Katara is the most underrated member of the gaang (other than Suki) I don't think enough people appreciate how badass she is but choose to fawn over zuko toph sokka
Dude, I love Katara. I think she’s the most amazing character.
She mastered her element in a matter of weeks once she found a master. She took down an entire culture’s way of doing things. She fought for what she wanted. She wasn’t afraid to cry or yell or care or love. She embraced her anger. She embraced her empathy. She faced her emotions head on. She expressed her emotions vividly and without any fear of what her companions might think. She brought the Avatar back to life. She beat of the world’s greatest firebender on the day of Sozin’s Comet. She kept the Fire Nation’s last hope from dying. She literally saved the world.
Katara’s amazing. You don’t have to tell me twice.
Last week I
had to finish up this little skybison baby in a rush, as the friend of mine who
requested this had a birthday party on Saturday. I’ve been sort of putting this
up but the birthday was such a good opportunity to give it to her that I
decided to hurry it along. I’m glad I did, she was really happy, as handing in
the commission was totally on a whim for her and she kind of forgot about it,
so it was even more of a surprise than I anticipated :)
spent a lot of time hunting for the perfect fabric for this project and hence
have a kinda big stack of it lying about now. It had to be a really fluffy one
and I wanted to have it a really soft off-white that had to go with the brown I
wanted to go with so I was kind off limited in my options which didn’t work
very well with the very limited colour range off plush where I live :P Luckily
I could use up some of my fabrics from my stash for the belly and the face, as
I had a really nice soft nicky from my totoro sweater, a metallic jersey from
an old platypus project and random alcantara which I’ve used for the first
jacket I’ve sewn (wonder if that still fits me…)
I basically eyeballed. I knew I wanted to be really close to the reference, but
it varied a lot depending on the picture you looked at, so I took a few
artistic liberties, especially concerning the amounts of stripes on his back. I’ve
learned the hard way that it’s better for me to work off a good pattern I’ve
really thought through all the way then improvise it on the go. I have a pretty
good feelings for geometry and patterns, but when it comes to the executing
projects, I usually power through a lot so I have to have a solid base to work
from and have to have a plan, otherwise I tend to make rush decisions that don’t
work out as well as I’d like to. It worked out fairly well for this one except
for the muzzle, which did turn out slightly more ruffled than I intended, and
the eyes which aren’t perfectly symmetrical because I sewed them on in the
subway to the party :P. I first sketched out the pattern, which actually was
done month ago and then I tranferred it onto paper in the right measurements
(again eyeballing them in about the size I needed) carefully labelling every
part with which part it was and how often I needed it in each fabric.
the cutting. And admittedly, it was tedious to pay attention to the direction
of the hair in every single piece I cut, cutting it out in a way that I wouldn’t
cut away any of the hair I might possibly need later on and then lie it out on my kitchen
table so I wouldn’t confuse any of the pieces. This I think really saved a lot
of time and frustration for me (and made for really nice pictures too :))
When I had
everything cut up and ready, it came to deciding the order of sewing. Luckily I
had thought this out before too, so it was just a matter of pinning it together
(again paying attention to tucking in all the fur) and then hand sewing it all
together. There were so many individual little pieces that I figured
hand-sewing would actually be faster and tidier than doing it on the sewing
machine. The only exception to this were the panels on the belly, which were
made from alcantara and hand-stitching them would not have looked as tidy as I’d
have liked it to (my machine didn’t like the fabric though and decided to skip
stitches ever so often so I had to redo parts of it by hand anyways).
arrow on the back was definitely the most rewarding part of the sewing process.
I’ve never made anything like it and was so happy how it turned out! And I was
really really hesitant to move on to the face as I feared it would mess
everything up (Which ALWAYS happens, when I haven’t prepared everything
beforehand…). At that point I hadn’t fully decided how to approach it and it
was a bit tricky as there were different fabrics which all had a different
stretch so in the end I opted for keeping the eye part and sewing the rest of
the face in fake fur as the shape would be much more consistent and puffing the
muzzled up would actually be easier when I would just sew it on top. So then I
had a solid base to work from. At Friday way past midnight. And Saturday was a
morning in the subway I decided to take things easy; there were only the
(already premade) feet to be sewn on, the muzzle, the nose and the (already
premade) eyes. So I spent my lunchbreak doing that. But I only managed the feet
and the upper lip and as I really wanted the pieces to sit exactly where I
wanted to, I opted to stay in a bit after work and finish up as much as I could
there. So I sat there with all the colleagues who were already in weekend mode,
sitting around with their beer stitching away in a frantic hurry, because I was
already late for the party XD and turns out the colleague of mine who set next
to me was a massive avatar fan XD He kept stealing glances at the little
skybison and when someone asked what i was actually making, he chimed in “it’s
appa!” almost in awe! XD And when I was leaving I gave the toy to him to hold
for a bit and he was very happy about that too :)
So when I
left, I had the nose and the eyes left to sew on. Good amount of sewing for a
subway trip. XD The elderly man who sat across from me was a bit buffled I
attempted it though tbh. Maybe also due to the military pocket knife I used to
do the cutting XD Due to my stress the eyes, as I’ve already mentioned came out
a bit wonky, but I think it’s not too noticeable and he still looks really
adorable! I had opted to paint the eyes too and had also brought the colours
with me but unfortunately I completely ran out of time for that too XD
All in all I’m absolutely happy with how this
one turned out! And my friend is absolutely over the moon about it too, which
is the most important thing!
I- I just can’t get over Zuko and his arc. Everything he did - everything - was out of this insane drive to prove everyone wrong, to prove that he was worth something, and it amazes me that he never realized just how valuable he already was.
His sister tells him ‘You waste all your time playing with knives. You’re not even good!’ and he masters dual swords.
His sister is a prodigy and he’s told he’ll never catch up. He learns from dragons. He trains the Avatar. He takes her down (with the help of a very skilled waterbender)
He’s left behind by his mother, cast out by his father, hunted by his sister, and Zuko still learns unconditional love.
His father tells him he’s worthless and unloved, that he was ‘lucky to be born,’
and he becomes a man that the world is proud of.
Anything his family said to him, he managed to turn around and build on it. He thrived on it, exploded from it, turned all the negativity into a positive path and it’s just… it’s amazing.
There’s just no end to my love for this character. No fucking end.
Bonus: The weak, banished prince has fangirls for all the ages. Take that, Ozai.