While reading Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, I fell in love with many of the characters. Spensa and Skyward Flight are fun worth spending time with, if you have not read the book already. The non-human characters became my absolute favorites. After Isaac Stewart created an amazingly cute depiction of Doomslug, I had to create one for myself. The little yellow and blue space slug can pull at you with her gentle fluting. This November, readers find out more about Doomslug in Starsight. In support, I thought others might enjoy creating their own space slugs.
My mission was to create a slug pattern to create a cuddly Doomslug that mimics Stewart’s design. After some experiments with dart lines, curves, and other sewing tricks, I hit upon the proper shape to mimic Stewart’s rather rounded artwork rather than using a pattern that looks like an Earth slug (footnote 1).
Making your own space slug requires a handful of tools and a moderate skill level at sewing. The included pattern and instructions will walk you through the process.
- ½ yard of primary material
- ½ yard of accent material
- ½ yard of fusible interfacing medium weight
- Spools of thread of matching colors
- Cotton or polyester stuffing
- Black fabric material for eyes
- Black and white embroidery thread
- Sewing machine
- Sewing pins
- Walking Foot for your sewing machine – Highly recommended.
- Roller cutting blade
- Metal ruler/flat edge
- 1/8 yard Double sided interfacing for eyes
More Optional supplies for an internal weighted pouch:
Reason – This gives the slug more heft and allows it to balance on its own better.
- ¼ yard of third cotton material
- Poly-fil pellets – up to 1 pound
- Cotton or polyester batting
Note on Material:
Any material can be used to create your space slug: cotton, fleece, flannel, velveteen, etc. When working with the thicker sections, a walking foot will save you a number of headaches. If your fabric has a nap, including velvet or micro fleece, it’s best to cut your pattern pieces one layer at a time. Double check that the nap direction is the one you want. Ideally the nap will flow smoothly from the front to the back. If you plan to use velvet, please read this helpful tutorial before cutting your pattern pieces.
I bought a bright polyester velvet for many of my space slug creations. The one shown with straight spines was made with pure plush fleece, which is incredibly soft.
The pattern is printed on three pages of 11”x17″.
It will create a slug approximately: 6” tall x 13” long x 16” around.
Scale up or down to change the size of the slug. The ruffle and spines pattern need to be altered less, they are fine for a 15% +/- in size change. Brandon Sanderson said my original design was “just a tad too big.” The original design was 10% larger, creating a slug: 8” tall x 15” long x 20” around.
Lay out the Body Pattern pieces on the main fabric. Match the nap of your fabric if applicable.
Cut matching pieces on interfacing as well. The second cut should be a mirror to the first.
Body Pattern pieces are:
Mirror of the pattern pieces 1D.
- Body Side (1A) – cut 2
- Body Base (1B) – cut 1
- Face piece (1C) – cut 1
- Top curve (1D) – cut 2
- Top side (1E) – cut 2
- Head Top (1F) – cut 1
- Eye (1G) – cut 2
Accent Pattern pieces cut on accent fabric:
Body Ruffle (2A) – cut 1 – Cut on a double fold – Needs to be at least 40″ to go around the body with extra gathering. For a fuller ruffle, cut a longer piece or sew two pieces together.
Spines (2B) – cut 4 – Zig-zag spines should be cut on a double fold – Need to be between 50″ to 60″ to have enough length for deep loops.
Internal pouch – no pattern, no interfacing – simply cut a rectangle 20” long by 4” wide.
Note: The accent pieces are all long rectangles. It’s easiest to square up your fabric on a self-healing mat. Cut in strips with the help of a straight edge and using a roller blade cutter.
Before you start making your space slug, you need to decide which style you are going to make. Besides fabric choice, each creator chooses the style of eyes and spines they want to make. For the eyes, pick if you want to use fabric eyes or if you will embroider them.
The spines are the harder choice, and often driven by your fabric choice. Thicker fleece will be very difficult to turn into the zig-zag loops.
Spine option 1: Zig-zags – Requires more material and more sewing skills. Your spine strips will each need to be between 50” to 60” in length. Thus the “cut on the fold” note for the pattern could represent a double fold. This design better mimics the official Doomslug design, but are not true spines.
Option 2: Straight Tubes – Requires the spine stripes to be the length of the slug’s body, about 14” each, if you don’t resize the pattern. These are much easier and quicker to attach.
Two different spine designs. Opt. 1 – Zig-zag (right) and Opt. 2 – Straight (left)
Body pieces have a seam allowance of ⅜”
The full sewing directions with helpful images are found here and can be printed easily.
The basic sewing order of operations are:
- Sew the spine tubes together – four of 2B
- Sew the Ruffle – one of 2A
- Iron the interfacing to all the body parts – 1A to 1F.
- Pick the type of eyes you want to create. Attach or sew them onto the face piece 1C.
- Sew the lower body together: 1A (2 pieces), 1B, and 1C
- Sew the ruffle 2A onto the lower body piece.
- Pin the Spines 2B to first 1D for each side.
- Lay 1E on top of the spines, sew together.
- Attach a Spine 2B to Half of 1F.
- Attach 1F to one side of the top body.
- Layout and attach the Spines to the joined 1F and 1E piece.
- Attach the other side of the body to finish the top half of the slug.
- To attach the two halves together – Right sides of fabric together, line up the center of the piece 1F to the face 1C. Pin around the body. Be sure to leave an opening at the back or on a lower side for turning the body right side out.
- Create the internal weighted pouch by sewing a simple pouch.
- Fill with poly-fil beads, then sew closed.
- Wrap pouch with batting, stuff into the slug body.
- Use cotton or poly fiberfil to stuff the slug body to the density you wish.
- Sew the opening closed. I hand-stitch mine.
Bottom and top half of the space slug body before joining them together.
Enjoy taking your space slug on adventures!
Brandon Sanderson with Doomslug at DragonCon
Gathering of Doomslugs at DragonCon, 2019.
If you make a space slug, please share your creation with me, Deana Whitney, either by emailing me at Workshop@jordancon.org, sharing it on Instagram at JordanConInc or Doomslug_Adventures, or showing it directly to Isaac Stewart at Izykstewart.
Note: This Space slug pattern is for fun and personal use only. You may not use this pattern to create a for-profit item. Deana Whitney is the creator and owner of the sewing pattern. Copyright of Doomslug is held by Dragonsteel Entertainment, Inc.
All photos copyright by Deana Whitney, 2019.
My first version of Doomslug was made for the signing party, but it looked like an earth slug. To create it, I enlarged the Delilah Iris by 200% to create a 8” long slug. The back spines are a rectangle piece accordion folded, whipped stitched closed, attached to the back piece, then cut in random spikes. The bottom ruffle was another enlargement of the base pattern piece.
Slugs from the Delilah Iris pattern.
Each year at JordanCon, the Workshops track strives to present a variety of classes. In 2019, we explored skills like glass cutting with a master, to the basics of 3D printing, to learning about Medieval Irish garb. Because what we offer is driven by what our attendees want to learn, and what attendees and guests are willing to teach; we need to know what interests you.
The new Workshops co-chair, Amelie Downing, and I want to know what new skills, hobbies, or techniques you want to learn at JordanCon 2020 and beyond. There is a wide-ranging list of previous suggestions, including dance classes, fiber arts, and make-up application tricks for you to peruse. Click on everything that interests you. If there is a class you want that isn’t listed, or if you are willing to teach a workshop, there are selections in the poll for that as well.
It is important for us to keep the classes accessible to as many people as possible while also offering complex concepts and tangible creations, so please give us feedback about workshop fees and sign-up policies. Now is your chance to let us know what you think and what classes you would like offered!
Click on the poll link here.
If you have any questions about the poll or the Workshop Track in general, please reach out to us via our email: workshop at Jordanco.org
JordanCon 2020 – Age of Legends
See those smiling faces? Those are all of the attending authors, both guest and attendee, that were part of the JordanCon 2019 Anthology: You Want Stories? And thanks to our attendees’ amazing support, we get to do it again!
That’s right! The JordanCon 2020 Anthology is now open for submissions! Deadline is August 26, 2019, and this year, we have a theme: Legends! For all the juicy details, check out the 2020 Anthology page.
I cannot express how amazing, awed, and humbled I am for the response we had and the amazing talent this convention has. I look forward eagerly to being buried under submissions and finding the right stories for this year’s anthology.
Thank you all, and keep an eye on this space and the social media for updates and announcements!
JordanCon Workshops is happy to make our first announcement for the 2019 schedule.
On Friday, April 26 from 4 – 6 p.m., and again on Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m./noon, students can learn to make their own glass windows. Each class is independent, and students must commit to the full two-hour time frame.
Leia Powell has made stained glass dragons and fairies fly for sale at JordanCon for years. This year, the master stained glass artisan and JordanCon regular will teach 24 students the skills they need to learn the art of glass cutting. She’ll also provide the necessary tools.
Students will choose one of 11 offered patterns to make. Five of these patterns are Wheel of Time-inspired and are prepared exclusively for JordanCon attendees. Students will leave the class with a completed 9 ½” by 8 ½” piece to take home and hang up! This workshop is two hours long. The $100 fee includes a student kit with all the tools and glass for the class. The tools and extra glass belong to the students to take home.
Class Design Options:
WoT Themed: Aes Sedai, Ajah Wave, Perrin & Hopper, Mat’s Hat, Rand’s Blade
Not Themed: Abstract, Butterfly, Celestial, Cross, Dragonfly, Iris
Choice of 9 patterns for the glass Workshop
Seating is limited to 12 pre-registered students per workshop, a waiver must be signed, and Band-aids will be provided. One alternate student will be assigned to each class in the event that a pre-registered student has to cancel.
Physical requirements: Students will be working with their hands and are expected to stand for most of the class. Those unable to do so, due to arthritis or back/neck issues, should refrain from signing up.
Scheduling note: The rest of the JordanCon schedule will not be posted for some months, so you do risk “missing something cool”, by making this class your priority. Note the Sunday class will be over before Art Show pick-up begins. Expect both workshops to fill up.
Student Kit Includes:
1 waiver form; 1 pattern; 1 straight cutter with breaking ball; 1 pistol-grip cutter; 1 Grozier pliers; 1 running pliers; 1 Band-aid; 1 Sharpie Marker; 1 badge ribbon ;1 tube E-6000 glue; clear practice glass selection of glass to produce final piece: an 9 ½” x 8 ½” zinc framed piece of clear glass with hanging wire attached
Payment and Registration Details:
UPDATE – As of Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 2018, both sessions are sold out. Spots sold out in 48 hours.
You may contact Leigh to be put on the alternative waiting list, in case someone is not able to attend. Or to find out what other cons she might be teaching the class.
Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Payments for the workshop are made directly to Leia Powell. JordanCon is not responsible for collecting any fees associated with this workshop.
Payment of $100 per project will be made via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Include in the PayPal Memo: Your desired class session (Friday or Sunday), pattern, and three colors you would like incorporated into the finished window.
Very sorry, no refunds, so if you don’t think you can make the class, please don’t register.
Class time Options: Friday 4 – 6 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m./noon
Leia will keep the list of pre-registered students updated on the JordanCon Facebook page as the classes fill up and are sold out. Once all slots are filled, a student list will be provided to the JordanCon Workshop Director.
One alternate may sign up per class without payment in the event a student has to cancel. They will need to pay their registration fee at the class and will produce whatever piece the student chose that canceled.
If you have questions about the JordanCon Workshops in general, please reach out to Deana Whitney at email@example.com.
For you questions about the class cutting workshop, please reach out directly to Leia Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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5. Victoria P.
6. Deana W.
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We have an amazing series of Workshops scheduled for you this year – from leather tooling and pewter casting to mum making, pattern making, crating Stormlight glyphs and more!
All Workshops will have sign-up forms at Registration. Be sure you sign up early so you don’t miss your spot!
You may have noticed on the schedule that Workshops typically have a nominal fee for participants. That’s to help pay for the materials you use to create the Workshop products. 🙂 All supply fees will be collected by the teachers in class. Please have exact change, when possible.
Don’t forget to share pics of your amazing Workshop creations on social media using #JordanCon, #JCon10, #JConWorkshops!!!!
You asked for it …. we heard you! By popular demand, JordanCon 10 will introduce the new Karaoke All-Stars Contest!
This is a special set of time slots set aside during Friday Night Karaoke (from 9-10 p.m.) for competition-style, judged performances! (Registration required) Bring costumes, props and as much showmanship as you can muster! Alternate lyrics are allowed, but please keep language and the performance PG-13. Groups are allowed, but no repeat performers.
Winners will take home fabulous prizes! What will the judges be looking for?
• Technical Skill: This one is fairly self explanatory. How well did you sing it, whether true to the original style or adding your own flair?
• Audience Reaction: This will be a bit different for every song, but how well did the crowd react to your song? Did your power ballad leave them in tears, or did your jam have them out of their seats dancing?
• Showmanship/Performance: Were your costumes and props cool? Did you really “Move It Move It”? How far beyond a single person standing stationary in front of a mic stand did you go, and did you do it well?
A Few More Rules:
- Your time-slot is 5 minutes long. This includes set up, intro comments, the song, outro and leaving the stage. Points will be deducted for exceeding time.
- You must coordinate with organizer Richard Fife prior to the event or you will not be able to perform. He will reach out to you via the contact info you provide during registration to coordinate getting the karaoke track to the group to practice with before hand, or to request the track should he not have it.
- You must have an MP3 file or something similar to perform to – there will not be internet access during this event. So “Play this from YouTube” isn’t going to cut it. Sorry!
There are very limited slots. Signup will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we will have a wait list in the event of a no-show!