Friday, January 29, 2010

WIP: American Indian Free Spirit and others


Just a quick look at my latest WIP"s (work-in-progress). I've been wanting to do an American Indian Free Spirit, and when Joyce was able to adapt the Fibre Craft pattern to make such a great outfit for her Scarlet, I wanted to do the same with Fibre Craft's lovely American Indian Princess outfits.

I had a lovely, lovely, Wool/Tencel yarn in jet black that is perfect for her hair. It is a Berroco yarn called Lustra, and it is just that.

Winters Dawn is complete and awaiting her costume. I'm going to choose one that is availabe free from this site:

http://barbscraftbooks.tripod.com/barbscrochet/id254.html


So if you choose, you can make a doll just like the one I am making. Of course, there are several other American Indian patterns available, and Amazon has several for sale that are used copies.


I created two other dolls while I was at it, and plan to get them wigged before making the American Indian costume. This way they can tell me their personalities while I am crocheting clothing.


I used Vanna's Choice yarn for all three. The Caucasian dolls are made with Beige, and the American Indian doll is made with Honey. This yarn makes up a lovely doll, and is not quite as rough as the Red Heart Super Saver yarn.




This Mini is destined to be a little gardener for my Sister's birthday. I hope to create a little garden that she will be the center of. My Grandmother was a great garderner, and my sister has inherited her talent and love for growing things :-)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mini Bed Doll

When I designed the Mini Free Spirit doll, I really hoped that she could easily wear the outfits that have been designed for the Fibre Craft 'Cindy' doll. I have a few of these patterns, some which are still in print, like the one above.




Here, Sarah is wearing a lovely 'bed doll' style dress crocheted from size 10 crochet cotton. The only alterations I needed to make to this pattern were: a size 5 steel hook (instead of 7) for the bodice and bonnet, and I added two additional rows to the bonnet.







Showing off her ruffled petticoat :-) The petticoat was crocheted with size 3 crochet cotton, instead of the recommended acrylic sportweight. I also took a little fullness out of it; a personal taste decision, plus I didn't want to spend more than a day crocheting it.






Next I plan to make a full size Free Spirit and try a couple of bed doll patterns, like Joyce did! I have an American Indian doll in mind for starters.


Enjoy the crochet!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Here is a GREAT idea!




The wonderfully talented Joyce has adapted an old Fibre Craft pattern for the original Free Spirit doll. Isn't her Scarlet absolutely wonderful in this outfit! And best of all, it is crocheted with worsted weight yarn :-)

Fibre Craft published skads of patterns for their 13", 14", and 15" plastic dolls in the 1990's, as well as for their air freshener dolls and Cindy (the mini Free Spirit prototype).

Joyce recommends using a size F hook (instead of G) and a soft worsted weight yarn (Caron Simply Soft). Other soft yarn choices would include Red Heart Soft and Bernat Satin. The bodice fit as is; the skirt needed to be shortened some (Free Spirit is 12 inches tall, these dolls were generally taller). The hat needed a couple more rounds to fit Free Spirit's larger head. Check the fit as you go; getting the bodice to fit is the most important part. Thank-you so much Joyce, for such a great idea; your doll is beautiful!

Need some patterns? Here is a great site listing free bed doll patterns, some are Fibre Craft and some are other very talented women making available their patterns:

http://barbscraftbooks.tripod.com/barbscrochet/id254.html


The link was a little cranky, a couple times it came back and said it couldn't find the page. Persevere! It is there. Most of the patterns have pictures, but a few did not. There were a couple dead links, but most of the links are good.

Enjoy a whole new vista of outfits for your Free Spirit doll. And, Joyce says the air freshener doll patterns fit Mini Free Spirit, with similar modifications :-)

So many patterns, so little time!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Is it Spring Yet?


I'd like to join Virginia in this meadow glade. Sit on the log and talk to the owl on the stump. Feed bread crumbs to the little mouse, and find out how the turtle has spent his day :-) Just don't pick the toadstools!

This little scene is all crochet, glued to a wooden plaque 6" x8". It is a little small, as I found out when I tried to get Virginia to sit on the log. She can, but the scene becomes a little cramped. The nice thing is you can make this any size you'd like. The patterns for this crochet scene are listed here, and on the left hand side of the blog page.

Stump, Log, and Meadow: http://sites.google.com/site/designbybethann/home/links/StumpLogMeadow.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

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

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

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

The directions for the stump, log, and meadow are more like guidelines than specific directions. This way you can make these elements any size you like, and from any yarn or combination of yarns. I used Lionbrand Fun Fur together with Red Heart worsted and a G hook for the meadow with grass. The mushrooms and turtle are made from worsted yarn and a size E hook; the little mouse from fingering weight mohair blend and a C hook.

The tiny owlet is from Brigitte Read's wonderful Roman Sock blog, which is listed in 'Links I Love.' This is a wonderful, simple, adorable pattern that I've made many times and highly recommend. All of the other elements of this scene are out of my own head :-)



These little guys are just over two inches long (not including tails). Enjoy the crochet!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome 2010


Happy New Year! I hope that 2010 is filled with joy for all of you, and plenty of time to make dolls and enjoy the crochet :-)

Virginia, one of the Mini Free Spirits, has a couple new outfits to share with you. She now has a T-shirt, and Overalls and a Jumper that fit over it. The patterns are here:

T-shirt: http://sites.google.com/site/designbybethann/home/links/FSMiniTShirt.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

Overalls and Jumper: http://sites.google.com/site/designbybethann/home/links/FSMiniOveralls%26Jumper.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

And also on the left hand side of the blog page under Mini Free Spirit Patterns.

I plan on working on a diorama next; a small woodland scene composed of crochet, using either free patterns or patterns of my own design. It has been percolating in my head since before Christmas, and I'm looking forward to see if it evolves the way I have it pictured in my mind.