Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Latest Steam Punk Free Spirit

My latest Steam Punk Free Spirit is Samarkand Artemis Lewis, younger sister of Istanbul Athena. She is dressed in a split skirt for bicycle riding, and standing next to her beloved bicycle. Her dream is to circumnavigate the globe by bike, and in the process hopefully find her Mother; lost in Africa these last 10 years.

Closeup of Samarkand's jewelry and facial embroidery. More pictures on my flickr site.


  1. Oh my gosh! I just came across your dolls! They are just amazing.. I love them! I wonder if someone who has not crocheted in actually many, many years could make these wonderful dolls?

  2. Hi Ranae Lynn,

    The dolls themselves are made of worsted weight yarn and simple single crochet stitches. They are worked very tightly (and E hook with worsted weight) to keep the stuffing from showing through the stitches. This is important for the doll to look well.

    But, the stitches are simple and the materials not expensive. I'm sure you could make a doll and be happy with her :-) Maybe a little practice at stitching tight, but it really is simple. Give it a try!


  3. Beth,
    I love your dolls they are soooooo cute. Could you please e-mail as I have a couple of questions for you.
    Thank you so much
    Jeanie Brutlag MN

  4. Beth i have to say a HUGE thank you for the beautiful doll patterns you have supplied us with i have had endless hours of giggling fun coming up with their outfits, names and hair. i have made one each for my two younger sisters for christmas and im going o be revealing them this weekend as they come home from australia for a late celebration, im absolutly wiggling with anticipation of what they will think. One favour i must ask though...the beautiful black and white bloomers you made for the steampunk dolly...i cannot figure out how to make them stripey like that. i can do horizontal but luck...could you please help?? i would be eternally greatfull if you could.
    Amy XX

  5. Hi Amy,

    First, I would love to see your dolls! Hopefully you can post a picture of them on the Free Spirit Ami Doll Photostream...a link is on the left hand side of the blog page just above Followers.

    Second, the way I did those striped bloomers was to surface crochet a sl st on the finished bloomer. I made the bloomers with post stitchs running the length of each leg, but I don't think it has to be this complicated. Finish the bloomers as you normally would, then choose your stripe color and either crochet a slip stitch up the length of the leg, or you could embroider a chain will look very similar. This would be a LOT easier than the way I did it, and look pretty much the same.

    Good luck! And I'm so glad you've enjoyed making these dolls, I know I have :-)