Monday, 16 December 2013

Piglet with frankfurter

Pretty pinkish piglet. I was allowed to create the frankfurter separately (you can see it inside the piglet's throat in the drawing). 
A friend of mine remarked it must have been a cannibal piglet... consuming another poor pig processed into frankfurters... Well, I know that me and my friends sometimes have strange conversational topics...

Jelszó: "Legyen Menyuskának malaca!"
És lőn. Kisebbik unokaöcsém műve. Attól kegyesen eltekintett, hogy a malac torkában ábrázolt virslit is a firkajószágba kelljen varrnom, azt javasolta, varrjak a malacnak külön virslit. Varrtam egyet és többet. Egyébként a jószág neve "lazacmalac". Tessék a színét nézni! Rejtőszín egy északi országban, ahol így feltűnés nélkül együtt tud lubickolni az ottani lazacokkal. 

Utóirat: így jár az ember (és olvasói), ha a fotózni szerető sógorra bízza a képanyag elkészítését - egyből van miből válogatni :-)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Dad & Son

Max is 4, and he drew himself and his father.
Daddy is very chic, isn't he? In the first softie version I made a nice knitted neck for his pullover. I was so sure about this detail that I didn't even ask the mum, who placed the order. When I finished everything and took the photos, and I was just about to send the pictures to the mum, all of a sudden an idea emerged: "What if those vertical lines represent a beard?! If I were a 4-year-old kid, I wouldn't bother about pullover necks..." And I was right...:-) So finally I removed the neck and created the beard. I hope Max's father recognizes himself.

pullover neck..? beard!
A négyéves Max portréja magáról és apukájáról.

Monday, 9 December 2013


I was biased towards Kristian's octopus like creature, because once I made a softie for myself, which had exactly 6 arms, too... and when someone asked me why I had knitted 6 arms for it, my answer was: "to be able to hug a lot". And look what Kristian said about his creature: "Ricario is a very cheeky but very friendly monster who likes to cuddle people".

twelve arms altogether - all ready to cuddle

Egyszemű Ricario bébijének 3 szeme van - akkor gondolom, az unokájának 5 lesz legalább. Keze 6 van, és mi másért, mint hogy ölelgetni tudjon?! A lábai meg nyilván nem rugdosásra valók, hanem stabilitást biztosítanak ölelés közben.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Penguin & Frog

I made Lilly two mice for last Christmas, and this year the family asked for two more Christmas softies. 

Gabby's favourite thing of all is penguins, she has been drawing them forever. Her mom asked me to combine the fat penguin and the happy-face penguin.

And this is Annie's standard frog. I was asked to create some sort of accessory for her - winter is here, so I thought the frog would make good use of a long scarf. And why not add a pocket with her flower on it?

A tavaly karácsonyra született egerek egy évet töltöttek kettesben. Most új társaságra vágytak, hát elkészült melléjük egy mosolygós pingvin és egy téliesített béka.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

How to sew a black dog?

 This black doggie is for Nil, who was born this October - welcome, Nil!:-)

Are you thinking of becoming a softiemaker? I thought I would make a little guide for you about what you can expect. Well...

(first things first: as your customer wants "nothing more, nothing less", looking at the doggie image you think you should make a 2D black dog somehow, but it turns out you are wrong, the dog should be sewn in 3D:-))

- after long weeks of accepting the commission you sit down at your desk. you're just sitting there and staring at the "drawing" and you think you were crazy to say yes to this request. you have  no idea how to start it
- you identify again the type of the dog, yes, it is a pug
- you think it is possible to find a pug sewing pattern on the web, and you are right. it is in Russian, but no problem, you have a Russian-speaking friend, she translates it for you
- you start cutting the pieces and after a while you realize it's not exactly what you want. no problem, you have found another pattern as well, so you start making a small paper prototype to see what it would look like. you don't like it....
- you are sitting at your desk, thinking desperately what to do. you don't want to let your customer down, but you are hesitating to write an email in which you apologize and tell him that you are not able to turn this picture into a softie
- you (try to) stop panicking and decide to draw a sewing pattern yourself, as usual. as you can't see any details in the original image, you start searching for pug pictures. these are the ones you think can be used:

- after studying characteristic features of a pug thoroughly you start drawing your sewing pattern. you measure this, you measure that, you erase lines and draw new ones, and finally you sew a prototype softie. then you examine what is wrong with it
- you make the necessary corrections on your sewing pattern and start making THE softie
- when all the parts of the dog are sewn together you discover some more little details you should have corrected on the pattern.......... you persuade yourself not to make a brand new dog (you remember the quiltmakers' saying: "only God can create a perfect thing")
- all of  a sudden you start enjoying making the doggie. you think it doesn't look bad. it is more or less similar to the original image
- you decide to add a nose. at least that. and wrinkles. you experiment with wrinkles for a while. you put some more here, there and everywhere:-)
- you are sitting at your desk looking at the finished softie, feeling satisfied, and hoping your customer will feel the same

Frenchie, a fekete kutya. Úton Barcelonába. Elkísértem volna:-)

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Mummy softie

This is how Beth (3) in Singapore sees her mummy. And her mummy loves it. And so do I:)

There was just a little detail I was uncertain about: what are those red lines on the lower part of the head+body?? Answer from mummy: "I think the red lines were supposed to be my legs but she drew the shoes so far away from the legs haha" Well, I did what my co-artist wanted to do: I connected the legs and shoes.

Színpompás mama Szingapúrba.