Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An Awesome Dollmaking CD

Now available for purchase from Etsy  is this truly awesome dollmaking CD by Victoria DiPietro!   Through this CD Victoria will teach you how to create your own Portrait Style doll with a beautifully sculpted face of your design, and wonderfully articulated body of craft velour or woven cotton.  In addition, there are several techniques for wigging your doll, one of which yours truly has provided :-)

 Anita Marie with a Tibetan lambskin wig; photo courtesy Victoria DiPietro

In Victoria's words:  "I can't believe it, my friend!  The CD is finished :-)    196 pages, 426 photos and drawings between us.  Patterns and mapping guide templates aren't part of the total count."  This is an incredibly complete instruction set for creating a personal work of art.

 Anita Marie displaying her beautifully articulated body; photo courtesy Victoria DiPietro

This CD focuses on creating the doll itself; the sculpted face and beautifully articulated body.  A second CD, already in the works, will provide an extensive wardrobe of cloth and crochet to clothe your doll.

There are so many techniques that are described in great detail in this CD; information to inform and expand any dollmaker's repertoire of skills.

Katheryn Josephine with crochet wig

A doll created for adult play, as an heirloom for a loved one, or as a journey of exploration into the wonderful world of dollmaking; this CD is your passport.

Victoria's Etsy Shop:  Victoria DiPietro Designs
Dollmakers Journey:  Victoria's CD available here
Victoria's Portrait Doll Flickr Set:  Portrait Style Dolls in Cloth and Paperclay

Monday, May 14, 2012

Manga Sweater and Pants

To round out your wardrobe of Manga Spirit outfits, here is a collection of pants and tops in both knit and crochet.  Knit pullovers in worsted weight yarn; a crochet Aran sweater with mock cables in sportweight, two pair of pants that can also be made up as shorts, and a crochet top with sleeves, or not, of your choice.

Crochet Aran Sweater

Crochet Tops

Crochet and Knit Pants

Knit Pullover Sweater

I have surely enjoyed making these big-eyes sweethearts and their various outfits.  I hope you enjoy them as well :-)

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Fun Tutorial from Joyce

Joyce makes the most delightful crochet dolls!  This is Sammy, a heavily modified Lily doll, from the Lily Sugar and Cream website.  The pattern is free on the Lily website, but you do need to become a member (also free).  Joyce has made many dolls from this pattern, each one very uniquely a creation of Joyce's.  See her set of Lily dolls here.

Joyce is happy to share her quick and easy tutorial for making Sammy's bobble hair style:

Bobble Hair Tutorial

The bobbles are made individually, then sewn to the dolls head.  Add little bows of yarn or ribbon to sweeten the look :-)

Here are some of Joyce's thoughts on modifying a pattern, in this case the Lily doll pattern.  Joyce also jointed the limbs; she has a tutorial for this technique as well.  Look on the left side of the blog page for 'Tutorials by Joyce.'

"Here is a little lesson on how you can take a pattern and make it your own.

This doll was made using “components” of the Lily Sugar n Cream doll pattern.

As you can see, I changed her head substantially and some other body parts. She came out to be exactly 13” tall using Vanna’s Choice acrylic Size 4 medium worsted yarn. Hooks E and G.

Here’s what I changed:

It called for joining the rounds and I opted to not join and used continuous rounds and a marker. I don’t like the seam that joining rounds produces when creating dolls.
      * Her facial features; made a wig; added ears.
      * Lengthened her arms to 24 rows; used a bobble for her thumbs.
      * After I made the legs, I used Beth Webber’s method of crocheting the legs and continuing with the body rather than closing the body cavity and sewing the legs on.
      * For the head attachment, I used a Darice 30mm doll joint (AC Moore), which is an awesome joint for attaching larger doll heads. I highly recommend this joint as it has a larger, thinner washer and the doll head and body sit on top of a nice flat dishlike surface (about the size of a quarter) rather than a small button. Those of you who use joints for attaching body parts will love this. Or, you can sew everything together as the patterns calls for.
I really tried to follow the pattern trail and for the most part I did; like the body, feet, legs. The main changes were to the head and in the way the body parts were sewn or attached to complete the doll.

This is a fun easy doll, with a wonderful result

Thank you so much, Joyce, for sharing your tutorial and your inspiration with all of us who love making dolls.