Fun with Stop Motion Animation

Hello!

I’ve always had a bit of a longing to make little stop motion animations and I have had a go here and there in the past.  The first time I did one was while (not) doing my homework many moons ago!  I remember taking a series of photographs of a prit stick rocket taking off and the lid falling off to land on some unsuspecting blu tac model of a person – splat!  Ha ha!  I’m not sure the quality of my videos is any better than it was back then but it’s so much fun to try!

I have a couple of little films on my youtube channel – yes I have one of those!  Much to my own surprise too!  I added another one a couple of days ago, this one is showing how to make one of my amigurumi kits and to start off it looks like that’s all it is, but wait for it …….. I have some teeny little helpers turn up!  I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did making it, I do plan to do more in the near future too.

Here is my latest video:

If you wanted to buy one of my kits or my little helpers they are available in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MissGsGorgeousGifts

I also have some in Quillies in Rhayader, Talgarth Mill Craft Shop in Talgarth, Charlotte of Hay in Hay-on-Wye, and The Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells.

Vicki x

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Amigurumi Kits Part 2

Hello!!

I made a video of what you’ll find inside my brand new amigurumi kits!  This one features my amigurumi dog.  And here it is!  https://youtu.be/W3Jih8KnQ3c

Amigurumi dog kit

I am planning on doing some more videos – hopefully of me making them.  I quite fancy doing a stop frame animation type of the making process, that could be fun!

I’m pleased to announce that my kits are all in my Etsy shop now!  There are lots of different colours for you to choose from I have a feeling pink is going to be popular!

Amigurumi cat kits by Miss Gregory's Gorgeous Gifts

Bye for now!

Vicki x

New Amigurumi Kits!

I’m about ready to launch my amigurumi kits, these are larger versions of my little amigurumi made using chunky yarn and a 4mm hook so much easier to make than my little fiddly ones.

Amigurumi dog kit

Here are the contents, everything you need to make an amigurumi dog:

Amigurumi dog kit by Miss Gregory's Gorgeous Gifts

 

Amgurumi dog pattern by Miss Gregory's Gorgeous Gifts

The finished dog is about 10cm high.  I’ve also made kits for my bunny and cat patterns too.

It doesn’t end there though!  I also have a support page set up on my website here, with some little videos on techniques used in the patterns and an faq page too – these will be added to over time as people get in touch with questions, I’ve started them off with help from my pattern testers.
I’m also hoping people will send me in pictures of their finished creations I can then add those too.

These kits will be available for the first time at Wonderwool Wales, (on stand B11 with Powys Creative) I’ll then be adding them to my Etsy shop and some of the bricks and mortar shops that I supply too – exciting times!!

Vicki x

2018 Here I come! (If only I actually was that dynamic!)

Hi there!

It’s the second month of 2018 and I already feel like I’m juggling balls.  I’m not sure if this is because I’ve got a lot on or if I’m just terribly disorganised!!’

At this moment in time I’m working on a batch of amigurumi bunnies, my Etsy shop needs replenishing and I have a craft fair at the end of March to make stock for, and the shops I stock could do with some more – so at least I’ve started these.  I’m taking on one creature at a time!

Amigurumi Bunnies

Those of you that follow me on Facebook will have seen that I’ve been upsizing some of my amigurumi patterns, the idea behind this is that I’m creating some amigurumi kits for people to make their own cute little bunnies, cats and dogs!  Most of this process is still in my head, though it is coming together.  I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out – I’m hoping to have some of these ready by the end of April when I’m trading at Wonderwool Wales on the Powys Creative stand, then I’ll be rolling them out to my Etsy shop and bricks and mortar shops that I supply.

Amigurumi from Miss Gregory's Gorgeous Gifts

My crochet lessons are starting this week and I have the first couple of projects all ready to go with a few more to be announced later in the year.   I have also started to take on private lessons which is quite exciting!

So 2018, I’m here, inbetween my mini-panics and endless digressions, I’m here.

That’s all from me right now, thanks for stopping by to catch up with me!

Vicki x

Christmas Round Up!

December is marching on!  I’ve not finished doing my Christmas shopping yet have you?

As it’s cold and I’m snowed in today my best bet is some on-line gift shopping, I do enjoy being able to shop from the comfort of my sofa!

Just in case you haven’t finished shopping like me, I have some ideas from my shop that might be just the thing for your loved ones – amigurumi that will deliver that cuteness factor, beautifully crocheted blankets that you know will be treasured for generations and unique bags with loads of personality!

The links at the top of my page will take you directly to my Etsy shop, but you can click on the pictures here too if you like.

Happy shopping!  And of course – a big Happy Christmas from me!!

Vicki x

Amigurumi Lion Pink Amigurumi Unicorn Turquoise Amigurumi Dormouse Upcycled Shopping Bag Upcycled Tote Bag Rainbow Crocheted Blanket Crocheted Wool Alpaca Blanket Upcycled Shopping Bag

October business busyness!!

It’s been a busy month for me so far, I started October off by moving house.  I didn’t go far, I’m still living on a hill in the middle of Wales but the house I’m in now is an old farmhouse with a lot more room for me, my boys and my business.  You’d think that’d be enough for one month wouldn’t you?

This picture is actually taken from the front door of the house I moved from!  That close!

Then I launched my October blanket, blanket sale.  I really would like to start on some new designs so I have decided to offer a massive 40% off my beautiful heirloom blankets just for the month of October, there are still plenty to choose from in my Etsy shop here.  Get in there for a bargain!

40% off all blankets in my Etsy shop this October

Also in my Etsy shop this month I’ve added some amigurumi lions and some of my bags made from upcycled fabrics.  I use one for my crochet things as a project bag but realised they make great everyday bags too!  Too good a design not to share I thought.

Amigurumi Lion Upcycled lined bag with pockets

I’m very pleased to say that I’ve finally got my amigurumi unicorn design completed!  I’ve been busy making them for the shops that I stock and hope to have some of them in my shop on-line soon too!

Amigurumi Unicorns

A couple of the shops I made these for are new to me!  So exciting!!  I’m now stocking Charlotte of Hay in Hay-on-wye and have a cabinet dedicated just to my amigurumi in Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells.  So now I’m playing catch up a bit as Talgarth Mill Craft Shop have asked me for some too and Quillies in Rhayader will also be getting some.

Goodness, this has got to be the longest blog post I’ve ever written!  So much news to tell you!!

My crochet lessons have been going well I’m nearly at the end of another beginners course in Builth Wells (always sad when these come to an end and I have to say goodbye to people) and have started running day courses in Rhayader which are brilliant fun!

Lastly!  I’ve made a prototype for a range of soft toys that I’ve been itching to make for months! Some of you may have noticed that there haven’t been many sock monkeys about for a while – this is why.  I do like making the sock monkeys but over the past year my heart hasn’t really been in them and I decided to develop a range of fabric soft toys instead.  This is my prototype dog!  He’s about 21cm high.

That now is all my news for this month (perhaps two blog posts would have been better but where would I have found the time!)

Right back to the crocheting for me now!

Vicki x

What’s Next?

The school summer holidays are very nearly done now, it’s been lovely having my two boys around so much but I’m now thinking about what’s next in my business.

I have a pile of fabric, all sorted out into colour combinations, sitting in a pile ready to be made up into bags – it’s been sat there for months!!  (I like to use unwanted, and often unused, fabric and repurpose/recycle/upcyle it.)

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I guess that kind of answers my question of what’s next then!

I am also in the middle of designing a new amigurumi – a unicorn this time!  So I now have two what’s next answers!  Ok that’ll keep me busy for a while.

Once I’ve made that lovely pile of fabric into bags I’ll be adding them to my Etsy shop, I do have a few in there already (here’s some I made earlier!) they will give you an idea of what to expect style wise!

Right I’m off to finish my new amigurumi design then it’s on to my ‘what’s next!’

Vicki x

Amigurumi Lion and a Wolf!

I had a couple of custom orders recently that have led me to expand my range of amigurumi unexpectedly!

I was all set to design a unicorn (which I still plan to do) when I was asked to create a Lion for a first birthday present and a Wolf for a lady who wanted a special present for her boyfriend.  I designed these for my customers and immediately loved them so much!!!  So I shall now get busy making some more of these for other people too 🙂

 

See what I mean!  How can I not make more of these, they’re so cute!

 

The Wolf (so hard to photograph in black!) was sold alongside one of my little cats – such a sweet picture they make!

Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for these, they’re on their way!

Vicki x

New Personalised Cards

Hello!

Those of you that follow me on Facebook will know that I’ve just launched a new concept in my Etsy shop – personalised cards to go with my little amigurumi.  It struck me that a gift means so much more when you have a little something with it that has your name on it and a specific reason for giving it.  The gift becomes more meaningful and the card and gift become a treasured keepsake for the recipient.

To give people an idea of what I mean I filled out some of the cards with different special events; 1st birthday, christening gift, new job, bridesmaid’s gift and so on.

Grey amigurumi dog with personalised card Pink amigurumi cat with personalised card pink amigurumi bunny with personalised card dusky pink amigurumi cat with personalised card purple amigurumi mouse with personalised card yellow amigurumi cat with personalised card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve added a few to my Etsy shop now, with a view to adding more in the future.

That’s my news for today!

Bye for now!

Vicki x

Amigurumi Dogs!

Not long ago I added some little dogs to my small collection of amigurumi.  It seems that my design process starts off in my head, I then draw a, usually very bad, picture of what I have in mind and then start working out how to crochet it.

Here is an unconstructed dog!

Amigurumi dog construction

I made two versions, one with a fat and another with a more sculpted look head, this last one I was going to use in a dog with all four legs on the ground, as you can see his head is far too heavy!!  A design fail!  I should have know that would happen!

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Eventually, though the design was right and I was ready to make more.  Like my cats and bunnies the dog has a little basket and blanket so he can be tucked up all snug at the end of the day.  I have a few in my Etsy shop right now!

Amigurumi dog

I’ve even done a little video showing you amigurumi dogs in more detail! Something I would never have done a few months ago!  I took part in a video challenge set by Nicola Smith of A Handcrafted Business it gave me the confidence to have a go, it gives me a chance to show myself to you lovely lot!

That’s all from me today, see you soon!

Vicki x