Here it is, at last - a 14 page book with instructions on designing your own patterns for soft sculpture pony manes and tails! This is the question I'm asked about most when it comes to pattern-making, so hopefully this will help beginners out quite a bit. It covers the basic shapes and techniques you'll need to recreate most mane shapes and includes a photo walkthrough guide to pattern draping.
This is so helpful! I've always struggled with the mane and tail, them usually being the parts I spend the most time on or stress over the most, only for it to fall apart in the end. I only can use house hold materials for my plushes, seeing that as a fourteen year old I can not obtain money or a car to get the supplies needed. If I needed to weight the tail, (Which I usually need to do since they are always top heavy) And I didn't have a way to obtain the beans, how could I weight the tail? Anyways, besides that I don't have any questions. This tutorial was so helpful.
This may sound a bit weird, but personally I use unpopped popcorn kernels instead of the plastic beans. If that fails I tend to use two pence pieces, (Not sure where you're from but you can use any type of coin, I just use 2ps because they fit perfectly in the bottom of the hoof.) or small, rounded or flat rocks, just make sure to wash them. Anyway, I hope I was helpful and if not, that you find out a way.
This is a wonderful, helpful tutorial, but I'm still confused about something... How do you sew a princess mane, with lots of waves in it? Every time I try one, I end up with weird, blocky turns, not nice, smooth waves.
Tiki, this has singlehoofedly taught me more about shaping and patterning than anything I have ever read. You have done such a marvellous job of illustrating and describing the techniques, I can now say I feel confident in tackling this task! Thank you.. thank you.. THANK YOU!
You're amazing! So wonderful that you offer this to people for free. I ended up making my own mane and tail patterns for my daughter's and niece's ponies. They turned out good, but this would have been SO helpful at the time.
This looks great!! I cant wait to try out these techniques when I get new fleece! I have one question though, which technique do you think would be best for creating Rainbow Dashes Forelock? The multidimensional shapes method, or just making it flat like the way you did the striped tail?