Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mokona is Mokona!: a sewing tutorial

I recently made a small creature from the manga/anime Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle as a present for my brother.
I'd like to introduce you to Mokona...Larg Mokona, to be exact.


He took only a night to make, not counting the time taken for his paint to dry, and turned out very well.

Items needed:
Black fleece (a quarter of a meter) for body and legs
Pink fleece (a quarter of a meter)  for markings
Magenta felt (one sheet) for the mouth
Blue craft jewel (about three centimeters in diameter)
Fabric glue
White fabric paint (for eyes)

 First, I made a pattern. I drew and cut out a large oval on the paper for the body, as well as a leg, an arm, and an ear. I allowed plenty of room for seams,. Then I traced these parts onto the black felt.

For the ears, I put the black fleece on top of the pink fleece, so his ears would have pink undersides. Then I cut everything out, and began sewing.
I sewed each limb separately, stuffed them, then moved on to the body.

 I measured and marked the oval with chalk where each limb would be sewn on. Sewing slowly around the circumference of the body, I inserted each limb when I came to its marking, angling them so that when I turned Mokona right-side-out, his ears, arms and legs would be securely attached, without a hint of a seam. I stuffed Mokona, then sewed up his bottom seam by hand.

After finishing his body, I moved on to his face. After cutting out a mouth from the magenta felt, I hand-stitched it onto the face, then painted half-moon arcs for his laughing eyes. I glued on the jewel last of all, and let him dry. Mokona took only a night to make, not counting the time taken for his paint to dry, and turned out very well.

Here he is, finished and sitting in my brother's armchair.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fandom Card

I took the Ultimate Fandom quiz recently... and got the following results!

"Harry Potter": Ravenclaw - "Where those of wit and learning, / Will always find their kind." I have always considered myself to be a Ravenclaw. This is all the proof I need.

 "The Hunger Games": District 7 - Stunning forests, sharp axes... I'm good with this.

 "Twilight": Vampire- Let me just say, I refuse to sparkle. I'll be the Dracula-type of vampire that lives in coffins and hates garlic, but no sparkling.

"Lord of the Rings": Dwarf- Again with the axes... Seriously though, dwarves are really awesome. At least, the book versions are.

 "Star Wars": Jedi - *draws lightsaber* You don't say!

"Divergent": Dauntless - I've always wondered what it would be like to jump off/on a train. Wouldn't mind going on a skyscraper zipline, either.

"His Dark Materials": Svalbard (ice bears) - Verrry happy about this one. *goes off to my forge*

"Mortal Instruments": Faerie- Let's go fight some demons.

 "Percy Jackson": Mortal - Ehh... Not good, not bad, just ehh...

"Chronicles of Narnia": A Child of Adam and Eve - Now I just need to find a door between the worlds.

"Game of Thrones": House Stark- "Winter Is Coming." That's all I have to say.

"Doctor Who": The Doctor - Fish fingers and custard for me, thanks!

"Delirium": Uncured- Yes, because I ran away to the wilds. I got tired of not being allowed to read poetry.

 "Star Trek": Vulcan- Vulcans are probably my favorite alien race in Star Trek, so I'm pleased with this result.

 "Battlestar Gallactica": Cylon- Not quite sure what to think about this one.

I needed my ID card for all these fandoms, now I just need to print it out and put it in my wallet...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sherlocked: or how I got obsessed with a show in less than a week


I admit it. I haven't been posting very much on this blog. There are a lot of explanations for why I have been so negligent. I have another blog I've been trying to keep up with (it is for school, after all), and I have a midterm this week, etc. Excuses, excuses... I know.

  But my favorite reason for why I've been so lax is because I have been Sherlocked. See, Stephen Moffat, the producer in charge of the last season of Doctor Who, has a side project: a miniseries that covers the adventures of one Sherlock Homes and his friend Dr. Watson.

The only catch that makes it so different from all the other adaptations of Sherlock Holmes out there is that it is set in the 21st century, most of the characters communicate by texting, and Sherlock is a highly-functioning sociopath. It's very true to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and it is highly addictive. If you have seen it, you know exactly what I am talking about. If not, here is the trailer for season 1 (which, incidentally, is on Netflix, hint hint...). Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens!

R.W. Buss. "Dicken's Dream." c 1875
This man was the author of thirty-one novels, none of which have ever gone out of print. While redefining the novel, he used his writing to expose the dire condition of the poor in the 19th century. The memorable characters of Scrooge, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Miss Havisham all came from his pen. His books have been adapted for the stage and screen, with great success. A museum in London bears his name and contains some of the first drafts of his works.
Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens!