, initials or numbers too.

  3. What a sweet little teddy. It's interesting when you are asked to customise something to suit the person, always a mystery until they explain!

  4. What a lovely touching back story to your etsy sale. It is a very cute monkey though! I like both teddies - they have different expressions to me - both good!

  5. Your teddy is really cute. I love the big feet - it makes him look sort of vulnerable. I take a bit of offense of your description of silly animals. They are not at all silly. They all have their own character and, as your latest commission shows - an important part in your customers lives. Good luck with your website. :)

  6. I love the new look teddy! the addition of fabric pads on the feet really brings him/her to life. The last photo is my fav too (although i do love that he comes with a heart :))

    Aww that's such a lovely story about the monkey! It must be really nice to know that he is such a special treasure to his new owners x

  7. Love the teddy with the heart. I have been going back to a few of my old patterns recently. It is quite interesting, but I often feel like it must have been someone else who wrote them. Very odd.

  8. Your crochet teddy is super sweet. Both look great :)

  9. I love the Teddy. I have a collection of unfinished Amigurumis that I never get round to sewing up as I am too impatient to start the next one. And what a sweet story about the monkey. Who knew...

  10. That really is a lovely story to go with the monkey - I think these snippets from customers are a big plus of making handmade :)

  11. The bears are so sweet, I really like the border effect on some of the photos.

  12. Your bear is gorgeous! I love the photos with the border, they look so professional and really capture him beautifully.

  13. This teddy is so cute. I wish I could make amigurimis but it seems my DNA is allergic to this kind of projects :) Anyway I agree with you, the last picture is great.

  14. I love the brown teddy, honestly I do!
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