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Details Matter

I love custom orders. I mean really love them. Each one is unique, and nothing challenges me more than someone saying, “Can you make this?”

In June, I received such a request; a stuffed, 3D replica of a beloved pooch, Sam.

 

Who wouldn't love a face like this?

Always up for a challenge, I took to the store to find the perfect shade of gold-blonde and came home to begin this masterpiece. Little did I know that even with over 20 years experience on my side, and having made numerous amigurumi dolls and animals, Sam was going to be my toughest yet!

Dozens of hours went into crafting, shaping, and stitching. All to be ripped and restarted time and time again. Finally, I had finished, sewed all of the pieces together, and took a step back…

This is what was looking back at me. I resemblance of a dog, a confused, tilted head, and front legs that were just too long and misplaced. I was crushed. So I did what everyone does – put him away so I didn’t have to look at him! However, short-term solutions rarely yield long-term results, and I had a customer waiting! I took Sam 1.0 back out and started to really look to see what needed fixed, and if anything needed redone completely.

After a few more hours of work, and some tears of frustration, I had finally finished a Sam I could be proud of -complete with floppy lips and sad eyes.

Going through this process helped teach me more about shaping and positioning. It was awesome to be challenged…really it was awesome to learn the techniques, the process sucked.

What have you learned lately through a challenge?