Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Painting with crochet




 
While making this crochet throw -------->

which took about a week to complete, all I could think about was this doll 
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The Medallion Throw is a free pattern from the Lionbrand yarn website.   I changed most of the colors to be brighter and richer.  The throw is crocheted using Vanna's Choice, a really nice acrylic yarn that washes like a dream.  These were my color choice:

A = Fern
B = Toffee
C = Silver Blue
D = Saphire
E = Mustard
F = Fern
G = White
H = Rust
I = Mustard

I liked  the square shape, and no motifs to sew together.  It was easy to weave in the ends as I worked.





But, it wasn't a doll!  And, I got a bee in my bonnet on making eyes with crochet, after seeing several dolls with lovely crochet eyes.  So all the time I'm working on this afghan, I'm thinking about Luna Moonflower and her crochet eyes :-)

Luna is a Simply Ami doll with eyes crocheted in size 20 crochet cotton and/or size 8 perle cotton.  The idea is not original with me, you can see many great examples of this on Pinterest.  What I did do was create instructions on how I would go about making these eyes.  And here it is:


I also have a sweet little knit shrug for Simply Amis to share.  It was originally intended for Luna, but the color didn't really suit her, and she wanted the moonflowers on her dress instead.  However, Violette loves this color, so she is modeling the shrug for me :-)



9 comments:

  1. Love the throw and the colours you chose and the doll is so adorable!

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  2. Gorgeous throw in beautiful colors. Your doll is lovely. I love the shrug for the doll. Thanks for the pattern.

    Have a pleasant day, Margaret

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  3. Very pretty afghan, I love the doll!!

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  4. The throw is lovely. I've never used Vanna's yarn for anything but dolls. Good to know that is washes nicely. Red heart is terrible because it pills. For a popular yarn that has been around forever, they should work on their supersaver line.

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  5. What can I say, but I love Luna's eyes. This opens up another option for eyes. It is amazing what can be done with a little yarn, thread, fiber and a whole lot of imagination. Glad you were thinking dolls when you were making your blankie.

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    1. Thanks so much for your good words, dear friend :-) I am always amazed at the inventivness of fiber artists. And as for Vanna's Choice, I put the afghan in the wash (delicate cycle) to block it, and it came out beautifully. I still had to lay it out on the floor and pull the edges into place, but no pilling, and the colors are so vibrant. A great yarn, and I also love it for dolls!

      Warmly,

      Beth

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