I've just realized that I just missed one one-year anniversary of my first stuffed toy, completed a year ago yesterday! That was the little stuffed bat, stitched from an adorable pattern by Carolyn Vosburg Hall.
I had picked up that book at random while browsing the crafts section at my local library, and it was only because the bat caught my fancy (after all, it was Batman Begins
that introduced me to Christian Bale) that I decided to check out the book and take it home. I love stuffed animals, but I already had a ton of store-bought ones at home. No bats, though. I kid you not, had the book not contained one, I would never have given the idea of making stuffed toys a second thought.
And I would've missed out on a world of fun! After all, I had tried it as a kid once, failed miserably and hated it. That's serendipity for you, I suppose.
At one time I had vaguely entertained the notion of having 12 toys by the one-year mark, but I've only done nine to date (not counting commissioned duplicates of some of them). They're the only nine I've ever done, with the sole exception of a Riven beetle which didn't work and which I never completed/posted. Still, not too bad for a self-taught toymaker who just really really...wanted a bat!
The series so far:
(the only one sewn from a pattern)
(Reign of Fire
and improved pattern
(Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz
and greatly improved pattern
6. 1967 Chevy Impala
7. 1963 Opel Kadett
8. robot goldfish
9. New York circa 1900
Heh, my stuff isn't fannish-influenced, no sir.
(The dragon will probably get partly-disassembled and re-done. I've learned a lot since I made him, and looking at it now there are improvements needed, hoo boy. It's why I haven't put together a pattern for him yet nor stitched a second one, though I know some folks are waiting...)