Interlude créatif – The last campfire

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Eventhough I do enjoy epic adventures that require me to sink in a LOT of hours (hello Skyrim, Dragon Age and Mass Effect), I also quite enjoy smaller games, especially puzzle games with adorable visuals… and that’s precisely what I found with The last campfire.

Of course I was expecting an adorable little game with charming creatures and I had no idea I was going to be exploring very serious themes like loneliness, depression, hopelessness and death… The game was a lot of fun, but I was still a bit thrown for a loop while making my way through it.

Still, the ending stuck with me for a few days and I decided it was probably a sign that I should move it up the « fan art project » list! So I started by painting the little eyes of my little Ember. Once those were dry, I used my Menagerie pattern to make the body… the real challenge was going to be the clothing situation!

In the end I decided it would probably be easier to work the thing bottom-up and pray that I’d started with enough stitches.

I only had to start over 6 times…

Worse though was that I because so disgruntled about it not working out the way I wanted it to, when I took this photo I was ready to just bin the whole thing.

Of course that might have had to do with the fact that I was tired, the face opening looked crooked, my chair is super uncomfortable, my work space if too small… Sigh, I was discouraged.

Still, I decided to persevere since I was almost done with the costume.

Real relief only came once all the embellishments were added. The border fixed the opening looking crooked, the cute edging made the whole thing come together and the white accents worked out perfect…

What a 180 degrees change! I ended up so in love with my little Ember that I immediatly knew I would get started on a little Wanderer, which is essentially the exact same doll, but in red and orange.

To finish up, I added a brown bag and the arms… after having a mini meltdown because I’d forgotten to make arm holes in the costume.

Since I didn’t want to start over and had no plans to actually play dress-up with these dolls, I simply sew the arms to the outside of the costume and through the body to make everything secure.

When I wrote this up I had just gotten little Ember finished up and already had the eyes painted for the Wandered… a few hours later, I had that one completed as well!

I really had a great time working on this little selfish project! I wonder if the time might have come to finally jump into a legendary universe I’m super fond of… can you guess which one?

Discover the pattern modified to create this project!

The pattern was heavily modified for this project.

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