Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Order out of Chaos

When it looks like a craft store has exploded in your work room, its time to bring some Order out of Chaos! I still need to get Aragorn hung on the wall, instead of leaning on it, and the pile of boxes in the lower left are my next project. Stay tuned.

Look!  I can even see most of the floor :-)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dolls from dowels and beads

This post is especially fun to write, as I get to share with you a dollmaking collaboration between Joyce and myself.

Several months ago we both became enchanted with making dolls from clothespins.  Simple wooden dolls have been made for centuries, either whittled from wood, like Hitty, or made from what was easily available, perhaps a wooden spoon or a clothespeg.   Working with our talent for crochet, and our admittedly limited ability with power tools,  it seemed that a marriage of crochet, beads, and dowels was in order.

And so, the soft-bodied Peggies were born!

Joyce has created a pattern that uses a pillow shaped crochet body with jointed arms and legs from 1/4 inch dowel rods, and the head and neck from a wooden bead and another dowel.  The parts are cut, drilled, sanded, and painted. Tools necessary are a pin vise for drilling tiny holes (this is a hand held drill and NOT a power tool) and a small miter box used for dollmaking.  You can find them here, or at your local hobby shop:

Small miter box for dollmaking

Pin vise for drilling small holes

 Assembly is as easy as threading a needle with carpet or craft thread and jointing the pieces to the body.  You can crochet your outfit directly on the doll, or make them remove-able.  Here is Joyce's pattern for the doll body:

Pillow Body Peg Doll

Another variation on this theme is to use a Hitty inspired crochet body, which is what I have done.  Here is my pattern for the Hitty bodied peg doll:

Hitty Body Peg Doll

If you wish to make remove-able clothing, you can do a Google search for crochet clothespin dolls and find some free, and inexpensive, patterns that will fit these dolls.  Etsy has several sellers that carry these old patterns.  Here is a link to one free pattern, using size 10 crochet cotton.  In the interest of complete disclosure, I have not tried this, but Joyce has!

Free clothespin angel pattern

I have a couple of patterns for the Hitty bodied doll, worked in size 8 perle cotton and a size 8 steel hook.  Worked with a slightly larger hook they will fit the Pillow bodied doll as well:

Undies and  wigs for soft bodied dolls  this pattern includes the three wigs you see here as well as the undies.  You can make an entire wardrobe with these patterns.

Nightgown for Peggy Jane

And finally, look at the adorable ways that Joyce painted her Pillow Peggies!

Let your imagination run wild with these delightful and easy dolls!  Enjoy!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Good things in tiny packages

I love tiny dolls.  They work up quick, they require small amounts of yarn to make,  they make great travel companions, and they are adorable :-)

This little sprite is Annie, from Laura Teggs Little Weebee pattern, which is freely available on Ravelry.  I used the bunny version of this pattern, but made Annie in a solid skin color.  She is 4.5 inches tall when crocheted with sportweight yarn and a size C (2.5mm) hook.  I used Knit Picks Brava Sport in Brindle for the skin color, and Wool of the Andes Sport in Fedora for her hair.

I couldn't resist making some simple outfits in knit and crochet for her, which I would like to share with you:

Mini WeeBee Knit and Crochet

Laura also has many patterns for clothing for this little doll, both free and paid.  I highly recommend her wardrobe essentials patterns.  I purchased the Wardrobe Essentials Part Two, there is also a Part One and a Christmas Carolers pattern pack. 

Check out all of Laura's patterns here.

This is Little Weebee Maddie, just in time for Saint Valentine.