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Fluttershy and Angel Bunny by fireflytwinkletoes Fluttershy and Angel Bunny by fireflytwinkletoes
This is the finished set for :icondeadparrot22:. Someone helpfully pointed out that I'd forgotten to give Fluttershy bottom eyelashes when I posted her last night, so I added those for her. Angel gave me a lot of trouble, as new things usually do. I've come to the conclusion that while I love sewing, I'm just not a pattern maker. Angel is annoyed because Fluttershy isn't looking at him. He has flax seed in his bottom and legs to give him a bit of weight, and his whiskers are made of hand-knotted thread.
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ShyMedia Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Love it.
Awesome work.
:)
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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ShyMedia Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Is it hard to make them?
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm honestly not sure how to answer questions like this. Sewing, pattern making, applique and all the other skills that I use to make these plushes are very difficult to learn. When I have to do something new, that's also difficult. Mostly, though, because I have put in the time and hard work to acquire the skills necessary to make them, the actual making process is not no difficult (unless, as I said, there is something new to learn). Mostly it is very detailed, careful, time consuming work.
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ChibininjaCHEZA Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how much for the huge ones?
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Please note me for prices :)
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TwilightAddict21 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
so cute. fluttershy is my fave and would love to get one of these with angel too. any ideas how much i could get one for?
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D I've got a general price list here: [link] or you can note me for specific pricing.
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TwilightAddict21 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
had a look at the prices... not bad it would obviously be extra as i want angel bunny too, i will have to get it in the new year though. would it matter that i am in australia?
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I only open commissions periodically, anyway. Australia is not a problem, I ship worldwide.
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TwilightAddict21 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
awesome i'll keep an eye out for an opening. i'll have to watch you =D
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paulyboy1 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lemme guess ur not giving pattern out -_-
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challengeaccepted Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
All your plushies are awesome ♥ *-* you're very talented ^^
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad you like them!
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steen182 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
i really need a fluttershy and angel. every time i see this photo my heart melts - so cute. i love bunnies.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I love bunnies too...but Angel was a pain to make (actually, Angel is just a pain, period :P )
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steen182 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
oh i'm sure he was!
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Doctor-G Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw Angel looks so cute, I like the grumpy look he has :D
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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renaissancepony Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
best fluttershy ive seen in a while
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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Sheimii Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
It's a nice touch to add an Angel bunny of the same quality as your pony plushies! I absolutely love his expression, it's just so fitting, haha. The whiskers look really nice and the scale looks perfect too! I have to say, Fluttershy looks good with her lower lashes on.

There's not much to say besides that I'm impressed once again. Great job Firefly~
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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Sheimii Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
You're most welcome!
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CrossbowROoF Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Oh, wow! That's an absolutely perfect Angel! You got his face and pose just right!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm glad you like him :D
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steen182 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is so good, the commissioner is so lucky!! angel is adorable!!! i can't even begin to understand how you did his whiskers. your patterns are always great- you excel at everything us crazy fans throw at you. i didn't notice fluttershy was missing eyelashes, but she looks perfect either way. always a pleasure to see your work :D
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I didn't notice the mistake either, until someone pointed it out for me :) I'm glad I have avid fans to keep me in line. The whiskers on Angel are actually fairly simple. I took four lengths of grey thread, twisted them together and threaded them through a smallish embroidery needle. I tied a knot on the end, poked the needle through from the wrong side of the fabric, left a length of thread appropriate for the whisker, and knotted it on the other side and cut close to the knot. Then I did that five more times for the other whiskers :D
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steen182 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
ooh! that doesn't sound so bad, from what i could tell in the picture it was this crazy intricately knotted thread. i guess it's just hard to see, but thanks for the explanation!!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It wasn't too bad at all! Just time consuming, which pretty much everything about making a plush is :P
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
:3 Behave yourself, Angel!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
He's never listened before - why should he now? :P
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
:XD:Good point.
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ShadowedPorcelain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
aww I think you did a wonderful job on his pattern. Pattern making comes slow to me as well and I have to make a bunch of prototypes but Angle looks so cute. I give you props for hand knotting all those knots for his whiskers. I think I'd just opt for some stiff fishing line.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Coming from you, that's a high compliment - all your patterns are lovely :D The whiskers weren't too bad, and I didn't even think of using fishing line!
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ShadowedPorcelain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well I admire all your work. As we said before, I could never do the single piece body that you can. One day you should try jointing this heads so they can swivel them. I know hystree uses that technique too with a cotter pin. I never thought of using knotted thread. I always thought to go with strong nylon or fishing line. The great thing about this site is we can always share and discuss techniques!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
How would you get fishing line to stay? Knot it on one end and then push it through the fabric before the head gets stuffed?
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ShadowedPorcelain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would loop it and whip stitch the loop and poke it through the seam
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmm. Sounds pretty secure.
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Shandrazel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
hahaha :D
you captured angel's personality like a baws in this plushi :)
awesome job =P
(but i hate him in the series so much xD)
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I like him in the series, but I like him precisely BECAUSE he's an a-hole. The fact that Fluttershy caters to his every whim even though he's less than a third her height is a classic example of little people getting their way because no one will set them straight :D
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Shandrazel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
hmmm... true :)
but grrr....hate him :D :D
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
yup :D
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hammerworm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Writer
That is a FANTASTIC angel! Just because you find something difficult may not mean it's not your thing, you seem to do excellent at making patterns!

In writing, I find the parts of storytelling I'm best at tend to be the ones I find the most difficult and least enjoyable. Perhaps you're having similar issues with patterns?

That is the best Fluttershy I've seen yet. Her face looks so ready to love her new owner!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well...I should probably give myself more time instead of expecting to get it right on the first try. I'm a very impatient person. Impatience and perfectionism are not the best mix of personality traits ^^;

I hope that you at least get great satisfaction out of your storytelling when those difficult bits turn out?

I'm happy I got to make Fluttershy again - I haven't made her since way back when I started with my earlier, chunkier pattern :P
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hammerworm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Impatience can be difficult to work with, and perfectionism is a curse I know all too well.

I actually don't get any satisfaction out of it until I go over to a friend's house and he tells me that it was so good, he doesn't want to talk about the story with me because he doesn't want any spoilers, and then his mom and dad stop me to ask when the next chapter is coming. It's when I finally get feedback that I get that warm, fuzzy feeling about whatever it was I thought came out totally wrong.

When did you get started sewing? In general, and also, specifically with ponies?
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, that's so cute that your friends wait eagerly for your writing! That must be a lovely feeling.

I started handsewing random stuff (badly) when I was old enough to be trusted to hold a needle for an extended period of time without stabbing myself in the eye. My parents mostly thought - "oh, how cute, she's chosen to do arts and crafts with sewing rather than fingerpainting". Then when I was about ten, I used an old sheet, designed my own pattern, and hand-sewed myself a floor length dress with a corseted back, train and matching shawl (it wasn't professional looking at all, but hey, I finished it! And it fit!).

I learned about machine sewing in high school, where I quickly bored of the projects they assigned us (people would be working on their beanbag lizard or boxer shorts for weeks - I finished mine in one period (and they were awesome - I still wear the boxers I made in grade 9). So I ran out of projects. And so I took on more challenging ones - I made a calf-length suit jacket, then a Queen-size quilt. I sewed beanies by the dozen and gave them to all my friends. I helped my dad make sails for his boat projects, and made water resistant travel bags for him to take on boat trips. So it all snowballed like that until sewing was one of the happiest things I knew.

Once I got into uni, I didn't have a sewing machine and went a year without sewing. I moved out of res in second year and my mom gave me her sewing machine - I responded by immediately making something I'd wanted for years - a knee-length skirted and hooded technicolor quilted coat (it's so awesome - I wear it all winter :D). My boyfriend got me into Pokemon again, and I made a few hats that I gave away as presents - then I ended up making 50 or so hats and selling them at a convention (and making a killing).

I moved again to a house where I lived with 5 of my best friends. One of them was into ponies. I didn't understand it, but I'm not the type to judge, either. I was chatting with someone on the internet one day, and they told me about how even substandard (some of them REALLY awful :( ) ponies were selling for ridiculous amounts of money. I wanted to try my hand at it, since I'd very rarely made plush patterns and wondered if I could make something decently presentable. Then my friend who watched ponies came up to me and said "You know, if you're going to make ponies, you have to try watching it!". He was right. Not only would it be inconsiderate to the fandom to make ponies without caring about the show, I was convinced that I wouldn't do as good a job if I didn't know what the characters were like. So I started watching ponies. I wasn't particularly interested in the first episodes, but after three or four, I was hooked. Soon I was watching ponies and sewing ponies at the same time. I tried to generate some interest on DA, hoping that I could actually sell them. It was slow going at first, but now here I am with over a thousand watchers, many satisfied customers, and having the time of my life! It's the weirdest success story :P
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hammerworm Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Writer
But that's such a fantastic success story! Best of all, it's a SUCCESS story! That's really super awesome.

Mine is a success story waiting to happen. As far back as kindergarten, my teacher told my mom, at my very first parent/teacher conference, "This child will be the next Stephen King. He has a gift for writing, and any book he writes will be a best seller his whole life." But I'm too lazy and unmotivated to ever actually finish one :P

You clearly have a remarkable talent for sewing! I hope you continue to share it with us; I always get a smile on my face when I see the next plush you've sewn up!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, yeah, this job did make for pretty much the best summer ever. I'm sure you'll finish a story some time, and I bet it'll be awesome! Good luck :)
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thurinus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god I just realized I forgot the bottom lashes on mine too :( Damn you inaccurate reference pictures!

Angel looks like he means business!
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