Little update…

…on what I have been up to for the past month. It sure did pass fast and I haven’t posted any news during pretty long period of time.

Due to some minor health problems I had to take some time off from crocheting and staying away from PC. That resulted with brand new ideas I started to wort at so all this ended great and we will have many new things to work at pretty soon.

Before I show you and talk to you about my newest project, I would like to show you photos of few dolls I made for friends.

Little Strawberry Shortcake and Woody  you can see on the photo below are dolls I made for local friend. None of these patterns was mine. Had to make dolls in few days and didn’t have time to come up with pattern of my own. Instead, I used patterns from my pattern library. I have a huge collection of all different patterns from many famous and non famous designers. I think that each one of us, who is in this craft, has this “mania” of collecting patterns and making to do lists for our future projects. At least I do! I can tell you that this list, of what I would like to do and try, is huge. Unless I end up with something urgent to make (like these two little dolls) most of the time those patterns just sit and wait some better times (while I keep loading new ones on top of them).

Let me show you these two before I continue:

Strawberry & Woody

Both ended up cute and patterns I worked on were nice and easy as well.

For Strawberry Shortcake pattern I used Yolita Amigurumis pattern. Clicking on link provided will lead you to Yolita’s blog. From there you can go to her Facebook page. Feel free to contact her if you will have hard times finding Strawberry Shortcake pattern. She will be glad to help you.

Original pattern name is Rosita Fresita!

Woody I made following the pattern made by Siemprejosefina. This one is not free. You can find it on Etsy.

The thing I changed on both are the eyes. I painted eyes on both of these dolls. I also made hair on Strawberry Shortcake little bit different than from original pattern (but only because had different yarn, this one was lighter weight so had to improvise a little). 

Last month I got contacted by wonderful and so kind doll maker from France, her name is Arlette. She sent me mail asking for my BB dolls measurements. She creates dolls from textile and wanted to make BB couple but in same proportions as my original dolls. Instead of sending her measurements I made her two dolls (boy and girl) and send them so she could get to see them in real and make dolls based on visual experience, rather than working with plain numbers.

I really enjoyed working at those two dolls for her. I called them BB bros and they both ended up very happy and sweet. Arlette was pleased as well what made me even happier. To thank me she send me two of BB dolls but in textile. Oh my God, was I surprised and happy when I got the package!!!

I am not good in sewing and sewed dolls were always special treat and treasure for me. Love them even more than crocheted ones and receiving BB dolls in textile for me felt as Christmas! I have no words to express my gratitude and thankfulness to Arlette for taking her time to make these little ones for me. They are absolutely beautiful! Their names are> The Little Green Eyes Princess and The little Captain Red. Arlette made me this beautiful card (which I forgot to take photo and prepare for this post…) where she drew these two little dolls and wrote their name. She also sent me Sugar’n Cream yarns! I am bragging, I know…but it was such a beautiful gesture she made, and I still feel very thankful to her. Anyways, here is the photo of dolls I made for her and dolls she made for me.

bb bross

 

By now I talked about and showed you the projects I finished. Now can tell you more of what I started to work on and what is going to show and share with you soon.

For a long time I wanted to to moveable joints and head crocheted doll. Sometimes I felt as the idea on how to make one was haunting me through the nights. Had many ideas by now, but never really started or tried to make one. The period while I had to stay away from hook and PC, I took time to give it deeper thinking on how I would make doll moveable.

There are many different ways. The best I saw so far was one Beth Webber came up with. I haven’t tried to follow the pattern on her moveable joints (and maybe I should have-would make my work much easier), but the whole idea of hers is the best I saw so far. You can find all details on her moveable joints and head dolls here:  http://byhookbyhand.blogspot.com/

it is link to her blog but on the left side bar of her blog you will find links to many different patterns, among which there are moveable joints, head…

Beth’s place is the best for all of you doll lovers. Not that you will find huge pattern sellection, but Beth’s work and enthusiasm will inspire you and your future work as well. I just love to visit her place there and spend some time. For me it feels as gaining energy from her blog, posts, patterns and work. She is great! We love you Beth! 🙂

So…my idea on making moveable joints!

The whole idea is making arms and legs first. Start them from bottom, work to top, and keep opened. Attach them to the body with buttons from the inner side of shoulders, hips and inside the  body.

Arms and legs to make from two pieces, connected them in elbows and knees with tiny crocheted additions on sides of the legs (sewed through lower leg or arm part) and make them moveable front-back. For the head I have different idea. Will try to crochet head in head. Small ball looking part that will be worked in addition to the body, will place inside the head (will crochet the head around the neck and around this little ball piece). Will talk about head and how this idea will work as soon as I start working on it. By now I have tried to make one arm to se how the elbow joint wil work and it is really working great.

That kept me going and continue with making legs (what I will show you in a little while). Both legs turned out great. Look at the photo. Legs look really good.

Moveable doll Everything went as I planned. I crocheted both legs, left them opened on the top. Started the body and connected the hips to it with the buttons (as planned). The body started to work as an oval, and really was getting nice shape (don’t worry,made records of all I did so we will have the pattern 🙂 )

The hips or this attatchemt where I sewed the hips to the body felt little wobbly, and at first I thought it was becasue there was no stuffing, so I hurried to finish at least the half or two thirds of the body to be able to stuff and check if the wobbling will persist, and to my sadness it did. Stuffing didn’t help. Both legs are very moveable in hips and make doll look like a string one. Not good at all! Idea with the buttons will have to be dropped and changed with something else.

To keep the same shape of the legs and body I think will just try to cut the threads I used to sew the buttons and attach legs to the body, and instead of button attachment will use old method, sewing it from the inner thy sides, through the body and attaching both legs same time. This should work and keep legs stay closer to the body and move nicely and not wobble around like these.

So keep fingers crossed! I am going back to work and hope to get this moveable doll done by next week. Will keep you informed how it goes.

If you have any ideas that might help, please, feel free to drop a line here or on my mail. I am always happy to hear from you. 

Thank you for staying with me this time. Was a lot of bragging but sometimes girl needs to do that too 😉

 

Wishing you all happy end of this week and wonderful blessed weekend!

Love and hugs,

Vanja

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Little update…

  1. those are so cute. cant wait for your new patterns. so glad you are feeling better. cant seemed to get to the lady who has strawberry doll cant seem to get to her face book page. I guess I just dont understand how to use facebook. iam not on there all the time., again glad you are feeling better. Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:22:22 +0000 To: ladylightbuld@hotmail.com

  2. Welcome back! I was away myself with a health issue…now under control hopefully! You do just beautiful work, and I always share on my FB page. Take care and best wishes, Sandy

  3. Vanja, I’ve made many dolls using Beth Webber’s pattern. To tighten up the wobbliness in the joints, try using a larger size button and joint through the stuffing all the way to the other side after stuffing. That way, you can pull the hips tighter and make the joint more firm. I have done the Bleuette doll and pocket spirit dolls using this method. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing your patterns.

  4. Vanja, I love the idea of jointed legs and arms! Can’t wait to see more. For the hips, since the buttons didn’t work out, maybe a connection like safety eyes. Hobby lobby sells some. They are usually for making dolls from cloth but I have often wondered if they could work for a crocheted doll too. The trouble is that the ones they sell are for a larger doll (maybe 12-18 inches) and I usually make things that are too small to give it a try.

  5. Your stuff is awesome and Think I have saved or made everything u posted, Like you I am not best and net trying to stay off facebook esp, My son said he would print out patterns for me. and that way I dont have to go on line as often, But if i had not been on FB would not have met designers such as you, Thank you and hope u keep email mails comingNumber 1 Irish fanCarmel

    Take care, stay well, Carmel XXXX

    Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:22:19 +0000 To: carmelj.im@hotmail.com

  6. owwwww!!! what beautiful dolls and what a challenge the jointed crochet dolls! I’ll keep an eye on it. Happy you got so many sweet surprises from people, as you are also sweet and grateful. Thanks so much for sharing your job and your enthusiasm. Take care, stay well 😉

  7. Adore your stuff! How about a crocheted disc at the top of the inside of thigh?
    The disc would be attached to the top of inner thigh then you attache button through body to other leg button, firmly. Then finish stuffing,and close the top of leg. I do not think this is what you did. Sometimes we don’t say things the same, our minds work different. I think that the body should be stuffed firmly, (or as much as you can, while still open at top ) that way it maybe more solidly attached and yet movable.Hope that this can spark something for you

  8. I loved your post. I saw no bragging just very interesting items. When I have coffee/tea with girlfriends we bring things to show each other. It is my favorite thing in the world to see what my friends have made and show mine. Today was like “virtual tea time” with my friend Vanja. I hope your health is much improved now. My son loved the Woody doll best and I want to hug BBBros.
    I am working on a fox at the moment and trying out a new oval type shape.

  9. I could not find the link to the pattern on how you did the moveable parts, can you contact me with that link. I see some of what you did; but not the whole pattern.

  10. Hi Vanja 🙂 I missed your posts!! Your dolls are lovely and the textile ones you were sent are adorable – and such a generous gift 🙂 I love how you are working on the jointed dolls – I have always been very intrigued with that and I also love the By Hook By Hand blog 🙂

    I hope you are feeling much better 🙂
    Rhondda

  11. Nice to see that your are back with such great and smart ideas! I love your BB dolls and now it is fantastic that we can see them as a sewed doll. Thank you for sharing all your patterns.

  12. Hi Vanja! I’m really happy to hear that you are feeling better. Take care of yourself my friend and keep amazing us with your beautiful ideas.
    Hugs from France.

  13. Looks great. Keep on following this thread.. Very interesting. And you have the same “on going thinking” as I…. not crochting but stil thinking about it… funny.

  14. Dear Vanya,
    Thank you so very much for your lovely words; it is a joy to share the passion of dollmaking with kindred spirits like yourself 🙂

    Such a sweet exchange of dolls between you and Arlette; I can feel how excited you are!! And your jointing method looks great. It amazes me the ingenuity that dollmakers have, and just how much can be done with a hook and a thread. Looking forward to seeing your fully jointed doll!

    Take good care. Sometimes the downtime is a good thing; you put it to good use and have come up with some wonderful dollmaking ideas.

    In friendship,

    Beth

    • Dear Beth,
      Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave me message. You know how inspiring your work is to me and your words wrap that inspiration into even greater happiness 🙂
      Thank you dear friend!
      Vanja

  15. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Love your patterns. How do you translate crochet patterns when they are not in English?

  16. I’m so glad that you are feeling better. I was starting to worry about you and I was overjoyed to see that you are getting back to top speed with your crochet. It amazes me how much you managed to get done even as you were on the mend. You are such a trooper! Thank you for sharing about all your experiences. You are an inspiration!

    • hello dear Jennifer,
      and thank you for kind words.
      I am glad to be back as well, but still have a lot to catch up with…can’t wait to read your Something to Smile About, Monday Quotes and news you shared last month.
      Hugs
      Vanja

  17. Hello, Vanja You had a little bug (…minor health problems) 
    But now you‘re updated (That resulted with brand new ideas…)
    And ready to restart (will have many new things to work at pretty soon.) 😉
    Ready to do and ready to share and then we download. You are a wonderful person. Oh thanks!
    She so look sweet your Strawberry doll
    Just a fast comment to make you now that your bb Candy doll is on my blog. Hope you enjoy.

  18. Glad to see you are back and glad to hear you are feeling better! You have so many amazing patterns and ideas, I’m sure you will figure your moveable doll out! Looks good so far! Love the dolls you made for your friends! Thanks for all your inspiration and help! Manda!

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