Stray Sock Sewing: Making One of a Kind Creatures from Socks has a technique for rounding the head I wanted to try. I am trying to eliminate the no-neck look on some of my creatures. Daniel's method of gathering and sewing the head into a ball seemed like it might work, and it was better. Al Bino shown below does have a nicely rounded head and some definition in the neck.
Here was the next try:
I do like this one named Phee Lexa after Felix the Cat whom she does look a bit like. I am fond of the pointed ears and the cutesy sweater. I ordered a bunch of different eyes from CR's Crafts online that I used on this batch. I found this company when surfing the net looking for different kinds of eyes for my creatures. These were the owl eyes. The have lovely swirling lines through the gold-colored area.
I'm doing a bit of hand embroidery as well as hand sewing some of the head and limbs on this batch.
My next one was a royal pain. I HATED IT! Because I was putting a growler in it, (the thing that makes a mooing noise when you turn it upside down and then back), I thought the torso needed to be longer. It ended up looking just plain misshapen. I just could not leave it like that so I took scissors to it cutting out an inch or so in the mid-section and sewing it back together. She's wearing a tutu to cover the scar.
She's actually much more attractive in person. She's Anna Catlova.
For the last one, I sewed crescent shapes into each side of the head in addition to using Daniel's gathering method for closing.
I think this one was the most successful in getting some curve from head to neck.. Since she's got sculls and crossbones on her arms and chest, she is Lydia the Tattooed Baby named from the song, Lydia the Tattooed Lady.
Nine more to go! Then I can do some in other fabrics. Do go take a look at CR's Crafts. There are so many fun things. In addition to a bunch of different eyes and a couple of growlers, I got a doll's wig and some of the nerdiest little glasses. Now I've got to figure out how to sew on ears and a nose to hold the glasses up.