Still more orcas, and a lot of testing

A pair of tiny plush killer whales, with a pen for scale.


This week, I’m finalizing patterns and processes and taking instructional pictures with the intention of putting a group of in-the-hoop plushie patterns on Etsy in a week or two. The orcas, I think, will go here on the blog so people can try out the technique and decide if it’s too fiddly for them.

I’m doing my best to minimalize fiddliness, with plenty of positioning stitches and tackdowns and so forth, and I think most of the patterns will be fairly easy to do, or at least will have easy options.

Tiny plush chihuahua work in progress.

For instance, the chihuahua’s body is very much like the Basic Standing Dog pattern, except there’s just no way to get a five-piece underbody going on in an embroidery hoop. I tried simplifying it to a two-piece, but really at that size a couple of French tacks will stand in for leg darts perfectly well and I don’t think that adds too much hand-sewing.

My plan right now is to shoot for a nice even ten patterns for the shop.

  • elephant (with variations for African, Asian, or mastodon) with flopsie body
  • pug (with variations for solid color or mask/ears) with flopsie body
  • French bulldog (with variations for solid, masked, or bicolor) with flopsie body
  • chihuahua (with variations for solid or bicolor) with standing body
  • fox with sitting body
  • raccoon with sitting body
  • cat (with variations for solid, points, or tuxedo) with standing body
  • horse/unicorn/pegasus with standing body
Test plush fox head
Fox test on the chihuahua’s body

I haven’t made a decision on any more patterns. I’ve thought about releasing the dragon but it’s not quite as dimensional as these patterns, so I don’t think I want to include it in this set. I might do a different dragon, though. I ran a test head last night that came out with a not-very-dragonish profile, but we’ll see what I can tweak it into.

Misshapen dragon head

Still open to suggestions!