PROJECT #022: NOMADIC GALAXY PONIES | BEHIND THE SCENES
Have you seen my Nomadic Galaxy Ponies yet? Today’s post is not a tutorial, but a behind-the-scenes look at my most special project. I would like to share a sneak peak with you, of the process where the spirits of these magical fairy beasts find their bodies.
I wanted to make something original that is unique to me; a deluxe toy to be cherished for it’s quality workmanship and charm. I want to play with luxury fibers to create something truly special; combining techniques from other arts too, like embroidery and felting.
I also wanted the toys to be usable and these ponies are ready for play! They wont hold up to rough handling and should be treated with gentle care, but you certainly don’t have to confine them to a shelf (although, if you don’t play with toys, you’re still allowed to have one on your shelf!).
I started off by making some sketches of what I was aiming for, and then began with (quite a few) crocheting attempts to get the curves and proportions of the body right. It’s not common to see the kinds of sharp angles and tight curves that are in their knees and neck, because they’re not the easiest shapes in the world to produce. Once I was happy with the design, I made a whole pony body, and stuffed her with magic and dreams.
I put special little pony bones inside the her during production; with the weight of the stuffing and all the accessories, the legs need reinforcements to help the pony stand.
With each new pony I made, I tweaked the body design a little, trying to get each joint and muscle perfectly placed and proportioned. (Did you know they even have cloven hooves?). It took making 6 whole ponies before their evolution was complete, and their design perfected.
This is where the magic happens. I crochet with my pattern open on my laptop, a notepad, stuffing tools, tea, and my favourite girl, Gem, for reference (she has the loveliest figure and eyes).
Then we get to the really fun stuff – I get to make the hair, eyes, horns and saddles different on every single pony! Using a special needle, I felt the eyes with multiple colours of fiber, meticulously stabbed into place. It’s like painting with yarn, and gives the eyes their lovely shading.
I also use glittery fiber to give them lots of sparkle and shine, and embroider them with the signature Cosmic Star, which shows they are part of the Cosmic Clan.
Once the eyes are done, I add hair. It’s so much fun choosing colours and mixing fibers to have all these lovely textures together.
I like to use as many different yarns as possible here. Some are locally made in South Africa, some imported, some natural and some synthetic.
I also tie a small knot at the end of every single thread so it wont fray.
Then it’s time to accessorize! Each pony wears a saddle embellished them with tassels, pompoms, beads or crystals.
I embroider a Cosmic Star on on each pony’s chest…
…and some girls get extra constellations embroidered on their body too.
When a pony is finished, I photograph her, edit the photos and then create a special listing for her in my shop. I box each pony in a soft bed of tissue paper, and include a unique Certificate of Authenticity with each one, which includes the pony’s name and date of birth.
Visit my little shop to see who’s in stock. You can also check out my gallery there and see all the previously sold ponies.
So, what do YOU think of these fantastical unicorn creatures? Comment and let me know!