Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fun with Felt!

Thanks to Shelly at Gingermelon dolls, I've rediscovered what fun it is to sew and embroider on wool felt.  This little doll is from Shelly's Pocket Pixie pattern; I made her a very simple felt Kimono, and embroidered it with simple featherstitching, spiderweb roses, lazy daisy leaves and French knots.  The doll is entirely hand sewn, which I find to be very relaxing and rewarding.

The doll's name is Chikara Nagusameru, which is Japanese for Strength and Comfort, according to the online translator I used.  Please continue to keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers.

Chikara and Chie (for Wisdom)

Here is Chikara with her faithful friend, Chie, also a pattern from Gingermelon dolls. 

24 comments:

  1. My goodness, your work is always amazing. You do wonderful work.

    Sandra

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  2. Hi Beth! Your doll is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!.. and her little friend is sweet too! I LOVE dolls, so I will have to head over to see what Gingermelon dolls are all about! ~tina

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  3. Thank you all for your good words :-) This doll is simple and fun to make - highly recommended doll play!

    Beth

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  4. You are, perhaps, the most talented and prolific doll maker I have ever seen. Such fabulous patterns, and gorgeous dolls. Congratulations on the talent, and thanks so much for sharing it!

    I hope you don't mind my putting a link to your site and a photo of your dolls on my group's thread on Ravelry. If so, I'll take it down.

    Thanks again!

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  5. Oh so beautiful! I love the owl as well. Your blog is so inspiring... Cordially, Colleen

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  6. These are beautiful, and the kimono is so lovely!

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  7. She came out beautiful. Awesome work as always

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  8. Thank all of you so much for your good words :-)

    Cat, certainly I don't mind if you link to this site on Ravelry; flattered, in fact :-)

    This pattern by Gingermelon dolls is just a delight to make. I encourage all of you to visit her blog and Etsy shop...so many sweet things to make from felt.

    Beth

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  9. Your little doll is beautiful: )

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  10. Amazing doll. Do you sell them? She would be a great present for my niece....or me =)

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  11. Hi Kitty,

    No, I do not sell these dolls, but they are very easy to make, and Shelly's pattern is excellent. Give it a try!

    Beth

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  12. Thank you so much, Anonymous, Maria, and Ellen!

    Beth

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  13. She's very cute... but the way she's wearing the kimono, right side over left, implies she's dead! ;) (It's usually worn left over right.)

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  14. Thank you for your good words. I think I read that right over left meant mourning, which is appropriate for Chikara.

    Beth

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