How I make my mice #1

yes I am still here, working away on my mouse order. I did finish all the mouse bodies.

I want to share with you how much work goes in to one of the mice. I do everything by hand. I have a pattern that I kind of stick to, that I established extra for these little fellows. mh5

This is how it all starts. I begin with the nose and work myself all the way up, add stitches so the mouse will get some cheeks. Each mouse has a different amount of stitches, that’s how they get their individuality.

After a certain length I have to stop and pick out the eyes. I use safety eyes. Even though my mice are not intended as toys, but I like being on the safe side.

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Here I picked a pair of blue eyes for this mouse. I chose a spot and push the eye part through the knitted face. Then I move on to the second eye, try to level it out. Sometimes the mouse ends up with a little bit of “crooked” eye syndrome. Once the eyes are in place the white discs will be pushed up on  the stem of the eye and then the mouse has a pair of eyes. mh1

Then some of the threads have to be tucked away or sewed in place and hidden. After that comes the fun part. Putting some stuffing in place. mh2

oops it’s a little blurry. But I think you get what I am doing here. I stuff the mouse head, play a little bit with it, push the eyes back into place. Sometimes I add a little bit more stuffing and sometimes I have to take some back out.mh3

Then I start closing the head, row after row less and lesser stitches  until there is only a few left, cut the yarn and pull the thread through to close it up.

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And then I have a mouse head. Looking good so far. Then those two threads still have to be hidden, sewn back into the head, so nothing will unravel.

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a little update

yes, no Spotlight for today and maybe for until after Christmas.

The reason why?

Well I got a wonderful order of mice in. I am very happy about that and already got started on them. Three bodies are waiting to get dressed and hoping for accessories.

It is a big order, eleven mice to be precise, and they need to be at their new home before Christmas. So I am a little in a time crunch and need to devote all my free time to them.

Therefor I decided to take a break from my Spotlights and report hopefully once a week my progress of my mice.

It will be a collage of  a mom with her kids and grandchildren.

I hope you will all have a wonderful Thanksgiving  and/ or Advent time.

 

 

Spotlight Friday: Japanese Craft

I am still a little  lost in space at the moment. First I had a few sick people around me and now inherited their sharing and then there was this ominous Election day.  I am trying to find my place. Feathers where ruffled the last year and a half. The nation has decided, and we will move on.

Life goes on, for many of us there are things we are looking forward to, things we have planned for  a while and are excited about.

Friends of ours are getting ready for a 4 month stay in Japan. I am sure they are excited, anxious and looking forward to learning new things.

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I don’t know where exactly they will be staying. It does sound like a wonderful opportunity though. Even though it will be Winter the whole time they will be staying.

I read it can snow quite a bit and quite an amount. But doesn’t this look beautiful!

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And I am pretty sure it is a blast to go snowboarding or skiing in Japan. I am sure you heard about the snow monkeys as well.

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(source: National Geographic Expeditions)

To learn about a different Country, their customs, their way of life, sounds like a wonderful adventure to me.

I would search for all the amazing fabric stores. I would need an extra container to bring all those pretties back home.

But there is Shodo – the Japanese art of calligraphy,japanese-calligraphy

Ukiyo-e, literally “pictures of the floating world”During the Edo Period (1615-1868), a uniquely Japanese art from developed known as ukiyoe, or “pictures of the floating world.” A Buddhist concept, ukiyo originally suggested the sadness (uki) of life (yo). , Japanese Architecture, Manga – the japanese comic books, Origami – the craft of paper folding, Japanese fans, Kirigami – similar to origami, but you can use scissors, amigurumi – crocheting or knitting miniature animals, chochin – paper lanterns , Temari– Temari, literally “hand ball”, are a Japanese folk craft that were historically created with old silk kimono as a toy for children. The outside of the ball are covered in a detailed embroidery, Irezumi – heavily tattooing, Byobu – Byobu are Japanese folding screens that are primarily used to partition a room for privacy.There are so many more.  And I would love to learn quite a few of them.

I hope my friend gets the time to dabble in quite a few new arts and bring home some new skills.


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Handmade Crochet Pinkie Pie My Little Pony Amigurumi Toy Plush Kawaii Japan MLP
by ParadoxHeart

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JAPANESE PAGODA Vintage Travel Poster Switch Plate (single or double) – – FREE Shipping – –
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Paper Bead Jewelry- Japanese Paper Bead Bracelet Cuff
by Tanith

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Japanese Taiko Drum Pendent by ShinrinArt

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Japanese Courage Pendant , Japanese Courage Kanji Necklace by WizardofCharms

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Manga ACEO PRINT, Japanese Boy Artwork, Anime Bishie Print by NamiyaKou

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kokeshi doll japan crochet keychain cute amulets bag charm unique gift girl accessory by KrugerShop

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Embroidered Christmas ornament, Pink mini Temari, Japanese chrysanthemum by MonaSaadHandmade

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Sake glasses, Set of 4 Shot glasses, Ceramic Shot Glass, Japanese cherry blossom by Ningswonderworld

Just searching all these arts and crafts that are originated in Japan make me want to take a trip and explore.