Not everyone will know the reference here so bare with me as I give a little intro to the subject matter. This is a creature from Inuyasha (in-U-yasha); a popular anime when I was a teen, and is still attracting the next generation. In the story there is a character that is raised from the dead named Kikyo. In order to fulfill her vengeance and find peace in the afterlife; she used the spirits of scorned young women to maintain her presence among the living. Spirit Gathers collect these souls and bring them to her. They are also her messengers and servants. That is the short version at least.
In my attempts to make knitting more appealing to the next generation; I thought of trying something 3-D and with a subject matter that would be not only appealing but also AWESOME! Imagine, if you will, a fully decked out Japanese shrine maiden. A white kimono, red trim and red pants, with bow, arrows, and three of these guys seemingly floating around her casting a ghostly light on her face.
That is what I want to create. The costume you can find any where, but the Spirit Gather is harder to find. In fact I have yet to see it in cosplay photos. This was my first attempt at the concept I wanted to see first if it would work and how best to do it. I got inexpensive cotton crochet thread and modified a knitting pattern that looked like dragon scales.. The head and fins and legs are all free hand. Using wire, an animal balloon and fabric stiffener I made a hallow 3-D mold and put LED Christmas lights through the open mouth. It was then mounted on to a simple wood dowel which was painted black. It was hard to hide the battery box so for the next one I'll have to find a better way to hide it. Oh! I forgot to mention, there is also put glow in the dark paint on tips of the scales, but it is too faint for the camera to pick up.
I am also working on a special commission from this design that will be more dragon like. It will be yellow thread with red LEDs inside. Looking for ward to getting that one done as well. I will post more in my finished work as the projects come along. Until next time!