Monday, 19 March 2012

Steam Powered Giraffe

This little guy is a stuffed toy that I made to send to my sister who is away at university!  About two weeks ago, I discovered an amazing band called Steam Powered Giraffe - here's one of their songs.  Watching and listening will describe the band far better than I'd be able to with words.
 Steam Powered Giraffe, Brass Goggles

She's listened to a couple of their songs, and also loves them!  And before she left for college, she said that I should make things and send them to her - however, I don't think this is quite what she meant!

The giraffe is made from this free PDF pattern that I found after a quick Google, and some quilting cotton that I found at Spotlight that looks vaguely like gears (for the steam powered bit of the name!).  His eyes are little gold beads that we have had in our sewing box forever, and his tail is made from three pieces of 6 strand embroidery cotton, each about 20cm long, then doubled over and plaited, secured with a knot.  I added a little chocolate brown bow round his neck as an afterthought, and this can be removed if she decides she doesn't like it.
 Steam Powered Giraffe, Honeybee

Anyway, this was just a quick little project for fun, and I hope she likes it!

PS: I highly recommend watching and listening to their videos, this band is seriously amazing!  Even if you are one of those people who say they're 'not into steampunk', you don't have to know or enjoy anything about the genre to like this music.