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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Crochet Bear Head is born, Madison



Today I am showing you Madison's head. One thing that you need, which is very important,but that many people forget to include in their instructions is?, Your Stitch Marker. A friend of mine, Deneen from http://www.yarnsandmusings.com/ gave me some beautiful Stitch markers, they were so beautiful and hand made that I decided not use them. They are instead safely guarded in a Jewel box of mine.



ADid you know that a jewel-box is a receptacle for trinkets, not only jewels. It may take a very modest form, covered in leather and lined with satin, or it may reach the monumental proportions of the jewel cabinets which were made for Marie Antoinette, one of which is at Windsor, and another at Versailles, the work of Schwerdfeger as cabinetmaker, Degault as miniature-painter, and Thomire as chaser. My Jewel box is not that grandiose, but I thought the information about it was. I thank you for allowing me to indulge. Needless to say I am using the plastic ones as you can see from my previous posting, http://crochetandy.blogspot.com/2007/05/may-crochet-bear.html , these acutrements, i.e. Stitch markers are great tools to have when doing your crochet or your kniting.


This bear can be made completely out of thread, that includes nose, eyes and jooints. I have decided to make it in my own way and see what it looks like to make a stuffed animal with parts, like the 18mm eyes and the 18mm nose. Each of these parts have two parts. The outside part and the part that is used to fastened it. It is a washer like part that will slide easily to snap in place, but it is hard to get out to move. The trick is to just place the part where you want it and once you are satisfied snap the washer in place. You can get these parts at any craft store, but I use parts made by Darice .


I usually get mine at Joann's Fabrics in 75 Colma Boulevard, Colma, California 94014. It is one of the few strip Malls that I enjoy going It is always a great place to go and have fun looking.

The instructions for the head where very clear. The head is to be made in two parts, i.e. front and back. I don't know if it will make it easier to put the facial parts on it, but I decided to continue the instructions as if the head , (Front and Back) were to be made at once from the same set of instructions. I did not want to deal with the notion of putting a head together. LOL!

I had to improvise a little, as decreasing to close the back is not in the instructions. It was 14 stitches on the round when I started to stuff the head. I put on the nose first, when I was satisfied with the placement I locked it. I proceeded to put the eyes on and fine a central place for them. Once the head was fluffy I proceeded to lock the faceware in place and to continue stuffing the head while drecreasing the stitches until only 3 were left. At this time I finished the head.


I will continue with the ears and that will be able to give you another picture before the weekend is here. Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

Deneen said...

Oh my, hislittle headis perfect!

Use those stitch markers (those may be too heavy for a little bear)-they're meant to be used and I can make you some smaller ones for your stuffies!