Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For St. Valentine's Day

Valentina!

Born on St Valentine's day; Valentina is adapted from the Minnow's pattern.  Longer arms and legs, and DK weight yarn instead of size10 crochet cotton.

I used Knit Picks CotLin (70%cotton/30%linen)  which I had purchased for a knit doll a couple of years ago.  I didn't like the way it slid off my knitting needles, but it was just fine to crochet with.

Valentina has an internal armature much like the floss-wrapped dolls of Salley Mavor.  I used 6mm pipe cleaner, and loosely wrapped them with fingering weight yarn.  The larger body cavity and head are stuffed with wool batting.  This worked great, as I wrapped the legs with black yarn, and the arms with white...no stuffing showing through the stitches :-)

Now for some clothes!

Now she has a cropped tank top :-)

17 comments:

  1. ¡Qué bonita! Me gusta como la has vestido.
    ¡Feliz día!

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    1. Gracias tanto y el día de San Valentín feliz :-)

      con gusto,

      Beth

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  2. How precious! Happy Valentine's Day!

    Warm hugs,
    Lois

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    1. Thank you so much, Lois; Happy Valentine's Day to you too :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  3. She is an absolute delight. You are so good at this Beth. I love her face. Happy Valentine's Day!! I have a new gray kitten, that I named Velma. She is my Valentine this year!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Judy! Right now I have an old grey kitty sitting in my lap...she has been my Valentine for 16 years :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  4. Valentina is adorable! Love her earrings. Any chance you might do a tutorial on the armature? And I love her eyes!

    As always your creativity is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for the good words, Linda! Since the technique for making the armature is not my own, I would recommend buying or borrowing from the library the book 'Felt Wee Folk,' by Salley Mavor. I used the method she uses to make her felt folk for the armature.

      Beside, it is a WONDERFUL book to have, full of inspiring photo's and delightful instructions to make your own Felt Wee Folk :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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    2. Well, what do you know? I actually own that book! I made some wee folk for several granddaughters a number of years ago. I would never have thought to use the technique for crocheted dolls! So many ideas! Thanks much!

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  5. She is very cute and love the idea of wrapping the yarn on the slender limbs, by the way I love Salley Mavor dolls think I have all her books they are so enchanting... great work x

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    1. Thank you for your good words, Amber; I have several of Salley's books, and even have three wee folk that she made :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  6. How did you keep the yarn secured when you wrsp it around the chenille sticks?

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    1. I wrapped the chenille around the yarn a bit, then just poked the yarn ends into the body cavity. Once you insert the armature into the body, the yarn will not unravel.

      warmly,

      Beth

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  7. I love Valentina! She is so pretty. I really love her hair. She even has those adorable little heart-shaped earrings. You've created a real sweetheart Beth!

    - Momma Cat

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely words, Momma Cat :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  8. She is lovely. You always come up with something new. I love her beautiful blue eyes and dark hair. I like the longer arms and legs too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dawn. I love the way she turned out too. I used the CotLin yarn from Knit Picks that I had purchased for the knit china doll. I didn't like knitting with it, but it is very nice to crochet :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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