Do your amigurumi projects need help? We have the answers!
As an avid crocheter, I’ve always wanted to tackle cute amigurumi crochet projects. However, each time I’ve tried, they’ve ended up just looking a bit off. My projects never seem as cute as they should be! If your amigurumi are also less than perfect, we have the answers with this DVD (and it’s on sale!)
I’ve read a lot of blog posts and photo tutorials on how to improve your amigurumi, but they just don’t do the techniques justice. A 3D craft needs to be viewed from every angle, so the best way to learn how to improve your amigurumi is through a video lesson. Luckily, we have one of the most talented amigurumi artists in the world on DVD ready to share her secrets with you: Brenda K. B. Anderson! In the spectacular 3D Crochet: Amigurumi, Accessories, and Cutest Creatures, Brenda shares all her go-to tips on making adorable crochet creatures. (She makes mascots as her day job, so she’s an expert at making fluffy things look cute.)
Here are 5 fantastic things you’ll learn from Brenda’s 3-D Crochet DVD.
1. Use stuffing in all the right ways.
If you’re new to amigurumi, you’ve probably experienced a couple stuffing snafus. Over stuffing, under stuffing, or stuffing differently in different parts can dramatically affect the finished look of your amigurumi. The DVD will show you how to use stuffing to sculpt the perfect shape.
2. Make cute facial expressions.
I’m lucky if I can get my faces looking symmetrical when I try amigurumi. I’d love to be able to convey sweet, scary, or silly facial expressions on my crochet stuffed animals. This class will show you how to make small adjustments that make a big difference in your finished piece.
3. Choose all the right colors.
Picking the right colors is essential for making your animal look just the way you want it. This DVD will help you choose colors that pop in all the right places.
4. Assemble the pieces.
Attaching legs, arms, and heads can be tricky. If they’re sewn in a weird place, the look is off; if they’re not sewn on correctly, they could rip right off. Take advantage of Brenda’s tricks for attaching the pieces to ensure your toy is durable and lasts a long time.
5. Finish to perfection.
Finishing is essential for a fantastic handmade toy! This DVD will show you how to crochet trims and edgings for a polished finish.
These strategies work for amigurumi toys AND for livening up your crochet accessories (for example, try these tips if you use crochet for any type of costume). The DVD also include patterns for a Jackie the Jackelope Hat and matching Jackson the Amigurumi Jackelope. (I know what I’m doing for Halloween next year!)
How will you use these amigurumi crochet tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!
Editor, Interweave Crochet