Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year, New Doll, New Hope

A new doll, and a new technique, for the New Year :-)  Rory Elizabeth, a commission doll for a dear friend, is a crochet Bleuette that is also sporting move-able wrist and ankle joints, in addition to her move-able neck, knee, and elbow joints :-)

At the moment, she is borrowing a wig made by another dear friend, Victoria DiPietro.  Rory Elizabeth will get her own wig soon; but if you are interested in making a wig like this one, the instructions are freely available here as well.

The patterns:

Move-able wrist/ankle joints

Crochet Bleuette

Tibetan Lambskin wig

A New Year, a New Hope.  Maybe we can all try to be the change we would like to see in the world.  A quote often attributed to Gandhi; a paraphrase of his exact words, but something nonetheless to strive for.  More kindness, more compassion, less me-ism.

I hope you all have a New Year filled with good health and creativity!

48 comments:

  1. С Новым Годом!!! Спасибо большое!

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    1. Благодарю вас за ваши добрые слова!

      Beth

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  2. Hello Beth. This is my first comment as I'm horribly shy but I'm working on that this year. :) Your kind spirit and work has been an inspiration for me for years now. Thank you for sharing another lovely pattern among the many you have already shared. Can't wait to make some dolls :) Best wishes to you for a lovely New Year as well!

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    1. Dear pandaraga, thank you so much for your sweet words. Please feel free to comment to your hearts content here; we are all friends and kindred spirits :-)

      Beth

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  3. To be healthy and have craft projects by your side, who could ask for more. Best wishes for 2013. Eli x

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    1. Eli, your good words means so much to me. Thank you!

      Beth

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  4. Dearest Beth,
    she is amazingly beautiful!!! I wish you a great wonderful 2013!! With health and joy:)
    Hugs,
    rux

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    1. Dear Rux,

      Happy New Year, and thank you, always, for your good words :-)

      Beth

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  5. Hi Beth,

    I want to thank you for all your patterns. I've made a few of your dolls, and they bring me great joy. I gifted a few of them for Christmas this year, they were big hits!

    Thanks again. Going to try the moveable wrists, ankle on my current creation.

    Terri

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    1. Terri, I'm always delighted when someone tells me they've made my dolls, and gifted them! I hope 2013 brings you much joy :-)

      Beth

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    2. Oh my goodness Beth. My brothers dog chewed on one of the dolls I made for my niece. Breaks my heart. I really liked that one...

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  6. Happy new year Beth :-)
    thank you for your patterns, I made a few dolls last year. The last one was a Bleuette for my mother, she loved here :-)

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  7. Once again a great idea and a lovely doll can't wait to see what this year will bring!

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  8. Merci beaucoup pour cette nouvelle création.. Je viens de mettre la photo de ma première réalisation sur mon blog suite à votre gentil partage. Elle a un succès fou.. Je vous remercie encore de votre gentillesse et je vous présente mes meilleurs vœux pour l'année 2013..Bonne journée à vous Beth..Pipiou

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  9. Thank you so much for your good words, Arny, Typs, and Monica!

    Je vous remercie beaucoup pour vos bons mots, pipiou!

    Beth

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  10. Your work is so adorable!!

    thank you so much for sharing!

    greetings from Germany

    Agnes

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    1. Agnes, thank you for your good words. How cool to hear from you in Germany :-)

      Beth

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  11. She is amazing Beth...what a wonderful start to the New Year! Thanks so much for all the patterns, kindness, and inspiration you continually share with all of us.

    natalie jo

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    1. Thank you, Natalie Jo; your site is one of my favorite places to visit. Looking forward to sharing with you in 2013 :-)

      Beth

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  12. wow, you are so talented... I love your dolls

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    1. Thank you so much for your good words :-)

      Beth

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  13. Hi Beth,
    I am so interested in your dolls .. I have attempted to download the Bleuette pattern and it is not allowing me to open .. can you give me a hint as to what I am doing wrong .. it will allow me to download, but says there is nothing there when I try to open .. thanks so much .. Teri

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    1. Hi Teri,

      I looked at the properties of the file, and you should be able to download it. Try again, and if you still cannot, email me at dollmaker46203@gmail.com, and I will email you the pattern. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      Beth

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  14. happy new year, merci pour cette petite merveille, contente de faire la connaissance de ce blog grâce à pipiou.
    cordialement tatie fabie

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  15. You have a lot of lovely little dolls here! I often wish my daughter was still small and played with them again just so I can have an excuse to make some LOL! I love the idea of the movable joints and am seriously considering making a doll any ways just for me to play with (I'm still a little girl at heart I guess).

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    1. You are NEVER too old to play with dolls! And certainly never to old to enjoy making them :-) Go for it! Dollmaking and crochet are wonderful ways to express your creativity. Nothing like creating a little doll from simple string and hook.

      Beth

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  16. Dear Beth, thank you for your idea and this perfect crochet doll. I like crochet and your post is a pleasure - to read and to see. Sending greetings from Germany - Erika

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    1. Erika, thank you so much for your kind words :-)

      Beth

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  17. Hallo Beth!
    Ich bewundere deine Kunst und diese wunderschönen Puppen. Ich finde es toll dass du anderen Häkelfreunden die Möglichkeit gibst auch so etwas schönes zu schaffen.Habe nun diese Puppe fast fertig .Nur bei dem Oberschenkel und Oberarm verstehe ich etwas nicht :was bedeutet BOL ?
    Bin dir dankbar wenn du mir helfen könntest.
    Es ist so schön zu sehen wie die Puppe wächst und ein Gesicht bekommt,das schönste Hobby das ich mir denken kann.
    Viele ,liebe Grüße über den großen Teich sendet dir Regina aus Deutschland

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    1. Liebe Regina, BOL bedeutet "zurück Schleife nur." Wenn dies in der Anleitung angezeigt wird, bedeutet dies, dass Sie sind in der hinteren Schleife nur von den Stich zu häkeln, die Sie zu arbeiten. Ich hoffe, dass dies übersetzt als etwas, das Sie verstehen können, wie ich nicht Deutsch sprechen!

      Beth

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  18. Danke Beth,führ die schnelle Antwort,ich habe die Anleitung noch in Ihren Anleitungen gefunden und habe alles gut verstanden.Den Körper habe ich fast fertig.Ich liege mit gebrochenem Bein und habe viel Zeit zu häkeln.
    Morgen werde ich zusammenbauen und die Haare aufnähen.Liebe Grüße Regina
    (wie kann ich dir ein Foto senden von meiner 1.Puppe?)

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  19. Dear Beth!
    Thanks for the quick Help.Ich've all is my first doll fertig.Noch verstanden.Nun naked and hairless but I am already proud. How can I show you?
    Now the Kleidung.Ich had so much fun at work, I'm the whole night gehäkelt.Ich bed, broken leg, this sweet crochet dolls helps mir.Ich still has 5 weeks in bed helps me sein.Mein Ma.nn at all, if I need anything.
    Much love to you sends Regina

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  20. Liebe Beth
    Danke für die schnelle Hilfe.Puppe ist nun fertig.Nun noch die Haare und Bekleidung.Es macht so viel Spaß dies Puppe zu häkeln.Vielen vielen Dank Beth
    dass du mir diese Möglichkeit gibst.Und mit diesen Gelenken es ist genial.
    Wie kann ich dir die Puppe zeigen? Sie ist nicht so perfekt wie deine Puppen,aber ich bin so stolz das ich es geschafft habe
    Ich sende dir viele liebe Grüße und vielen Dank

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    1. Hallo Regina, ich freue mich, dass Sie Ihre eigenen häkeln Bleuette gemacht haben! Aber sehr leid zu hören, dass Sie ein gebrochenes Bein haben. Ich weiß, wie schwer das sein kann, wie es mir im Jahr 2002 passiert ist. Gott sei Dank können Sie häkeln, mit einem gebrochenen Bein.

      Wenn Sie möchten, können Sie mir ein Bild über Ihre Puppe per e-Mail. Meine e-Mail-Adresse ist dollmaker46203@gmail.com

      Beth

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  21. I have been trying to download beauette doll and the new technique with no success. I also tryed downloading your spirit doll with no success. Do you have an email address?

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  22. Merci beaucoup pour toutes les explications de cette jolie Bleuette !

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  23. Hello Beth,
    I do not understand the explanation of rounds 12 to 14 of the "upper leg" of the tutorial "Crochet Bleuette"
    The round 13 is it missing? Thank you kindly help me.
    Best regards,
    Michèle

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    1. Hi Michele,

      I'm sorry, but you've found a typo...round 14 should be round 13, and round 15 should be round 14. I apologize for the confusion.

      Beth

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    2. Hello Beth,
      Thank you for your reply, I should have seen. But with four stitches in addition to round 12 and my random translation, I was a little lost. I put more time to translate that to run the doll :)
      Have a nice day,

      Michele

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  24. Hello Beth-
    I am a huge fan of your work! I have all the supplies to make my lovely doll, but am having a difficult time tracking down the eyes. Where do you get the pretty Bleuette eyes for this crocheted work?
    Thanks-eccentric57

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    1. Here are a couple of online places you can get eyes. I've never been able to find any locally!

      http://www.suncatchereyes.net/

      http://lisa.staton.home.insightbb.com/index.htm

      You can also do a google search and probably find other folks that sell acrylic eyes. Etsy has some sellers as well.

      Hope this helps!

      Beth

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  25. I love this beautiful little doll! Her design is excellent and her clothing is so pretty!!! Thank you for making this available!

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    1. Thank you very much, Karen; she is one of my favorites :-)

      Beth

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  26. Hi Beth,

    thank you for your wonderful patterns! I found your blog about a year ago and have read it regularly since then. Your work is amazing! Also, I graduated in energy engineering last month and find it awesome that there is another (female) engineer who loves to make dolls.

    I finished my doll yesterday and I'd love to show her to you. Do you have an e-mail address or should I just put her on Dropbox and post you the link?

    Greetings from South Tyrol (the German-speaking part of Italy)
    Silvia

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    1. Hello Silvia! I think an engineering background is a great one for making and designing dolls :-) I'm delighted to meet a fellow engineer, especially one from Italy. How cool is that?!

      Thank you for your warm words. I would love to see your doll...my email address is dollmaker46203 [at] gmail.com (replace the [at] with @).

      Warmly,

      Beth

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