After 6 years of making Original Sock Dogs, I think I truly have the hang of it! I'm really happy with the way these 2011 mutts are turning out and wanted to share some "before and after" photos with you for comparison.
In the past, the proportions of the dogs were very different. Shorter arms and legs, double button eyes and stuffed to the brim tummies.
And now, the arms are much longer to help with fun poses, the eye whites are made of wool felt and placed for the ultimate "puppy dog eyes" look, and the tummies are slouchy and squishy for a better hug factor! And as you can see below, some of the new dogs are lickers!
When I'm making the dogs, I always have The Muppets in the back of my mind as inspiration. The characters created by Jim Henson and his team are so full of character and a big part of that comes from their eyes and their ability to "flop around". I'm also inspired by artist bears that seem to be a little floppier than they should be, with wrinkles in their tummies and big heads with expressive faces.
I'm also turning some of my attention back to Pit Bulls and will be making lots more of them in the near future. My goal is to help out groups like Angel City Pits in Los Angeles and the Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue here in Kansas City. I made a custom sock version of this girl:
Babette is a pittie with Angel City Pit Bull Rescue and is just so irresistible. When I saw her adorable photos on Facebook and read a little bit about her, I knew I had to make a plush version. 100% of the profits from her sale went directly to their group! It's a fun way to raise money and I plan to do more. (Plus, in my opinion, the bully breeds make the coolest sock dogs.)