And here's another of the dwarves from "The Hobbit" (as seen in the films). Bombur is a very round little fellow who stands 8-5/8" tall and weighs a whopping 4-1/4 ounces!
Since there is not a lot of non-fiber decoration on this dwarf, Elizabeth came up with the idea of covering his boots in leather. It worked very well and gives him a bit of variety. His little leg warmers are knitted from a silk-blend yarn in a basic stitch. She also made the shoulder bag from brown suede and braided cotton cord for the strap, with one strand of the braid matching the color of his shirt. His hair is Lt. Auburn "All Cooped Up" wool doll hair. Because of the size of Bombur's head and his braided beard, it took a complete three-foot length of the doll hair to finish the beard and mustache.
Here's the fiber chart to show what he's made of. With such a wide girth, I actually ended up "stuffing" him with all the ends and bits of wool that were left from previous projects. I would put some in, felt it all together nice and solid, add more, felt it down, etc. There's a discarded jacket in there even!
I definitely need to watch the film again - I didn't realise that the braid was actually his beard - amazing.
Making this one was a lot of fun. Sis and I actually got all the set of "Chronicles" books for the "The Hobbit", which are like a Behind-the-Scenes tour and how different aspects of the film were made. There is a section about character design that explains the different colors, shapes and themes used for each dwarf to make them unique. There's also a book that just deals with costumes and props -- very handy thing, because there is so much you don't really have a chance to notice in the films!
Post by Ann @ frabjous fabrica on Jan 18, 2022 13:57:59 GMT
Wow yes. Theatrical costumes are my thing at the moment and I love to look at what's been done by professionals to see what I can adapt and adopt for our AmDram Society. We're in rehearsal at the moment for our annual Panto - this one's The Little Mermaid and I'm in the middle of costumes for the baddie. I'm always adding to my "costume ideas" folder. I'll be looking for these books. Thanks for the info.