Sunday, May 28, 2006


Uh-oh they're breeding. The minimoopys.

I couldn't take any more ear-bending about not giving the original away, so I bribed Mark with his own. Allow me to introduce you to Freddo.

No interfaced ears for this one, but I did go down the polarfleece body route again. Got to use a bit of the thrifted dress too.

Now this way madness lies, but I then had to produce a third. This one's a girlie version made from my first attempt at felting - Annabelle.

I had a lovely pink merino wool wrap top, but a moth got it. Three enormous holes - bastard. I put the top in the washing machine and tumble dryer 3 times before it seemed firm enough to chop into, but I think it has worked. The wool is not as forgiving as fleece in terms of showing up lumpy stuffing though - I've produced a moopy with cellulite.

Whiney was talking about stuffing today. It really does make a big difference. I lived in Japan when we first got married and have a rapidly diminishing bag of the most wonderful silky stuffing I got there. All I can get locally in the UK is yukky clumpy stuff with crusty edges.

I'm going to become a stuffing snob as soon as I can source some better stuff. Recommendations very welcome.


jojo* said...

Sorry, I've never made a stuffy, so I have no stuffing recommendations. Those minimoopys sure are cute! Love their little faces.

krista said...

I love all the different fabrics you've used, and the first attempt at felting looks really great!
I use a type of poly-fil here, it's just a very white, synthetic, fluffy filling and pretty cheap too.
Good luck finding something that works for you locally. Stuffing really is so important~ I can't believe some people are so blessed to be able to use WOOL for stuffing!

capello said...

The moopies are so cute.

(And hey, cellulite happens to the best of us, might as well be realistic over idealistic sometimes, yes?)

karen said...

These are fab particularly the lovely girly pink one.

You really have been busy - have you sold your children?

I know what you mean about stuc=ffing mine akways looks lumpy and clumpy.

Megan said...

Cellulite Moopy - I love it. I went and printed out the pattern from seeing yours here and then decided to enter the Morph II exhibition while I was at it. Look what you started.

Can't wait to make my own Moopy - when my little girl saw a picture of one she was very keen to have her own. There is something very endearing about them.

hannah said...

I have just been cutting out the pieces tonight for my first moopy bunny, what a coincidence! I always tend to use pillow stuffing to stuff with - buy a pillow(a cheap one is fine, not a feather one!) and just cut it open, it seems to work really well and not go lumpy, and its cheaper than buying the proper stuffing stuff. thanks for leaving a comment for me, we had a great day!

lindiepindie said...

Hooray for cellulite!

You lived in Japan? How cool is that?

sooz said...

Great work! I am definitely going to try the pattern now! On the stuffing thing - I use pure wool rovings and make sure I break it up well into smaller bits before stuffing. Helps to get rid of lumps, to a degree anyway!

samantha said...

i love your mini moopies. I'm itching to make another one, but not sure who for yet. They are such cute little critters - so cuddly!