Guest Post: DIY Crochet Taxidermy Fox

Today’s DIY is a super exciting guest post from one of my favourite bloggers at the moment. I hope you enjoy this wonderfully inspiring crochet taxidermy tutorial. I think it is a pretty cool make!

Kate is a crafter and writer who blogs at Beak Up Crafts. She lives in Yorkshire and loves anything with a crafty slant, especially crochet and weaving. Kate believes that crafts and making things can really help to improve your mood and soothe a busy mind and would love to bring a bit of craftiness into peoples’ lives.

She is currently in the process of launching a range of craft workshops which you can find out more about by visiting www.crafteaworkshops.co.uk. You can also get a free Crochet For Beginners E-Course if you’re new to crochet and fancy making this cute faux taxidermy fox.

Crochet-fox-head---right-side---Beak-Up-Crafts

Waxworks, stuffed animals and taxidermy aren’t my bag at all. In fact I hate all that kind of thing as it properly freaks me out. Plus there are so many bad examples like these – the stuff of nightmares. However, I love crochet, making toys and cute amigurumi and figured I could use this to put my spin on the whole taxidermy
trend. This is what I came up with, a smiling fox which I called Ruel (after
former Norwich and Tottenham striker Ruel Fox).

Crochet-fox-head---what-you-need---Beak-Up-CraftsYou Will Need:

  • Black/charcoal wool in Aran weight
  • Red/orange wool in Aran weight
  • Safety eyes x 2 (10mm)
  • MDF plaque
  • Paint (for the plaque)
  • Strong glue
  • Fibrefill stuffing
  • A circular piece of felt
  • Red/orange embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Darning needle
  • Twine/string
  • Scissors

Stitches Used (UK terminology)

ch – chain
st – stitch
dc – double crochet
ss – slip stitch
dec – decrease
Make the following as per the below pattern:

Head
With black/charcoal, ch2
1. dc 6 into second ch from hook.
2. 2dc in each st around.
3. dc in each st around.
4. dc in each st around. Change to red. Push the tails into the nose.
5. 2dc in next 6 st, dc in 6.
6. dc in each st around.
7. 2dc in next 12 st, dc in next 6.
8. dc in each st around.
9. dc in next 6 st, (2dc in next st then dc) 12 times.
10. dc in each st around.
11. dec 3 times, (3dc, dec) six times, 2 dc.
12. dc in each st around.
13. dc in next 6 st, 2dc in each st around.
14. dc in next 6 st, (2 dc, dc 2) 16 times.
15. dc in each st around.
16. dc in each st around.
17. dc in next 6 st, (3dc, dec) around.
18. dc in each st around.
19. dc in each st around.
20. dc in each st around.
21. dc in each st around.
22. dc in next 6 st, (5dc, dec) around. Attach safety eyes.
23. dc in next 6 st, (4dc, dec) around.
24. dc in next 6 st, (3dc, dec) around. Start to stuff firmly.
25. dc in next 6 st, (2dc, dec) around.
26. dec (around).
27. dec (around).
28. dec (around).
29. dec (around). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Crochet-Fox-Head---Beak-Up-Crafts

Ears (Make two)
With black/charcoal, ch2
1. 4dc in second ch from hook.
2. 2 dc in each st around
3. dc in each st around.
4. dc in each st around.
5. dc in next two, 2dc in next st (around)
6. dc in each st around
7. dc in next st, 2dc in next st (around)
8. 2dc in each st around.
9. dc in each st around.
10. dc, dec (around).
11. dc, dec (around).
12. dc in each st around.
13. dc in each st around.
14. dc, dec (around). Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Neck
With red, ch 30 then join with ss.
1. dc in each st around, ss to join.
2. dc in each st around, ss to join.
3. dec six times, dc in each st around.
4. dc in each st around.
5. dc in each st around. Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

Crochet-fox-head---front-view

Putting it together:
1. Paint your MDF plaque in a colour of your choice. I used Laura Ashley’s
Pale Eau de Nil furniture paint as I thought the soft grey-green tint went well
with the red of the fox. Put aside to dry.
2. Sew your ears to the top of your fox’s head using the fastened off end of
wool and a darning needle.
3. Sew on the neck in a similar way.
4. Measure a circle of felt which is the same size as the bottom of the fox’s
neck (the part that will be attached to the wooden plaque).
5. Stuff the neck firmly with fibrefill stuffing then sew the felt circle in place
over the end with the embroidery thread.

Stitch-the-felt-onto-the-end-of-the-neck---Beak-Up-Crafts6. Embroider eyebrows and a smile on your fox, he’s happy after all!
7. Put strong glue on the felt piece and press the head onto the MDF plaque.
Hold it in place for about a minute. (I kept returning to mine and pressing it
down over the next half hour period while the glue dried). If any glue seeps out
of the sides of the fox’s neck, carefully scrape it away with a piece of card.

Stick-down-the-fox-head---Beak-Up-Crafts8. Once the fox head is firmly stuck to the plaque, cut a piece of twine and
glue it on the back so you can hang up your new foxy pal.

Glue-twine-to-the-back---Beak-Up-CraftsWhen all the glue is dry you’re ready to hang him up! And there you go – one
piece of crochet taxidermy which is cute and totally not creepy.

Crochet-Fox-head-rght-side-portrait---Beak-Up-CraftsWhat do you think? Would you make something like this for your home?
I really like little Ruel and I can’t wait to put him in my craft room (when it’s
finished!).

Lots of foxy love,
Kate

Thanks so much for this ace tutorial Kate, I love his friendly face! Make sure to follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with her blog.

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