|It's Smaug!!! Cue the screaming like when Lucille Bluth sees Gene Parmesan.|
|Hey Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities, remember how I was able to sneak by you before? |
Well, it was because of this magic ring of mine.
|See? It's got runes all over it.|
|Ooh, the sun is coming up. Well, it's been nice catching up, but I gotta go destroy the ring.|
|Sigh, who knows when we'll see each other again? I kind of miss that little Barrel-Rider.|
|Wait a second, I totally forgot I had this palantir! Maybe I'll just give him a call. Does that make me look too needy?|
|I think someone's calling on the palantir! Who could it be?|
|Hello? Who are you and where do you come from, may I ask?|
|Oh hey Smaug. Didn't we just hang out? Why are you calling already? Aren't you supposed to wait three days or something?|
|Dangit, I knew it was too soon. Why didn't I wait? Why do I never wait? |
This is why I don't have friends; I always try too hard and scare them away.
Okay, I know, I've got the story all wrong, but maybe SHB's cuteness will pacify all the upset Tolkien-fans who insist on strict accuracy.
As I mentioned before, I had some necessary items that I had to make for the SHB Sew-Along, and I had some frivolous items. Now that SHB is no longer a floppy newborn, he doesn't need the nursing pillow for nursing, but it's still useful as a lounging/climbing/teething pillow, and it was beginning to accumulate a rather impressive amount of drool. Spot cleaning gets old really fast, so I wanted to make a washable cover. Of course, I can't leave well enough alone, so instead of making a quick and easy utilitarian cover, I took this idea and put my own geeky spin on it. So instead of taking less than an hour, this cover took...significantly more than that. Totally worth it, though!
|There's a large patch in the hollow of his left breast as bare as a snail out of its shell...I mean, there's a zipper...for easy removal for laundering purposes.|
As for the toy palantir, well, Mr. Cation wanted SHB to get familiar with handling round objects since I can't play any ball sports to save my life, so maybe early practice will keep SHB from being the pariah of pick-your-teammates P.E. classes. Again, I could've kept it simple, but this was right after the LOTR concert so I was inspired. I actually made the fancy one first, but then realized I liked it too much (and put in too much time hand-stitching) to let SHB go to town on it, so I made him his own, simpler palantir. Unfortunately, because there was less stretch in the black fabric, it ended up being less round. So much for practicing handling spheres!
Patterns: The palantiri were made with this pattern, plus my own added eye bits. This tutorial was the basis for the pillow cover, and then lots of self-drafted pieces for the horns, wings, spikes, and face.
Fabric: One and a third yards of red fleece for the cover, plus various scraps of black fleece; various scraps for the palantiri, all from stash.
Notions: Velcro to attach the wings (because Smaug's a wingaling dragon!) and a 24" zipper for the dragon, polyfil stuffing for the palantiri
|I had to make the picture grayscale in order for the details to show up at all, but the wings can detach!|
Hours: Five for the cover, half an hour for the simple palantir, 1.5 hours for the fancy one.
Total cost: $5 for the red fleece; everything else was stash.
Final thoughts: I am so pleased with myself, even if both cover + toy turned out unnecessarily complicated! Sometimes you just gotta do things that make you happy, even when it's not efficient or practical. Also, red and black are ridiculously hard to photograph.
In case you're wondering about poor overeager Smaug, he did eventually find happiness. The third palantir belonged to Walnut, who was perfectly happy to answer the call to cuddle in the sunlight with a dragon.
|I did not pose Walnut. I added the palantir, of course, but he snuggled up next to Smaug all on his own.|
And SHB did make it to Mt. Doom to dispose of the ring.