Stop Motion Animation: PUDDLE

Woah! What’s this? A whole world in the puddle of my backyard?

This is a short animation I made last year. It was for a school assignment but was entered into Screen It – Australia’s national film/animation/game making competition for school age students.

To my delight, I was fortunate enough to be considered a finalist but unfortunately didn’t win the competition. However, Screen It has decided to screen a few of the finalists on ABC3. (Australia only) So if you’re around this Friday (30th June 2017) at 10:40am, it would please me so much if you watched it live on tv~!

For more details about the other finalist that are screened take a look here.
To see the winners and other finalist’s films, check out ACMI’s youtube here.

Hello 2016 (FREE PATTERN: Saru-Chan)

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Hajimemashite (Nice to meet you). I’m Saru.

Saru-chan is a very polite and shy monkey always lost in thought. Though she never tells anyone what she is thinking. Except on very rare occasions…

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I have something to tell you…

Though she is often interrupted…

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Hey Saru-chan! Have you made your New Year’s Resolution?

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No… How about you Daruma-kun?

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I can’t, somebody has already wished on me…

*Note:* When Daruma are bought, both eyes are blank. When someone makes a wish or a goal, they paint one the Daruma’s eyes. When their wish comes true or their goal has been achieved, the other eye is filled in.

Saru-chan Free Pattern

Abbreviations

  • Sc: single crochet
  • Inv dec: invisible decrease
  • HDC: Half Double Crochet
  • DC: Double Crochet

Materials:

  • 2.5mm hook
  • Light Brown yarn
  • Peach yarn
  • Pink yarn
  • Black thread
  • 2 black 4mm brads
  • Darning needle
  • Polyester fibrefill

Head
With Light Brown yarn:
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Round 3: *sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (18)
Round 4: *2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (24)
Round 5: *3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (30)
Round 6: *4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (36)
Round 7-12: sc in each sc around (36)
Round 13: *4 sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (30)
Round 14: *3 sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (24)
Round 15: *2 sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Round 16: *sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (12)
Round 17: Inv dec around (6)
Fasten Off and weave in ends

Body
With Light Brown yarn:
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Round 3: *sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (18)
Round 4-9: sc in each sc around (18)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

Face

With Peach yarn:
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Round 3: *sc, 2sc in the next sc* 2 times, sc, *2 hdc in the same sc* 2 times, 3sc, *2hdc in the same sc* 2 times, slip stitch to fasten off. Leave a long end for sewing.

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Face

Cheeks (make 2)
With Pink yarn:
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

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Face and Cheeks

Ears (make 2)
With Light Brown yarn:
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Round 3: *sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (18)
Round 4: *2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (24)
FO and fold in half. Leave a long end for sewing

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Folding ears in half

Arms (make 2)
With Light Brown yarn:
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2-4: sc in each sc around (6)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

Legs (make 2)
With Light Brown yarn:
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2-3: sc in each sc around (6)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

Tail
With Light Brown yarn:
Round 1: 4 sc in a magic circle (4)
Round 2-13: sc in each sc around (4)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

Assembly 

  • *OPTIONAL* Thread a thin wire through the tail. Shape into a question mark and sew. Note: If you decide to skip this step, you will not be able to shape the tail. However, if you have younger children, it may be best to skip this step.
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Wire before going into tail

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Shape into a question mark

  • Sew on the body to the head and other limbs
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In place before sewing

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Finished!

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Side Angle

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3/4 Angle

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We have something to tell you…

If a lot of things happened to go wrong last year, 2016 is a fresh start. You can make this year, your year. Today is the first page of  a 366 page book. Write a good one.

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Hello 2016

This is an original Sunshine Amigurumi pattern so please do not claim it as your own
You may share the pattern by linking it to your site. But please don’t repost it!
Also, please use this pattern for personal use only. Thanks!

As a New Year Gift, I present to you this nengajo. Nengajo are sent in Japan as a  New Year postcard. Just click on it to download the full version. You are welcome to use this nengajo to send to your friends and family to spread the joy of the new year~ Happy New Year everyone!

NENGAJOU

Haruko-chan and Shika-chan

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Hi hi~

These two apple lovers are the best of friends. And no one could doubt that for a second!
They have a tendency to copy each other . . . without meaning to of course!

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La la la. Shika-chan and I are going to a party… I wonder what she’s wearing

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Oops! We were supposed to wear different things. Let’s try again.

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Ah? Same again?

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Again?

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Haha. Oh well, this will do~

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Watashi tachi wa ringo ga daisuki desu~ (We love apples~)

Do you want to know how these two met? Here is a stop motion video of the time they first met.
(P.S. Sorry the sound is a little bad. I didn’t know much about audio when I made this. Hee hee)

(P.P.S. I actually entered this into the ‘Video Matsuri‘  film competition (in Australia) but unfortunately I didn’t win. I hope you enjoy it anyway!~)

FREE PATTERN: COOKIE AND CREAM

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Hey Cookie! Want to go on an adventure?

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Why?

These two adorable little bears are as opposite as they come. Cookie is a sleepy bear, always ready for a nap. But Cream? He is always ready for adventure. With a spring in his step he often convinces Cookie to come along with him. But of course, he sleeps most of the journey!

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Well? Where do you want to go? Here? Or how about here?

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The bus is taking ages. I’ll…just take…a little…nap…

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Oh no! Cookie wake up! The bus is here!

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Cookie…we missed the bus

 

Cookie and Cream Free Pattern

(Most of the work in progress photos are shown of Cream on account of Cookie being a bit harder to make. If you are a beginner, I suggest only making Cream. But beware! They do get a little lonely when they are alone…)

Abbreviations

  • Sc: single crochet
  • Inv dec: invisible decrease
  • MC: Main Colour

Materials:

  • 2.5mm hook
  • To make Cookie: Light Brown yarn (MC), Blue wool roving, White wool roving, Cream felt
  • To make Cream: Peach yarn (MC), White felt
  • Pink felt
  • Black thread
  • White thread
  • Sewing needle
  • 2 black 4mm brads
  • Darning needle
  • Polyester fibrefill
  • (OPTIONAL): Daiso’s フェイクレザーキット:トランク (Artificial leather craft kit: Trunk)

Head
With MC (Light Brown yarn/Peach yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Round 3: *sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (18)
Round 4: *2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (24)
Round 5: *3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (30)
Round 6: *4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (36)
Round 7: *5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (42)
Round 8-13: sc in each sc around (42)
*If making Cream, insert brads in between rounds 10 and 11 about 7 stitches apart*
Round 15: *5 sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (36)
Round 16: *4 sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (30)
Round 17: *3 sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (24)
*Stuff the head*
Round 18: *2 sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Round 19: *sc, Inv dec* repeat 6 times (12)
Round 20: Inv dec around (6)
Fasten Off and weave in ends

Body
With MC (Light Brown yarn/Peach yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc* repeat 6 times (18)
Round 4: *2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* repeat 6 times (24)
Round 5-9: sc in each sc around (24)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

Arms (make 2)
With MC (Light Brown yarn/Peach yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2 – 4: sc in each sc around (6)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

Legs (make 2)
With MC (Light Brown yarn/Peach yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2 – 3: sc in each sc around (6)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

Ears (make 2)
With MC (Light Brown yarn/Peach yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Sl St in next sc to Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

Tail
With MC (Light Brown yarn/Peach yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Round 3: Inv dec around (6)
Fasten Off and leave a long end for sewing

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Body parts before sewn

Cookie’s blanket
With Blue wool roving:
Step 1: Needle felt a rectangular piece measuring about 4.5cm x 3.5cm
With White wool roving:
Step 2: Add polka dots and a line of white on the bottom of the blanket.
With White thread:
Step 3: Blanket stitch all the way around the blanket. (You can also sew it on using this thread)
Alternatively, you could simply use a fabric of your choice to make his blanket, however, I believe the needle felting technique makes it look more like a fleece blanket (and it’s so rewarding to make something yourself!)

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Close up of Cookie’s blanket

Assembly (General)

  • Sew on the body to the head and other limbs
  • Cut out a muzzle and the insides of the ears out of the felt specified
  • Cut out cheeks from pink felt
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Felt compared with a ruler

  • Sew a nose and mouth onto the muzzle using black thread
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Steps to make the muzzle

  • Glue on the felt in the appropriate places
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I used Daiso Handicraft Cloth Adhesive Glue. (手芸用布接着剤) Some of the glue spread over the edge but it’s okay, it dries clear.

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Sew it together. It is much easier to sew it and then glue. I did it the wrong way round. Oops…

Assembly (Cookie)

  • Sew on diagonally slanted eyes using the black thread. (You may need to go over the eyes a few times so it is thick enough to be seen)
  • Sew on Cookie’s left arm so that it points to the right – this is so he is able to hold his blankie
  • Using the needle-felting needle, (or by sewing) attach the blanket to the body and hand to make it look as if he is holding a blankie
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Close up of Cookie’s face

Assembly (Cream)

  • Assemble the Daiso フェイクレザーキット:トランク (Artificial leather craft kit: Trunk). (There are instructions in both English and Japanese inside)

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I really enjoyed making Cookie and Cream and I hope you do too! Please show me photos of your bears in the comments below! Have fun!

This is an original Sunshine Amigurumi pattern so please do not claim it as your own
You may share the pattern by linking it to your site. But please don’t repost it!
Also, please use this pattern for personal use only. Thanks!