Oopsy! did your doll get into a mess? Spot cleaning is recommended for handmade dolls. These dolls are made from acrylic yarn so I tested the machine wash on one with better results then I expected.
Using an older model doll (before my upgraded modifications to wrists and ankles)
Place doll in laundry bag before washing! Wash with load in Cold Water. Do Not tumble dry. Lay out doll to dry.
Adjustments to hair may be needed to style.
Once dry, put on their favorite outfit and your friend is ready to play again !
We're Late! What a silly little rabbit.
Creating an outfit for the White Rabbit was a fun challenge and he turned out perfectly.
Added a lapel watch and ascot. His tail fits perfectly through his coat. Hat on and ready to go, we're late!
Alice takes her Adventure into Wonderland
There is something Wonderful about Alice and her imagination. Was it real or just a dream, does it matter?
Little cookie in her apron pocket. Bloomers with ruffles and Mary Jane shoes. Alice is always ready to think of new things.
I am a Bunny
Nicholas loves this book, he has the same name as the bunny too! He loves to dress up just like the bunny in the book.
The Little Prince
This young Prince was a commission piece and an inspiration for a Children's Books series (stay tuned)
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
This doll is inspired by all the women who work hard toward their own passion in health care. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female Medical Doctor in the United States (1849), and founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children (1857).
Dr. Blackwell is on display for the Exhibit "Art and Storytelling Event: Journeys in Health Care" See more about the exhibit on the Curators Blog
NOTE: Some dolls may be available for sale. Please contact me with any questions.
Misty Copelandis the first African-American woman to become a Principal Dancer the American Ballet Theater.
I have been wanted to create her as a doll for some time and finally had the inspiration on how to create the tutu I wanted for her. I did other pattern design modifications for the ballet shoes and tank top.
University of Michigan - Michigan Medicine - Employee Art Exhibit 2018 Best in Category - Fiber Art
Studio Ghibli creates wonderful anime films and great characters to crochet. Some of their amazing films include: My Neighbor Totoro Castle in the Sky Kiki's Delivery Service Princess Mononoke Spirited Away Ponyo
I have only scratched the surface of the characters, but here are the ones I stated with:
Ponyo :: Ponyo Loves Ham ! Spirited Away :: Chihiro relaxing with Haku
Kiki's Delivery Service :: Kiki and Jiji are ready to fly!
I found a wonderful broom for Kiki on Amazon.
I based the design of Jiji off of the Hello Kitty character Chococat.
The outfit for Kiki includes:
Red headband with bow Witch's traditional black dress White bloomers Red shoes
Neil Gaiman is an author of wonderful tales. He has a whimsical and curious way that his character go through their adventure, but they are always a lesson in life to the one on the path. Some of his wonderful books have also made it to the big screen, with one currently being produced as a series. Get a taste of his world through his books or on screen.
American Gods - Book to series (Starz) Neverwhere - BBC mini series to Book. Stardust - Book to Movie Coraline - Book to Movie Mirror Mask - Book to Movie
From Mirror Mask: Helena in her pajamas, including her bunny slippers. I plan on creating her black dress as well for her wardrobe.
Melisandra - The Red Woman
Inspired from George R.R. Martin's HBO series, The Game of Thrones.
Here hair is burgundy with bright red highlights. Parted in the center her thick hair can be styled in various ways.
Her outfit includes: long red dress with long flowing sleeves, along with red shoes and undies. Her accessories are for the winter weather and are in the color burgundy, they include: a thick scarf, arm warmers (that give the look of and underdress), and leg warmers.
Melisandra was a fun doll to create, she gave me some challenges in getting her wardrobe the way that really showed off who she is. Here are some of the phases of the creation:
I started with the scarf, and then formed the dress. The first design as kimono sleeves just didn't work.
I undid the first sleeve design and designed a more gradual widening of the sleeves.
Potted Clovers !
Sometimes you need a little luck added to your space, you can't go wrong with a potted clover.
If you lack a green thumb this plant is for you !
Let's Do Science ! My day job is with the research community with life saving science. It is wonderful to work around such wonderful people that come from all backgrounds of gender, age, and country.
Upon request I designed an outfit for a scientist. It includes Scrubs, Lab Coat, and PPE. #scienceisforgirls
It's a Mini-Me ! I think I will call her Maimai
Maimai will be joining me on her first adventure to the Ann Arbor Fiber Expo, A time to find a wonderful selection of yarns and accessories, and visit with some of my fiber art friends.
The Fall show is the big one, with lots of goodies, but I never like to miss the Spring expo for some lucky finds.
Meet the Gorillaz ! I was inspired by the release of the new Gorillaz album Humanz.
This was a fun collection to make as I worked with designing ears due to their hair styles, and adjusting my patterns for costumes.
Here are my versions of the virtual band members as crochet dolls:
Murdoc - his face is longer and thinner
2D - look at those big eyes
Noodle - Melancholy Hill outfit is fun
Russel - he loves his hats, and hogs.
Making a Connection
Clover Springs dolls are for kids of all ages, from Toddler's to "adults" who find joy in play. Seeing dolls bring joy to others is such a wonderful reward :
Happy Birthday Bubba!
I made Bubba a new shirt for his first birthday. Bubba and his human really love dinosaurs!