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I gave myself two challenges last month, one was to learn how to embroider eyes and the other was to make one of my favorite manga characters, Himura Kenshin. I started working on this doll at the beginning of September and finally put on the last touches yesterday. It took a lot of patience but I am very happy with the result.

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Himura Kenshin is a former assassin turned wanderer in search of redemption during the Japanese Meiji era. He is distinguishable by his orange hair, his purple eyes and the scar he wears on his cheek. He is a manga character that was also featured in an anime and live action series.

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I started the doll by crocheting the head, then practiced embroidering the eyes until the face was so worn out I had to start all over again. I tried different tutorials from Pinterest and YouTube before figuring what worked best for me. It took a lot of patience and I think I spent an entire day just trying to get it right.

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I had the most fun with his Kimono. I love crocheting costumes, it’s always my favorite part. The skirt was not worked in rounds, I crocheted the front and the back separately and sewed both sides together with yarn. It was rather easy even though I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.

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The hair was quite a challenge. First of all, I had to make a decision on the color.  It’s between a reddish and orange color, except for Takeru Satoh version of the character (live action) which has much darker tones. I opted for a deep and vibrant orange because red would blend too much with the kimono and more fun to work with than a darker shade. I made the hair in layers to achieve some volume, and for that reason, it took me a long time to cut, glue and spray the entire head. It is nerve wrecking because any mistake might ruin the entire doll. I have a love-hate relationship with my glue gun for that very reason. The key to success is time and patience, crafting will definitely teach you patience!

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The last challenge was his Katana. I really wanted to add it to the doll because I cannot imagine Himura without his sword. I didn’t know what kind of material to use to make one, I had to improvise and think “outside the box”. I ended up using felt and after trying different versions I opted for the one I liked best. (Here is a fun fact about Himura sword, it has a reversed blade which was made that way because he had sworn to never kill again after ending his career as an assassin).

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I love my little Himura Kenshin, maybe I should consider making a crocheted version of Kaoru to keep him company. I definitely want to make more manga characters, they are so much fun!

Here are links to different tutorials to embroider eyes:
Step by Step pictures by Feri_Dolls

Youtube Tutorial by Petus Ochoa” target=”_blank”>Youtube Tutorial by Petus Ochoa

Another step by step pictures by Fery-Y

Happy crocheting.. and embroidering!

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This month I decided to go back to one of my favorite crochet hobbies and challenge myself with another fan art project. This time I picked Jasmine from Aladdin because I love her costume and her hairstyle. After three weeks of on and off crafting sessions I finally finished it today:

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Every doll I make is always a new challenge, and this one was no exception. I thought the hardest part would be to recreate her almond shaped eyes but truly the hardest part was her outfit, especially the pants. It took me a few trials and errors to achieve what I wanted but it was all worth it because I learned some new techniques in the process.

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I think she turned out really pretty, I really love her face. I had a lot of fun playing hairdresser while styling her hair and working on her accessories. I decided to crochet all of her jewelry instead of buying metal pieces from the craft store for a change. I wanted to see if it would look pretty just using yarn. I think it turned out well!

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I am very happy with my little fan art doll, she is now standing next to my computer. Who knows, maybe Aladdin and his magic lamp will join her someday!

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Petal is a character from a video game called Vainglory. I haven’t played it yet but one of my friends who is a big fan introduced me to some of the heroes involved in the gameplay. I fell in love with Petal, a really cute but deadly sniper who lives in the jungle. Since I am a big fan of video games and fan art, I couldn’t resist making a crocheted version of that character.

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There are different versions of that character that involve different costumes, but I picked the bee skin because I loved the hat and the big antennas. It was a little bit challenging because I didn’t have a lot of pictures to work with for that particular one.

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I used a 2.75mm hook and Caron Simply Soft to make this doll. She is very small, except for her ears and wings that are almost as long as her body. I really had a lot of fun with this project, I wasn’t sure if I would succeed but I am very happy with the result.

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I think the most challenging part was the three-dimensional snout and mouth. I didn’t know what technique to use because I had never crocheted anything like this before.  It took some trial and error but I have learned a lot in the process.

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This fan art project was really inspiring, I love my little Petal. I am tempted to play the game but PVP is not my forte, it stresses me out and I usually get very frustrated.

Happy crocheting!

If anybody wonders where I have been this whole month I can tell you that I have been spending my time in a land called Kingdom Hearts, wandering around with no other luggage than my bag of yarns and crochet hooks. I spent it with a little character called Heartless Soldier, a fierce and challenging little guy that gave me a run for my money!

the Heartless Soldier was my summer project, a crochet challenge suggested by one of my youngest friends who used to play the video game when he was a kid. I am not one to say no to challenges, especially when they are as exciting as this one. Obviously I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but I was going to do it no matter how much time it would take to achieve my goal.

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One month… One month that included big fails, small victories, small fails, and big victories. The easiest part was the head and the body which is very standard if you are experienced with that type of crochet. The fun started with the feet which I thought was going to be the most difficult but ended up being a piece of cake compared to what was to follow.

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The hands… Even though I loved working on the hands I managed to make them too big the first time around. I had been so proud of the result, it broke my heart when I realized that there was no hope for them, no hope at all. I had to say goodbye to the beautifully crafted hands to start on a smaller set. RIP larger than life hands, life of a crocheteer is tuff and full of heartbreaks.

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I was almost there, I could already feel the triumph of overcoming this challenge! I just had to crochet the helmet, but a second look made me realize that it wasn’t going to be that easy, oh no, sir!  I couldn’t figure it out and for a week I just stared at my doll thinking that I was so close but so far away. First, the heartbreak, now the frustration… Life of a crocheter is tuff, full of heartbreaks and frustrations.

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I wasn’t going to let a helmet let me declare defeat, no way! I woke up one morning and a light bulb turned on,  I had to make it in three parts! I crocheted the top of the helmet, the bottom and the cone shaped top separately and sew everything together around the head. Life of  crocheter is tuff, full of heartbreaks, frustrations, and triumphs.

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I am so proud and so happy with my doll, I absolutely adore it. I bought a little doll stand where it proudly sits on top of my dresser.   It’s a reminder that for every challenge there is an accomplishment, it’s one of the many things I love about crocheting.

A friend of mine got tickets for a meet and greet with his idol, Gwen Stefani. He asked me if I could make a 90’s version of Gwen for the occasion, Chibi style. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, or if I would be able to do it  but it never hurts to try. I spent the last three weeks working on this doll, I really took my time. I don’t know  if I succeeded but at list I can say that I tried my best.

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I cannot tell you which part was the most challenging, every step seemed more difficult than the previous! I did look at tons of pictures of Gwen Stefani from the mid-90s, and I opted for the pants, tank top look that was her trademark during the Tragic Kingdom era.

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I had never made anime eyes before, so this was really an experiment that took several trials and errors before I was happy with the result (I probably lost a few hair over it). I used felt in 3 different colors: black, white, and dark brown. I based the design on a drawing I saw online that looked simple and easy to make. I will get more into it in my next post which will be a tutorial to make anime eyes (I will put the link here once it is posted).

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Well, now that I am finished with this doll, I can focus on Halloween and spooky fun things. I Just finished a black cat pattern that I will upload on ETSY very soon. I also would like to publish a free pattern for my blog. I am a bit behind, but I will try to catch on!

Happy crocheting!

Kokeshi dolls are traditional miniatures originated from Japan. There are different styles, but they share the same characteristic, they have no legs, and no arms. They are made with wood, and since amigurumi has become a popular form of crochet, you can also find them made with yarn.

I love these dolls, they are so cute. I have been making a few in the past years, but every time I make a new one I try to do something different. Here is the last one I crocheted, I think she turned out really cute.

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I love using different colors for the hair and dress every time I crochet one. It’s a lot of fun to try new combination, I picked burgundy, green, and blue this time around. I embroidered the eyes with black yarn, sometimes I use safety eyes but I think I like it better this way. I like to try different shapes for each one.

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It’s also fun to try different hairdo, one bun on top, or two buns on each side. You can really get creative and try pig tails, add braids etc… I went with the simple bun on top, and decorated it with a flower, and a ribbon. I added a little piece of accessory on the side to add to her looks.

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If you look at traditional Japanese costumes, you will see that there are different kind of bows attached to the back of the dresses. Mine is very simple, I just used felt and some glue.

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I finished my project by gluing a wood circle to the bottom of the doll. It keeps the doll from falling over, and the yarn from getting dirty. Watch out, once you start making these miniatures, it’s hard to stop!

Happy crocheting!

 


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