Since I took a break from Slowpoke, I was thinking that I would do a Jigglypuff, since you know, I’m really good at circles. But then my mother donated her wool that she wasn’t using (it’s not really a hobby for her), and in that collection was yellow. It wasn’t really a yellow needed to make my husband his Abra, but I could definitely make a Pikachu! Besides, that’s more of a mascot for Team Instinct anyways.
So I’m using Living Felt Merino Batt Lemon Peel? It came in the spring collection color set, and they don’t really tell you whats in there. But that’s the closest I can match it too. Butter cup was a close color match as well.
My husband felt my frustration with the Slowpoke, and since he is a gaming expert, he felt he should help. I think he just felt bad because he played his video games all day long (not that I mind, that’s more felting time), so he wanted to spend some time with me. So he made an armature for me. He’s definitely not use to making these, nor does he have any clue as to what to expect once the wool goes on, so there were a few unexpected mishaps I had to kind of adjust to.
Rule #1 to Armatures, don’t make circles.
As you know, I’m really good at circles, at least without armatures. But I find putting this beautiful shape (that’s not really a shape) into wire, makes it really hard to fill in the middle. So around and around I went until finally, I just squished it together and told my husband he is never allowed to make circles on an armature again. He saw the process, he understands now. So Pikachu is going to be a little larger than we anticipated.
I also learned some new tricks with making shapes stick better. Add a pipeclean, or fuzzy stick. *laughs* I think my tail turned out really nice!
I’ll be honest, I’m a little disappointed with the face. When I put on Pika’s cheek color, it took down the cheeks. My husband says I’m being to hard on myself, but that’s just who I am. I have to remember, I’m still really new at this, and everything right now is a learning experience. I’m also happy my eyes are on the same level, I seem to have trouble putting things on not crooked. Getting there though!
This took me about 10-11 hours. Again, I was bad at keeping track of time. I’ll have to find me an app where I have to clock in and out between project times. I think my next project will be something for the holidays. Maybe pumpkins… do I have any orange?