Crafts

I enjoy carving dolls and making clothes for them.  I thought I’d share some of the resources that I have used. I am particularly interested in carving Hitty dolls and their friends (6 1/4" dolls and smaller). I also make clothes for my Bleuette friends (11 1/2 " dolls) and Loulotte friends (9 1/2" dolls).

Knit

https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/knitting-patterns-and-techniques/Knit patterns and techniques
                       
https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/knitted-edgings/ Knit edgings

https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/knitted-flowers/ Knit flowers
                       
Knit doll clothes

http://www.stickatillbarbie.se/ Barbie doll web site for knitted clothes- There are tons of different styles to choose from. There are also patterns for several other small dolls, too. It is well worth your while to view this site!!!

https://www.ravelry.com/account/login Ravelry- this site is worth joining. It is free. On it you can search for knitted and crocheted patterns. They offer free ones and ones you pay for. They also have groups that you can join for more support.

http://barbiebasics.tripod.com/   lots of nice Barbie Doll knit Clothes patterns and other doll patterns                   

https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/knitted-dolltoy-patterns/ knitted doll/toy patterns                       

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hittysknittys/info Hittysknittys Yahoo Doll Group - this group is a needle-working circle dedicated to increasing and sharing skills especially for our favorite 6.25 inch wooden doll, Hitty. They have many patterns here that you can use as a member.                      

http://www.knittingparadise.com/ Knitting Paradise - this is a wonderful site to join. It is free. On it you will find all sorts of forums - a classified section, links and resources, pattern requests - if you do a search here, type in "ladyfingers" and you should get a lot of American Girl and Barbie Doll Clothes patterns by this nice lady.          

http://miniatures.about.com/od/dollhouseneedlework/a/miniknitgen.htm?nl=1  miniature knitting resources
                       
Knit Resources

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=59b29c79-a812-4606-bf21-feb35dba6021 has very small crochet and knitting needles

http://lacis.com/catalog/  all sizes of knitting needles

http://www.knittingfool.com/Default.aspx this site has  translators, knitting stitches, sweater pattern generators, and much more!!

Crochet

https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/crochet-patterns-and-techniques/ Crochet patterns and techniques
       
https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/crochet-edgings/ Crochet edgings

https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/crochet-flowers/ Crochet flowers
                  
Crochet doll clothes

http://byhookbyhand.blogspot.com/2009/07/one-of-things-ive-really-wanted-to-do.html This site has knitted and crochet dolls and their clothes - she also has a jointed crochet Bleuette doll and many outfits for her, too!!
                     
https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/crochet-doll-clothes/ crocheted doll clothes

http://barbiebasics.tripod.com/   lots of nice Barbie Doll crochet Clothes patterns and other doll patterns    
                       
           
Crochet Resources

http://artistlindatillman.com/NeedlesPage.html  has very small crochet and knitting needles

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/chart_crochet.html Yarn standards - has crochet chart symbols, crochet Aabbreviations, Knitting Abbreviations, Knit chart Symbols, how to read crochet patterns, how to read knit patterns, and so much more!!!

Doll clothes patterns


https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/patterns-and-clothes-for-dolls/ patterns for all sizes of dolls clothes


http://www.thebleudoor.com/BleuettePatternLibraryHome.index.htm Bleu Door - pattern Library for Bleuette dolls

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BleuetteSewingClub/info Bleuette Sewing  Club  Yahoo Doll Group - this is for fans of Bleuette, her friends, and family. They challenge each other to sew, knit or crochet historical LSDS patterns plus others, and enjoy fashion photos, activities, and fellowship. They will not always be historically correct, though--their aim is to have fun with Bleuette! There are many patterns here for members

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/aadcbleuette/info aadcBleuette Yahoo Doll Group - A Sister Group to the ADDADC -All About Doll Clothes group - The focus here is on all things Bleuette

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bleudoor/info Bleu Door Yahoo Group - This group is similar to the Bleuette Sewing Club group

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bleuette/info - Bleuette Yahoo Doll Group - This group focuses on the history of Bleuette, her Gautier Langereau fashions, and the patterns produced in the LSDS magazines

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/loulotte/info Loulotte Group - This is for fans of the Loulotte dolls and her friends. There are challenges, fashion photos, patterns, and lots of friendships.


http://hittygirls.com/ Hittygirls - This site is the online Hittygirls Yahoo Doll Group's web page. It has all of the information about contests, swaps, conferences, and more. There are also free patterns and printables here, too!! It isused in conjunction with the Hittygirls yahoo site.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hittygirls/info -Hittygirls Yahoo Doll Group's Information page.Here you can join and learn more about the famous Hitty doll. There are tons of patterns, swaps, contests, and sharing.


https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/handmadedollsandfriends/infoHandmade dolls and friends Yahoo Doll Group -This group is centered around handmade dolls and the people behind them. Dolls that are handmade in any medium are welcome. If you make the dolls or just love the dolls, then come on in .We are a unique group of friends sharing their dollmaking skills with others
. There are contests, swaps, stories, and more!! There are also patterns here.

https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/doll-hat-patterns/ Doll Hat Patterns

http://ufdc.org/doll-news/ United Federation of Doll Clubs - This magazine has an online section that has conference announcements, resources, some downloadable items. The magazine is very well done. It is issued quarterly.

Doll carving

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DollCarvingandPaintingArtistry/infoDoll Carving and Paining Artistry Yahoo Doll Group - A forum for everyone who carves and/or paints one of a kind dolls. While thefocus is mostly on wood - the doll can be made of other solid sculpture materials such as bone or carved polymer clay. Dolls discussed here can be any type or size and of human or animal form. Please share photos of your work and join in the discussion! They are dedicated to helping new carvers learn this wonderful and expressive art form. They provide carving tips, albums of tutorials and any other help a budding carver might ask for.

http://web.archive.org/web/20090106121900/http://www.hitty.org/research/pattern2.html Hitty doll pattern to use for carving

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9549592@N03/sets/72157619947571010/ Becassini in rough stages and then finished

http://xsw.com/Hitty/Challenge/General/index.html Chapter 1 Introduction - step by step carving your own bitty

http://xsw.com/Hitty/Challenge/Torso/index.htmlChapter 2 Carving the Torso

http://xsw.com/Hitty/Challenge/Limbs/index.html Chapter 3 Carving the Arms and Legs

http://xsw.com/Hitty/Challenge/Head1/index.html Chapter 4 Head and Face

http://xsw.com/Hitty/Challenge/Head2/index.html Chapter 5 Lips and Nostils

http://xsw.com/Hitty/Challenge/Assembly/index.html Chapter 6 Final Assembly

http://xsw.com/Hitty/Challenge/Blanks/index.htmlAppendix 1 Blank Dimensions

http://web.archive.org/web/20080612092243/http:/www.hittygirls.com/freepatterns/hittygirlsblanks.htm carve your own Hitty Blank

http://web.archive.org/web/20090106123229/http://www.hitty.org/research/pattern1.html Hitty blank 1

http://web.archive.org/web/20090106121900/http://www.hitty.org/research/pattern2.html Hitty blank 2

http://web.archive.org/web/20081119140837/http://www.hitty.org/research/pattern3.html Hitty blank3

http://web.archive.org/web/20090106120731/http://www.hitty.org/research/pattern4.html 4 Inch Hitty blank

http://tcvdolls.com/tcvdolls/beadhead/index.html Carve a bead head by TC Vollum

http://www.judisdolls.com/manikin.pdf Judi's Manikin tutorial for 11" doll


http://hittyherald.com/Power-Carve-A-Hitty.pdf Maria Wilkes Power Carve a Hitty

http://www.janetcordell.com/updatesblog/previous/6 Janet Cordell’s site - She has put up a step-by-step tutorial for carving a Hitty. It is done is stages. Click on the "forward" link at the bottom of each section to get the next part.

Wanda Harrigan has two utube videos - one is how to stromp a wood carving knife. The other is how to carve a wooden doll leg. (Do a search for Wanda Harrigan utube videos.)


Resources sites

http://www.vintagebleuettes.com/  All sorts of information about the Bleuette dolls.  Every so often, the author gives a free pattern on the site.

http://www.heineckewood.com/ornamentwood1.htm good source for wood to carve

Miniatures

https://www.pinterest.com/leonardabrush/miniatures/ lots of examples of miniature how-to's                   

http://www.artisansinminiature.com/issue10.html Artisans In MiniatureOnline Magazine - many wonderful ideas, downloads, resources


http://www.about.com/homegarden/hubsearch.htm?q=miniatures&SUName=homegarden good resource for information about miniatures

http://miniatures.about.com/ Lesley Shepherd has a web site full of information on miniatures.   She also has a mailing list that you can join

Sources for purchasing doll related items

http://www.littletrimmings.com/ place to purchase little trimmings for doll clothes

http://www.minidolls.com/small trims and things

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97866879/delicate-narrow-fine-cotton-french-lace?utm_source=googleproduct&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=GPS French lace ¼” for doll clothes  French lace ¼” for doll clothes

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