Sunday, October 30, 2022
I am still having a lot of fun playing with this new doll design, Emma. She is 11 inches tall, with very simple jointed arms and legs. You can find the pattern for the doll on this blog, a couple posts back. She is developing a nice wardrobe; today's addition is a nightgown and some Victorian underwear...my favorite to make!
As always, enjoy the crochet!
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Monday, October 3, 2022
Emma's friends, Jennie and Zoe, have new outfits to wear. Two different styles of tops, that can be adapted to dresses, and cargo shorts and blue jeans. The patterns are freely available here to download.
As always, enjoy the crochet!
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Saturday, September 3, 2022
I got a bee in my bonnet to make a doll with simple joints. Joints at the elbows, wrist, knees, and ankles. A doll that did not require lots and lots of stitches to make up. A simple doll. So here is Emma, crocheted with worsted weight yarn and a D hook. Her clothing is sportweight yarn. She is 11 inches tall and easy to dress. Her wig cap is simple, and for more wig ideas, please see Sandy Nordwall Eggers pattern on Ravelry: Cute Hair Styles for Dolls
Enjoy Emma, and enjoy the crochet!
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Sauron defeated…and yet…
What of this Middle Earth we claim as home
Where fires burn where no dragons roam.
Where coasts are drowned as surely as Westernesse
And the Wise have sailed; sailed to the West.
Orcs breed, but not in Misty Mountains cold;
In City Canyons built on gold;
In Empty places where fear and hate
Are allowed to stew and percolate.
Dark Lords reign in Corporate Towers
And promise pain to those that cower
Among the wreckage of Middle Earth
That greed and corruption now devours.
For Men above all desire Power.
Beth Webber 8/25/2022
Sunday, August 7, 2022
One more outfit for crochet Hitty, done in both DK weight cotton (1.75oz/140yds) and size 10 crochet cotton.
Enjoy the crochet!
Having updated Joyce's crochet Hitty pattern, I thought an update on her wardrobe would be a good idea too. Size 10 crochet cotton was a favorite medium of mine for making small doll clothing, but as my hands get a bit older, and my eyes a bit dimmer, manipulating and seeing the stitches has become less than fun. And honestly, crochet has to be fun!
Above is an example of crochet Hitty's camisole and petticoat. On the left, they are worked in DK weight cotton yarn; on the right, size 10 crochet cotton. There is more detail and better drape with size 10 cotton, but I am happy with the way the DK cotton outfit turned out. One thing that occured to me as I was making the DK weight outfit: crochet the petticoat to the last round of the camisole, and reduce the bulkiness at the waistline!
Here are links to both of the patterns:
Crochet Hitty also has a tee shirt and overalls in DK weight yarn:
And here is a link:
Coming soon...a full skirted dress and apron pinafore in DK weight cotton. And if you are wondering what DK weight cotton is, look for cotton yarn that is 50 grams (1.75 ounces) and 125-130m (135-140 yds). Sportweight falls in this catagory as well.
Enjoy the crochet!
Friday, July 29, 2022
Five years ago, my friend Joyce created a pattern to make a Hitty from crochet. Between the two of us, we made dozens of dolls, with wardrobes and accessories and keepsake boxes. It was great doll fun.
Fast forward. A few days ago someone asked me for these patterns, and she was directed to the blog posts that contained them. As I scrolled through the posts, I was reminded of all these wonderful dolls, our enjoyment, and also of so much that both Joyce and I have learned in the way of dollmaking techniques since this pattern was first created.
So I went back to the pattern, and tweaked it with some updates, added options for leg and arm attachment; made the torso and head as one piece, with a stabilized head that won't wobble and isn't made in two pieces.
I changed the yarn from fingering to dk weight (a concession to my ageing eyes). So here she is, all of six inches tall, along with a simple outfit made of cotton dk yarn. If you are not a carver, now you can crochet your own Hitty!
Enjoy the crochet!
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Alone I am walking the Pleasant Run trail,
Just under the Raymond Street bridge, heading toward Shelby.
A person is walking, slowly, ahead of me,
And my steps bring me even with his stride.
We walk in silence together. He is middle height, middle age, brown eyes and hair.
Sweatshirt, jeans, and sandals. It is Winter.
Half a mile on, we stop. To the left, along the creek bank, is a homeless camp.
Tent, tarp, and trash, and one person; man or woman impossible to tell.
“What do you see?” the man beside me asks
“An assault to my senses, to the earth, nothing but trash defiling the trail,” comes my immediate answer.
“What do You see?” I ask the man. Quietly…
“Hopelessness. Hopelessness and suffering on the edge of despair” the man with the brown eyes says.
I look again, at the tent, and the tarp and the trash, and the despair.
I look back at the man, but he is gone.
I walk on, alone.
Beth Webber 4-2-2022
Friday, April 1, 2022
A Circle of Love. Tiny dolls that fit snuggly in the palm of your hand. Someone to tell your hopes and fears to. This circle of love was made with one skein of Red Heart Super Saver Retro Stripes and all the different Lionbrand Skein Tones yarns. Twelve skin colors in all.
Doll Pattern by Nelly Lopez: BHD doll pattern
For the wig caps, you can use the hat pattern that comes with Nelly's doll pattern, just work it to 36 stitches and check the fit, then work without increasing. To embelish, you can use one of these two patterns to create all kinds of hair styles, or make up your own!
Wig Patterns: Cute Hairstyles for Dolls, by Sandy Nordwarll Eggers. Available on Ravelry.
Wig Patterns: WeeBee Book of Hair, Volume 1 by Laura Tegg. Avaliable on Etsy.
And if you want to dress your dolls you can use my free outfit pattern.
Outfits for Nelly's BHD doll: Outfits, by Beth Webber.
Have a lovely day, and enjoy the crochet!
Saturday, March 26, 2022
I look to the hills,
But where will my help come from?
Not from the mountains
High and remote.
Not from the oceans
Cold and deep.
Not from the desert
Parched and barren.
Not from the storm
Bent on destruction.
I look to the sky
But where will my strength come from?
From God, who is above me.
From God, who is below me.
From God, who is within me.
Let the mountains of indifference despise me,
Let the oceans of hypocrisy wash over me,
Let the desert of hate burn me,
Let the storm of war destroy me.
God is my help and my strength forever.
Psalm 121, with a dash of Psalm 146 and my own musings.
Beth Webber 3-26-2022
Saturday, March 12, 2022
I found this adorable doll pattern on a Facebook Group callede Nutshell Lane Studio. The doll pattern is free, on Nelly Lopez blog. But I wantede to make her a wardrobe, and it is also free and I will post it here:
Nelly Lopez BHD pattern links to the doll pattern. You can use the hat pattern as a wig cap and make all sorts of hair styles. This doll is Nelly Lopez design.
Outfits for Nelly Lopez BHD doll links to the above clothing. The clothing are my own designs.
I made my Nelly Lopez dolls with Red Heart Super Saver and a size E crochet hook. The clothing is made with Paintbox DK weight yarn and a D hook. The clothing fits up over the feet of the doll and requires no closure, as I used the Foundation Single Crochet to begin each neckline. This is a very stretchy stitch, and if you are not family with it, you can find many videos by doing a Google search.
My two girls, Onyx and Pearl
Overalls and bibbed jumper
Basic dress, rompers, and sweater
Additional options to basic dress.
Nelly has a lot of other free doll designs on her blog, and outfits for the dolls. Check it out, and enjoy the crochet!
Monday, February 28, 2022
To honor the people of Ukraine, I created a small crochet flag and sunflower. Did you know that Ukraine exports more sunflower seeds than any other country?
The free pattern is available at this link: Flag and Sunflower.
While you make this flag, and sunflower, say a prayer for the people of Ukraine.
Sunday, January 16, 2022
The stillness of the snow at night;
The stillness of the gentle rain.
The stillness of the owl in flight;
The stillness of a silent pain.
The stillness of the leaves that glide;
The stillness of the twilight moon.
The stillness of the tears that slide;
The stillness of the graveyard’s gloom.
The stillness of the morning glow;
The stillness of the path beyond.
The stillness of: be still and know
That I am God.