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11  My first design - knitted motorcycle and biker in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: October 11, 2013 11:07:32 AM
This is my very first pattern that I have ever designed and I think it came out ok.

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12  Life like knitted baby - doll in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: September 20, 2013 10:55:49 AM
I just finished her and I think she looks too cute!!

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13  4 dolls in one!! 4 fairy tale characters with lots of accessories in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: August 29, 2013 05:11:56 AM
This is a knitted topsy turvy doll that is also 4 dolls in one. She becomes 4 fairy tale characters:

Mother Hubbard: holding an empty dog bowl and her pet dog (also foto showing back of her)
Little Red Ridinghood's poor sick Grandma
Little Miss Muffet: holding her bowl of curds and whey and a friendly spider beside her
Little Red Ridinghood: carrying a basket of fruit/cakes and flowers to poor ailing Grandma

There are also fotos here showing the 2 dolls at once, lying down. One foto shows you the Mother Hubbard face that is not wearing glasses while the other foto shows you the same doll flipped on its back (not turned upside down but turned on its back) and which is showing you Lilttle Red Ridinghood's Grandma who IS wearing glasses...done so as to give you an idea of how it works.
One head has two faces. The head gear that the dolls are wearing help hide the other character's face. There is also a foto of all the accessories I needed to knit for all the characters. This was a fun porject...my way of relaxing. Hope you like 'em and thanks for stopping by!


Mother Hubbard

back of Mother Hubbard showing how cap hides other character's face

Little Red Ridinghood's poor ailing Grandma

Little Miss Muffet

Little Red Ridnghood

the doll showing the 2 heads - note the Mother Hubbard character doesn't wear glasses

doll turned on its back showing Red Ridnghood's Grandma who DOES wear glasses

..and all the accompanying accessories I knitted for these wonderful fairy tale characters

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14  Jelly Bean painting - Infant Sea in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by chek101 on: August 08, 2013 03:48:03 PM
I thought I had posted this here but I searched the entire forum and it's not here so guess I didn't. In any case I have been asked if I did any other jelly paintings so I thought to add this in. It is the only other JB painting I did; it was done 4 yrs ago. This one is my favorite one because I love how the ocean shows graceful movement. The painting took me 2 mos to do and was wonderful fun. It is 5 ft across while Jerusalem is 8 ft across. But this painting which I have named "Infant Sea" is a tad bit different than Jerusalem because I employed other edibles in it as well the jelly beans. Look closely!

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15  Toy doll - 21 inches tall with Hobby horse in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 24, 2013 06:51:20 AM
I made this doll as a gift to pay back a dear friend who helped me a lot when Sandy hit.  I was hit hard by her but am slowing coming back to normal, not all the way there yet, but getting there.
Anyway here is the doll shown in 4 photos. She is a little girl clown and is 21 inches tall and quite a character. She is holding on to her hobby horse and jump rope; she has a yoyo and a tiny teeny teddy bear on her hat.

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16  Adorable Knitted doll - Little Elsie in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: January 16, 2013 03:52:09 PM
This one I made for a friends as a gift. She is a Greenhowe pattern. The pattern calls for a 15 and 1/2 doll but my Little Elsie is 21 inches tall because I use a heavier yarn.

Elsie loves her toys: her yoyo, her skates, her pony ride. I even added one more toy for her...the tiny teddy bear.
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17  Dragon ski hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: July 03, 2012 01:46:36 PM
This was kind of fun to knit. When I finished the hat I stuck it on a bowl but first I stuffed it with this really huge ball of yarn I have so as to make it stand up straight. It does have eyes holes and a mouth hole.

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18  SPIDER ATTACK! Oh my! in Knitting: Completed Projects by chek101 on: June 17, 2012 07:43:38 AM
OMG, my pet prehistoric gigantic house fly is stepping on dangerous toes. The fight for computer rights is on!!

Here comes the tarantula now!

Look out! That spider looks pretty mad! You better stop preening and start running!

Didn't you hear me??

I said, "RUN!!!"

Do it NOW!!!

You have about 2 seconds to MOVE IT!!

I can't look! Can't take it!

Oooooooh nooooOOOH!  WAAAAAAAAAH!!!!

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19  Amazing! These are ALL CLOTH DOLLS! in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by chek101 on: March 15, 2012 07:50:43 AM
This is not my work but the work of a woman I much admire. Here are just a few pictures of this woman's amazing work in cloth dolls. I am going to give this work a try myself. I thought you might be interested in seeing them. Check out the urls below to see more of her work. And do read her interesting bio.





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20  How I built a Horse Drawn Carriage in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 29, 2012 03:34:56 PM
Some of the things I created I kept track of in a diary. But I created a special diary for the Dorsay Brougham - the horse drawn carriage. I have already posted her pictures to this board (the Black Carriage), but I thought you might want to see how I went about making her, and so I am copying some of the diary's contents here so that you can walk with me as I journey back 13 years to when I built this beautiful horse-drawn carriage. By the way, "brougham" is pronounced "Brahm" or "Broom" depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on. The brougham is a light-weight carriage pulled by just one or two horses. Circa 1890. There are a lot of pictures in my diary showing the coach's photographic journey as well. Of these, I chose a dozen or so. But you can still experience what I experienced as I went about making her. She and I went thru a lot of ups and downs. She survived Hurricane Floyd tho he knocked her off her struts leaving a big gap in her left front side for me to repair - more time lost. Since big projects require that I work out doors, the weather was important to me. I remember the summer I built the brougham was a particularly wet one. To weather proof the carriage, I threw a coat of red paint on her. In the end, she would be painted black.

Ok, ready? Please walk with me ...

I knew exactly what kind of coach I wanted to build. I wanted it to be like the ones I saw in old movies with castles, ball gowns and ghouls in them. So, I went to the library, looked at lots of books on horse drawn carriages till I hit on the sketch below. That is the very sketch that I worked from. Notice the print under the drawing? In the 2nd column, 4th line down, you can make out the measurements given for the wheels and body. And I thank my lucky stars for that!! It says 38" and 45" - body 52". From these 3 measurements I was able to scale up the rest of the carriage. Wow, did that make my day!

I zeroxed a copy of this page, went home and worked out the materials I would need - the uppermost being plywood. I primarily worked with plywood. With a few exceptions, I seldom worked with wood over 3/4" thick. That was because I cut everything with a jigsaw. I might use a circular saw once in awhile, but my jigsaw was my main tool - it was my pencil.

Next day, I bought several sheets of ply; a few being luan. Luan is a very smooth ply used when you want to obtain a polished look and feel. Screws, nails? Didn't need them. I had buckets of 'em. I always picked up extra when I visited lumber yards.

Construction began June 22, 1999 and finished in October 1999 in time for Halloween! Here is the first picture I took using a polaroid camera. I also included some of the commentary that accompanied most of my photos in my diary.

But that wigglewood was an awesome wood to work with! Look how nicely it curves as it bellies out the floor of the coach. I loved it!

I also began work on my lady vamps. Forced to! I kept tripping over the chicken wire plus it was shredding my jeans to pieces every time I tried squeezing past it. Finally, I decided to get some of that out of the way and so I used it to mold the shape of my lady's bodies.

Next, the front end is moving along nicely:

Good grief! I went thru 2 full sheets of cheap plexiglass trying to get it to conform to the curve of that front window, it just kept shattering like sugar crystal. But Lexan to the rescue - expensive- but worth it!! That other was a sheer waste of time.

See? Nice how that window looks, right? Look at that gorgeous curve!

Here are my horses from the year before, when I built The Horsemen. I took the tails off so I don't break them, that way I could work worry-free in front of the coach. Of cause, hurricane Floyd couldn't care less ... he made a royal mess out of my coach. I found it lying on the ground between my apple tree and the fence with a giant crack in its side.  Cry

We're getting there! The front extension is on! A little sorry looking right now, but wait ...

... that's a bit better!

Oh boy - the wheels! Will I ever forget the back pain from bending over them for 2 days. oy!

Thank goodness the wheels are on and that part is over with!!!

Now this part was really a lot more fun to do - decorating. And I got to work indoors too! Happy dance!! I really enjoyed sitting in it at night watching the evening sky.

... so far ... so good. My black horse is gonna look great pulling the carriage.
And oh, will you look at Dracula all spiffied up! No wonder the ladies adore him!

Ahhh, my pretties! They were a breeze to make and also kind of fun. Mostly because they were so easily thrown together: bought masks, repainted them, got wigs and gowns from a garage sale, threw in some teeth and costume jewelry and there you go. The price of this elegance - cheap.

and finally - here is the coach all done and looking really cool!

Well, I do thank you for the walk and hope we can walk this way again sometime. I hope you enjoyed the trip.
Patty  Smiley


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