Monday, September 20, 2010

The Needle Giveaway Contest

Thank you everyone for entering The Needle's giveaway contest! I enjoyed reading each and every comment about what you love most about plush. It was groovy to read each response and see how different they were from each other. Plush making really does satisfying so many creative needs!

Without further adieu, the winner selected at random is:

Congratulations maureencracknell!

Click here to read what Maureen and everyone else said about what they love most about making plush.

This week's giveaway is for the totally awesome book Softies by Therese Laskey (a $20 value).

Enter the giveaway by answering this question in the comments of this post:

What is your best plush making tip?

The contest will be open for a week and the winner will be drawn at random on Monday, September 27th. And be sure to check back next week because I've got even more goodies in the prize bag so they'll be another awesome contest.

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Irit said...

Hmm. I guess my best plush making tip goes back to my answer to the previous question - you don't have to rely on a detailed pattern to get great results. Some of my best plushies were created with no pattern at all. :-)

ThEm DoLLZ said...

My best plush making tip would be to just dive in and make mistakes. Sonetimes the mistakes you make lead you to new ideas!

JessA said...

My tip is that plushies should not be perfect. So, don't be afraid to make mistakes. The cutest ones are those with their own personality, crooked eyes, imperfect stitching etc just make them all the cuter.

Ellen Ault said...

My tip is to find inspiration before you get started! I usually look at what my favorite etsy stores are doing, then flip through some magazines and books. Then I sit on the floor with all my fabric around me and see what speaks to me!

Anonymous said...

My advice would be to find colors that excite you! It's very easy to look at plush you love and think up designs, but sometimes that can be too similar. I could look around me all day and find inspiration everywhere, causing my mind to overload. But if I'm going through supplies, new or old, it's the color of the material that pops out and tells me just who it wants to become! A sassy red apple queen is bold and confident. A drizzly morning blue is going to become something that needs lots of hugs. I love color!

maureencracknell said...

My best tip would be --- to make sure
your plush is cuddly!!!

Jo said...

My tip would be to make sure you clip your curves and corners so that they lay flat and smooth. Make them squishhhhhy!

marathon1981 said...

My tip would be to make something you never want to give away. I like to make each creatures as if it were for my daughter if no one adopts them, so I want to love having them around.

Absolutely Small said...

My best plush making tip is to keep a sketchbook, and to draw and write in it regularly. I know this might seem like extra work, and not directly connected to making plushies at all. Trust me though, you would be shocked at how many more ideas you get, and how much more productive you are with your plushing when you do! Consider it a weird (and wonderful) side effect.

karamba! said...

My tip would be to let your imagination free, every kind of absurd idea is probably the best idea.
It's never to late to have a happy childhood!

Sarah Gough said...

My tips are to take your time - the details are what makes your softie original and to make sure you have enough fabric that you can recreate the softie you just can't bear to part with - or you'll never give any away!

Kira said...

Gather the material you want to use, and let your imagination do the rest!


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