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Get to Know Your Plushsmith!






Hi! Welcome to Double Backstitch Arts! You can just call me Backstitch if you like.

I make... things. Lots of things. Plushies, cosplays, props, swords, art, many sorts of things. Most of you are probably here about the plushies though. I do what I love, and I really love to create stuff.

And it turns out, people dig getting stuff made for them. So here we are! More info can be found in my FAQ below. Any unanswered questions? Note me! I really do love to hear from you, and can always take a moment for a friendly chat.

Have a gander at the things in my gallery and whatnot, and thanks for dropping by!



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Questions that have been Asked Frequently, and answers to them.






Q: HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR PONES?
A: Note me. I prefer to discuss prices privately. Also if you got a quote from me in 2014 or before, then you've likely got outdated rates so re-ask if you wish. Thank you.

Q: I noted you but forgot to ask, are your prices negotiable?
A: Unfortunately, no. I used to be more flexible, but I just can't afford to do that anymore u ,u

Q: Frickin' commissions, how do they work?
A: I say "I'm open" when I'm taking new plushies on, I pick between four and six at a time, and then I close until I'm done with those. Pretty groovy, eh? :3

Q: "So does "COMMISSIONS CLOSED" mean I have to ask extra nicely...?" "I want a lifesize pony. Here's $15. Or better yet, it's my friend's birthday, can you make one for free?" "How do you do that thing you do that makes you different from everyone else, i.e. your rumpybutts or 3D lashes? I want to do it too." "Can I have your patterns pretty please?" "Do you take dA points?
A: No.

Q: So... Favorite soda? Favorite music? Favorite show? Favorite movie? Favorite game? Favorite pony?
A: Dr. Pepper, most anything 80's and classic rock, either G1 Transformers or G4 MLP, Star Wars: A New Hope, either Duke Dukem 3D or FallFancy Sev'n, and the Great and Powerful Trixie.

Q: Can I draw your OCs or draw my pony with him/her?
A: Yes please! Use them how you like, but give credit where credit is due and let me know, k? I love seeing art of my ponies :3

Q: Ok... So do you do more than plushies?
A: Yup! I draw, I sculpt a little, I make cosplay parts (think wings, goggles, armor bits), I do a little of a lot. Curious if I'm the person to do what need be done? Don't be afraid to ask ^ ,^


Your question not here? It could be, if you ask enough! Note me anything you've got that's not covered here and I'll be glad to answer it.

Plush Artists That Rock!





A section otherwise known as, "If I'm not open, check out these artists!" I've had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great plush people during my time doing what I do. They're really nice, they're fantastic at what they do, and I've been helped out by most of these fine folk in one way or another over the years. I've been asked about what other plush making people are out there more than a few times while I've had commissions closed, and I'd like this list to stand as an answer to that question. This is by no means a complete list, and I'll be adding to it as time goes on.

adamlhumphreys:iconadamlhumphreys:
My fav: The Great and Laying Trixie! by adamlhumphreys
He's got a lot of plushing talent, and has on more than one occasion blinded me with science! Really, check out more of his work. It's fantastic.

agatrix:iconagatrix:
My fav: Nightmare Rarity by agatrix
Agatrix is one I know only by reputation, but what a reputation it is. Her work is always outstandingly great and so varied! Give her gallery a look, I'm pretty sure your jaw will drop.

ButtercupBabyPPG:iconbuttercupbabyppg:
My fav: Vinyl Scratch Plushie by ButtercupBabyPPG
She' makes 'em big and not too big, but she always makes them very fine. As one of my favorite plush artists, I can't say enough nice things about her work so go check it out for yourself! You won't be disappointed.

fireflytwinkletoes:iconfireflytwinkletoes:
My fav: Trixie and Trick Shot by fireflytwinkletoes
Just wow. Firefly is amazing, with great variety and unbridled talent. I almost don't feel worthy of mentioning her here, because you probably already know of her. If not, please go check her out!

hystree:iconhystree:
My fav: Princess Luna s1 plush by hystree
Hystree is a legend in my eyes. Her ponies were some of the work that most inspired me when I was starting, an example of the best of the best there was. I don't think she's open for commissions, but just go and look at her work. It's beautiful.

Nazegoreng:iconnazegoreng:
My fav: Princess Luna Custom Plush by Nazegoreng
This list wouldn't be complete without Nazegoreng. She's one of the plushers I've been closest to, and she's an undeniable talent with motivation and passion for her work that I always say I greatly admire. Give her very fine work a look, and be amazed!

Sophillia:iconsophillia:
My fav: Lyra Reshoot by Sophillia
She makes adorable ponies, she's multitalented, and you should go check out her work. I adore all of it, and her X3

WhiteHeather:iconwhiteheather:
My fav: Magic Duel Trixie Plushie by WhiteHeather
WhiteHeather is wonderful at what she does, and is one of those plush people who's been all nice to me from the start ^ ,^ Give her stuff a look, because it's as awesome as she is.

Lately I have been playing a bit of Final Fantasy 8, and I kinda want to make a chicobo plush (babby chocobo). If I do, would anyone watch a vid of how I do it from the ground up? 

83%
40 deviants said Yes!
17%
8 deviants said Wark?
0%
No deviants said No.
Or something cutely clever sounding to preface a personal journal. For those only interested in what this means for what I'm doing in plush and stuff, I'll head this journal with that. I'm about half done with that chocobo plush, and yes I'm recording everything from reference imagery and rough sketching to the finished plush. I mean for it to show how I go about building a plush from scratch, hopefully showing and telling my process will help others. I'm working right now on a quarter-scale Tavipony for my special somepony as a gift and a quarterhorse Rainbow Dash as a commish. After that, I've got lined up a Flutterbat and another Octavia, if the customers are still interested. I'm also announcing here officially that I'm now offering princess quarterscales for commission!  If anyone wants to hire me for one, I'll make ya a tiny Tia or lil' Luna. Or that Cadance pony I guess - ,- So I'll make anypony in the quarter-scale now. If you're interested, drop me a note for pricing and such. Tia would be about 20 inches tall, and Luna 17-ish.










Now, the personal part of this personal journal XD For the people asking "what's up Stitchypony?" who mean "why are you taking so long to get plush things done, and why do you keep making other things besides the pony I've paid for?" or somesuch. Idunno, maybe I just want to write a little bit, just get what I've been going through down in text form maybe both so people can understand the delays I've been having for so long and maybe so I can just get it out.

I guess I'll give you a lil' background on who I am, or at least how I grew up. It'll help understand a bit what's happening with me later on. Yes, this'll be a little bit of a read. My name is Robby. You might know that if you've stuck around long enough, but if you're a new watcher who pays attention to these I really don't use my real name here anymore. Long life story short, most of my life my mom's had to be both mom and dad to me and my brother because my dad didn't want to be a dad, and hurt us (us being my mother, my brother, and myself) in many ways to make sure the message got across. It really hasn't been easy on her and it's made getting by overall pretty hard. Now to more recent times, where a lot of things all happened at once.

Mom had some medical troubles, a lot stress induced. We didn't have insurance, the state denied us any help, and so we were left in a spot of trouble. We tried to sell the house we'd built together from the ground up, which was a sort of insurance policy if bad stuff was happening. According to a few changes in policy when another bank bought the bank she'd originally got the mortgage through, no one could get a loan to buy the house because of how the heating system was set up. I had to drop out of college because we couldn't afford it anymore, and both our vehicles were mysteriously (see: stalky father) having constant troubles. I was working towards a degree in nursing where I'd be able to help people. It'd always been what I wanted to do with my life, because I've had so many people help me and my mother. I wanted to give back, or make a difference, or something silly like that. And so all in one year we lost our wonderful home, I lost my future career, mom was losing her health, and we were left with almost nothing. The only things we could keep were what would fit in my car and mum's minivan which was breaking down and almost didn't make the thousand mile trip to our destination. Which was my grandma's garage. So does that mean we were homeless? I don't know.

The past year has been a battle to recover from that. We've had to move a few times since, for a few different reasons each time. Each one has kind of been a move up, but that's why I've had that "emergency commissions" thing I did a while back and such. I've taken over paying almost all bills and expenses with my plush job, which has been why I've been having such a hard time catching up on my big pony commission list, and why I need small pony commissions. I'm pretty sure if I'm working on smaller ponies, they'll give me time to work on bigger ones because they're so much faster to build, meaning I can support my family and also get that backlog cleared up. If I could just get all those commissions done, I'd actually be set pretty much XD I've got so many people waiting to place orders for big ponies, and that'd put me in a far better place. But as is, I'm not getting a lot of interest in my quarterhorses and I've been greatly worried lately if I'll be able to keep caught up on the bills. I've worked myself crazy hard lately, wake-to-sleep some days sometimes for weeks solid... though yes, if you pay attention to my Tumbly I did take a few breaks over the past week or so to play some Final Fantasy 8 with my brother. Gotta make time for family. Or somesuch. Just so you all know who've commissioned me, I am dedicated to getting you your plushies. They will be made, I'm just struggling with making them and the little ponies that are keeping me in a home... or trailer park anyway.

Some days it just doesn't feel possible, like the weight of everything I've taken on is going to crush me under this gradually losing battle. I'm lucky to have a family who supports me in what I do, even when they weren't sure at first about this whole art crafty thing. And I have a beautiful, smart, sweet girlfriend who always knows just what to say to convince me I can do it when I'm feeling down. And I have a few friends I've met through this job that I really do love that keep me going too, though I haven't had a lot of time lately to talk. I'm still worried there's going to be something that'll be the one more thing that'll make this all impossible though. I haven't had the best luck lately y'know.

So it's because of all... that, that I've been slow at getting commissions done for the past year, the past year that's pretty much turned my hobby into a real job. I'd love to have seen what DBSA would have been under more stable circumstances. Maybe this is all firing and forging it into something that'll last instead. All these experiences have been terribly depressing, and some days I really wanted to just give up, but they've also sobered me up to reality a lot. I'm a lot less materialistic now, and I have quite a bit of a firmer grasp on what's important and what to expect from the real world. While I don't have a college degree, or a dream home anymore, or a big happy family, or friends close enough to visit, or a girlfriend close enough to visit, or a career where I help people, or a reliable income, or healthcare, or dental care, or a lot of possessions, or any pets I could keep, or furniture, or even a real bed... Yes, I complain sometimes :p What I do have is hope for the future. When one hits bottom, they can only go up, yes? And while things could prolly be worse, I think they'll be getting better if I work hard enough.



So now that I've talked about boring old me and why I'm a slow-plushing dumbdumb, let's talk about what I'd like to do with Double Backstitch Arts. Recently I've talked with Trick Shot (WilshireWolf) and TrickyPromise (Latent Promise x Trick Shot) is no more. Trick's actually hooked up with Dubby now, making the cute lil' ship DoubleTrickStitch ^ ,^ Promisepony is retiring now, I guess. For good this time. I feel Dubby's becoming a bit more me anyway. I made Promise off of who I was years ago, which isn't the me now. Dubby's a bit of who I'd like to be. Far more energetic and optimistic. Now why's this important? Well I've been planning a comic series for a while now, a sort of askpony sort of deal. Distract Dubby or something like that. I've been fleshing out Backstitch as a character, I've been working on her life story, and on the characters in her world. I'd like to make the askblog into a conduit for her story. I've been practicing my drawing lately a lot in hopes of making it a reality. Also, I'd like to open drawn commissions again when I have the time. Flex them art muscles ;p And relating to that chicobo I'm working on, I'm thinking about making a video series, maybe a monthly or every-other-monthly thing where I make a plush from the ground up. Either one I want to work on myself, or maybe something I could have y'all vote on. Idunno, I have a lot of ideas I'd love to actually make real, I just wish I had more time.





So yah, TL;DR:
My life's a bit of a mess and that's why my output's been a mess lately. I have a lot of ideas I'll prolly never go anywhere with, that chicobo is actually getting made though so watch out for that, and I'm still working hard at everything else too. Princesses are now commissionable. Peace.
Stitch4lyfe by DoubleBackstitchArts
(That's honestly the first time I've ever ended something with that word like that XD If there's anything you want to discuss, as always the comments are a welcome conversational area.)
  • Mood: Dazed
  • Listening to: Youtube mix for "Runaway Train" for now
  • Reading: This journal. Proof-reading is magic!
  • Watching: David the Gnome. Holy nostalgia.
  • Eating: Something before long...
  • Drinking: Dr, Pepper

Commissioning D. Backstitch and You!






Quarter-scale commissions are open!
Large plush commissions are currently CLOSED!
Art commissions temporarily closed!


Note me if you have a price inquiry. I won't answer if you comment, shout, post a dirty fanfic using "What are your prices?" in more than just the obvious ways, or tap it in Morse code. Only through notes.



Quarter-scale commissions:

Rainbow Dash for cool guy :icondeadparrot22:


Biggerponies list:

Half-scale Fluttershy, returned for restoration

:iconcutternut39: lifesize Princess Luna

:iconacrinn45: lifesize Princess Luna

:iconwilshirewolf: lifesize Princess Celestia

:icontakshadowing: half-scale Gypsy (G1 pony in FiM style)

Aleranchampion half-scale Octavia

:iconlemonthecombustible: half-scale Basalt (OC)

:iconleveebreaker: half-scale Pinkie Pie

:iconneilbronner: half-scale Derpy

:icongalaxy-traxs: half-scale Nevihta Tempest (OC)

Night Flight: lifesize Night Flight (OC)

:iconneilbronner: lifesize Fluttershy

:iconstormcloakwizzard: lifesize Screwball

Madingo (furaffinity): lifesize Trixie

Trading Game






Rarity for :iconnazegoreng:

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Oni-Tier Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Filmographer
Thanks so much for the Fave!
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
It brought a smile to my face, so it was a fav well deserved ^ ,^ You have a lot of other art that's really impressive, I especially liked that Giger-esque one you did!
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neilbronner Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Thanks for the Llama badge... :3

And everyone loves the Dashy I got from you! :D
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Lla-ma! :D
:iconfluttershyyesplz: yay!
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toshirohitsugayas10 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
hey good to see your still doing what you do ^^ oh and photo finish is doing well XD
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trudy1330 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  New member
Need 3 my little ponys please how much
Pinky pie a.s.a.p.
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Blitzkrieg-Buck Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's your suggestion on cleaning a lifesize pony?
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Spot clean with warm water and a gentle soap/detergent. Use a good ol' cloth or scrubby brush to work it in, and then rinse the soap away wif more warm soapy water, angling the plush's parts to where the water will run off rather than soak in. Let air dry ^ ,^ If it's anything too bad to where you think she needs a full body washing, I can instruct you on how to pop a seam on her, destuff the body, and then you can mail her mostly unstuffed to me and I can wash her myself, install a lil' invisible zipper or two, and send her back with instructions on how to restuff her yourself :3
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EnderSoulX Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Heart YOU HAVE BEEN HUGGED! Glomp! Tight Hug Huggle! Hug Tackling hug Heart

Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)

RULES:
1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 10 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely GET STARTED hugging right away!
Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!
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DoubleBackstitchArts Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
*SUPER HUGGS!*
What's this! What's this?
Chainposting huggs of care!
What's this?
Reposting everywhere!
What's this?!
Don't think me unkind,
I just don't have the time
I don't want on others to impose,
So I'll just answer you with prose!
What-
is-
this!~♪
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