Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Don't Forget the Details! Part One: AmiguruME Shopping Bag


Welcome to my new series, "Don't Forget the Details!" In this series I'll be showing you a tip about how to bring your AmiguruME to life with little accessories or techniques to make your dolls shine.

Sometimes I finish a doll and think, "What's missing?" I try to think hard about the subject of my doll and add in elements of that person's personality. Sometimes its a musical instrument, sometimes its a facial expression, sometimes its jewelry, or a hat, or a t-shirt.

**Make sure you let me know what you'd like to see featured in "Don't Forget the Details!"**

I've got an idea for you this week that doesn't require any crocheting at all! Does the person you're making a doll of love to shop? Are they always buying stuff from Target, or running to the Apple store for the latest iPhone, or hanging out at Barnes and Noble? How cute would it be to make them a little shopping bag from their favorite store for the AmiguruME to hold?

Instructions after the jump!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Martha Stewart's American Made Awards


I just got some amazing news! I'm a FINALIST in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards! From the website, "American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade." Maker? Check! Local? Check! Handmade? Check! Yes I love all three of these things and I'm so loving Martha for celebrating them. 


Here's a little confession. In order to even be up for this award, you have to nominate yourself. I felt weird doing that. I had to come to terms with describing myself in the third person, answering lots of questions about why I do what I do and how I'm celebrating the maker within. Is that weird? I guess it all boils down to that weird thing about talking about yourself and tooting your own horn! Why is it so hard for us to do that? Well, I thought it was worth it and went ahead and filled out the form and sent in my nomination. Lo and behold, a few days ago I got an email that I had been selected as a Finalist! 
Out of all the Nominees, Finalists are chosen from several categories (Crafts, Design, Food, Style) and from the Finalists, Award Winners are chosen. 






So now I'm up for voting. You can vote up to 6 times a day from now until October 13, 2014. After that it is out of our hands and into the judges.



Do you feel I'm worthy? Do you think I represent the qualities of an American Maker? I'd love your vote! Click on the images above and cast your vote 6 times a day until the deadline. Share this on Facebook! Tweet it! Email your entire address book! (OK maybe not...)
Me and Martha go way back you know, and I'd love to get back in touch...


Here's when I gave her her very own mini-Martha!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Beatles! New Amigurumi Pattern

Always wanted to do the Beatles, and I got a special request from a fan that was actually in attendance at one of their concerts in the 60s! It was a treasured memory and he wanted to immortalize the guys in cuddly yarn form. Who can blame him? So I made him these:



The Beatles crocheted amigurumi, Hard Day's Night era


And just because I have always wanted to, I also wrote patterns for them. They are 10" tall (except Ringo, 9.5"), so a little shorter than the dolls in my BOOK, and they are pretty quick to work up. My favorite thing about the pattern is that each Beatle is the same except for the length of the legs and the hair, and of course the face. The pattern gives you all the alterations you need to make each of the Fab Four unique and special with all the little details.

Buy the patterns here, on Ravelry or Etsy! Both are instant downloads!

Here's more photos!







Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free Mother and Baby Fox Pattern


Tiny woodland foxes cuddle together in this pair of amigurumi. The special relationship of a mother and her baby is celebrated in a sweet set of crocheted foxes. Simple stitches and soft wool-blend yarn in earthy colors make the project perfect for a gift or a baby's nursery.


Mother and Baby Fox


Materials List
Lion Brand "Wool-Ease" – Pumpkin (A, 1 skein), Black (B, 1 skein), & Fisherman (C, 1 skein) Crochet Hook, Sizes 3.5mm (US E/4)
Tapestry needle
Polyester fiberfill

Embroidery Needle White felt
White thread
Black embroidery floss

Notes:
The pieces are all crocheted in the round in unjoined spirals. Use a locking stitch marker if necessary to mark the beginning of each round. When you complete a round, move the marker to the loop on your hook and continue crocheting.



Mama Fox Head
With yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st (24 sts)

Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (36 sts) Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 7: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 9 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (33 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc into each st around.

Rnd 9: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnds 10-11: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 12: *(Sc into next 3 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 13: *(Sc into next 2 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Head firmly. Continue to add stuffing as you work the last rows. Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)

Rnd 15: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing. Thread through last rows of stitches and pull to close. Weave in ends. Set aside.


Mama Fox Body
Starting at the head end of the Body, with yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)

Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts) Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st.
Rnds 7-14: Hdc into next 11 sts, sc into next 10 sts (21 sts)
Rnds 15-17: Sc into each st.
Rnd 18: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 19: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Body firmly.
Rnd 20: Sc2tog around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread a yarn needle with the yarn tail. Weave through the last round of stitches and pull to close the hole. Weave end into the inside.


Mama Fox Ears (Make 2)
Starting at tip of Ear with yarn B and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)

Change to yarn A at end of Rnd 2.
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts) Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Set aside.


Mama Fox Legs (Make 4)
With yarn B and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-11: Sc into each st (5 sts)
Fasten off and set aside.


Mama Fox Tail
Starting at the tip of the Tail, with yarn C and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)

Rnd 3: Sc into each st.
Rnd 4: 2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc into next 5 sts, 2 sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts (11 sts)
Change to yarn A at the end of Rnd 5.
Rnds 6-9: Sc into each st around, increasing one stitch each round. 15 sts at the end of Rnd 9. Rnds 10-13: Sc into each st (15 sts)
Rnd 14: Sc2tog, sc into each st (14 sts)
Rnd 15: *(Sc into next 5 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Tail firmly.
Rnd 16: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Rnd 17: Sc into each st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set Tail aside.



Sew on Ears



Position Head and sew on

Sew on Head

Assembly
Sew Head to Body at an angle, as shown. Use matching yarn and weave in ends.
With yarn tails, sew Ears, Legs, and Tail to Mama Fox. Legs should be positioned to all lay to the side so she can lay down.
Embroider nose and mouth

Sew Muzzle to Fox's Head

Cut a wide teardrop shape from white felt for the muzzle. With straight stitches and an embroidery floss and embroidery needle, stitch a nose and mouth onto the felt. Stitch muzzle to Mama Fox Head with white thread.
Sleepy Mother Fox

Baby Fox Head
With yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st (24 sts)

Rnds 3-5: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 6: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 8: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 10: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Head firmly.
Rnd 11: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing. Thread through last rows of stitches and pull to close. Weave in ends. Set aside.


Baby Fox Body
Starting at the head end of the Body, with yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)

Rnds 3-4: Sc into each st.
Rnds 5-10: Hdc into next 9 sts, sc into next 9 sts (18 sts)
Rnds 11-13: Sc into each st.
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Body firmly.
Rnd 15: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread a yarn needle with the yarn tail. Weave through the last round of stitches and pull to close the hole. Weave end into the inside. Set aside.


Baby Fox Ears (Make 2)
Starting at tip of Ear with yarn B and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Change to yarn A at end of Rnd 1.

Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts) Rnds 3-4: Sc into each st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Set aside.


Baby Fox Legs (Make 4)
With yarn B and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-5: Sc into each st (5 sts)
Fasten off and set aside.


Baby Fox Tail
Starting at the tip of the Tail, with yarn C and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)

Rnd 3: Sc into each st.
Change to yarn A at the end of Rnd 3.
Rnd 4: 2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts (10 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Sc into each st around, increasing one stitch each round. 13 sts at the end of Rnd 7. Rnds 8-9: Sc into each st (13 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc2tog, sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 11: *(Sc into next 4 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (10 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Tail firmly.
Rnd 12: Sc2tog around (5 sts)
Rnd 13: Sc into each st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set Tail aside.


Assembly
Sew Head to Body at an angle, as shown. Use matching yarn and weave in ends.
With yarn tails, sew Ears, Legs, and Tail to Baby Fox. Legs should be positioned to all lay to the side so he can lay down.
Cut a wide teardrop shape from white felt for the muzzle. With straight stitches and an embroidery floss and embroidery needle, stitch a nose and mouth onto the felt. Stitch muzzle to Baby Fox Head with white thread.

Embroider closed eyes as shown on face of Head with black embroidery floss and embroidery needle.

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
St: Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Sc2tog: Single Crochet 2 stitches Together


Techniques
Adjustable ring: Make a ring with yarn. Insert hook into ring, yarn over and draw up a loop. Ch 1, as directed in pattern. Work the stitches required in pattern into the ring. When complete gently, but firmly, pull tail to close up the ring. 


Cuddle time! 

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