Hello and Happy Halloween!! Sorry for the super long hiatus – trust me, I’ve missed amiguruming and blogging just as much as you have all missed seeing my creations and posts. Right, everyone???…..*chirp, chirp*…..yeah, that’s what I expected…I’m sorry. :(
Nonetheless, I recently had a major itch to crochet again! And since Halloween was coming up, I decided it had to be related to Halloween somehow. And that’s how I came up with the idea of doing an amigurumi of a bat, but not just any bat! It had to be a “cute” one. Kinda like how people make owls look really cute, I tried to make bats look cute. Here are what I came up with!
I think the key to making bats look cute, is in the ears. They have to have huuuge floppy ears. So that’s what I tried to achieve. At first, I crocheted a 3-D cone shape and tried to pinch it and place it as ears, but this ended up being way too thick, and bats definitely don’t have thick ears. If anything, they’re paper thin. So I decided to crochet it with one layer, and that turned out much better. I also realized I could use these same ears for other creatures, like a French bulldog!! I know, totally random and unrelated to bats, but please stay tuned for that one! :D
Another key thing to making bats cute is the wings. I wanted to be more creative and cutesy. I was inspired by how owls are made really cutesy when they’re decorated with polka dots or hearts, and adorned with vivid colors. Why not apply the same concept to bats? They’re also nocturnal birds….no they’re not, they’re mammals…of the order Chiroptera to be exact, whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight (Wikipedia 2015). Wow I totally learned something new today, even in my old age, I’m so proud of myself.
And of course, to top it all off and make things really cutesy, we can’t forget the blush on their cheeks, which I like to call “cheekies”!!
I started experimenting with all sorts of patterned felts for the wings, and different combinations of colors too. For the black bat, I even went with safety eyes that are dual colored. The possibilities are endless! I’m even thinking about cutting out floral print cloth for the wing, and then gluing that onto regular felt for more shape and support. This will make the wings look super cute and sturdy!
When most people think “bat” I’m sure they have the typical image of bats in their minds. The ones with vampire fangs sticking out, and their mouth gaping open ready to pierce your neck and suck your blood! But who says bats can’t be cute and cuddly and romantic??
Aren’t they so cute and cuddly? Someone remarked, “Wow, how did you get the wings to fold down like that for a hug?” I said, “it was really easy, I just folded them down gently and they stuck.” “Wow, such cooperative little bats!” -_-…….
I know it’s Halloween, and people like things dark during this time of year, but hopefully some brightness and cuteness will be a breath of fresh air among all the scare! I totally didn’t mean to rhyme that btw…