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Wing Prototype by Pickleweasel360 Wing Prototype by Pickleweasel360
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Soooooo ever since I’ve been crocheting I’ve wanted to make something with wings. I’ve searched and searched for something even close to a decent bird wing. I have yet to find anything close to what I have pictured in my head. Anyway, I was up all night working on sketches and trying to figure out some way to create a somewhat realistic version of a bird wing in crochet. I don’t just want a wing that is either folded or stretched out. I want it to be able to be folded AND stretched out. I know I want thin feathers, so that they can stack on top of each other when folded. I also would like it to be all one piece if possible. Not a tube with lots of little tubes sewn on to make feathers. My picky perfectionist nature is coming out hard in this. I’ve only been crocheting for one year and one month, thinking of such advanced projects is something I should be thinking about years from now. Ugh, my brain is weird sometimes.

Anyway, this is my first attempt and I already know what to do next time. Next time there will be more shaping to the to the wing base before I do the feathers. This is a smaller scale one, I want this for my horses, yep that means a Pegasus is coming soon. I also have a phoenix I could use it on. The bigger version I am hoping to do two layers of feathers, to look more realistic. This one does fold, with some effort. I really need to get my hands on some of that yarn with the metal thread. So that I don’t have to wire each feather individually. It will all be poseable.

Hope you enjoy it! Now I have to figure out how to make one for the opposite side.
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Mrsroppa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Thats amazing 
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WingedMidnight88 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
That is absolutely beautiful! Extremely realistic!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :hug:
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GlassCamel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Phenomenal! Your attention to detail is inspiring!! :omfg:
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much, but YOU are inspiring! Your needle felted raven is AMAZING! I played with needle felt but all I had was pillow stuffing so it didn't work as well. It seems so much easier to get in those tricky details. Its like fluffy clay. :3
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GlassCamel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
:blushes: Goodness, thank you!

Fluffy clay!! Yes, precisely and exactly! :nod: You sound like you understand needlefelting at its core. You should give it another shot with better fiber. The proper supplies can make a world of difference!
Don't ever stop crocheting! What you're creating is positively thrilling! :happybounce:
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invexx Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's impressive. It looks like you chained and slip stitched for the individual feathers... that must have been tedious. Nice design, though. Your hard work paid off.
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep :3 The feathers were the easy part. Getting a thin enough wing to fold was the hard part. Thank you :3 I'm really proud of it.
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Swedish-Freak Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the wings!
How did you start?
Mine looks weird and goes like half a circle... very upfolded wing... any tip???
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I started at the base where the wing would attached and single crocheted back and forth. That was the hard part. I looked at A LOT of wing stock here on DA to try to get it as close as I could. Try to find some with larger feathers on the end. Otherwise it looks funny having feathers all the same length. (It did to me anyway.)
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Swedish-Freak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the tip!:squee:
I looked at the picture and made out a pattern(trying to count the stitches, was hard...)and it looked nice!

did you dec. or inc. for making the curves? I tried that but the wings looked like it was upfolded(for scaring other birds...)
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When I made them there was a lot of redoing sections. Yes, the curved areas have increases added in certian spots. Did you take pictures or your wing yet?
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Swedish-Freak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
not yet, but I can upload it soon.
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Swedish-Freak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My wings is uploaded now.
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hmmm, do you know the crocodile stitch? That stitch looks like scales but the way you did the feathers made me think of it. If you could manipulate the crocodile stitch to have nice thin feathers like what you did, but overlapping in the way crocodile stitch does... that would be great!

Anyway, this is an amazing start to wings! Wow!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I haven't heard of it actually. That sounds awesome though. I'm looking it up right now :3 I might can use it to make a larger scale wing.
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool! I hope you like it!
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VanillaHigh Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude me and you are one and the same on all levels: started crocheting at the same time and such ambitious projects as newbies that strike fear into our enemies! Sorry i got a bit excited.

I never thought about making wings and i want to make some now. I have to say it looks pretty awesome!!!!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HIGH FIVE! Newbies for the win!
You should try it! It was crazy fun. Study lots of bird wings because it is amazing how different they are. This one is mostly based on a hawk.
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VanillaHigh Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know one or two projects i have in mind require wings so it should be fun :)
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Cloud-Leporifelis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is pretty cool. I love the design.
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug: I'm very happy with the way it turned out. :)
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Crittercre8r Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These look totally awesome! As for the other wing... I know it sounds crazy, but... try learning how to crochet the opposite of what you normally do left/right handed. You would be crocheting in the other direction, so the stitches would be mirrored. :P It is just a thought. That's something I need to learn! Lol!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have tried that before, if a kindergartener could crochet, it probably looked like what I made with my left hand haha. Its so awkward to hold my hand that way, although it would solve all my problems with making left and right pieces. Why can't I be ambidextrous!
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Crittercre8r Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Time and patience my dear friend :). I want to try to learn left handed crochet as well. You would think that it would be easy, since I'm actually left handed, but I haven't gotten very far :P.

I begged my mom to teach me how to crochet when I was 4. I remember that when I was learning I would just chain until my stitches all looked even. Then I decided it was time for me to learn a new stitch, and I worked on it until I got that right too. I think I am going to use some miscellaneous yarn I have to try learning again left handed. =D
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codehimi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ammmmg you are SO talented ; A ; this is amazing <3
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :hug: I've gone a bit crazy and made a red set and a white set already.
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codehimi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8DDDDDDD <3
You should make them as little attachmetns so you can add them to whatever you want XDDD A pipe cleaner should work I think o3o or a ribbon thing you can tie on to stuff XD
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm hopefully going to be able to sew them on so I can have them permanently attached. Having them removable would be cool though. I could put them on lots of things without having to make new ones :)
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codehimi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o U o <3 both are cool options XD
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Vampire-Juicebox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really great. You're too good >:C
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :hug: Sometimes I'm like did I seriously just do that? I'm still a beginner no way I did that. I can't wait to see what I can do in another year.
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Vampire-Juicebox Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You just happen to cooperate with your creative mind c:
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SaveTheBEes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
:iconcannotevenplz:

You have finally accomplished what I have always believed to be impossible. This is just so amazing I can't I CAN'T alksjd;lfkajifgjdjfgosifbjjdkfasejlkjfksjadflkjskdljgahjsldrkjfalkdsjf
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :iconallmyloveplz:
It still isn't 100% like I would like, but I got closer than I thought I would with this attempt. The actual base is too thick for this set, they don't fold like I would like, but that is ok. I always learn something new. :)
I'm having trouble with the opposite one. Since the stitches look different on the right and wrong sides. If I had just made two of these the other one would have backwards feathers. So how I put the feathers on it moves where the stitches start. It wouldn't be a problem but the shaping I put in it doesn't line up. Oh well, trail and error I suppose.
What about you though, how is the book research coming along? I'm still eager to test the hands out. I love that smiley! I have a new one I can't help but laugh at :iconwooooplz:
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SaveTheBEes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
It's beautiful for a 'prototype'. :iconawwwplz:

Oh bollocks, I knew there was something I was forgetting! :iconbennyomgplz: I haven't pulled out the pattern for the hands to work on in an age... but it's been busy. Haven't been at home for two weekends in a row now. Consequentially book research has been minimal as well, I think the next step is putting together a portfolio or presentation of sorts that I can send along to the publishing companies I've been recommended, and I haven't found the time yet to sit down and put that together :o
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is ok dear! I've been crazy busy lately and my internet isn't cooperating with me! It wont let me upload/download things easily. Well, it doesn't want to do anything really. That is ok though, hopefully it wont be too much longer until we can get wifi.
Putting a portfolio together would be a great idea. Especially when you photograph your work so well. The close ups convening such emotions are awesome! Don't worry about me, I can wait to test the patterns. I've got my hands full over here. One day though :) I think everything I do now will prepare me for what I want to use the hands for.
Good Luck with everything!!! :iconsweethugplz1:
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GazeRockMei Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shweeettt. I wanna pair that are human sized, that way I can try flying. :iconplanningplz:
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That would be insanely awesome! I need to get my hands on super duper chunky yarn!
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GazeRockMei Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww yeah :iconawwyeahplz:
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would be like awwww yeah! :iconfliphairplz: Look at these wings I can haz!
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GazeRockMei Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hohohoho. That's a freaking awesome emoticon. *stealing*

And I be like, :iconspongebobrapefaceplz: "you know you jealous."
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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SO EXCITE!!! I would have to run away from all the peeps trying to steal the wings. MINE MINE MINE.
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GazeRockMei Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Herherherherh!

And I'd be beatin' them all off with a stick. And they'll end up looking like this :iconbleedrainbowplz:
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:iconangelwingleftplz: :iconflailgasmplz: :iconangelwingrightplz: Look at me and mah purty wings!!! RAINBOW EYES FOR THE WIN!!!!
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eien-no-musouka Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I love this!!! Awesome design!! You are positively awesome with your crocheting!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :hug: I think I've really found my calling :D
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XxRainbowDashRulesxX Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesomeness!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug:
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XxRainbowDashRulesxX Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome! :hug:
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