I've been so eager to sit down with you and chat about what I've been doing! Last week we talked about kokeshi dolls, and about finding the pattern by Giodina on Ravelry. If you follow me on Facebook, you've seen the photos I've posted of my first two efforts:
|My first two kokeshi, shared last week on Facebook.|
So, without further ado ..... drum roll, please ...... here are the "girls" I've made so far!
|My kokeshi so far, in order of creation!|
You'll recognize the first two, from the Facebook post, and I have ideas for many more in my head! All the yarn used in every doll is my old standby, "Palette" by Knit Picks (100% wool, fingering weight). The eyes (except for the red one) are 6 mm safety eyes from JoAnn Fabrics. The various beads, buttons, etc. that I used for embellishment came from JoAnn or Michaels. (Remember that sale I told you about last week? I stocked up!!) And the cheeks are blushed using my palette of Pebbles Kandee Pearlescent Jewel Tone craft chalk. Now that we've met the girls as a group, let's meet them individually.
|Kokeshi Girl #1|
|Kokeshi Girl #2|
|Kokeshi Girl #3|
|The only one so far to have a name -- I call her the Empress.|
|Kokeshi Girl #5|
- US: Make a magic circle. In the circle, *sl st, ch 1, sc, ch 1*, repeat between ** 4 times. Pull magic circle closed and fasten off.
- UK: Make a magic circle. *In the circle, sl st, ch 1, dc, ch 1*, repeat between ** 4 times. Pull magic circle closed and fasten off.
In embellishing these dolls, I've used only three embroidery stitches, chiefly because they're the only ones I can do -- straight/satin stitch, lazy daisy stitch, and French knot. While seeking to expand my embroidery repertoire, I came across a fantastic blog post that tells you, in detail, what you need to know about embroidering on crocheted items.
So now you've met the first five! I can't wait to do more. In fact, I'm planning one right now in my head! I'm glad you stopped by today. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below in the Comments section. Know any knitters or crocheters who would like to come along to our visits? Send them a link! The more, the merrier!