Friday, 24 June 2011

Dolly, done. (ish..:)

Well, this doll has taken quite a while to get to this stage (for no other reason than I became distracted by other little projects). But I'm so glad she's reached this point.

Doll and print

So, she is a variation of Beth's beautiful Fairy Spirit at By Hook By Hand. Do visit her site, she makes the most beautiful dolls and clothes.

I really enjoyed making her- I used cheap and cheerful acrylic dk yarn and a 4mm hook. She is an amigurumi, so is crocheted in the round in single crochet (easy-peasy!) A clever trick from Beth is to use a 12mm safety eye for the neck joint, so no sewing- brilliant!

Crochet doll head

And has pipe-cleaners in her arms and legs, so fully pose-able. It's such a clever pattern. Thanks, Beth!

Doll and print

My next job is to make her a wig using Mohair! Luckily I have a stash from a previous charity shop raid. Even more lucky is a brilliant tutorial from Beth on her website and Flickr stream.

Anyhoo, will keep you posted with how I get on!

I've also been messing around with a little crafty project using wooden blocks, tissue paper and printing inks. The idea is to make gifts for friends.

Look at these lovely coloured inks 'on loan' from my mum: (I take that to mean 'given to me'- ha ha!)

Doll and print

Doll and print

Doll and print

I am totally inspired by all the clever peeps that do these beautiful printed blocks. Do check out Fee's blog at Chipper Nelly for the real deal- her's are proper-awesome.


Happy weekend, all. Xx

16 comments:

  1. i love your little crochet friends! i'm excited to see her wig! <3

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  2. Ooo, cute little dolly. I'm most intrigued at the wooden blocks. Going over to check it out.
    Anne xx

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  3. Your doll has turned out brilliant, Anna! Can't wait to see her in her mohair wig (my favorite part of dollmaking).

    Beth from ByHookByHand

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  4. Love this dolly even as she /he is now. By the way Chipper Nelly = Awesome xx

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  5. Those wooden blocks look great - what a good idea! Love the doll too - can't wait to see her with hair!
    Maria x

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  6. I love the wooden blocks, what a great idea, off to see if I can find out more...

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  7. thank you! sharing the love - the stuff good blogs are made of!
    fee x
    (happy weekend my friend)
    (love that doll..)

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  8. I love that little doll so much, she is adorable, what fun you will have dressing her up. And the blocks are a great idea. Have a wonderful weekend,
    Meredith

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  9. Such an adorable doll- please can I have one? You are so good at crocheting. I adore those ink pads, I would really like a nice selection of my own.

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  10. Awwww love that cutie doll. Still haven't been able to try amigurumi yet. x

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  11. love your doll - I haven't crocheted any amigurumi for AGES...unfortunatly my boys are getting past the stage of appreciating anything cute I make for them...can't wait to see her with hair!

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  12. You are v talented. Love your doll.

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  13. Thanks, everyone for your supportive comments.
    I am really enjoying being crafty and creative!
    Xx

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  14. oh she is adorable! i love her so x

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  15. I love that doll! She's got so much personality already. Just, aw. :)

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  16. Looking forward to seeing the finished doll!!

    Love the blocks - did you cut the wood yourself or buy them from somewhere?

    BTW - you've got an award over at my place today - http://shabbychicsarah.blogspot.com

    S x

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