Back in this post in February, I talked about sending my box of plush toys to Stuffed Magazine to be considered for an issue. Well, the Summer 2012 issue is finally out!
Near the beginning of the magazine (pages 14 and 15 to be exact) are Olive and Ethan. These two were my first ever "good" attempts at making plush people. I literally made these two days before I sent off my package. I wanted to try out a doll, but was having a hard time getting it perfect and finding a good fabric for the faces. I hand embroidered the facial features and need a fabric that can handle being poked with a needle and doesn't show through. I actually have since making these two, changed to a different face fabric. Very similar in color, but the new fabric is much softer and easier to work with. (FYI: All the plush people in my shop are made with the newer fabric.)
When your work is chosen for publication in Stuffed, you are responsible for writing everything in your article. This was really fun and gave me a chance to really personalize Olive and Ethan. My article about them was centered around the coast of Maine (surprise, surprise) and even mentioned one of Kinsey's favorite treats we had in Maine: honey brioche doughnuts! (We get them at the best bakery in the entire world, Morning Glory Bakery in Bar Harbor. )
A little further back in the magazine, are my plush elephants. This story was about Eben and Ella (husband and wife, of course) and included all kinds of things I like: a house in the woods, gardening, drinking tea, reading, making furniture, and drinking lemonade with your husband.
I love how they posed Eben and Ella in this shot!
Here's Ella (very similiar to the one featured in Stuffed- same name but slightly different clothes) checking out her relatives in the magazine.
I'm thrilled to be included (twice!) in this issue and am looking forward to submitting again! If you have any interest in soft toys or plush sculpture, this is a wonderful magazine to check out!
(I'll be posting the small stories for each I wrote in the next few days.)