Finally finished with the display plush for Noah's Ark! Along with Haven House and Demelza, Noah's Ark Children's Hospice provides end of life care for children in London. To find out more about the important services they provide, have a look at their website.
It's taken awhile. The base is high density foam covered in felted wool.It was my first time wet felting and I think I may have been too timid with the soap water mixture. Next time, I will use hotter water and also put in more soap. I put 2tsp of wool soap shavings in 1.5L of warm water. It wasn't a complete disaster; the wool did lock in place enough that it stayed on the foam but I think there is room for improvement.
I made the boat out of wool felt, and put in a cardboard piece in the base to stabilise the shape. The sides were filled with polyester toy filling, and the boy, girl, and the giraffe house I've shared before.
This project turned out more similar to the logo than Henry the hound for Haven House, so I'm happy about that!
My next project is a logo plush for Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Their logo has a boy, girl, a house with two giraffes sticking out from the roof, all on a boat. I decided to go with wool felt to allow sufficient detail in 3D. To make the 2D logo into a 3D plush, I added curves to places to create shape and lengthened measurements to accommodate the curves without losing size. I want to share the pattern I designed to turn this lovely 2D logo into a 3D plush.
Here is the original logo I started with.
First is the pattern of the house. On the top right corner, you can see a picture of the finished house with the giraffe heads.
I think I missed one piece, for the other side of the house. This is a simple rectangle made by the smaller side of the roof side triangle and the smaller side of the house side rectangle- simple!
I cut out two roof pieces, one to sew onto the rest of the house and giraffes, and another to glue on top to achieve a clean finish. The window can be cut out from white wool felt from the outline of the window pane pattern. To get the house base sturdy, I added a rectangular cardboard cutout the same size as the house bottom piece at the bottom of the sewn base, filled it with polyester toy filling, and topped with another cardboard cutout of the same size before sewing on the roof. Cereal boxes are handy for this.
I came to learn about Haven House while reading about various hospice care facilities available to children in London. Haven House offers a wide range of services to families of children with life limiting conditions, including respite care, music therapy, physiotherapy, a toy loan service, to name just a few. Their Community Fundraiser, Matt Charlton, was kind enough to show me around the hospice last month.
The facility is based in The White House, a manor house with expansive grounds. The White House has a rich history prior to being leased to the Haven House Foundation. There are even trees planted by Sir Winston Churchill and Mrs Margaret Thatcher. Since refurbishment, there are five beds, a craft room, a sensory room, a special outdoor play area, etc to cater to children and their families. They have a clubhouse specifically for siblings, a wheelchair swing, as well as a trampoline that is built into the ground (which I was very much tempted to have a wee jump on!).
I was happy to get involved with Haven House Children's Hospice to make a plush of their mascot, Henry the Hound. They have a fur suit version you can see below the images of the plush I made out of mohair and ultrasuede. In the end, it turned out to be more of an artist bear project rather than a plush. It's fully jointed with cotter pins and filled with woodwool excelsior and polyester toy filling. The eyes were kindly provided by irideEyes, which offers a wide selection of eyes and noses for teddy bears and soft toys . The t-shirt is made out of wool felt.
I was a bit too keen to try using the traditional way of making teddy bears on Henry, which distracted me from keeping aesthetically in line with the original. I think regular polyester plush fabric would have turned out more similar to the fur suit.
If you want to find out more about Haven House or want to get involved, click here!