Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Doily Dreamcatcher

On Friday morning, I've got a surprise gift from my Japanese teacher. It was a beautiful golden brown yarn twisted with sparkling gold thread. It looks very classy and elegant. She told me that it was from her friend who has a weaving studio in Mie perfecture, Japan. She has plenty of yarn and wanted me to have one. Whoaa...this is really amazing, received a thoughtful gift from someone whom I never met,  I don't even know her name :p. I'm pretty sure that my teacher told her something about me (hopefully it was a good thing) :D. 

I should make something for their kindness to show my gratitue. And I want to use the yarn that she gave me. Crochet coin purse was the first thing came in my mind, but nay... I had made it several times before. Then I decided to make doily dreamcatcher.

My first step on this project was looking for doily pattern which has smaller size than the hoop size. I prefer to tie it with string because I want to see the whole crochet pattern inside the hoop.  
Next I covered the embroidery hoop with yarn and glue it at some part. Then I set the doily to hoop and tied it with string. Last, I made the tassels and crochet balls as an ornament. It's done!

I let my teacher to choose first, and she liked the white one. 

I also made a small letter with watercolor on the background and tried to write it in Japanese. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cat Fabric Doll with Embroidered Detail

Happy New Year 2015!!! May it brings gifts of joy and good health to you.

Lately I was looking for an inspiring people who made a beautiful handmade fabric doll. And put it on my dreams list that one day I could make one too. After long hours of blog walking, pinning, and stumbled upon on instagram, looking for a sewing techniques, pattern, fabric, details...etc because I know nothing about making fabric doll. 
I really really want to thank them(and off course hug them if I had a chance ;D) who has kindly shared their ideas, experience, tips and ispiration on social media <3. 
With their tutorials, finally I made this doll for my daughter's birthday present *wink.

My first step was creating the character, and then made a pattern from it. Before I cutting it, I embroidered her head and arms.

My daughter named her Rosie

Flowers are everywhere...even on Rosie's feet.

What do you think about her?