Anyone considering studying history (and/or Civil War Era Studies) at Gettysburg, feel free to reach out to me! I’m Class of ‘11 and I’d love to help you out and answer youcr questions even though my G-burg days are long behind me now. There’s no better place to learn about the American Civil War, I guarantee it!
Nothing like watching a Civil War documentary and seeing the professor who oversaw your thesis talking.
We Gettysburgians have that luxury more often than most, I suspect.
(Thank you, Professor Carmichael. I’m doing my best to be an archivist like you said I should!)
Thinking about it, I might be able to take plushie commissions relatively soon (in months, I mean, not soon-soon). I need to learn to make clothes and get better at stitching in general before I can say that my plushies are worthy to be sold, but once I’m ready I’ll be able to make custom plushies, something I’ve wanted to be able to do for a long time!
I need to keep practicing first, though.
Today is my designated Do Nothing Day because I finished my second of four semesters of grad school yesterday and I haven’t had a chance to do nothing for a very long time.
Work will resume tomorrow (I have some art I need to finish!) but for now, I need to take a day for my mental and physical health.
Everyone should try a Do Nothing Day. It’s soothing.
I THINK I’M GONNA DO IT. Thanks for the info!
YES DO IT WE CAN SEW ALL THE THINGS TOGETHER
(And no problem! I’m just starting out myself, so I hope it helps!)
Ahh, you totally should! I’m only just learning myself, but it’s a lot of fun!
Basically, back in 2009 and 2011, when I first attempted to learn how to sew plushies, I was using really bad fabric for it and my stitches were far too loose, so everything turned out rather horribly and I gave up both times. Then I commissioned Tumblr user Kaxen to make Stan and Babe for me, and when they arrived I got motivated to try again because THEY ARE SO PERFECT OH MY GOSH.
I started taking things more seriously this time around, and it finally hit me that the fabric I was using wasn’t well-suited for this thing. It turns out felt is the way to go, especially when you’re starting out, and so I started using felt and it began to work much better. (Generally, use a thin-to-medium needle because if it’s too thick the knot in the back of the thread will just go through too.)
The pattern I found that I’ve been using is here, and I took the parts that I could use and made templates on my laptop:
You need two of the head and body pieces to sew together and four arm pieces (because there are two arms), but that’s self-explanatory.
Also, there are apparently about ten thousand different ways to do hair and I’ve only tried two of them (felt, which I used for Theda Bara, and this doll hair I found in JoAnn’s for Mary Pickford), so you can go all out with the hair! The face can either be painted on or sewed on depending on what you feel like doing with that.
And…that’s all I’ve figured out so far, but hopefully this helps! It’s definitely addicting, especially as you start to get better at it and figure out more things. I’m probably going to try again later today when I’m done doing nothing (my grad school semester ended yesterday and so I am determined to not do anything for a while) because I just can’t stop trying! Best of luck - it’s a lot of fun!