Last week, I introduced you to my first five kokeshi dolls. Since we chatted last, I've made six more!
|Kokeshi dolls #7 through #11|
I'm still using the pattern by Giodina as my basis, but I have made some alterations that I want to tell you about, in case you decide to purchase and try this pattern for yourself.
Four stitches used in this pattern, as written, were developed by the pattern's creator. Near the top of the first page, Giodina says, "The following stitches: reversed chain, retro-slip stitch, retro-single crochet and the reversed single crochet are of my own invention." She goes on to give a link to her YouTube tutorial, and also to her blog, where one can find directions on how to do these stitches. To be honest, I was too impatient to go look at either. So throughout the pattern, I use plain old single crochet. When making the transition from the bottom of the doll to the sides, I do crochet through the back loop only, to create a neat "fold" line. So if you've bought this pattern and felt a quiver at learning new stitches, I didn't and things seem to be going well.
Last week, I also mentioned that I didn't like the wig cap as written by Giodina. Using her pattern and patterns by Susan Morishita, I've come up with my own wig cap pattern that works perfectly for my purposes. And, as you'll have noticed, I'm using 6 mm safety eyes instead of embroidery. (Last week, I incorrectly referenced 9 mm safety eyes. Apologies for the error, which has been corrected, as has the link I gave you to the JoAnn Fabrics website.)
So now that I've told you my secrets, let's meet the girls individually!
|Princess Sakura, the Empress's granddaughter (kokeshi #9)|
The next two kokeshi are very special. I have two friends, mother and daughter, who live in Wales, and I was inspired to create "portrait" kokeshi to celebrate our friendship. First, let's meet Catherine!
|Catherine (kokeshi #10)|
|Jenny (kokeshi #11)|
So those are my newest kokeshi, and I'm still excited about making more! In fact, younger daughter and I went to the Big Town yesterday, where I spent .... well .... let's just say I'm now well stocked on beads and buttons! ;)
Before I head to the kitchen to start dinner, I want to share with you something I discovered that is making my kokeshi crocheting much easier. I've always used regular Polyfil® stuffing for my "softie" projects. With these kokeshi, and with the African Flower dala horse I did not long ago, my biggest complaint was that the stuffing tended to "beard" when I was sewing the wig cap to the head. ("Bearding" means little filaments of the stuffing come through the doll fabric.) With supplies running low, I recently bought another bag of Polyfil® -- but this time, I purchased Polyfil® Crafter's Choice. It's especially recommended for dollmaking, as it's less prone to bearding.
It's my last night home alone (HURRAH! I miss the boy!), so I'm going to go heat up some soup and watch some rugby. Do leave me a comment and tell me what you're working on lately! Thanks for stopping by!