Lauren Fairweather
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Hey Lauren. Where did you get your knittet sweater for your weasly sweater diy? I need one like that. Could you maybe send me a link of the store. That would be sooooo cool. I love your videos. Maike


Lauren Fairweather responded on 03/25/2015
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The solid-colored sweater I used as a base for my Weasley Sweater DIY was from American Eagle, but it might not be available anymore (I found it in their clearance section a few months ago). I designed the tutorial so you could use any solid colored sweater, even one you already own! You don't have to buy the same one I did to make your own Weasley Sweater. :)

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Hey Lauren,
I love your Fairweather Friends plushies and Hogwarts-themed jewelry! I was wondering if, in addition to having a necklace for each of your four House mascots, if you would consider making a Hogwarts crest necklace with all four mascots on it?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 03/07/2015
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Ooh! That is a super adorable idea. I just placed an order for my next round of custom charms, but I'll keep that in mind once those start to sell out.

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Morning Lauren,

My 11 year old daughter, Fenna, and I recently discovered your site and we absolutely LOVE your work! Your creativity, positivity, candor and kind demeanor truly draw us to your various creative contributions. Today we’ll be working on Hermione’s S.P.E.W. badge and the golden snitch hair clip. We’re so excited!! In the S.P.E.W. badge tutorial, you reference the hats and socks Hermione made for the house elves, which got us thinking that we’d love to do the same thing! All we need are Dobby and Winky plushes that we could purchase to make the right size hats and socks. We wondered if it might be in your future to make these little elves or if we should look into making our own?

Very kindest regards,
Darcey and Fenna Hott
Manchester, MD


Lauren Fairweather responded on 02/19/2015
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Hi Fenna and Darcey! I'm so glad that you're enjoying my videos! That's a really cute idea and I'll definitely keep it in mind when I'm thinking up future Harry Potter craft ideas for my channel! I can totally picture them in my head right now.

Though, you might also want to look into finding a pattern and making your own if you'd want to do this relatively soon... my plushie designs and tutorial videos sometimes take months of work to put together. Also, most of my plushie designs are two-dimensional and that might not be the best style to work in if you're hoping to knit little clothes for them.

Thanks for the kind message! I hope that you're both doing well.

Lauren

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Hey Lauren this may seems like a silly questions but how do you cut out perfect circles for your plushies eyes? It takes me like 5 tries before It starts to actually look like a circle


Lauren Fairweather responded on 02/13/2015
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I use a little paper circle template and cut the felt around it until I like the way it looks. You can see that technique in one of my plushie tutorial videos below.


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What are the Real Life Yule Balls like, and how can I attend one?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 01/29/2015
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They're usually either a concert format or a formal dance format (sometimes with a dinner), and you can attend one by buying tickets and going to one! I perform at lots of them during the winter months, and I announce them on my youtube channel and social media so I recommend following me there and signing up for my mailing list so you can keep up with those announcements.

I also just made a YouTube video with footage from four of the Yule Balls I performed at this season, so you could watch that to get a good idea of what they're like (though I'm guessing that you've already seen it, based on this question).


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Hi Lauren!
I would like to start making plusies like you (but for myself, not for selling) and I would like to know where are you buying your fabric? If you buy it online, can you give me the site? And I wanted to know how do you sew eyes on your plushies? Are they embroidered? Or if you do that by hand, can you show how you do this in a video? Thanks for answering and I hope you'll understand because english isn't my first language :p
Ps: I loooooove what you do.
-Audrey


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/28/2014
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I buy my fabric at Joann's Fabrics in person (not online) so I can get a better feel of the fabric before I buy it. My plushie eyes are small felt circles sewn on with whipstitch and I add a highlight using an embroidered french knot. I've shown this process in a bunch of videos, including both of these:

Quaffle Plushie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ktj_Lmo...
Monster Book of Monsters Plush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbXrOQWt...

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Hi Lauren
I'm a new fan of yours and am so inspired by you! I've always been a crafter and loved being creative since I was little and I still love it. I love sculpting, and drawing, but mostly sewing things like plushies. I've even decided to take it to the next level and want to start selling my crafts! The only problem is I have no idea how to start. Do you have any tips on starting selling your products and finding the time and patience to produce so many crafts? Thanks so much!
-Jessie


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/27/2014
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To start, I'd say that you should think about concepts for your shop. What kinds of products do you want to sell? What ties them together? What will you call it? Once you have a name, you can sign up for a site like Etsy, get social media, etc so nobody takes it. It's definitely good to start your shop with at least a few finished products, so once you've thought out your concept, work on designs and make things until you're happy enough with them that you'd like to sell them. If you need help coming up with ideas for product photography, listing descriptions, policies, and your shop bio, look around at other stores you admire to see how they do it and apply your unique concept to those starting points.

As far as finding the time and patience to produce your crafts, that's totally up to you. You decide how much of a time commitment you are able and eager to put into it. If you just want to work occasionally when you feel like it, do that. If you want to set a schedule, go for it!

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Hey Lauren! I am AK from India! I am 13 years old and I really like your music! I wanted some advice on starting a wrock band. I can't attend any shows (I live pretty far off you see) so that's why I thought of it! I do sing and I do write music! I just don't know what to do? How do you start a band? It is an impossible task to find any members!


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/26/2014
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I started The Moaning Myrtles by asking my friend who plays piano to start a band with me (luckily it was right after we saw a Harry and the Potters show and she was just as excited to write wizard rock music as I was!). Once she became too busy to play shows, I taught myself to play guitar and started playing alone. If you can't find any members, just be a solo artist! Plenty of wizard rock bands are only made up of one member. Start by writing music and once you have a song ready, you can share a recording or video of it online or play it locally! There really aren't any rules. Just do whatever you want!

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Do you Nina still make music together? Or are the Moaning Myrtles no more?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 12/26/2014
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Unfortunately, Nina hasn't been able to play music with me for years now. We live really far away and only see each other once or twice a year.