This is our first interview with a wonderful plush artist. Her passion is bats. You can visit theredbad at deviantArt here. http://theredbat.deviantart.com/

1) What is your favorite material to use?
I use felt, it works best with the hot glue gun, and it’s cheap too, 20 cents a sheet.

2) How did you get started making plushies?
I’m a real big fan of Sonic the Hedgehog and I really wanted stuff toys of him and other characters, so I made my own. I didn’t have enough money for a sewing machine, so I came across felt and hot glue.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?
Spaceplush? Perhaps, but I think someone somewhere was just inspired to make something, then other people saw their plushie and thought it was a good idea.

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?Hmm… well I’ve had the idea to make life size Lady Lovely Locks PixieTails, ya’know that someone can actually wear, but I haven’t been able to fine really long doll hair in pinks or purples and all the other colors.

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

I love my plushies and everything but when it comes to the world ending they’re on their own. Unless of course I could take them with me.

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

I think people will still love plushies the same in the future. And when they look back at plushies of the past they will probably laugh ’cause they will have plushies that talk and move and interact with them, and tell them “you’ve got mail” or something like that.

A Teddy bear

A Teddy bear

Here is our second interview. We’ve gone from bats to bugs. you can see the weirdbuglady’s work at her shop on Etsy and on devientArt.

http://www.weirdbuglady.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?

Fleece! It’s so soft and inviting. When you see a fleece toy you just HAVE to touch it and cuddle it.
2) How did you get started making plushies?

I’ve always adored stuffed animals and as a kid they were my favorite toys. When I started sewing it was only natural for me to gravitate towards combining my love of bugs and animals, love of plushies, and love of creation.
3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

They come from even better places – the fantastic imaginations of plushie makers.

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

A gigantic praying mantis. I mean huge. Really huge. Someday it will be done.
5)If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

I think I’d save myself and my sewing machine so I can make even MORE plushies!
6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

I don’t think the obsession will ever go away. But if it does, they’ll look back and think we were wicked cool.

Our third interview is from misskittycharms. Her passion is wearable/huggable art. You can find her work in her Etsy shop at:

http://www.misskittycharms.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?
I use a LOT of felt because that’s mainly what I can afford right now. I buy a TON of felt squares… whenever I buy things off the roll, I always tend to get too much and i have no idea what to do with it all! I might start using polar fleece soon…

2) How did you get started making plushies?
I used to make dinky little things back in… grade 5 or so, but they turned out HORRIBLE! 😄 I then stopped plushing for years and recently i decided to start making things to hug as well as things to wear. After making a hideously deformed coffee cup [LOL] and a really ugly strawberry, I drew up some of my own ideas and got to work making some more professional looking plushes.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?
The heart of someone who needed a hug. Sometimes plushes are all you’ve got.

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?
I really want to make an absolutely MASSIVE Cthulhu or giant squid plush, or a really looooooooooooong Longcat, but since I can’t operate a sewing machine too well, that’d be hell for my fingers… ahhh!

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?
Myself. I’d always be able to make more plushies, but if I was the only one that could escape I’d get real lonely and go insane.
…Now that I put it that way, I might as well save a plushie.

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?
People of the future will pick through our remains, find lots of little squishy monsters and birds with mohawks and think ‘What the heck were our ancestors on?!

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liztaley is our fourth artist. She makes this really amaginative Plushies called KAFMAs. You have to check them out. Her work can be found on Etsy at: http://www.lizstaley.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?
I really love Buttersuede- I buy it from a few places online and it has a really nice softness and doesn’t fray, so I like it a lot. I also love regular ol’ felt for hair and other details.

2) How did you get started making plushies?
I started making my Kafma plushies this past Christmas when a holiday challenge for the EarthPath Artisans street team was posted. I had an idea of doing something really nerdy and making a Tribble (of Star Trek fame) with a Santa Hat. The idea kind of morphed and turned in to my little creatures called Kafma.
Now I make more complicated plushies- which is something I’ve wanted to learn how to do since high school. I’m really in to anime and there’s all these cute anime plushies, so I wanted to make my original characters. I realized that I needed a certain plushie to go with a costume I’m making for a convention in October, so I figured I’d better get to learning how to make them. Now I’m obsessed!

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?
I think that plushies are part of the collective consciousness that all people share. They must be- everyone loves plushies!

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?
Right now I have a ton of plushies that I want to make. I think the “ultimate” ones for me would be some of my original characters… Or Grandizer and/or Orion Quest. ( http://www.encirobot.com/gold/vhsdvd/box2_a01.jpg Grandizer is the robot, Orion Quest is the guy… I LOVE cheesy old cartoons)

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?
I think some of my plushies might be worth more than my life, actually…

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?
Perhaps it will convert them! Maybe they will be a war-torn people until they too discover the awesomeness that is plush, and then peace will reign throughout the land. 🙂

Our fifth artist makes the most wonderful Annie Dolls. Her shop is HelloDollies. She can be found on Etsy also.

http://www.HelloDollies.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?

My favourite material is whatever I bought today! I love a good novelty fabric … they spark so many ideas!

2) How did you get started making plushies
I’ve been sewing since I was 10, and eventually my wardrobe couldn’t hold any more clothes. A family friend was making incredible cloth marionette puppets and dolls, and I was inspired to try dolls myself. And having 2 girly girls of my own now, they’re very encouraging (but sob a little when the Annies are adopted out).

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

I firmly believe that Annies crawled out of my grandmother’s spare room. It’s full of fabric, stuffing, lace, knitting wool and stuff … perfect breeding ground for dolls! LOL
4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

My ultimate plushie would be an Annie the size of my 7yo daughter! She would be all shades of red!
5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

I would save my dd’s, who would no doubt be firmly clutching one of my dolls!
6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

Surely they will also be obsessed and understand completely *ha ha*.

Dawn

Our sixth artist is twentypoundtabby. She makes hand-dyed pins and ornaments, felted wool jewelry, hand-dyed yarn, hand-woven items which are amazing! You can find her work on Etsy.

http://www.twentypoundtabby.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?
I love Southern Bell cotton fabric because the high thread count makes it easy to turn small items without tiny parts blowing out. It’s smooth surface also makes it easier to draw and paint on. My favorite paint is Lumiere paint by Jacquard. It’s meant for fabric so it’s flexible and is gorgeous. I use Japanese seed beads because if their uniformity and consistent quality.

2) How did you get started making plushies?
I’ve been sewing little animal and doll items since I was a kid. I started out using my mom’s scraps and my sister’s Singer model 20 chain stitch machine.
Or maybe I was abducted by aliens and they taught me. The memories are a bit fuzzy.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?
Outer space sounds good to me. Possibly from the planet Koozbane. http://youtube.com/watch?v=M3T5pepHpGo

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?
A full size dragon that roars and has smoke coming out of his nostrils. If he eats pesky varmints, so much the better.

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?
Myself of course! I can always make another plushy or two and it would give me a chance to check out fabric stores where ever I ended up and get that new stash started.

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?
The people of the future will be even more obsessed with all things plush, so they’ll be very understanding.

Our seventh artist is Felt Like Stichin’. She makes DIDI Dolls. My favorite has got to be her Mr. Potato Head doll. Her work can be found on Etsy.

http://www.FeltLikeStitchin.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?

Definitely felt!

2) How did you get started making plushies?

I was just sorting through my sewing stash one day and found some felt, then started experimenting with it and it evolved into the plushies I make today! When I discovered Etsy it was the perfect place to try selling a few of my creations.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

I think the very first plushies came from a tiny distant fluffy planet but now they’ve spread and they’re everywhere – mine actually live in a little cave in a forest and I have to tame them and housetrain them before I dare sell them!

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

I have an Elvis DiDi Doll in my shop but it would be so cool to make a life size version – just inagine how much felt I’d need, and a heck of a lot of rhinestones – not to mention the stuffing!

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

How can I possibly answer that! You can’t seriously expect me to choose just ONE of my plushies. I’ll admit I have my favourites but I’d need to save at least 5 of them, or maybe 10….

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

In the future people will feel sorry for us for not having enough plush in our lives. They’ll wonder how we ever coped in a world with so little cuddliness.

Our eighth artist is rosemarygrace. She takes upscaling to a whole new level. Old unwanted Beanie Babys get a new lease on life at her Etsy shop.

http://www.rosemarygrace.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?

Deffinatly old, abandoned plushies. It’s great to take something that no one really wants, and turn it into something new and fun. Almost all of my plushies are created from bits and pieces of other stuffed animals. I also like using herbs. Quite a few of my first plushies were stuffed with things like lavender, and rose petals.

2) How did you get started making plushies?

I had an entire box of old beanie babies that I didn’t want, but could bring myself to get rid of. I sorted through them to find toys for my nephew and found a butterfly. I kept sorting and came up with a skunk, and a snail with some fantastic horns. I had done a bit of sewing in a Living History Course, so I applied that as well, and pretty soon the greater horned Skunkerfly was born!

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

I’d like to think they’re a little like fairies, who pretend to be just bits of fluff and stuffing. Some plushies have real personalities and I swear the ones in the “to be torn up for parts” bin are about to mutiny.

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

I’d love to make Cerberus, the three headed dog, but I haven’t worked out the mechanics of that one yet. I do have some heads rolling around here though, so I’ll figure it out eventually.

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

Well I’d say myself, since I’d still be able to make more plushies, but with the world gone I’m out of material. I think I’d still have to vote for myself. Maybe they have plushies on Mars.

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

Well, it seems every little figure we dig out of the ground is labeled as a god or goddess idol, so in the future our plushies will be in museums labeled as religious icons.

Our ninth artist Happy-Plushplush comes from Dublin Ireland. Her shop seems to have been taken over by a family of owls! She can be found on Etsy.

http://www.happyplushplush.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?

My favourite material is felt becuase you can make so many things with it and it comes in so many colours. Fleece comes in a close second for its versitility.
2) How did you get started making plushies?

On the art site deviantart a few artists I knew posted plushies they had made of their characters. It was sort of a ‘Eureka’ moment cos I realised I could make my character designs exsit real life. Then I started researching and experimenting with sewing. To start I made a sock monkey, it was a good first step.
3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

Well I’m not sure how it works for everyone else, but for me plushies jump up at me from the dark depths of my imagination and kick me in the head till I make them 🙂
4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

… I… I dont know. size would need to be huge though. the word ‘ultimate’ kind of implies it. I did hear about this giant pink plushie rabbit that was in Italy that was made as modern art. that was pretty ultimate –>http://www.memyi.us/images/mountainviewsized.jpg
5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

ehh.. myself, cos I could repopulate the earth by making plushies! mahahaha!
6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

well I’m a believer that it will gain a bit more respect in an artistic way. I’m sure they are going to be big collector’s items. There are many plushies that are interesting and completely orignal creations from people who are I would consider to be artists.


Number ten is FantasticToys, This is a great place to find handmade collectable softies. Tim’s shop can be found on Etsy.

http://www.FantasticToys.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?

I like FELT! It has such a rich history in the toy industry.

2) How did you get started making plushies?

I started making plush as a distraction from smoking. I needed something to fiddle didley doo with my hands while I thought pleasant thoughts.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

From the imagination of some brilliant artists.

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

I would to do a solo gallery show!

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

My self of course … I’m a selfish bastard!

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

It would be wonderful if plush had a footnote in art history.

Our eleventh artist is stelabird. Her shop is filled with owls AND donuts!!! She can be found on Etsy at:

http://www.stelabird.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?
I love felt because it’s so easy to work with! But I also love fleece because it’s so soft and snuggly.

2) How did you get started making plushies?

I was trying to decorate my apartment with felt bird ornaments. My friends saw them and really loved them so I kept going from there.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

A far away land known as, Plushitopia, where they run and play amongst the plush mountain and trees.

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

My ultimate plush would be a home. A home for me to fit and live in!!! How cozy would that be!

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

I would tie my plush to my body and we would escape together!!

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

They will fall in love and create the plush movement all over again. 🙂

Our twelfth artist is GirlCalledRic. She makes amazing Character Dolls. My favorite is her Vampire doll. She can be found on Etsy at:

http://www.GirlCalledRic.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?

Felt! I love felt for a number of reasons. It’s sturdy, it comes in every color under the sun, it’s very forgiving, it’s cheap, and it’s made from recycled materials.

2) How did you get started making plushies?

I think it all started because I’m kind of a geek. The first dolls were made for a Doctor Who swap on Craftster. Then I started changing pieces of the pattern to make other people. Everyone that saw them told me that I should try to sell them. Thinking it would be a long shot, I listed some of them on Etsy. Surprisingly, I sold my first doll in a day. I have been a plushie making machine ever since.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

The Cabbage Patch? Wait a minute… I made a miniature Spock, they totally come from space… or the 8th dimension.

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

A big felt tank. Squishably soft, and yet extremely intimidating.

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

I don’t know because it’s really hard to say which plushie I would save. Like a good parent, I can’t pick a favorite. I do, however, think this calls for an Arthur Dent or Ford Prefect plush.

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

Well, in my case, they might think that we’ve shrunk down criminals and turned them into fabric to deal with overcrowding in prisons, but that’s just one of many scenarios.

Number thirteen is Zygopsyche. The home of lovable furballs! They are sooo Cute! Her shop can be found on Etsy at:

http://www.Zygopsyche.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?
I like to work with faux fur of all kinds.

2) How did you get started making plushies?
One evening around a year ago a fur remnant leftover from a pillow design project suddenly came alive as a guinea pig, and they have been multiplying ever since.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?
Most definitely from outer space or a parallel universe. They have a unique energy different from us human beings.

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?
I would love to make a life sized werewolf for halloween.

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?
My plushies would probably end up saving me…they are so selfless.

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?
I think they will be even more obsessed as plush becomes more and more a part of everyone’s lives. They will be in disbelief that some people of our era have gone their whole lives without owning a plushie.

Number fourteen is VerukaDollsLand. Her dolls are really quirky and fun. Her Etsy Shop can be found here:

http://www.VerukaDollsLand.etsy.com

1. I use a lot of new fleece and felt, but my favourite material to use is the one that nobody wants – I’m real weird about throwing stuff out, I’m always searching for strange old cotton prints, vintage trims and buttons to use for my one of a kind dolls.

2. How did I get started? I used to make things quite a bit – I was one of those kids that was always “improving” the decor with purple crayons and scissors? Yeah.. them. I liked to sew things to other things, I think it sorta went on from there…

3. Where do I think plushies came from? I dunno about space. I think we made them.. I think the Willendorf Venus is a doll. I think humans were born with the desire to have something to hold …

4. What’s the ultimate plush? They’re all the ultimate plush – or that’s what I think anyways when I’m working on them – this is It. But just as I’ve finished the last stitch, I think ‘OMG, you know what I should make, I could make a ______!’ and then I have to start again and it was merely the Penultimate plush…

5. If the world ended tomorrow, and I had the chance to escape, would I go or send one of my dolls? eh, well, I think I would send a doll, maybe Gracie. Its just, well, my stuff is all here, you know? And my bus pass wouldn’t be any good, and Tor and kids, I’d miss ’em.

6. What will the people of the future think of our present day obsession with all things plush? hmmm, I dunno, I’m not so good at figuring out what people I know think – hey maybe we could ask ’em OMG, you know what I should make? I should make a Time Machine Plush!…

Number fifteen is gush4plush. Her monsters are little bits of love! Her work can be found on Etsy at:

http://www.gush4plush.etsy.com

1) What is your favorite material to use?

My favorite material to use is new soft thick polar fleece in beautiful bright colors and second is the Ecofill I use to stuff my plushies. I buy Ecofill at my local fabric store. Ecofill is a new polyfill made from recycled plastic bottles that helps keep 3 billion plastic bottles out of the world landfills each year.

2) How did you get started making plushies?

I started making plushies because they always made me melt and smile of happiness. I was given a sewing machine for my birthday 2 years ago that was still in the box and I thought it was time to put it to good use by making aliens, animals, and monsters for others to enjoy, cuddle, to take along and create memories with.

3) Some believe plushies came from outerspace, where do you think they came from?

Plushies come from certain beings on Earth who have a very creative imaginative mind and they ROCK!

4) What would be your ultimate plush to make?

My ultimate plushie to make would be one that makes a debut in the movies. Won’t that be cool? To be watching a movie and suddenly you see one of your plushies in a scene as a prop.

5) If the world ended tomorrow, and you had a chance to escape. Would you save yourself, or one of your plushies?

If the world ended tomorrow and if I had a chance to escape I would save myself and my family because I can always re-create a cute plushie and keep on making more.

6) How do you think the people of the future will view our present day obsession with all things plush?

In the future I think people will realize how important plushies are to us because we all need some comfort, warmth, imagination, hugs, and cuddles at some point in our lives. Just by looking at a cute plushie is like getting a hug and melts your heart.

Thank you Rosewood Creations for supporting us plush artists with this blog.

3 Responses to “Interviews with Artists”


  1. Thanks for interviewing me. I had quite a bit of fun reading all of the interviews. Doll artists are a fun group of people.

  2. estela Says:

    loved the interviews!!! Very funny

  3. Dan Says:

    Ric (of GirlCalledRic) makes amazing plushies! She ROCKS!!!

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