Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A gift for a friend

Meet Jennie, a gift for my dear friend Bev.  As you can probably tell, her favorite color is blue :-)

The hat is another great Annie's Attic pattern.  I really wish these were still available.  They fit the Pocket Spirits perfectly.

The dress is an adaptation of the camisole pattern, an easy side to side bodice that is very forgiving.  This Pocket Spirit has a jointed shoulder, similar to the way the head is jointed, using a 9mm acrylic eye as the joint.  Gives her a little more pose-ability, but the armholes in the clothing need to be a little larger to accommodate the joint.

Hi Bev!

22 comments:

  1. She is beautiful. You have a lucky friend!

    Sandra

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  2. Her face is so sweat. She is lovely. I like when you have them posing, it gives them character.

    -Carolyn-

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  3. She is beautiful. In particular, I love the hats you have been making recently.

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  4. Thank you all for your kind comments :-)

    Beth

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  5. Beth,

    I love jointing the shoulder that way. It does allow the arm to move more freely. These little pockets are just amazing. The detail that you incorporate into each and every one of them makes them truly a work of art. This is not just a doll, it is something to be displayed in a china cabinet. Wonderful my dear.

    Joyce

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  6. I love when you post new dolls. i look to your blog every day to find them...THEY ARE GREATTTT
    kiss

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  7. Joyce, I love your words. The heart of the doll is still one that can be hugged, which is why I prefer crochet and cloth to porcelain or plastic.

    Michela, thank-you!

    Beth

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  8. Yes, beautiful details! What a gift for your friend :)

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  9. Quite Lovely!
    Thank you for sharing all your patterns and ideas. You a very talented and generous!
    Aimee

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  10. How very special. Your friend will love her. I'm having a difficult time finding pastel crochet thread, where did you find the navy, I haven't seen navy in some time.
    Hope you're enjoy the spring weather we are getting here in the midwest.
    'til next time.
    Connie

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  11. Thank you, Jill and Aimee!

    Connie, thank you for your kind comments :-) The navy thread is DMC Cebelia size 20, and the best place to get this (from what I have found) is from Herrschners. They carry every color that DMC makes for crochet cotton and size 8 perle. This may actually be a very dark royal blue, but it looks like navy to me too :-)

    Beth

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  12. Another amazing job on a wonderful doll. You said you jointed her shoulder, how do you go about doing that?
    Thanks again. I am truly addictive to your site. All the dolls puts a smile on my face and ideas in my head as I am working on making dolls for Christmas presents. I have finished 2 practice dolls so far, they will be mine to keep. Thanks again for all the wonderful patterns.

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  13. Hi April!

    To joint the should, work the first two rounds of the upper arm as written. For the third round, ch1, skip first sc, sc in the next five sc. Work the fourth round, then insert the 9mm acrylic eye into the shoulder, with the post sticking out of the space made by the chain 1. Finish working the upper arm as written.

    To attach the arm to the body, work the body as written to the last body round. Work the first stitch to close the bottom of the body, then flatten the body so you can locate exactly the sides of the body.

    Stick the post into the body at the side about three rows down from the head (the head will be attached to the body at this point). Slip the collar into the body and over the post and push into place. This is a bit fiddly, but it can be done :-)

    I'm delighted to hear that you enjoy the blog, and that you are making Spirits!

    Beth

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  14. Thank you for sharing how to joint the shoulders. I will try that on my next doll as I have already attached the legs on the one I am working on now.

    Have a wonderful day
    April

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  15. Hi Lone! This is our very own Bev from Gail's message boards :-)

    Beth

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  16. Hello Beth!

    I adore your dolls and hope that my friends will enjoy the small dolls that I will make for them.
    I would like to ask you if you ever tried to embroider the eyes. I would like to get some instructions on that. Could I ask you about some tips?

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  17. Hi anonymous!

    Actually, I find embroidering on crochet to be really hard, which is why I like the acrylic eyes. The mouth is about the only thing I embroider, and I try to keep it simple. I have seen some beautifully done embroidered eyes, but I have not personally done any.

    You could go very simple and use worsted weight yarn and make French knots, or you could use felt and glue the eyes to the face. You could also do some embroidery on the felt before attaching to the face.

    These a just a few possibilities. Also, you could use buttons for eyes.

    Good luck!

    Beth

    P.S. And thank you so much for your kind words! I'm sure the dolls you make will be cherished by your friends.

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