Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bernadette and Emelie

Two new girls to join my family of My Crochet Dolls by Isabelle Kessedjian.  Bernadette, on the left, loves mathematics and music.  To her, trigonometry is beautiful in its symmetry, and Baroque music as precise and complex as calculus.  Her plans are to be the commander of the first human-crewed Mars mission!

Emelie, on the right, is quite shy.  Social discourse leaves her breathless and anxious, but she has a magical way with animals.  She calms them as they calm her.  Her dream is to have a small farm and run an animal rescue there.

As unlikely as it seems, these two are best of friends.  Emelie listens with fierce affection to Bernadette's dream of escaping gravity, and Bernadette helps with affectionate care the many strays that Emelie nurses.

Emelie's nightgown, and Bernadette's knit school outfit, are both freely available.  Bernadette's book bag is from Isabelle's book My Crochet Doll.

I'm sure we will be hearing more from these friends :-)


22 comments:

  1. How very, very sweet. And, I love the stories about the girls. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lois :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  2. I found your blog recently and just love all the beautiful dolls you make. Can I ask what you do with them all - do you keep them all on display in your home or give to family etc? I'd love to make dolls and I've had the 'My Crochet Dolls' book for a while but haven't so far made any dolls from it as I'm not sure what I'd do with them.

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    1. Oh dear, I do have a lot of dolls around the house, but I gift many of them; every year several of them go to my parents church for their Christmas bazaar, and sometimes I sell them, but not often. I just love to make dolls, and tuck them in wherever I can :-)

      It is amazing how well they fit into one's lifestyle!

      Beth

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  3. Your latest girls and ensemble are just fantastic. I love the little introduction to each friend. As is in real life, friendships come in all different colors and flavors. I always know we are in store for something good when you are away creating. I must ask because you know...inquiring minds want to know! Where did you find the tiny hardware for the school satchel? Just so cute and adds so much to the project.

    Have an awesome day.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear JOYce :-) One of my most favoritest internet sites for sewing paraphanelia (sp???) is homesew.com, which is where I got the tiny buckles for the book bag. Check it out...I know you will love it.

      Have a lovely day, my friend.

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  4. Oh my goodness, aren't they just the sweetest girls :-) You've been busy!

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    1. Thank you for your good words :-)

      Beth

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  5. Girls, I keep my fingers crossed for you so that your dreams come true! They're lovely. They're so different, but still, one can really feel that those two are best friends. Very beautiful! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann! With good friends, all things are possible :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  6. Your dolls are beautiful! Also, thanks a lot for sharing patterns :D
    I was thinking of buying My Crochet Doll but I think the dolls are too big, can you please tell me how tall they are? or maybe using a thiner yarn might help to make them smaller...what do you think? I just may end up doing the Manga Spirit ones, but I like Issabelles designs sooo much i don't know what to do!
    I am now a begginer but i hope one day i can become as good as you! :)

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    1. Adriana, thank you for your kind words :-)

      The dolls I made from Isabelle's pattern are about 10 1/2 inches tall (about 26.5 cm). I used a light worsted weight yarn (3.5oz/220yds). This is about as big a doll as I like to make.

      Whatever pattern you choose, enjoy making your doll!

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  7. Many many thanks for sharing your creativity and lovely patterns. I hope to make a dog for Christmas. Thanks again

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    1. Thank you for your good words, Sally :-)

      Beth

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  8. Beautifull, thank you so much :) Greetings from Madrid, Spain

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  9. Dear Beth,

    What wonderful dolls! I especially love how you think of a story and personality that befits your dolls.

    I was wondering if you could tell me what stitches you use to make the doll. In the book ("My Crochet Doll") it says you must do the US Double Crochet. But it seems to me the head gets too big? Did you use Double Crochets or Single Crochets for the dolls (US terms)?

    Greetings from Holland!

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    1. Hi Nicky,

      Actually, you want to make the doll using U.S. single crochet stitches. The book is written for UK/Europe crochet terminololgy, where a 'double crochet' is a U.S. single crochet.

      You are right that the head would be way too big with double crochet, and the fabric would be too loose.

      This may be a helpful blog post; one I did after making my first Isabelle doll:

      http://byhookbyhand.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-crochet-doll-by-isabelle-kessedjian.html

      After you scroll past the pictures, there are some tips for making this doll. I hope this helps :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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    2. Thank you very much for the information. I am sure it will help!
      I am looking forward to seeing more of your dolls.

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