Thursday, April 25, 2013

Llamas, Frogs and Forget-Me-Nots

What do they all have in common? Well, nothing much, really, except that they all have something to do with doll clothes I've made recently :P Sorry I haven't posted in a while, things have been kind of busy lately. In addition to making the clothes below, I have been working on a new book, taking a tapestry weaving class, knitting a new little dolly, studying Russian and Korean (well, the Russian is just brushing up, since it's not the first time I studied it, but still, it's time-consuming), and I am still working on the Snegurochka costume for Elena (look for an update on that in the next week, hopefully, I'm almost done sewing the dress). 

So the first outfit is the Llama outfit, modeled by Kateri. The llamas are handwoven out of organic colorgrown cotton. I used the same yarn to trim the top and skirt, as well as on the sandals and the handle for the purse. The rest of the outfit is made of organic cotton too :) I picture her going to an outdoor market, or some sort of art show or something in this outfit. Some place outdoors, in the summer, just relaxing and doing a little shopping, or something fun like that ^_^

Here are a few pics of the llama pieces, just off the loom:

The second outfit I call "Forget-Me-Not", just because the color of the fabric looks like certain kinds of forget-me-not flowers. Well, that, and I couldn't think of what else to call it! lol It is modeled by Bu-Yong, and is made of organic cotton with swarovski crystal accents. I made the shoes too. I was going for some kind of ballet flat. I can't say I succeeded entirely, but they are useable for now...

And now for the frogs. I am making Kisa a costume inspired by the Russian fairy tale "The Frog Tsarevna". This trim is based on a charted knitted pattern created by Huldamor on Ravelry. She was nice enough to allow me to weave it :) I will actually be weaving two of her patterns for this costume. I'm using very fine, organic cotton lace-weight yarn. Here are some pics of the trim I have finished so far (and of course, Kisa too!):

I'm really happy with the way this trim turned out! I haven't been able to start the second trim yet - I had to put this project on hold temporarily, because I need to use this loom for the tapestry weaving class that I'm currently taking. But as soon as that is done, I'll weave the other trim, and then get to sewing the costume!

Well, that is all for now. I hope you're all well, and enjoying Spring!


P.S. Ringo says "hi"! He is doing really well :) The warmer weather is making him quite sassy.