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Craft Wondrous Item – Gom Gom the Owlbear Plushie Ft. Robyn Allen

Welcome to Craft Wondrous Item, where the Know Direction Crew show you all of the neat things that they’ve been crafting! Today, Private Sanctuary Podcast’s cohost, Guidance’s author, and self-stylized Everyman Gamer Alex Augunas is going to be showing you the process by which Philly PFS player Robyn Allen created a plush Gom Gom doll!

Today on Craft Wondrous Item, I’m trying something new. Much as how Anthony and I act as a soapbox for industry people during our Summon Industry Allies podcasts, starting today I’m going to be on the prowl for people in the Pathfinder community that craft and create stuff. More specifically, I’m going to try to find the people who want to give YOU an inside look at the process by which the magic happens! For today’s article, I thought I’d begin with a local player; Ms. Robyn Allen, of Philadelphia, PA! Recently, our Venture Lieutenant James McTeague was forced by circumstance to depart our fair lodge for work-related reasons, so Robyn organized the lot of us together to make him a fairwell present: a stuffed plush of Gom Gom, the doll that the Iconic Kineticist Yoon carries around with her. James won Paizo’s “Redesign Rasputin” contest several months ago, and for his prize he chose himself a unique Gom Gom forum avatar. As a result, we all thought that giving him the world’s only Gom Gom plushie was appropriate.

Robyn’s kindly given us a brief synopsis of her process, which I’ve included below. Make sure to leave your thoughts about Robyn’s masterpiece in the comments section below. If you have a craft that you want to show off on Know Direction, send me a Private Message on our forums and we’ll get in touch via e-mail or Facebook or something. Until next time, this is Alex Augunas, the Everyman Gamer, signing off so you can appreciate the majesty that is Robyn’s rendition of Gom Gom!

Alexander “Alex” Augunas has been playing roleplaying games since 2007, which isn’t nearly as long as 90% of his colleagues. Alexander is an active freelancer for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is best known as the author of the Pact Magic Unbound series by Radiance House. Alex is the owner of Everyman Gaming, LLC and is often stylized as the Everyman Gamer in honor of Guidance’s original home. Alex also cohosts the Private Sanctuary Podcast, along with fellow blogger Anthony Li, and you can follow their exploits on Facebook in the 3.5 Private Sanctuary Group, or on Alex’s Twitter, @AlJAug.

Robyn’s Description of the Process

  1. Supplies:
    1. For Doll
      1. Main body – dark brown flannel
      2. Face and belly accent – light brown felt
      3. Beak and claws – black pleather
      4. Eyes – black buttons
      5. Stitching effect – dark brown embroidery floss
      6. Stuffing
      7. Dark brown thread
      8. Hat – red cotton/polyester blend
      9. Velcro for side pocket
    2. General Supplies
      1. Pins
      2. Needles – regular needles and a large one for floss stitching
      3. Ruler/measuring tape
      4. Scissors
      5. Sewing machine
  2. Initial sketch of pattern – was amended a bit later
  3. Pieces for head – make a basic 4 part stuffed ball
  4. Head pieces were sewn together and stuffed to check size and evenness
  5. Cut out pieces for body and limbs
  6. Cut out face accent from felt
  7. Sewed eyes and beak through felt into head to secure it then reinforced with fabric glue
  8. Finished head – inside the head I pulled the eyes in to give it shape, stuffed and closed the head and then added acent stitching with dark brown floss to border of felt and middle seam
  9. Assembly of limbs. Fold and sew together pleather strips to make claws. Sewed claws to circle that makes end of limb. Body of limb is 2 parallelograms sewn together. Sew the limb end into the wide end of parallelogram cone
  10. Finished limbs next to head
  11. Body is 2 ovals sewn together. Glued on felt belly accent and sewed on with tan thread
  12. Sewed head onto body – stitches parallel to inner edge of contact
  13. Sewed limbs onto body – again with parallel stitching
  14. Almost finished gomgom, with and without head. Later sewed Velcro side pocket

Alex Augunas

Alexander Augunas lives outside of Philadelphia, USA where he tries to make a living as an educator. When he's not shaping the future leaders of tomorrow, Alex is a freelance writer for esteemed Pathfinder Roleplaying Game publishers such as Paizo, Inc, Radiance House, Raging Swan Press, and more, and also acts as a co-host and blogger on the Know Direction Network, where he has earned the nickname, "The Everyman Gamer." Recently, Alex has forayed into the realm of self-publishing through his company, Everyman Gaming, LLC. If you like Alex's writing and are interested in supporting him while getting professional-quality material for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game while doing so, check out the Everyman Gaming, LLC catalog, which is listed under Rogue Genius Games at the following locations: http://drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/6101/Rogue-Genius-Games/subcategory/19574_25289/Everyman-Gaming-Catalog

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