I have been excitedly waiting for this day since I started my project back in July.
The winter issue of Mollie Makes, out in the shops today, has a tutorial by me and I know some of you have guessed it is my much loved Nutcracker character.
My starting point was an illustration I did of a Nutcracker a couple of years ago and I turned that into these simple cut and sew kits.
This summer I had the idea to bring him to life and turn him into a 3D rag doll so I set about working the proportions out, creating his outfit and all the trimmings and embellishments which went with it.
This was prototype number 1.
Next we have prototype number 2 and you can see he's become a bit more handsome!
It seemed to take ages, actually the longest bit was photographing each stage of the 'make' and then writing it down in a way people might be able to follow it.
You know how it is when you create something yourself and you know all the sneaky ways around things but you can't quite put it into words, a bit like that!
So, eventually I got there and I sent off 3 Nutcracker dolls to Mollie Makes at the beginning of October as it turned out to be a tight deadline once I got the go ahead.
I'm absolutely delighted it has gone into print for others to try. I would like to say that I think they have edited some of the photo stages for the tutorial and therefore if anyone has a go but finds it a bit tricky, do let me know and I can send the full detailed instructions I created. It has quite a lot of embellishments which make it a bit more involved and I guess they had to keep the pages to a minimum.
I took lots of photos with Nutcrackers in festive settings but they didn't use those so I would like to display a few here.
Most of these creations are for sale at Gallery 49 in Bridlington, one or two may find their way into my Folksy shop.
They do take quite a long time to make but I am still churning out one or two more in time for the festive season, I have even created a Sugar Plum Fairy to go with her Nutcracker! She might appear as a pattern at some point.
Thanks for sticking with all the pictures, this is one of my most exciting things to be featured in my favourite magazine.
Have a good weekend everyone, I'm going to get things ready now for my craft fair. :)