Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fairy Wings!

A new pattern to celebrate one year (and counting) for this blog! It has been a lot of fun to share these patterns with you, and chat with so many of you about dollmaking and crochet.

The Pocket Spirits needed some wings, and I don't really like to stiffen crochet cotton, so I thought I would crochet them from wire. I used this technique a couple years ago to make some wings, but never wrote down the pattern...I just sort of winged it :-)

These wings are made from 30 gauge Artistic Wire, available at http://www.artisticwire.com/
Crocheting with wire takes a little getting used to, since it is rather stiff, and your crochet piece does not have much stretch. But it will also keep it shape and makes such a neat, lacy fabric. Perfect for fairy wings.

I incorporated beads into the crochet. Beads are easy to string on wire, but also may require a little practice to get used to crocheting. This is a simple pattern of single crochet and chain stitches. The pattern for the wings is here:

http://sites.google.com/site/designbybethann/home/links/PocketSpiritFairyWings.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

You can also find it along the left hand sidebar under Pocket Spirits

The wings are simply pinned on the girls here. When they finally get their outfits, I will permanently attach the wings to the Spirit.

Still, they look pretty cute in their birthday suits :-)

21 comments:

  1. They look adorable in their wings and no clothes. Thanks for the tutorial. I've never crocheted with wire but I've seen some fantastic jewelry made from it.

    Your little spirits are too cute.

    Joyce

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  2. Thanks, Joyce :-) I have a book entitled "Crochet with Wire" which is a great book for a beginner with wire, and has some lovely jewelry pieces that are also quite simple. I made a bracelet, and was very pleased with the result. I plan to do more!

    Beth

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  3. Adorable and another unique idea. I love those little cuties.

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  4. Beth, they are adorable. The pink one looks just like Cupid! She just needs a bow and arrow.
    Lisa

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  5. Amazing! I love your wire wings! They give me a feeling of lightness and brightness!!!

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  6. Thank-you all for your good words :-)

    Beth

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  7. How very pretty! Congratulations for the one year anniversary. I've enjoyed reading your blog for a long time now.

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  8. Thank-you so much, Lois. I know you've been here almost since the beginning :-)

    Beth

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  9. I love the look of the wire wings!

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  10. They're cute! :)
    Happy Birthday to "byhookibyhand"!! :D

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  11. That's adorable! BTW, I want to thank you for sharing your patterns, you are very generous. I'm new at crochet and making dolls, and I found out about your blog a couple of days ago.

    Cheers from Brazil! :-}

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  12. Oh yes, I forgot... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  13. happy birthday! Just discovered your blog via the lj comm. weloveamigurumi, and boy you made my day. Which was a tall order considering how my day had gone, but one look at your adorable dolls in all their lovely finery, and I'm happy as a pea! And then the patterns! Just recently started crocheting 'coz I'm living with my granny at the moment, and stumbled, quite by accident, into the fantastic universe of amigurumi. Salutations from India!

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  14. Thank-you, everyone! For all the wonderful words; you all make MY day :-)

    Beth

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  15. I just found your blog and love it. Maybe one of these days I can try to crochet a fairy. I think yours are just adorable and the wings are just stunning. I can't wait to take a closer look at your blog.

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  16. Hi Sandy!

    Thank-you for your good words. These little dolls are easy to crochet...just one stitch, the single crochet. Crochet tight so the stuffing doesn't show; and they use such a little bit of yarn.

    Hope you dive in and try one for yourself :-)

    Beth

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  17. Oh me gosh! I was just doing a little google search for crochet fairies and here I am!
    I absolutely in love with everything here.
    I've recently started crocheting and am loving the whole amigurumi thing. I've also started blogging and am also amazed by other people's great blogs.
    I think I shall stay a while longer and try to take in some more.
    X

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  18. OMG I love these, where can I find the pattern for these lovely fairies? my email is thehealingplacethatcares@gmail.com

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  19. The patterns for the Pocket Spirits are here on the blog. Look on the left sidebar for Pocket Spirit patterns.

    And enjoy :-)

    Beth

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