Inspired by Child's Own studio's work and Mo, who was made for a friend, I set to work on creating not just a handmade present, but something much more personal.
Based on this drawing by Someone, I set to work on bringing a creature to life, using fleece, felt, buttons, wool and some other bits and bobs...
I made a pattern. I thought that as I only had a front to go on, I could do what I like with his insides and back. He would be fully reversible, and inside-out-able, for reasons which you will discover below...
He'd need feet.
And a brain, filled with thoughts on a bit of paper (they're not for you to see though).
|The brain comes from one of Someone's favourite books|
And a circular double heart of Longing that sits in a pocket in his chest, filled with swan feathers* from swan lake, a shell from Co. Clare, and a lint of friendship ("a lint is a shell's best friend" - Marcel the Shell) - all items with a lot of personal importance.
|*no swans were harmed in the making of these feathers|
He would need an old soul. The kind that grannies have.
And a Hot Water Bottom, for snuggling. Plus all those strong pink felt muscles inside for powers of minding.
As his insides took shape, so too did his outsides, with some outside help.
|"make it work, designers"|
He has the back of a razorback turtle/pig/dragon,
Some sparkle eyes and a distinguished french moustache,
Very stylish wooly hair,
A nose of lavender with tremendous smell detecting/defending ability,
An army patch (from his time in the war),
A terrifying mouth (great for tasting and protecting) and a trendy tie,
And a fluffy back, or a back pack rack, or a flying attack!
And so Bloop came to life... Ready to mind, defend, and snuggle.