Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cuteness Personified - Handmade Teddy Bears and Amigurumi Plushies

KnittingDreams on EtsyAdorable. And I mean adorable in bold and italics too! That's the only word that I could get out when I first saw today's shop from Bizkaia, Spain. This shop has some of the most adorable little bears and critters that I've ever seen and I think you're going to agree when you stop in to take a peek too!

KnittingDreams on Etsy is filled with little handmade teddy bears and amigurumi plushies. With big heads and little bodies and cute little noses, they're sure to capture the heart of all who see them.

For those that don't know, Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. I had to look up the word myself after I'd seen it the first time, and once you know what it means and go take a peek in this shop, you can imagine how much work goes into these little teddy bears and plushies.

In fact, so much work goes into them that when custom orders are made (YES! They offer custom orders!) it can sometimes take up to 20 days to finish a bear!

KnittingDreams on EtsyAintzi, the artist behind KnittingDreams, uses different kinds of crafting techniques combined together through research and experimentation to design her bears and plushies and you can see, even through the pictures, just how much love and care goes into the creation of each one.

None of her creations are based on patterns, so each and every one of them is a one-of-a-kind creation born of pure creativity.

Aintzi is very careful with every material she chooses for her creatures in order to get the exact texture and appearance she's aiming for, including often picking out yarn or mohair to make into her own yarn balls combining different wools and threads to create that perfect "furry" look.

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT KNITTINGDREAMS ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, YOU CAN CLICK RIGHT HERE!

You may also enjoy visiting Aintzi on Facebook or Twitter or stopping by her Flickr gallery to see some more of her creations!

1 comment:

Cat said...

I recently discovered this seller on Etsy and am now officially in LOVE! What talent it takes to produce these tiny little creatures so each has its own distinct personality.

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