Saturday, 14 January 2017

MY TOPSY-TURVY CINDERELLA DOLL

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MY TOPSY-TURVY CINDERELLA DOLL

( #Blogaday 14/365 )

Sometime last month, I made my first topsy turvy doll, which started off like a cupcake that transformed into a doll. 
I then thought (oh, didn’t I think I am oh, so smart.. LOL!  ;) ) that I’d come up with this huge range of similar stuff.. starting with Cinderella in her cinders dress which when flipped over would be Cinderella in her ball gown. 

So still in my blissful ignorance, and trying to create a Cinderella doll myself, I found a freebie pattern for a basic pattern, and worked off that to create *my genius idea* ;)  .. and halfway through my creation, lo behold, I find that there *are* patterns readily available…. And that too for exactly what I was making!!
 
So anyway, I made my creation with my own twists and tweaks, and now give you lots of ideas.. so let’s go ahead and create and spread smiles.

Materials used : For this creation, I used Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic, with a 3 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle ; beads and other bling ; safety eyes

Size : 7” tall ; 5” around the base

Skill Level : Intermediate to advanced

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : For this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops, you only go through the back loop of each sc. 

How to thread beads onto your yarn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WKv0W8miQ

How to add beads in crochet : Check out this neat link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M

How to do the French Knot embroidery stitch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj_s1Ao6Ct8


Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                      ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                     sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                             hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                            

                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

While the pattern itself is from another link, there are a lot of interesting links on the top of my blog for a “how to”.. so do take a look at that before you head off to get your free pattern.  In this cute little Cinderella pattern, you will need to work in back loops and also use beads, and I’ve given links on “how to” above.

I used this full pattern for a Magical Cinderella at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magic-cinderella  



and here are allllllll my photos to get you excited and cracking  


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So here is Cinderella working hard in the house..

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A duster in her hand. ...

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and a scarf on her head

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Slaving away to keep the house clean..

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torn clothes.. patched for wear

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but still a smile on her face...

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and then Shazaam !! 

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The Fairy God mother waves her wand..

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....and watch the transformation...

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as Cinderella gets ready for The Ball!

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I found several basic doll ideas and I loved this one from Lisa Auch at http://www.crochet-patterns-free.com/2014/08/free-crochet-amigurumi-doll-pattern.html, which I have not used this time, but am surely going to use it shortly.

Finally there are a set of topsy turvy dolls, which are stunningly fantastic, but these is not a free pattern.  Buy it at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cupcake-topsy-turvy-doll


My small tweaks : If you are making this for a really small child, please be very careful using these tweaks as they may hurt the child.

1.       Cleaning brush : I added a cleaning brush onto the Cinders side of the Cinderella doll.  I took a regular toothpick and passed it through her soft hand (Ouch ?!) and at the other (pointed) end, I added a few bits of yarn which I tied tightly around the centre of the toothpick to mimic a cleaning brush.  I have ensured that I cut the tip of the toothpick off, but this is still a little dangerous, so be warned.
2.     Tiny handbag :  The fancy handbag obviously goes onto the arm of the “Ready-To-Go-To-The-Ball” Cinderella.   I started with a magic circle and worked 10 sc into that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  For the handle, I worked about 15 ch from where I’d joined to the 1st st, and then re-join again at that same st.  for a neat edge, I cut my yarn with a tail of about 8” , and wove the tail in and out of the back loop of the sc around magic circle.  This gives a beaded edge on one side (front) and a neat finish on the other side too.  I then added beads (with a sewing needle) all around the tiny little handbag and strung it onto Cinderella’s arm.  Now she’s all ready to go to the ball.
3.     The designer has used larger beads and added them to the yarn before use.  I did not have beads large enough for my yarn in the color I wanted, so I have ‘cheated’ and added them in after completing the dress with a sewing needle.
4.     For a final tweak and cute look, I have teased the yarn for the hair, unravelling the 4-ply and giving it a lovely curly frizzy look
5.     If using safety eyes for your little doll, ensure you glue then in well .  If not , please check the links given above for “how to make a French knot” and use that to embroider in your eyes.

So go ahead, go crazy and create.
One little princess is going to be mighty pleased!

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