Gnome? my husband asked. Wizard? my daughter asked. No, just a cute pointy hat. Knit with this gorgeous sock yarn and size 2 DPNs.… More
I made a quilt!
It’s been years and years since I’ve tackled a full sized quilt. I can’t really remember what sent me down this recent quilting rabbithole, I think mostly a need to get away from the doomscrolling. I bought two bundles from laundry basket quilts, scrappy light and dark and started playing around, piecing together some stars for pillow. Then I decided to take the rest and see what I could make. I landed on a flying geese pattern (wandering nomad… More
I made a new Kit-Kat doll from my Make-Along Animals pattern and did a little tik-tok video while I did it. Which is a little harder to do now that Phoebe has abandoned me for school. Since I’m having all the quilty feels these days I decided to make a sort of patchwork version of Kit-Kat. Kitty is made up of 3 fabrics. Normally I do a solid for the body, a print for the head gusset and another solid … More
two tone blond make-along doll
Any yarn can be used to make hair for a handmade cloth doll like the Make-Along dolls… bulky, dk, sport… wool, acrylic, roving, mohair. Whatever you like to achieve the look you’re going for. It’s also fun to use a few different yarns together. Here I used two very similar shades of a golden yellow and it gives her a great full head of sunny blonde hair.
For this doll I pulled the yarn from both balls at the … More
Experiments in natural dyeing for doll clothes
I like my crafting experiments to be low risk. Dying fabric with natural ingredients fits that bill. I’m not going to accidentally stain my counters, no gloves needed, I can use my regular cookware for most of it. And I don’t need dramatic results or for my fabric to be colorfast. I never wash doll clothes because my samples are not getting played with and if it fades thats ok. There’s really no risk of the dyed fabric coming off … More
New/Updated Kit, Chloe and Louise Pattern
Kit, Chloe and Louise are refreshed and ready to go for 2020. I made this pattern back in 2008 and I’ve always loved these spunky girls. They were originally offered as a printed pattern booklet and I had a bio questionnaire listed for each of them on the cover. My favorite question was what WB heroine do you most relate with, Louise’s was Rory Gilmore, Chloe’s Veronica Mars and Kit’s was Buffy! 😂They were aged 9-10 and were sort of … More
Body fabric for Kit, Chloe and Louise dolls
I love to make my Kit, Chloe and Louise dolls squishy and soft. I think of them as my baby dolls. They’re chubby and toddler like with wide cheerful faces and they give great hugs. The stiffer, more tightly woven your fabric is the less it will give and it will give more structure to your shapes. And that will totally work for this doll design too. It will make the dolls a little easier to dress and a little … More