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1  Re: We Love our Blythes and Pullips Swap Round 5 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cherade9 on: July 12, 2007 04:36:35 PM
This is the girl I'm hoping to be crafted for, Miyoko.



This is an outift set I made a couple of years ago. I love knitting, crocheting and hand embroidering dolls clothes Smiley
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2  Different type of crocheted tampon in Crochet: Completed Projects by cherade9 on: June 21, 2007 10:32:27 AM
I made the prototype for this a few weeks ago after reading this thread about alternative menstrual products http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=82588.0.

I wanted to address the possible problems with reusing a filling or stuffing of a crocheted outer tampon, so I had a think and this is what I came up with.





EDIT: It's been brought to my attention that the washing and care instructions I had previously were sub optimal. I suggest looking online for instructions on how people care for cloth diapers or cloth menstrual pads.

Here's the pattern I made. Please respect my copyright. I'm happy for anyone to make them for their personal use and/or amusement, but please don't make them to sell. I spent a long time working on the design.

Also I am not a medical professional. I make no guarantee that they won't kill you or make your genitalia unhappy with you. You use them at your own risk and I accept no responsibility for their (mis)use.

I used some Rowan 4 ply cotton I had on hand, but a much better yarn would be be an unbleached 4 ply Hemp. Some sources I know of are http://www.houseofhemp.co.uk/acatalog/Natural.html which is 100% hemp yarn and http://www.lanaknits.com/usahempton.html which is a 50% cotton 50% hemp mix. House of Hemp are based in the UK and Lanaknits are based in Canada but both sell worldwide.

Using hemp would make the tampons ultimately compostable and the hemp plant is very good for the ground it's grown in. The yarn when you buy it is often crisp and coarse feeling, but once washed it becomes much softer and more comfortable on the skin, which is fairly important for this pattern Smiley

If you'd prefer cotton or are having difficulty finding hemp, them please use an unbleached 4 ply cotton yarn. 

4 ply 3 mm hook

Ch 47

Turn and dc (US sc) into 2nd chain from hook through back of chain stitch

Make 26 dc (US sc)

* Turn and chain 1. Make 27 dc (US sc)

Repeat from * for 12 more rows (14 in total)
 
Make 26 dc (US sc)

In next st make 2 dc (US sc)

Continue making 6 more dc (US sc) down the side of the rectangle, 1 into each row. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec 1st and 2nd st of row, 4 dc (US sc), dec 7th and 8th st, 4 dc (US sc), dec 13th and 14th st. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec in 1st and 2nd st of row, 2 dc (US sc), dec in 5th, 6th and 7th st of row, 2 dc (US sc), dec in 10th and 11th st. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec in 1st and 2nd st or row, 3 dc (US sc), dec in 6th and 7th st. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec in 1st and 2nd st, 1 dc (US sc), dec in 4th and 5th st. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec in 1st, 2nd and 3rd st.

Turn and slip st 5 sts, 1 st per row. Turn and make 1 ch.

Dc (US sc) into each slip st, then continue dc (US sc)1 st per row, down to end of rectangle.

Slip st into the back of each st in the chain cord.

Cut yarn and carefully untie the slip knot at the bottom of the chain. Pull both yarn ends through both chain loops. Pull tightly and trim ends.

To use, tightly roll up the rectangle and tuck it's top end into the little 'hood'. Carefully push up in the bottom of the roll to make it easier for insertion.
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3  Take some beads, buttons, wire and chain.. EDIT: Many more pics added! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by cherade9 on: June 06, 2007 02:38:34 PM
.. and make a pendant!



What do you think? It's a present for a friend. I've got about 7kgs of buttons and beads to make into jewellery next to me and I scored 14 rolls of some heavier weight florists wire to make them with.

I love the organic nature of making them, building and wrapping the piece, adding dangles, crystals, chain and charms. It's very soothing to see the pieces become a whole.

EDIT: I took pictures of some of the other pieces I made.

















I'm still trying to decide which ones I do and don't like and why. Opinions?
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4  Blythe Doll clothes or My doll's clothes history [IMG obese!!] in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cherade9 on: June 03, 2007 06:13:15 PM
My mum, aunts and grandmas have all knitted, crocheted, embroidered and sewn all my life. Every birthday and Christmas I'd receive a pile of clothes and accessories for my Barbie, Ken and Skipper dolls.They also made me household things like bedding, rugs, towels, kitchen goods, even coats for the dog! I remember mum making them for my cousins. I was fascinated at the tiny stitches and the detail that could be created.

My own adventures in making dolls clothes started when I was 11. I was ill, off school, and bored out of my tree. I'm dyspraxic http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/services/ad_symptoms.php and I find detailed work a real challenge. But my mum had an ex-library book full of patterns for Barbie and Sindy doll clothes. So I got out some sewing scraps and made my first dolls clothes.

I made clothes for my Barbies, especially once I finished high school, obsessively practicing and refining my stitches and the details I could create. At the same time I was teaching myself to sew and make corsets and wedding dresses, especially for plus sized women like myself. I learnt flat and draped pattern cutting, using my dolls as miniature models and learning aids, being able to create intricate outfits with little expenditure.

I finally taught myself to knit and crochet 3 years ago and immediately used my new obsession in Blythe and Momoko to use them as my new muses. I used to hang out on the This is Blythe forum http://blythe.swedenunlimited.com/newforum/ For the 18 months or so that I was a regular there, I made a whole series of outfits and sets.

Without further ado, here are a some of my Blythe dolls, my old Susie Sad Eyes and my repro vintage Barbie. I'm trying to decide whether to start making new clothes for them.. I miss it Sad



I wrote the pattern for this hoodie, but I'm now working in 2 ply with 1.5 mm and 2 mm needles to get a better sense of scale. So I'm going to re knit it and alter the pattern, so it doesn't look so tight and stiff.



My girls are modelling it for your viewing pleasure Smiley





I love to hand embroider and hand bead dolls clothes. I just wish I could get and use beads that were small enough to look 'in scale'.









This white crochet coat I made in 3ply cotton with a 2mm crochet hook.



This biker jacket I made in 1995 for the doll who is wearing it. I made her a pair of cropped turn up hem jeans to match. The fake leather was hand stitched and all the seams were top stitched. It was very stiff to work and next time I'm going to make it in soft glove real leather.



I really enjoyed making the pants and cropped top set. I use hankerchief weight white cotton as linings for all my dolls clothes so that there is no issue with staining or the seam allowances fraying.



My Susie Sad Eyes. I found them too poorly made and easy to damage so I cleaned her up and clothed her.



Two of my girls on a trip out to Edinburgh Botanics. I love to photograph them in the Alpine gardens.. the miniature plants and landscapes really set them off Smiley



My Blythe girls are currently mostly in pieces in their boxes waiting to have new make up and matt sanding. I need to motivate myself to rescue them from their solitude, so they can come downstairs and go on display with the furniture I bought and made them.
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5  First post - Japanese inspired corset and tail back shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cherade9 on: April 30, 2007 04:53:50 PM
I made this a few years ago for a college project. These photos are from the exhibition it was subsequently shown in: 'Wow! Best Fashion Shop' in Chinatown in Leeds, UK.





The main shirt fabric was hand dyed cotton. Each of the appliques on the shirt and the corset fabric was hand decopaged out of paper images, photocopied onto iron on paper transfer sheets and fixed onto cotton fabric.

The front of the corset has a busk, with 5 buckles covering it, is fully boned in spring and straight steels and has a ribbon lacing the back.

I was really into the Fruits book at the time.. can you tell? Smiley

Hope y'all like it!

Liz A.
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