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#1 HappyOldCro

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

Just made my first Ami that I designed. It looked great until I stuffed the black yarn and got to notice the little white fuzzies poking out. I thought wouldn't it be nice if someone thought of creating stuffing in color?
Since Amis are so popular right now, why doesn't one of the manufacturing companies do that? Or maybe they have and I just don't know it???
What do you think?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:01 AM

For the one ami i have made, i stuffed it with the same yarn. It was rhss so not much more expensive than stuffing. It was a small bird, don't know if a larger one would work differently with yarn.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:15 AM

That happened to me once, I made a black cat.
I ended up cutting up an old black t shirt into small strips and stuffing the cat with that. It didnt show! :)

I like the idea of using the same yarn!! that is genius!!! :)

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:08 PM

Thanks for the ideas, I probably should have used a smaller hook, but it was so hard to see the stitches as it was with the black yarn. Plus using a high loft stuffing might have been a mistake too!!! It kept wanting to pop out of the opening while I was stuffing the ami....:lol...

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

You could try using an old pair of pantyhose. Place stuffing in it and cut to size and place inside of toy.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

You could try using an old pair of pantyhose. Place stuffing in it and cut to size and place inside of toy.


oh, great idea!! and I could have used a black pair too!!! I luv having such smart folks to chat with!!!:)

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:21 PM

Wool roving or fiber come in all colors for needle felting and can also be used as stuffing.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:56 AM

yea I try to save all my yarn clippings, and use it as stuffing.. will sure save me on polly-fill
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:23 AM

Yikes! Be careful what you wish for, lol!

My first projects in the late 50's and 60's were filled with colorful stuffing.... it was a horrid mixture of stuff- shredded foam of all colors, tiny scraps of fabric, odds and ends of yarn and threads...and the static in it made it stick to everything nearby, yikes! needless to say we collected nylons from the neighborhood ladies to stuff our 4-H projects, much nicer!

The nearest thing I've seen in recent years comparing that stuffing is when Hubby runs over one of the dog's stuffed toys in the yard with the lawn mower, looks to be about the same thing as that old stuffing was.... anyone else remember it?
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:10 AM

Yikes! Be careful what you wish for, lol!

My first projects in the late 50's and 60's were filled with colorful stuffing.... it was a horrid mixture of stuff- shredded foam of all colors, tiny scraps of fabric, odds and ends of yarn and threads...and the static in it made it stick to everything nearby, yikes! needless to say we collected nylons from the neighborhood ladies to stuff our 4-H projects, much nicer!

The nearest thing I've seen in recent years comparing that stuffing is when Hubby runs over one of the dog's stuffed toys in the yard with the lawn mower, looks to be about the same thing as that old stuffing was.... anyone else remember it?


As a vintage doll collector, I am familiar with Kapok. It is the fiber from a seed pod of the Kapok tree. All older stuffed animals and dolls were filled with it. Unfortunately alot of the lint, thread and other unknown particles wound up in with it, which is why it looks so multi colored and dust like.
Good Kapok is usually a silk/cotton blend with the true yellowish fibers from the tree. Kapok was used because it was (and is) a natural repellent to bugs and bacterial invasion. The trees never needed to be treated with insect repellents. Before modern regulation on stuffing, alot of the more unscrupulous sweat shops from years ago swept their floor to collect the stray fibers and all that went with it would wind up in the Kapok bins.
It is still available for stuffing (but it does tend to have alot of static electricity) and every thing tends to wind up with it no matter how hard you try to control it.:hook

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:11 AM

Wool roving or fiber come in all colors for needle felting and can also be used as stuffing.

Very good idea, thank you. I should have thought of that from my felting days...;)

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 05:10 AM

I like the idea of stuffing with pantyhose. This way, there is nothing to be poking out through the holes.

Also, Be sure to use a smaller hook than the yarn recommends when making the little guys. This way, there is less chance for your stuffing to poke out.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:34 AM

At Halloween time, there is a product that is just like the white fiber fill but in black. It is sold as cobweb. I bought a package at Joann's just to try it. I had a skelleton I had made in black and wasn't happy with the white fiber showing through. It worked perfectly. After Halloween, I bought several bags of it on clearance!

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:18 PM

At Halloween time, there is a product that is just like the white fiber fill but in black. It is sold as cobweb. I bought a package at Joann's just to try it. I had a skelleton I had made in black and wasn't happy with the white fiber showing through. It worked perfectly. After Halloween, I bought several bags of it on clearance!


That is actually pretty clever! They have it in green, orange and purple too. Can't be that expensive for small to medium projects.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:17 AM

That is actually pretty clever! They have it in green, orange and purple too. Can't be that expensive for small to medium projects.


At Halloween time, there is a product that is just like the white fiber fill but in black. It is sold as cobweb. I bought a package at Joann's just to try it. I had a skelleton I had made in black and wasn't happy with the white fiber showing through. It worked perfectly. After Halloween, I bought several bags of it on clearance!


Any clue as to where it can be found/bought??? What do they call it???
Thanks for the info....:hook

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