Creative Bliss

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Meet Gwendolyn...

   Happy Wednesday to you! I am so excited to share my just finished Gwendolyn doll with you! I took lots of pictures, so hopefully you can see all the details...
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I kept the photos smaller so you can click to enlarge them if you want.

Isn't she FUN!?! Amy has been pleading with me for days to be the one to get the first doll. So far, I haven't caved. I made it for ME this time (although part of me does want to give it to her...I'm so weak). Remember that yarn that was giving me fits the other night? It was a haute fur and I was using it to make the hat. I've never worked with that type of yarn before and oh. my. gosh. I thought I was going to rip my own hair out instead of the doll's. I tried so many different ways to work with the yarn and didn't like any of them-half the time I couldn't see the stitches for all the "hairs". Finally, I looked for a different yarn with shorter "hairs." The eyelash yarn I got went together like a dream (got it done on my first attempt) compared to the other stuff. LOL

As I was making each piece, I wasn't convinced that the pieces would fit together well. I thought some of them were too large (the sleeves and the bloomers, specifically) but I figured I could trust the designer and if I didn't like it...Amy would get the doll and I'd make any adjustments on the next one. Lo and behold...it all worked together wonderfully, I think!

The skirt is made with a stitch I have never heard of/seen before. It's called Entrelac and is worked block by block. I guess you usually need a long hook to make something with it, but for the doll, I was able to use my regular crochet hook. I love the texture it adds AND it was super easy and fast to do.

I found the pattern on Gourmet Crochet (the same place I got the dinosaur pattern and pony pattern). She has some pretty cool patterns there and the directions are pretty clear and fairly easy to follow.

Thanks SO much for stopping by. I love Gwendolyn and hope you enjoy her, too!

Jeanne

12 comments:

Barb said...

LOL! Well, isn't she cute! I love the pattern of her skirt. I've never heard/seen that one before, either. Jeanne, your creativty is limitless, you are definitely the Crafting Queen! I was sharing your lovely blog with a friend yesterday and she is very interested in your 'stitched' cards. You do such amazing work and you're so speedy quick,too. TFS!

Jeanne said...

Thanks, Barb! You're too sweet! I have to add that Amy took one look at the doll when I picked her up after school and boldly STOLE her from me! If want access to a doll, I'm going to have to make another one....

mE said...

OH MY HECK!

Jeanne... Gwenny is FaBuLoUsO!!!!!

Must
Make
Me
One
NOW
{please}

LOLOL! I love the craziness of her!!!

I'm too retarded to crochet one for myself! I did finish my scarf & will show you the wonky stitches in it... maybe you will have pity on me.

LOL!

YOU ROCK!

mE said...

*Sigh*

I'm back to drool.

She needs a tiny little tiara.

:)

'Specially in pic #5

Kathi Carlson said...

My mouth is hanging open again. Gwendolyn is SO sweet. I am so in awe of you. Amazed ....

Sarah said...

I LOVE Gwen..esp her bloomers LOL. You are so talented..you should see me try and knit..ha ha my stitches get so tight I can hardly even get the needles through (they actually creak and scream at me). SO I hold anyone who can do this in great esteem.(and I know what you do is not knitting BTW lol) TG sewing with a machine on paper is SO EASY!
Thanks for sharing her with us...

Carol said...

Gwendolyn is just adorable!!!
Your blog is also looking great. I need to learn how to add a background.

stampmonkey said...

Oh my goodness, Jeanne! Gwendolyn is absolutely ADORABLE!! (Is she from some of the Wallace and Grommit movies? She looks like she could be.) I'm glad you got it all to work out for you...that yarn, although pretty, sounds like a nightmare to work with! I love all the different colors, textures, and all the fun additions like like her bloomers, striped leggings, and puffy sleeves -- just soooo cute! You did an amazing job, Jeanne!! (Again!!!) It's no wonder Amy stole her from you! I would think that Jessica might be asking for one next....

Anke said...

these are so cute!!!! You are amazing with all the stuff you are making!

Kim Burmeister said...

Oh My, Jeanne! This little doll is so cute! I love her hair. You sure are one talented lady.

Angela2932 said...

How adorable! I love this little doll! Such bright, happy colors in it as well!

Jackie said...

Gwen is very cute :)