About the Artist

Hello, and welcome! My name is Shilo, if the title of the site didn’t give it away. 😉 I’m from Yukon, Canada, and have loved to draw and create since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I consider myself more of a jack of all trades, master of none (no one can be a master, there is always something more to learn!), as I enjoy trying all sorts of new art projects all the time. From drawing to working with clay to painting to my newest passion, sewing, I enjoy the variety. I am largely self taught, learning from watching others, and simply trying new things. I feel that the best thing about art, is there that there is no end to the types of creativity a person can try!

I’ve always been a fan of cartoons growing up, something that sticks with me to this day. Cartoons, comics, and video games are all heavy influences in my life, especially things like Sonic the Hedgehog, My Little Pony, Astroboy, and Disney in general, so don’t be surprised when you see lots of fan art in my gallery! I’ve been an avid poster to art sites like DeviantArt for years, and have gone by a few online names like Tilas, TilasTrinity, and KeonaKii.

I’ve started to follow in my fathers footsteps and get into sewing, though while he is an upholsterer, I lean more towards making stuffed animals. I have always loved collecting plushies, so getting into actually making them felt like a natural evolution. I have so many ideas for plushies I want to eventually make, I don’t think I’ll ever get to them all! I hope to eventually start making my own plush designs to sell online!

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Frequently Asked Questions

SEWING

1. What Material do you use?
I use Minky for all of my pony/creature plushies, Fleece for hats, Denim for pouches, and Deersuede for humanoid plushies, plus whatever else I might need to use for accessories and things!

2. Where do you buy your material?
Fabric.com is my main supplier for fabric and embroidery thread.
J Ennis Fabrics is where I purchase tools like my scissors, foam, zippers, etc.
Walmart is where I buy my fluff/stuffing.
I buy my thread and accessories for my Pfaff directly from the Pfaff Sewing Center of Vancouver, BC.
Oh, and Amazon.ca for all of my stabilizer and other little things.

3. What equipment do you use?
Pfaff Ambition 1.5 Sewing Machine
Pfaff Select 150 Sewing Machine
Pfaff Creative 1.5 Embroidery Machine
Xerox Workcentre 6605
Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine (Poor beastie sadly is no more…)

4. What type of thread, stabilizer, etc do you use?
Sewing: Guttermann sewing thread
Embroidery: Madiera embroidery thread, Brother 90WT Bobbin thread
Stabilizer: Sulky Cut-Away, Tear-Away, and Sticky

5. Will you sell/give your patterns to me?
I do NOT give away any of my patterns, however if it’s a pattern I had purchased I will happily share the link to the artist so you can buy the pattern yourself though!

6. Do you make your own patterns?
I am learning. Some of my plushies are 100% original, others I use bits and pieces of other patterns I have purchased in the past to create. The best way to learn is look at how others create their patterns. I have purchased quite a collection of patterns, and while many I may never actually use, they help me learn how pieces go together. Just like with art, referencing is a valuable tool!

7. Where can you buy patterns?
Valley Violet – My Little Pony Plushies. Amazing patterns, well made and simple to understand!
E The Pony – My Little Pony Embroidery files for eyes and cutie marks. My first stop shop for files!
Soapy Bacon – My Little Pony and other fandom embroidery files.
Funky Friends Factory – Various animal and critter patterns, these patterns are great for beginners.
Haan Crafts – Clothing, plushies, bags, and lots more! This site even includes all stuffing and thread!
Plush n Bulbs – My Little Pony Patterns, Embroidery files, custom plush, and even electronics for sale.

8. Do you have pets?
Yes, I have 2 dogs and 1 cat, so while I do my best to ensure my art room stays clean and I lint roll plushies before I ship, please be aware of such if you have pet allergies when ordering a plush from me. 🙂

9. Can you teach me how to sew?
Sorry, but no. I don’t feel I am anywhere near the caliber to teach others, as there is still so much I need to learn myself. However, I can try to answer questions if you have them, or at least try and offer advice on where to look. 🙂 I love to share knowledge! That said, at the bottom of this page is a collection of tidbits I’ve learned from my experience.

10. Can I save money by ordering a smaller plushie?
In regards to plushies size, contrary to popular belief, smaller plushies are not cheaper to make vs larger plush, quite the opposite in fact. Smaller plushies mean smaller pieces, which are much more difficult to sew, turn, and stuff, require much more hand sewing, so they take far more work, and hence actually cost more to do. So in saying that, I generally won’t do smaller plushies, unless they’re super simple like beanies.


Things I’ve learned while sewing

1. Fabric direction is more important than you think.
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2. Buy good needles and strong thread, it will save you hours of headache.
3. Prototyping is crucial when making new patterns, don’t be afraid to make multiple tests. You will never get it right the first time.
4. You will always find pins… with the soles of your feet. I suggest wearing slippers or shoes.
5. Clean your machines weekly. This includes taking out the bobbin casing to get to the thread shreds, oiling your machine, dusting it, and re-threading your spool and bobbin.
6. Change your needle constantly. Minimum monthly for a sewing machine, and weekly for embroidery. If you even suspect a needle has been damaged or bent, change it. Needles are cheap. Machines are not.

Updated January 14, 2018

DRAWING

1. What art programs do you use?
I have a gambit of art programs. Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Sketchbook Pro, Clip Studio Pro, Inkscape, Procreate, Affinity Photo… and I use them all to certain extents if the work calls for it, but when it comes down to inking and coloring, my primary program is Affinity Designer! It is a wonderful vector program that allows me total control over every single line, so I can get things exactly how I want them (I’m finicky), and being vector, it allows for infinite resizing, so I can make the final product any size you want, which is perfect for you to print your work any size you’d like! I prefer to vector my art because the line work is just so perfectly crisp and clear, I love the look of it.

2. Can you design/make Pins/Magnets/Key chains so that I can sell them at cons/Etsy/etc?
Sure can! I’m more than happy to make bulk buttons for resale, and all bulk orders are at a discount VS buying one or two. So it’s a good way if you’ve ever wanted to sell pins, magnets, or key chains, but can’t afford all the tools! I have no minimum order for amount of buttons or designs either.

3. Can I give you my artwork to make into buttons so that I can sell them at cons/Etsy/etc?
Usually, yes, but it depends on the artwork. I need it to be at least a minimum 300 DPI and at least 800px X 800px in order for it to print properly for the button press. Please send me the image you’d like done, and let’s discuss. 🙂 Again, I have no minimum order, so if you just want a single one made up as a specialty item like a gift, I can do that too!

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