Friday, January 18, 2013

You Had Me At Hedgehog

Em here, so I am hoping by now you get the feel that I am a huge animal fan. I love them, all of them, and that is probably the reason I am in the Biology field. 
I am also hoping by now you get the gist that I have a hedgehog. Her name is Gypsy, and besides my sweet husband, she is my whole world. 
That girl is spoiled rotten...crazy hedgehog. 
For those of you saying "What the heck is a hedgehog?!" (much like my friends an family), here is a picture!

Sweet Gypsy, I never forgo an opportunity to show her off ;)
So there you have it, a hedgehog, these were taken a few days after she came to live with us, she was about 8 weeks old. She is much bigger now, and well very  moody, but that is a common hedgie trait so it is just one of those things you just have to take in stride.

When Melodie sent us this Pinstrosity I was instantly in love, and while she thinks it turned out awful I think it's adorable!Check it out!

The Original

Adorable right?! I love the texture of the fabric she used, and I love that she made a cute little girl hedgehog with a bow :) Here is Melodies take on this Hedgehog pin cushion!

The Pinstrosity

I think that is super cute! I love all the multicolored pins that are the "quills", I think it is simply adorable! Here is what Melodie had to say about it though:

"...Honestly, 2/3rds into making [this], I couldn't stop laughing because I could see how much of a FAIL this was becoming.
And now I love my Pinstrosity because it's so ugly and ridiculous-looking! The original was so cute....

I absolutely wanted to make this really cute hedgehog pincushion to replace my old, boring square-shaped pincushion. How hard could it be, with the right instructions ? Well...
First, she advises to use faux fur or towelling. I used and old brown towel thinking "It's going to be fine and cute, no problem".
But I wanted a bigger pincushion than this one... and I didn't have a printer to print the pattern. You see where this is going ?
I put a sheet of paper onto my screen to trace the original pattern, then made it bigger using the well-known "that's probably about right" method. I could see I had already lost some of the shapes, but I still thought "it's going to be just fine".

For the rest... I think the picture speaks for itself. I think the worst (and funniest) part was choosing the eyes and nose that were the least creepy given the very limited choice of beads I had.
Yes, yes i know, it's still pretty creepy. It looks at me with its empty eyes while I sew, crying "I want to die now". But I still like it because it reminds me of all the terrible Pinstrosities I've seen on your website..."

I think that her creation is unique and very cute! Considering that she made this without a pattern on hand, and then adjusted it to the size she wanted I think she did awesome! 
There are a few things that I think would have perhaps helped her out besides the obvious printing out the pattern, and having it be the same size as the pattern.
-Eyes and Nose, I know the original used small beads but I think she could have gotten away with just using black thread to create eyes and a nose. 
-Ears, physically speaking, hedgehog ears are pretty small compared to their body (baby hedgehogs are the exception to this, they have to grow into their ears). Melodies ears are a little big considering the rest of the body size, but I think it just adds to the charm here.
-I know she didn't like the towelling she used, but I think that the pins being the quills is fun and quarky, in fact she has kind of created her own pin on this one, and I might just follow suite and make one based off her  alterations. I will keep you posted on that
Thanks Melodie!
I do have to say that this little guy reminds me of a cartoon character but I can't quite put my finger on who it is...anyone have any clue? First person to figure it out gets a metaphorical Shiny Nickle (A real honor in my family). 
So give it your best shot! Also, has anyone made some fun hedgehog crafts?! I am always up for hedgie crafts of ANY sort. I would love to hear/see them! 
Happy Friday Pinstrosipeeps!


  1. Could it be Pikachu? Or Sonic the Hedgehog? I think it's adorable!

  2. Both pincushions are adorable, though I have to say, I'd love to hear more about Gypsy! My husband & I have been seriously researching hedgehogs but don't know any people in real life who have them.

  3. It reminds me of Ren of Ren and Stimpy.

  4. Yes, he absolutely is still cute, even if it's a different cute than the original pin! Emilee, I think you're thinking of Oswald - at least, I sure did when I saw the (not) Pinstrosity! The other two characters it sort of reminds me of are Steamboat Willie and Felix the Cat, but Oswald is definitely the closest resemblance.

  5. Being a sewer--Melodie did a great job --- I think he's adorable."Stuart" comes to mind as the cartoon character.Love your blog,Betsy

  6. Rocko from "Rocko's Modern Life"?

  7. Oswald was my first thought, too.

  8. My Twitter friend turned her Hedgie (whose name escapes me) into a stegosaurus!

  9. The face kind of reminds me of one of the Stitch or one of the other aliens from Lilo and Stitch.

  10. He looks a little bit like an Animaniac.

  11. Maybe "Zero" from Nightmare before Christmas? It's the visible black-on-white stitching and the big ears that have me thinking that.

  12. Makes me think of the Angry Beavers. I think both versions are totally adorable.

  13. He looks like a hedgie version of Stitch!

    Cute, in a goofy way. I like it.

  14. Its totally Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life...

  15. I actually totally love the Pinstrosity version of this! I think it's so cute, cuter than the original I dare say. :D

  16. It reminds me of the big rat they made in An American Tale... I think it was called the giant mouse of Mintz (or something like that). :)

  17. I was really excited to see this post as I had taken a stab at this project as well. It was much more difficult than I expected and the first time it was so small it was extra difficult to work on. I tried it a second time and was able to work out some of the problems I had before, but it didn't come out super great.

    The second one had a much cuter face shape. I gave myself a bigger seam allowance, which helped a lot. I'm new to sewing and I think the hand-made nature of this pattern is especially difficult.


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